US Employee Management Service (EMS)

Setting up a US entity, payroll, benefits, and trying to keep on top of local employment laws all take time, cost money, and can delay your journey to success. You can build a compliant presence in the USA and hire top talent without having to establish a US entity alongside a globally trusted expansion partner.

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What is the Employee Management Service?

Our EMS service offers a turn-key, cost-effective solution for your company to have a legitimate US presence with US employees anywhere in the country and in as little as one week without the cost and complexity of setting up a US entity. Foothold America hires the employees who represent you, so you have assigned personnel dedicated to you to unlock your US growth potential.

OUR SERVICES

We remove complexity,
not control

Fast onboarding process

Establishing a US entity can take months to complete. We hire the employees who represent your company entirely, and you direct personnel activities.

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Ensure a compliant US workplace

The US can seem like 50 countries in one – each with its own rules on hiring, firing, and structuring compensation packages. We help you stay within the rules by being your extended HR team.

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Avoid costly mistakes

We take on the burden and risk of employing your US workforce. Our in-house experts shield your business from the risk of missing ever-changing regulations.

US employment law guidance

We offer direct access to in-country employment law guidance for those challenging employment situations.

Attractive employee benefits

We provide a comprehensive suite of the benefits US employees expect in accordance with all local legal requirements.

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Remain flexible

With our EMS service, you can enter and exit the US market as you wish, without a long-term commitment.

BUSINESS SOLUTION

Is our EMS service right for your business?

You do not want a long-term contractual commitment. You want to test the waters so you can withdraw from the US market if needed.

You have recruited an employee who needs to start ASAP, and you do not have a US entity.

You are thinking of hiring at least one staff member in the US quickly, but you don't know where to start.

You want to focus on your business without worrying about administrative tasks and bureaucracy.

You already have a US employee in mind, but you need help hiring, including background check, legal work status, payroll and medical benefits.

You want to be confident you are following US laws and avoiding penalties.

CLIENT TESTIMONIALS

Find out what EMS clients have to say about Foothold America

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Foothold was able to get things done for us very quickly. They made life easier for us and worked with us to make sure staff were looked after and that we were able to get up and running.
Operation Manager, Network Security Company
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Foothold America was instrumental in helping my UK company employ field applications sales people in the US without having to set up a US subsidiary, which is the usual route for foreign companies. Foothold America facilitated this by employing the people we had chosen and handling all the employment, terms, salaries, taxes, social costs etc. They then billed us monthly for these costs plus a reasonable service charge. As a result, we were able get going very quickly with our own people in the USA and at a much lower cost base.
Managing Director, UK Biotech Company
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We needed to access the US market to maximize our potential for growth. We selected our employee and Foothold America managed the payroll, benefits, taxes and other employee logistics, enabling us to avoid dealing with the bureaucratic maze of employing someone in the US.
CEO, Belgium Manufacturing Company

Ready to start your US business expansion?

HOW IT WORKS

How our Employee Management Service works

Identify the opportunity

America is a vast country with great variety across its 50 states. We can help you determine where you can secure qualified talent. Once we understand your needs, your expansion advisor prepares an Employee Budget Projection which gives you visibility of the full costs of hiring and managing a US employee. We are here to guide your decision making.

Identify the candidate

If you already have an employee in mind, that is great! If you don’t, Foothold America works with you, your recruiter or our network of recruiters to identify the best candidate for the position – and together we develop a competitive compensation and benefits package which attracts and retains quality candidates.

Make the offer

Once you select the candidate, Foothold America works with you to develop the offer letter and extend it to them. Once the offer is signed, the employee can begin in as little as one week. Our onboarding team ensures the employee’s right to work in the US, conducts background checks, submits income tax and employer tax deductions, and guides the employee through the online employee portal to enroll in benefits.

Manage the US employee

We manage payroll, social contributions, expenses, holidays, workers compensation and more whilst you drive the day-to-day activities of your assigned personnel. We are with you every step of the way and ensure continued compliance.

US hiring cost with and without Foothold America

Businesses around the world partner with Foothold America and save thousands of dollars on their US hiring cost. With our EMS service, you can expand your business to the USA quickly, compliantly, and cost-effectively.

Expand with others

$1,000 – $1,800

Per employee per month

Expand with Foothold America

$800 – $1,200

Per employee per month

FAST HIRING PROCESS

Workers in days, not months

Traditionally, to hire an employee in another country, you need to set up a business entity. The good news is that we already have ours in the USA, so you don’t have to spend months working with lawyers, banks, and many other advisors to get yours up and running.

Instead, by using our Employee Management Service, Foothold America hires US employees for you, without the expense of setting up your own US entity. Not only will employees start working in a fraction of the time it normally takes, but you won’t have to deal with the legal, tax, or HR burdens that come with each state.

COMPLIANCE MADE EASY

Federal, state, and local compliance at all times

Due to the ever-changing landscape of US employment law, it is crucial that businesses maintain compliance with regulations that govern their market of operation. Once you find a candidate to hire, our team manages the onboarding process in accordance with local laws and guidelines. We also handle the many complexities of state-specific benefits packages and ensure these are in line with what local employers are required to offer. 

Foothold America manages your payroll, retirement, income tax deductions, expenses, workers compensation, and more for your assigned personnel compliantly in whichever state they live. 

ATTRACT TOP TALENT

Competitive benefits to attract top talent

Sometimes, it can be difficult for small-to-medium-sized businesses to source competitive benefits for its employees. 

With EMS, you get access to our comprehensive benefits package that includes an extensive choice of medical, dental and vision plans, short and long-term disability, life insurance and an attractive retirement plan. Our competitive benefits packages are regularly reviewed by our US experts to meet state-specific regulations and best practices.

Expand to the US without leaving your office

Access useful guidance, speak to one of our US Expansion Advisors, get a quote, sign a contract, and launch your company in the USA – all in just a few clicks.

INVEST IN THE USA

Why invest in the USA?

To put it simply, investing in the USA provides an amazing opportunity to grow revenue. With a GDP of more than $20 trillion, the United States offers a huge opportunity for companies that want to expand internationally.

Combining top talent, unparalleled market access, and unbeatable opportunities, the USA abounds with growth opportunities for global investors. 

LOCATION COMPARISON

Where should you hire employees in the US?

The US has multiple regions with their own character, rules, and economic strengths. You should research and identify where in America the opportunity lies for your business – and where the workers with the skills, expertise, and experience you require are likely to be based. 

This choice is specific to your circumstances, but it is worth stressing that there are significant salary and cost of living variations across the US. See below for the average salaries for some of the most popular states, as well as those where salaries are lowest.

Median household income
for five popular US states

States with the lowest
median household income

1. Maryland

$94,384

1. Mississippi

$44,966

2. New Jersey

$85,245

2. West Virginia

$48,037

3. Massachusetts

$86,725

3. Arkansas

$50,540

4. California

$77,358

4. Louisiana

$50,935

5. New York

$68,304

5.  Alabama

$54,393

Median household income
for five popular US states

States with the lowest
median household income

1. Maryland

$78,945

1. Mississippi

$41,754

2. New Jersey

$76,126

2. West Virginia

$43,485

3. Massachusetts

$75,297

3. Arkansas
$43,485
4. California
$67,739
4. Louisiana
$43,485
5. New York

$62,909

5. Alabama

$45,146

Not sure if this service is for you?
Check out our People Partnership Service (PPS)

CLIENT REVIEWS

Hundreds of businesses have put their trust in us.

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10 days ago
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"Foothold was able to get things done for us very quickly. They made life easier for us and worked with us to make sure staff were looked after and that we were able to get up and running."

Operations Manager, UK Network Security Company
1 year ago
1 year ago
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"We needed to access the US market to maximize our potential for growth. We selected our employee and Foothold America managed the payroll, benefits, taxes and other employee logistics, enabling us to avoid dealing with the bureaucratic maze of employing someone in the US."

CEO, Belgium Manufacturing Company
2 months ago
2 months ago
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"Foothold America was instrumental in helping my UK company employ field applications sales people in the US without having to set up a US subsidiary, which is the usual route for foreign companies. Foothold America facilitated this by employing the people we had chosen and handling all the employment, terms, salaries, taxes, social costs etc. They then billed us monthly for these costs plus a reasonable service charge. As a result, we were able get going very quickly with our own people in the USA and at a much lower cost base."

CEO, UK Biotech Company
7 months ago
7 months ago
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"I couldn’t manage our US subsidiary without Foothold America. Our small HR department isn’t equipped with the knowledge or staff to handle our US employees. I could end my workday in the UK knowing Foothold America would take care of everything in the US."

Head of HR, UK financial services firm
9 months ago
9 months ago
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"We currently use the Foothold America Employee Management Service and plan to move to their People Partnership Service when we set up an entity in the coming months. It’s great knowing we can work with one partner through various stages of our growth."

CMO, Norway IT company
2 years ago
2 years ago
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"We started US expansion on our own and soon after, we stumbled over employee benefits leaving our expat staff and families without health insurance. It was a huge risk for them and our company. Foothold America came in and got us sorted. They’ve been taking care of us ever since."

Sr. People Partner, UK software company
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WHO WE ARE

Meet our team of experts

Foothold America has the knowledge and expertise to help you navigate the legal and administrative maze of doing business in the US.

PRESIDENT AND CEO

Joanne M. Farquharson
France based

US entrepreneur with 30 years experience in advising small and medium-sized businesses in employee benefits, insurance, labor law compliance, and risk management. Joanne has a passion for growing small companies and helping business owners actualize their goals.

Director of Operations

Geanice Barganier
US based

Highly knowledgeable Human Capital professional with decades of experience in Human Resources, onboarding and US and global immigration. Geanice specializes in organizational management, vendor management, and compliance.

Head of HR Operations & Client Service

Robert R. Esquijarosa
UK based

Experienced HR & Client Success professional with a demonstrated 15-year history of working in employee relations, payroll & benefits administration, compliance, and recruitment within multiple industries throughout the US and UK.

US Expansion Advisor

Rose Adedeji
UK based

US Expansion Advisor with 20 years of global HR experience, recruitment and client delivery, supporting clients from the UK, Europe, US and Australasia. Rose has extensive knowledge of candidate attraction and employee communication management.

US Expansion Advisor

Laurie Spicer
UK based

Over 25 years of experience doing business in North American, European, and Asian markets, including seven years as an International Trade Advisor with a primary focus and specialism on the complexity of the US market.

Senior Staff Accountant

Ovidio E. Santistevan
US based

Senior Staff Accountant with over 25 years of finance experience and more than ten years as a full-cycle accountant. Ovi takes pride in ensuring that the information he provides to our clients and partners is accurate, relevant, timely and easily understandable.

Senior HR & Client Service Specialist

Angelique Soulet-Bangurah
UK based

Angelique takes pride in providing client solutions, using more than seven years of experience as an HR Generalist with a vast knowledge of onboarding, employee relations and overall HR operations. She’s certified by the HR Certification Institute as a Professional in Human Resources (PHR).

Senior Marketing Manager

Miruna Eliza Ionescu
UK based

Multilingual marketing professional with more than ten years of experience in traditional and digital marketing for B2B and B2C sectors. Miruna has an extensive background in building customer engagement and ensuring that clients have the best tools and information in hand.

CoFounder & Board Chair

Robert Johnson
UK based

Robert is the Co-founder of several successful US and UK life science companies. He serves as the Board Chair of Foothold America influencing the direction of the company.

Digital Marketing Manager

Natalie Gombalova
UK based

This conversion-minded marketer is responsible for strategizing, planning and creating high-calibre content for our website visitor’s digital experience. With over seven years in marketing, Natalie specialises in PPC, SEO, emerging trends, and customer behavioural insights that help clients find the best solutions for their business needs.
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FAQ’s

Get answers to all your questions and take the first step towards a US business expansion.

If you have decided to expand your business to the US via our Employee Management Service, Foothold America will work with you, your recruiter or our network of recruiters to identify the best candidate for the position. If you already have a candidate in mind, then this is great as well. Once the candidate is selected, we will offer a comprehensive benefits package and extend the hiring offer to your US assigned personnel. Once the offer is signed, the employee can begin in as little as one week. Our onboarding team will ensure the employee’s right to work in the US, will conduct background checks, set appropriate income tax and employer tax deductions and will guide your employee through the online employee portal to enroll in benefits. If things are not working out well with your US assigned personnel,  and you would like to terminate your employment relationship with your US worker or implement a Performance Improvement Plan, when recommended, for your US employee, Foothold America will provide support and assistance to do so compliantly. 

If you decide to expand to the US via our Employee Management Service, Foothold America will hire your US assigned personnel and will manage payroll, medical benefits, retirement, income tax deductions, expenses, leave tracking, workers compensation, unemployment for your employee compliantly in whichever state they live.

Whilst we will hire your US assigned personnel, you lead your assigned personnel’s training or day-to-day relationship. You are free to plan professional development and training for your employee. When it comes to state-mandated training, for harassment prevention, for example, Foothold America takes responsibility for ensuring employees complete the required training. We aid our clients in keeping a remote workforce engaged with innovative tools that resonate with US workers. 

‘At will’ employment means the employee or the employer may terminate their work relationship at any time without the need to provide prior notice, as long as the termination is not discriminatory or for another illegal reason. It is also important to know that most states in the US are considered ‘at will’ employment states. To find out more about ‘at will’ employment and the doe’s and don’ts of terminating an ‘at will’ US employee, click here.  

We understand that sometimes, our clients decide to cease US operations. 

If you would like to discontinue using our Employee Management Service, you would need to give us a one month notice. With our one month notice period, we alleviate the stress of a long term commitment and ensure that the US assigned personnel is terminated compliantly. 

GET IN TOUCH

Contact Us

Request a quote, talk with our US expansion experts or ask any questions. We will get back to you within one business day.