Case Studies

PEO Solution for US architecture entertainment design firm.

A US firm that specializes in themed entertainment design, including theme park/resort design and location-based entertainment projects such as exhibitions, zoos, aquariums, and building renovations. The client is a medium-large sized company in US territory, vendor of TOP 500.

When there is a US/China deal signed, employees will be dispatched to China, usually the key projects takes a group of 5-10 employees working on-site in different cities and residing in China for 6 to 12. months.

Client’s Considerations:

  • Speed – Client needed to quickly get employees onboarded, if they plan to set up an entity in China, the time frame did not meet their expectations.
  • Cost and Efficiency – Setting up a local entity would have required several months and additional costs. They decided to go with Acadia’s PEO solution for cost efficiency.
  • Compliance – Staffing issues such as hiring, termination and payroll calculation can often be problematic, especially when companies are unfamiliar with local regulations.

Our Solution:

We Acadia engage those individuals to work as an employee for a legal entity registered in the country of their residence on a fulltime basis. The relationship is governed by a back to back contract between the PEO and the client. Acadia takes care of all employment, HR, administrative and legal matters, so the end-client can enjoy a physical presence in China without the need to set-up a legal entity.


  • Acadia employed the client’s first group team within 2 weeks of onboarding.
  • Client business launched on time, and on schedule.
  • Employees coming over from their prior jobs had no loss of statutory contributions to pensions and a smooth HR transition.
  • Client has no desire to utilize their own entity for payroll purposes.

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