An Introduction to Employee Ownership Trusts

This page is a starting point for business owners and leaders who want to explore whether an employee ownership trust could be the right fit for them and their companies. The NCEO is posting this page and other resources for employee ownership trusts because of the rapid increase in interest.

Start Here: Corporate Governance and Employee Ownership

The relationship between employee ownership and corporate governance depends on the legal form of employee ownership–read on for specifics about ESOPs, equity compensation plans, and other forms of employee ownership.

Start Here: ESOP Decision-Makers

Resources for inside fiduciaries, board members, HR professionals, and other oversight roles at an existing ESOP company. 

Start Here: ESOP Participants

Whether you’re a new hire or a 30-year lifelong employee, being an ESOP participant is often more beneficial and more confounding than working at a non-ESOP company.

Start Here: ESOP Transactions

ESOP transactions vary widely depending on factors such as the size of the company (which ranges from under 100 employees to over 100,000), the percentage of shares the ESOP will acquire (from less than 1% to 100%), whether the transaction involves a loan, and how many people originally owned the company. Most ESOP transactions move through four phases: pre-feasibility, feasibility, design, and the transaction itself.

Start Here: Limited Liability Companies (LLCs) and Employee Ownership

Limited liability companies (LLCs) are a relatively recent form of business organization, but one that has become increasingly popular because of their simplicity and flexibility. Many LLCs want employees to have an ownership stake in the company, and they have a wide array of options.

Start Here: Professional Advisors

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