Why Deel Shield?

Misclassifying a contractor can result in fines, legal fees, and reputational harm.

For most businesses, Deel’s airtight contracts and advanced compliance features are all you need to start hiring abroad. But for those looking to gain added clarity on misclassification and liability — we’ve built Deel Shield. It’s our most secure level of contractor hiring to protect 100% from misclassification risks.

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How does it work?


We’ll assess the correct classification of your workforce and advise you on whether the worker should be a contractor or an employee.


Deel handles hiring and HR admin on your behalf. We’ll create locally compliant contracts and collect all necessary documentation.


Once set up, the client and contractor can access one platform to manage documentation, time off, payment approvals, and more.


It’s our liability, not yours

We use expertly designed worker classification tools and the help of local experts to review, correctly classify, and hire a contractor on your behalf based on location, job description, and work setup.

If misclassification occurs, Deel accepts legal liability.


Higher protection with the same flexibility

Manage everything — from localized contracts and global payroll to equipment and PTO requests — all in one place.


Quick to implement and easy to use

Unlike other Agents of Record, Deel allows you to set up international hires in days while reducing HR admin. And, get access to automated invoices, one-click payments, and HRIS integrations.


A great contractor experience all around

Provide contractors with an exceptional remote working experience. With Deel, they’ll get access to advanced payments, multi-currency withdrawals, perks, and more.


“Deel Shield gave us peace of mind when hiring people as contractors in any part of the world. I don’t have to worry anymore about compliance, it feels much safer.”

Three solutions to help you avoid misclassification

Deel Standard

Contractor hired by you

An easy way to hire, pay, and manage contractors in compliance with local regulations.

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Deel Premium

Contractor hired by you

An additional layer of protection against financial exposure and legal costs up to $25,000.

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Deel Shield

Contractor hired by Deel

Our most secure level of contractor compliance, Deel correctly classifies and hires the contractor on your behalf.

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Ready to grow your global team while guarding against misclassification? See if your contract is eligible for Deel Shield today.


What is an Agent of Record?

What is an Agent of Record? An Agent of Record (AOR) is a third party that helps organizations compliantly classify, onboard, and pay contractors worldwide.

How long does it take to set up Deel Shield?

Setup time varies depending on the time required for your business to review and sign a Master Service Agreement. Once complete, it usually takes up to 5 days to set up and onboard a contractor to the platform.

How is Deel Shield different from traditional AORs?

There are plenty of AORs that provide contract hiring services. However, most are traditional staffing agencies, leading to longer setup times, higher fees, and time intensive management, which often includes manual approvals and inconsistent reporting. Deel Shield takes traditional contractor hiring to a new level allowing clients to hire and manage contractors globally using Deel entities at record speed (up to 7 days) with zero misclassification risks.

Are there any extra fees to be aware of?

Each Deel Shield contract requires a deposit of one month of a contractor’s payment. Since we have hired the contractor, we are legally obligated to make payments to them even if a client does not pay us. Because Deel takes on all the liability and the indemnification for a contractor, we ask for one-month security of the contractor wages + Deel fee to hold in case of emergency.

How to set up Deel Shield for your company?

Get in touch, and we’ll work to better understand your hiring goals and needs to determine your Deel Shield eligibility. If Deel Shield is a fit for your team:

  1. We’ll create a Master Services Agreement between your business and Deel along with a Scope of Work. Once our teams review and sign the contract, you can make as many Shield agreements as you need.
  2. Next, we sign a Deel standard agreement with the contractor you’re onboarding with Deel Shield. Once both parties sign the contract (Deel and contractor), the contractor will get an invitation to join the platform.
  3. After that, we handle the rest. Payroll, invoices, termination, and more are all taken care of by us so you can dive right into the international talent pool.
What if Deel Shield isn’t a good fit?

Our experts will review the contractor’s location, job description, and work setup to determine Deel Shield eligibility. If the business relationship between your company and contractor is not eligible for Deel Shield, we will suggest our available EOR solutions.

Deel makes growing remote and international teams effortless. Ready to get started?






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