Breakout Series 4
14:40 - 15:25
Location: Ground Floor, Lovelace

4.3 When is an Employee Not an Employee? Granting Awards to Your PEO Hires


Since Covid, the potential talent pool has become global with flexible and remote working the norm. A resulting trend of this global expansion is the use of Professional Employer Organizations (PEOs) to engage global employees where companies do not have a physical presence. Although PEO employees are employed outside of the company, they are increasingly viewed as company employees and rewarded in a similar manner.

The panel will discuss the issues that arise and questions to consider when granting employee share awards to employees of PEOs.

Attendees will hear:

  • Why a proactive, professional approach to considering this issue will help keep all your employees happy.
  • Who the employer is for the purposes of the share plan and why it matters.
  • How organized administration can help with legal and tax compliance complexities.


Sarah McMaster, CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP (UK)
Mike Pewton, FGE, ShareReporter (UK)
Philip Newbald, Oyster (UK)




CPE Credit
Field of Study: Specialized Knowledge
Level: II