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What is a PEO? Learn the Basics in a Matter of Minutes [eBook]

National PEOs have changed a lot over the past couple decades. This eBook will help you decide what kind of HR outsourcing is right for your company.

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Aug 31, 20162 minutes
What is a PEO? Here's a guide to help you out.

So you’ve heard the word PEO before, but maybe you’re curious about the nitty gritty of what a Professional Employer Organization can do for your company.

PEOs help people manage the many headaches that come with running a small business, including benefits, payroll administration, state and federal compliance, and human resources. Instead of having to deal with all those issues separately, national PEOs handle them as an all-in-one service.

We’ve written an eBook that gives a quick and easy overview of the PEO model. You can get it here.

This eBook gives an overview of:

  • The history of PEOs in the United States - Understanding how PEOs work - The risks of incorrect payroll procedure and tax code practices - Co-employment agreements - Healthcare with PEOs - Who can benefit from a PEO - How to choose the right solution for your company

An Overview of PEOs

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Becoming part of a PEO might be the right fit for your company, depending on the number of employees you have and the types of benefits, rates, and services you’re looking for. Here are some services a PEO commonly provides:

Protection against compliance risk.

Regulations have spiked in the past several years, with over 854 new rules directly affecting small businesses. Between FICA, the Occupational Safety and Health Act, Older Worker Benefit Protection Act, Veterans’ Reemployment Act, and WARN Act, a PEO can help you keep legality and compliance straight.

Higher quality benefits for less.

PEOs bundle companies together to get enterprise-level benefits for small businesses. That means your company can get up to 30% less than what you’d normally pay as a small business.

Saved time on operations.

With payroll administration and benefits and compliance overview off your hands, you’ll be able to focus on what you set out to do in the first place: run and grow your business.

This material has been prepared for informational purposes only, and is not intended to provide, and should not be relied on for, legal or tax advice. If you have any legal or tax questions regarding this content or related issues, then you should consult with your professional legal or tax advisor.