No matter where your business is located in the world, if you’re hiring Canadian employees you need to abide by Canadian employment laws. As daunting as that sounds, unfamiliarity with jurisdictional payroll and employee management differences should never hold you back from expanding your services into Canada. Although your business may not have the knowledge background to effectively manage Canadian employees, there are partnership options available to you that could greatly improve your business.
A professional employment organization (PEO) is a great option for anyone looking to run operations in Canada. A Canadian PEO allows you to establish a valuable partnership that can provide both you and your employees with industry expertise and advice. While slightly different from an employer of record, a Canadian PEO can help you with:
- government compliance;
- HR management;
- payroll services;
- benefits administration;
- sourcing and recruiting potential candidates; and
- training and development.
If your company could benefit from a Canadian PEO, you’ll need to find the right option for you. Here’s how to find a reputable PEO in Canada.
First and foremost, you want to use a PEO that has experience in your field. A Canadian PEO that has been in business for a significant amount of time has extremely valuable industry experience under their belt. They’ve been through all the trials and tribulations of the industry, and have emerged with essential insight concerning everything there is to know about Canadian payroll regulations and compliance.
The services a Canadian PEO offers will direct impact whether they’re applicable to your current situation and needs. You want to make sure your PEO offers the widest variety of services to get more bang for your buck.
Knowledge is essential when it comes to the staffing industry, as there are many legal regulations that must be followed. A company that knows how to properly conduct themselves under these regulations, and knows staffing law like the back of their hand is an organization you want to trust.
While current industry standards are important to know, the staffing industry is forever evolving. Knowledge isn’t just about what a Canadian PEO knows about the current industry, but how they stay up-to-date on future changes. A reputable PEO will keep you informed and let you know what developments are essential for your business.
Various industry certifications can also be very insightful into the knowledge level of a PEO. Seeing what education and additional certification courses they have taken shows you that they are eager to expand their knowledge of the Canadian employment industry.
Make sure to ask PEOs that you’re considering lots of questions to determine their knowledge level and ensure that they are equipped to handle your company’s size and objectives.
What other people say about a company speaks volumes about their services. It’s important for a PEO to have extremely advanced customer service skills, as they will potentially be handling your future employees. How they manage their previous clients gives insight into their customer service skills, along with what you can expect as a client.
You need to also make sure that you do your research. You would never buy something before researching it online: the same should be said for a PEO. Take a moment to analyze their digital presence. You can check out their website and look for any additional online reviews you can find.
If a Canadian PEO has a bad reputation, you need to ask yourself if you really want to associate your company with this organization. To avoid the potential of future problems with your PEO, look for companies with stellar references and recommendations. It’ll lead to an overall happier and healthier partnership.