Contract with a Professional Employment Organization (PEO)
A PEO provides employment and payroll services, similar to a temporary staffing agency. This is an option when a small number of employees are needed in a specific location for a limited period of time. In this model, the individuals would be employed by the PEO and assigned to the program. The PEO is responsible for all employment law, tax, and reporting requirements. However, because Tufts may share liability if the PEO fails to comply with the law, such relationships must be monitored closely. Global Operations manages the University’s relationship with several global PEO firms and can guide you.
Note: It is possible to second a current Tufts employee to a PEO for the duration of the international assignment, while still maintain Tufts status and benefits. Global Operations can provide more information.
PEO responsible for tax and labor law compliance
Limited risk for Tufts
High administrative costs
Limited Tufts affiliation
Little to no control over benefits
Employer-sponsored benefits or allowances (i.e. health insurance, housing)
PEO monthly fee (18 – 25% of monthly salary or a minimum of $1000-$1500 per employee)
PEO one-time onboarding fee (between $1000 – $1500 per employee)
If applicable: Visa sponsorship fees
If applicable: Severance requirements in -country
Global Operations facilitates communication between the PEO and Tufts departments. Communication during the on-boarding includes contract negotiations to ensure the university-required clauses are included in all employment contracts and information displayed in contract reflects need of project. Please contact Global Operations to start this process.