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  2. Global HR Compliance
  3. Global PEO and Payroll
  4. Work permit for hiring expats via PEO
  5. Expand without a company set up
  6. Contractor vs. employee: which is better?
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Global PEO and Payroll in Australia

If you’re considering expanding your business into new markets, it’s essential to understand that every expansion is different. Various factors can impact your compliance obligations, risks, and budget, including home- and host-country laws, the nature of your activities, and your goals and risk tolerances. By learning about these factors, you can set your business up for success in its new international venture. This will likely include utilizing global PEO and payroll solutions in Australia to help reduce risks and costs.

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Global Expansion and Global Employment Challenges 

When expanding your business operations to new countries, there are many important issues to consider to ensure compliance and avoid any potential problems on the global expansion journey.

These can include global HR administration issues such as securing business visas and permits, drafting employment contracts that comply with labor and tax laws across multiple jurisdictions, data privacy and intellectual property rights, global payroll and accounting considerations, and local statutory requirements.

There may also be a need to comply with various regulatory requirements relating to currency controls, foreign employment restrictions, and employee classification. Additionally, multi-jurisdictional tax considerations, risks, and liabilities should be taken into account, along with complex tax filing requirements and potential litigation risks.

Finally, being aware of the different languages, time zones, customs, and cultures you may encounter in these new markets is also important. Doing the necessary homework on these issues in advance can help avoid any potential problems down the road.

Working with a Global PEO (Professional Employment Organization) can remove HR management’s heavy burden, distractions, risks, and challenges. A global PEO partner will handle tasks like payroll and benefits while relieving you of any liability or responsibility. It’s one of the best ways to ensure that your global business stays on track without sacrificing quality or consistency.

7 Ways a Global PEO Can Help You Navigate Global Expansion Journey

  1. Determine your global expansion strategy.
  2. Build a global expansion team.
  3. Choose the most business-friendly and cost-effective countries.
  4. Determine the most effective mode of entry, keeping the ease of exit in mind.
  5. Develop a robust global talent acquisition strategy. Find an experienced and reliable partner.
  6. Compliantly hire local and foreign talent in multiple jurisdictions.
  7. Global talent retention programs.

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What Is a Global PEO?

A global PEO is a third-party employment organization that handles its clients’ day-to-day human capital needs. A global PEO can provide companies with various services such as payroll, benefits administration, tax reporting, workers’ compensation insurance, unemployment insurance claims management, employee screening, legal and regulatory compliance assistance, HR consulting, immigration, and other financial services.

Why You Should Use a Global PEO 

You’ve come to the right place if you’re looking to compliantly and quickly hire, manage, and pay employees across multiple jurisdictions via a trusted global PEO (Professional Employment Organisation).

We offer a comprehensive portfolio of global employment services in 190 countries. This makes Acumen International Global PEO (Professional Employer Organization) incredibly agile and able to adapt quickly to your talent acquisition needs. Our global PEO talent engagement model can help you scale up or down according to your business’s changing requirements – minimizing your global employment risk.

10 Burdens a Global PEO Can Relieve for Your In-House HR Department

  1. Global payroll administration
  2. Employee benefits administration
  3. 100 % compliant onboarding
  4. Background checks
  5. Workforce compensation administration
  6. Compliance assistance
  7. Guidance on best practices of voluntary benefits provisioning
  8. Immigration and relocation support for your ex-pat workforce, such as visa sponsorship and securing work permits
  9. IP right protection
  10. Legal support

How Does a Global PEO Work? The Advantages of the “Co-employment” Model?

The economies of scale, global reach, and technology resources of a global professional employer organization (PEO) allow businesses to achieve operational efficiencies that positively impact business results. Acumen’s Global PEO and Payroll solution was designed especially for companies like yours to smooth the way for quick, easy, and risk-free business operations in Australia without establishing a legal business entity.

The concept of “co-employment” sounds like a far-fetched idea, but in essence, it’s a solution to a problem that many businesses face. When companies grow, they often outsource core parts of their business to third parties. In this case, the company is known as the employer-client, and the third party is known as the global PEO employment solutions provider. The global PEO assumes all its clients’ human resources responsibilities, payroll, and benefits. Co-employment arrangement and partnering with a Global PEO allows for expansion to a new market without costly re-organizations, foreign legal entities, or other redundancies.

A Global PEO can expand your business footprint in a new market by providing a single management point for administrative, HR, payroll, and tax compliance functions. A Global PEO helps you focus on operating your business and doesn’t burden you with managing payroll, taxes, benefits, and compliance matters across multiple jurisdictions.

A Global PEO can help businesses establish a presence in foreign markets by helping them recruit local and global talent, create an international HR structure, and meet all regulatory requirements.

Difference between a Global EOR and a PEO. Employment Risk Mitigation Strategy

When expanding your business into new countries, there are many benefits to using a global PEO (Professional Employment Organization) or EOR (Employer of Record). A global PEO or an EOR is an alternative to hiring your employees via an in-country legal entity. Instead of hiring your employees, you contract with a global employment solutions provider to hire and manage them for you.

A Global PEO and EOR Partners can handle all the immigration, hiring, payroll, tax, and HR compliance for you, freeing up your time to focus on other aspects of running your business. And if you ever need to leave the country, you can do so without being tied down by any long-term commitments. 

However, both global PEOs and EORs work differently. So, it’s important to understand the differences between the two, so you can find the right one for your needs.

The main difference between a global EOR and a PEO is how they hire the workers. A global PEO assigns employees to the client company for employment so that it can replace the clients in their duties of hiring and managing the employees. The PEO is not a direct employer on paper. An EOR, on the other hand, is an employer of record in the country of business. They hire and terminate employees on behalf of the client company.

Employment Model Co-employer Sole Employer
Key Services Global employment, payroll, benefits, immigration (visa, work permits), mobility Global employment, payroll, benefits, immigration (visa, work permits), mobility
Local Entity Establishment Required Optional
Liability Shares responsibilities and liabilities Assumes all responsibilities and liabilities
Legal Advice Optional Required
Global Labour & HR Compliance Optional Required

What Services Does a Global PEO (Professional Employment Organization) Provide?

  • Global payroll management;
  • Compliance with local tax rules (file & deposit) of the country where the EOR company is located;
  • Handling compliant employment contracts:
  • Background, education, and other checks;
  • Onboarding and termination processes, as well as employee’s compensation;
  • Arranging visas and work permits for employees;
  • Ensuring the working process is organized under local labor laws;
  • Processing workers’ medical insurance and other benefits (day-offs, bonuses, and more);
  • Process maps, employment guides, and other documentation;
  • Foreign immigration support services.

Global Employment Risks, Tax Considerations, and Liabilities

Global employment compliance is a complex and ever-changing field. The risks and liabilities associated with your employees include:

  • tax considerations
  • Intellectual Property rights
  • employee privacy and data protection
  • liability for employee misconduct
  • compliance with local employment labor laws and regulations
  • employee training and development
  • employee compensation and benefits 
  • hiring and termination practices and procedures
  • compliance with labor laws and regulations in the host country and abroad
  • securing and extending business visas, work permits, etc.

When setting up an international operation, it is important to consult legal counsel or a Global Professional Employment Organization with experience dealing with these issues so that you do not run afoul of the law by inadvertently violating any employment regulation.

Compliance with the labor laws and tax regulations can be complex because they are often inconsistent from country to country, state to state, or even city requirements. As a result of these inconsistencies, employers must ensure that their global human resource and payroll policies are consistent with local laws wherever their employees or independent contractors work.

The Remote Work Revolution & How PEOs Can Help You Adapt

As workforces continue to evolve, they demand that leaders like you shed the old work models of yesteryear and adapt to the new ones being built in front of your eyes.  Global PEOs are here to help you navigate this changing employment paradigm, but only if you are willing to have an open mind about where your business is going.

As we move into the latter half of 2022, leadership teams across the globe are still struggling to figure out the best way to manage their internationally distributed workforce. Global PEOs are uniquely positioned to help companies like yours deal with these big changes, including the shift to remote work. Just a few years ago, the idea of a completely remote workforce was unheard of, but today it seems like a permanent reality for many.

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Global Payroll Services. 100% Compliance. Speed of Light

Global payroll management is a critical function for any business. This can be a complex and time-consuming task, but it is important to keep your employees paid on time to maintain the efficiency of your international venture. 

When it comes to payroll, there are many different regulations that you must follow to avoid penalties or litigation. Each country has its laws and regulations, but some standards apply internationally. You must know and adhere to tax deadlines, withholding and reporting laws, and regulations requiring employee tax slip signatures. If you fail to adhere to these payroll compliance rules, you could face severe penalties that could negatively impact your business.

Global payroll management is a complex process that requires careful consideration of various factors. Payroll specialists must consider local regulations and taxation requirements, which can be time-consuming and difficult to navigate. However, by addressing some key challenges and partnering with a Global PEO, organizations can ensure compliant, accurate, and timely payments.

  • keeping track of ever-changing exchange rates
  • understanding the distinction between the home country and host country payouts
  • developing clarity about how taxes are calculated in different countries.

Global Payroll Calculator: Accurate Global Employment Cost Estimation

Acumen International builds the Global Payroll Calculator to help businesses anticipate the cost of employment across multiple countries and understand the compliance requirements for conducting business in a new country. The calculator then helps determine the tax implications for employees working abroad so that businesses can stay compliant with the laws of both countries. 

Acumen’s research team tracks developments in 190 countries around the globe. It provides up-to-date data on local regulations related to tax, payroll regulations, benefits, hiring practices, compliance requirements, and other labor-related factors that impact an employer’s bottom line. This valuable information makes the Global Payroll Calculator an invaluable tool for businesses looking to expand internationally.

Global Payroll Calculator helps companies reduce labor costs by providing up-to-date information on hiring, compensation, and tax requirements. It is also an ideal tool for quickly locating employees in any country.

Why Partnering with Global PEO Is a Win-Win Solution For Businesses in Australia 

Working with a global PEO (Professional Employment Organization) can save you time and money when entering new markets. A global PEO is an organization that helps businesses manage administrative tasks related to local employment, such as payroll, benefits, and compliance.

A global PEO is a great way to skip the hassle of setting up a foreign legal entity or figuring out local labor laws and can significantly save you time and money. 

A PEO can be extremely beneficial to any organization, large or small. By removing the burden of HR management, a PEO can help an organization to focus on its core objectives and become more productive and efficient. In today’s challenging economic climate, a strong PEO can give your organization the competitive edge it needs to succeed.

In addition to managing legal requirements, a PEO can help you minimize your tax liability and simplify payroll administration processes. Using a global PEO as your single contact for managing payroll and benefits coverage makes things easier because it reduces internal costs—you can focus on doing what you do best. At the same time, the global PEO gets every employee’s need taken care of.

This type of organization is specifically designed to take over management of your company’s human resources function so that you can focus on running your business. A global Professional Employer Organization provides the necessary tools and services to run a profitable global operation without worrying about employment laws and tax issues or maintaining compliance with government regulations. A global PEO’s most important benefit is relief from some of the biggest global employment and HR compliance headaches and risks.

Global PEO Clients Can Benefit from

  1. Global employment management centralization. Maximized control. Minimized risk 
  2. A Global PEO and payroll partner facilitates quick talent deployment and provides access to various employee benefits solutions to attract and retain your global talent.
  3. Eliminating and mitigating certain employment-related risks, including non-compliance and employee misclassification risks, through the shared responsibility and co-employment arrangement
  4. Scalable technology and infrastructure provided via the global PEO relationship
  5. Reduced and stable global employment management-related cost
  6. A global PEO and payroll provider can facilitate risk-free, quick, and easy market entry by acting as your local legal entity, helping you to avoid the cost and time associated with incorporating into 190 countries
  7. A global PEO allows you to make your global expansion 100% compliant and secure by keeping track and adhering to all local laws and regulations
  8. A global PEO helps you remain agile and scales up or down in your selected foreign markets according to your business needs.
  9. A global PEO facilitates global employment consistency and HR compliance

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How to Choose a Global PEO (Professional Employer Organization) and Payroll Partner in Australia?

As you consider partnering with a global PEO, remember that the needs of each business are unique. Just as you would carefully select international employees, you need to find a PEO that can address your industry’s specific challenges. Look for a global PEO and payroll solutions provider with a strong track record and fiscal stability that can provide comprehensive support and labor and compliance expertise. Make sure they offer services and coverage in all your business areas. Get references from other clients in your industry to ensure you make the best choice for your business.

Acumen International – Your Single Point of Truth and Global Employment PEO & Payroll Solutions Provider in Australia 

  1. 100 % compliant, quick, easy market entry. Acumen Global PEO is your local legal entity, helping you reduce the cost and time associated with incorporating.
  2. Immediate global employment service coverage in 190 countries
  3. Both a single point of contact and a dedicated account manager for your project for all target countries.
  4. Compliant and secure global employment operations. We help you adhere to all local laws and regulations in 190 countries
  5. A single contract for all in-country services (employment, immigration, legal, etc.)
  6. A single PEO provider assumes full responsibility for your international employees in multiple countries
  7. Payments are made within the UK or to the UK bank company account
  8. Fully compliant with standardized procedures and reporting systems
  9. You can delegate to Acumen Global PEO all HR responsibilities Payroll & benefits administration, background checks, and HR helpdesk
  10. Standard payroll breakdowns for all target countries
  11. As soon as we receive your request for a project in any country, we will send you a payroll breakdown and offer within two working hours
  12. Full 100% fee money-back guarantee for the employee or contractor payment delays.
  13. Tailored and 100% compliant employment contract drafts
  14. With Acumen in your corner, you can quickly and easily onboard and compensate your employees without risk of legal repercussions
  15. Acumen Global PEO protects your company’s Intellectual Property rights.

Acumen International is here to help, from payroll and tax management to social security disbursements and immigration services. We’ll give you the peace of mind you need and reduce your company’s legal costs by 50% or more.

Our Global PEO&Payroll Client
Employment risks mitigation
Tax compliance & payroll processing
Incorporation costs no need for own
Effort 90% 10%
Coverage 190 countries 190 countries

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Disclaimer: Any above information is subject to changes imposed by Australia’s laws. To get the latest updates on taxation in Australia and 190 countries worldwide, contact Acumen’s team of global employment experts.




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