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Published: August 1, 2022

What Is an EOR and Why Should You Have One?

With globalization leading to many businesses establishing international entities, international compliance laws can be challenging to grasp and pursue. This is where EoRs fit in the picture - as their purpose is to ensure that you are expanding complientantly and to take care of day-to-day HR functions of international entities so that you don’t have to.
Employer of Record VS PEO

Expanding your business and looking for someone who can take the sting out of the often gruelling process? An Employer of Record (EOR) Partner might just be your best bet. Aside from knowing the ins and outs of country-specific laws, EOR services absorb the responsibilities of day-to-day HR related matters letting you focus on the important stuff, like growing your business. Still curious? Of course you are! In this blog, we’ve got you covered with everything you need to know about an EOR partner and why you need one. 

What Is an Employer of Record?

Let’s begin with the basics. Simply put, an employer of record (EOR)  is a third-party company that acts as an employer for the sake of tax and legal purposes. EORs are most commonly used by companies looking to expand internationally or non-recruiting small businesses. This is due to the fact that there are boatloads of benefits when using an EOR if you are looking to sow some seeds across the global pond. Small and large businesses can also benefit from the fact that an employer of record can manage their H.R. and payroll duties.

Who will benefit from using an Employer of Record?

If your company is looking to hire talent from all over the globe in a legally compliant way then you needn’t look any further as we’ve got you covered at Playroll. We make hiring internationally a walk in the park by offering a wide range of services that can be customers to your needs. We plan on providing EOR services in every country in the world. 

Why growing businesses could use an EOR to help scale their business

For the benefit of those just wading into this, let’s refresh on what overseas expansion can look like—without the right EOR sidekick at your back to flag and steer around the maze of pitfalls.

Without an Employer of Record, landing, expanding and opening operations in new regions can be extremely time-consuming, risky and expensive:

  • Months of research (some often outdated)
  • Reams of regional employment legislation to ingest
  • Permanent-establishment risks
  • Extra local hires to manage tax and legal compliance
  • Countless different employer contributions to get right
  • Differing and confusing employee classifications by region

Have fun with that! Those who brave the gauntlet of overseas HR and payroll will need to have a will of iron to complete the journey successfully and mentally in one piece.

The route is often lined with so many barriers and potential legal issues that the risk-benefit analysis might not even get the green light.

Now perhaps you appreciate the kinds of miracles EOR partners perform. But it’s important to choose wisely to avoid complications down the road.

Not all Employer of Record partners are created equal, and not all will cater to the same use-cases in the same ways. It’s about knowing your goals and avoiding overinvesting to achieve them. 

The Benefits of an Employer of Record Partner

There are many benefits to partnering with an Employer of Record that can improve your business’s overall efficiency—all while allowing you to hire the best talent from anywhere in the world.

  • Preserve business continuity as you expand overseas

Human resources activities, from hiring new employees to processing payroll, require constant attention to every detail, including individual payments, taxes, commissions, reimbursements, and other general employee benefits. With an EOR, you can authorise someone you trust to handle everything on your behalf. This way, you save a lot of time which you can, in turn, invest in effective business development.

  • Relevance and practical accuracy

Not only will hiring an Employer of Record take a load off your shoulders, you can enjoy the diligence, accuracy of information and practical perks of expansion-strategy implementation that comes along with outsourcing to a seasoned Employer of Record service.

Accuracy is important simply because employment and fiscal law changes so rapidly. When your HR policies and finances are tied to multiple countries, these changes can become a regular month-by-month event, complicating HR narratives.

  • Eliminate regulatory and financial risk

Managing employees and payroll globally means maintaining legal compliance. However, keeping track of the labour laws of different countries at once is difficult when you do it yourself. As part of your package, an EOR keeps up-to-date tax tables and easily tracks social standards in countries worldwide. With an EOR behind you, you no longer have to worry about regulatory risks.

  • Ease the sting of taxation

If you open an international entity and decide against using an EOR once you are up and running, you will become a permanent establishment in the country in which you operate, and it will be your responsibility to ensure that you are fully compliant. This means that your business will become liable for local corporate taxes, income tax, indirect employer tax and value-added tax (VAT). If you decide to use an EOR partner (like Playroll!), it will be the local and employer for foreign entities managing taxation and statutory requirements. If a compliance issue comes about, thankfully, it will be our problem to deal with and not yours! 

Why Choose Playroll

Playroll brings a modern, vibrant SaaS approach to extending Employer of Partner service to clients. Combining automation with consultative and partner services, Playroll offers both client independence and expert stewardship.

Despite the young, fresh feel, Playroll has extensive experience building its Employer of Record infrastructure over the course of 20 years and has been managing multinational payroll across the globe for just as long.

With 2000+ employees in over 40 countries, Playroll can now extend talent-relocation and hiring practice into any county. Playroll is also backed by the VAT IT Group which services 50% of Fortune 500 companies and attends to over 13000 companies.

If you’re looking for an Employer of Record service with a simple onboarding process that will let you start planning HR costs and overseas expansion for free, Playroll is a great option. 

The Right Choice of Employer of Record Can Be the Difference Between a Bumpy Ride and a Smooth Landing

When choosing your Employer of Record partner, make sure you connect with them having clearly defined and understood your own goals. That way, you’ll help them to help you with a tailored approach and the right series of steps in the right order.

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