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8/6/2013 Detroit business exodus: Fight back with a PEO?

Source: StaffMarket
Detroit business exodus: Are the same problems coming for your business? Business owners in Detroit explain why the moved their companies out of the city.
A recent article at American Thinker exposes some of the key costs and risks that business owners face when trying to staff their companies in an area that becomes hostile to employers. The stories about the problems of Detroit span the spectrum from race to politics to crime to global economics. But one factor that gets overlooked is the hostile environment Detroit created for small businesses. As we all know, small businesses create the majority of jobs in America but the problems they face don’t get much attention. When small businesses fold or flee, the underpinnings of a local economy are in peril.

In this article I would like to comment on the frustrations expressed by the business owners quoted in the New American story and note how in many cases these same problems are happening across the USA. PEOs are in business to help their client companies address these risks.

Excerpts from The American Thinker "How Detroit Almost Killed My Business" are highlighted in red: Businessman Don Wilkie discusses his experience as a small business owner in Detroit and explains his reasons for relocating his business. His story is something many small business owners can relate to.

Rather, the beam that really broke the behemoth’s back was built with "Unemployment Insurance, Workman's Compensation and Wrongful Discharge (i.e. age discrimination, sex discrimination, racial discrimination etc.) [lawsuits]," writes Wilkie. He says there’s a dearth of jobs in the city because "in Detroit, hiring someone became the worst thing an employer could do, and being fired became one of the best days in an employee's life."

Let's take a look at the three main things Mr. Wilkie mentioned, why they are important for business owners and how hiring a PEO could have reduced Mr. Wilkie's pain.

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2/5/2008 Regions Hot Job Growth Doubted

Source: St. Petersburg Times
Article discusses how the growth of Tampa Bay Employee Leasing companies may be skewing local employment growth statistics.
As late as last year, Tampa-St. Petersburg's higher-than-average job growth earned the area honors as Forbes magazine's seventh hottest jobs market in the United States. But the accuracy of the numbers has been called into question. That's because the Tampa Bay area is unusual in being home base for dozens of professional employer organizations. PEOs are employee leasing firms to which companies outsource services like payroll and health benefits.
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5/17/2013 NAPEO Announces Ad Initiative

Source: StaffMarket
The National Association of Professional Employer Organizations expands the PEO message.
NAPEO recently release a new slogan, “Keep Calm and Call a PEO”. The advertising is shown with the image of the British crown. The ad copy appears to be a take off from a campaign in Britain at the beginning of World War II that was meant to keep up the spirits of the British population who feared invasion. Watch a video about the origin of the “Keep Calm” campaign. Given the situation facing many small and medium sized business today, the campaign slogan appears very appropriate for the times. NAPEO - Keep Calm
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5/2/2013 Workers Comp Pricing Gets Harder

Source: CFO.com
CFO article about increases in work comp insurance costs and what larger companies are doing to keep costs down.
The examples of how companies are take lots of first dollar risk and implementing safety and claims management practices is important for companies to understand. However these are large companies like Red Robin that can afford to have dedicated staff to implement these changes. Many small companies do not have the expertise or the knowledge to implement these kinds of strategies and therefore are getting hit the hardest with rate increases and in some bad cases are finding it difficult to get any WC coverage. Even Professional Employer Organizations or PEOs are being challenged to underwrite many of these small accounts.
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4/29/2013 NFIB Survey - Many Top Business Concerns Addressed by PEOs

Source: StaffMarket
The National Federation Of Indepedent Businesses survey conducted in August 2012 ranks top business concerns. PEOs help with 14 out of 75 main areas.
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5/24/2012 Oklahoma Based Accord HR Acquired by Trinet

Source: StaffMarket
Well known Oklahoma based PEO sells to Trinet
On April 26, 2012 San Leandro, CA based Trinet announced the acquisition of Oklahoma City based AccordHR. Both companies are privately held and terms of the sale were not disclosed. Oklahoma based AccordHR was founded in 1992 by Dale Hageman and grew to be one of the largest PEOs in Oklahoma. In 1995, AccordHR joined forces with John Jones in Tampa, Florida where a separate PEO was established (Accord of Florida) with Mr. Jones acting as president. According to the State of Florida, Accord HR has twelve active operating companies in Florida. In Oklahoma, Accord Human Resources has thirteen operating companies.
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1/12/2011 Colordao Business Roundtable Discusses Business Issues and Solutions

Source: North Colorado Business Report
Employer Solutions Group director outlines Health Insurance and Human Resources issues facing small businesses in 2011. Jessica Hergenberger explains the impacts of Health Care reform, helath care plan grandfathering and new enforcement efforts by the Department of Labor and OSHA.
HERGENRETER: So the first thing that I think a lot of employers are really struggling with right now is whether to grandfather or not to grandfather. If you had a health plan in place before March 23, 2010, that became your plan; and if you didn't want to make any changes to it and you wanted to keep it, then all of a sudden, you could call it a grandfathered plan. But to keep this grandfathered plan, you couldn't make any significant changes to it. So why would someone stay grandfathered? The biggest effect working right now is on small to midsized employers who have a benefit plan that gives greater benefit to highly compensated employees - we call them management carve-outs. For example, the top five executives, they want to pay a hundred percent of their premiums and their family's premiums, but for the rest of the employees, they only pay 50 percent or maybe they don't offer it at all. During grandfathering, you can't make significant changes in your plan in terms of benefits, pensions. If you do, and you don't offer it to all your employees, you're going to pay a $100 tax per employee per day. I don't think it's inhibiting people from hiring, but I think it's freaking them out from offering health care. In conversations, it's been so bad for the last couple of years anyway because of rate increases that they're saying, 'I don't know where to go with this one.' It's very directed for the consumer, to the employee. There's some information for small businesses, but there's not a comprehensive solution say, 'OK, I've got 25 employees. This is what my plan is doing. What do I have to do this year? What do I have to do the next year?' It's hard to get somebody to bring you through the whole life cycle. Everybody has their fingers in it. Health and Human Services. IRS has a piece of regulation. And the Department of Labor. If you have a full-time person to do the regulations, who do you start talking to first? And we're waiting for interim final regs. Is there anything good in it? There's a small business tax credit. If you have 24 or fewer full-time employees whose average compensation is less than $50,000, you can get a tax credit of 35 percent of the employer's portion of the premium. But it's a degrading tax credit. So for every employee over 10 and every wage over $25,000, the tax credit starts to go away. We have a nonprofit here in Northern Colorado. The average person makes $37,000 a year. They're not high income earners, and they have 27 employees. By the time we did the math, which took us almost two hours, their tax credit was zero. The important part here is - by the time we did the math. We do all their HR and payroll, so we have really good data. How many employers really have that kind of data? They don't. So if you have 10 employees and everybody is making about $27,000 a year, yeah, those aren't people who have health care. We're trying to incent them to get the health-care plans, but even at 35 percent of the tax credit, it's not helping. Because everyone was talking about health-care reform, the HIRE act got passed unnoticed. But essentially, most people benefited from the HIRE act, because if you hire employees that haven't been working for 60 days then you didn't have to pay the employer FICA match this year. And if you retained them for 52 weeks, you got an additional tax credit. That is a tax benefit that employers could really use. The other benefit that we have to talk through is the cafeteria plan. In a cafeteria plan, you have a plan in which you have 100 or fewer employees, you could say, I'm going to give you 400 bucks a month, and you guys go buy your benefits with it. That's really a cool way to do it, and people really get engaged in that, and you see your participation go up. But it used to be, you'd have a whole lot of documentation and things like that, and they passed the cafeteria plan health-care reform. That's a benefit. You know, in 2012, we'll have to report, on their W-2s, employees' cost of health care. The government wants to know what that is. So again, for people who outsource this stuff, it's easier, because hopefully, their provider is tracking these things. For the small employer who is writing payroll in QuickBooks, are they tracking that? I don't know. I think it's going to cost them time, money and energy, and I think the penalties are frustrating, because there's not a lot of recourse in how you do it.
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9/26/2011 Obama "Jobs" Bill - Businesses Could Be Sued For Bias Against Unemployed

Source: StaffMarket
President Barack Obama's latest "jobs" bill provides a provision that allows business owners to be sued for not hiring someone because they are unemployed.
President Barack Obama’s latest "jobs" bill provides a provision that allows business owners to be sued for not hiring someone because they are unemployed. The bill makes it "an unlawful employment practice" if a business with 15 or more employees refused to hire a person because of the individual’s status as unemployed. Job applicants who are not hired could sue for damages. Under the proposal the unemployed would be entitled to the same protections as if an employer discriminated against the applicant on the basis of a person's sex, race, religion or national origin.

Lawsuits for employment discrimination increase during a sluggish economy. In the fiscal year 2010, job bias charges filed with the employment commission increased 20 percent from 2007 and reached a record of nearly 100,000.
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7/13/2011 House Bill 2466 Moves Forward for PEOs

Source: US House of Representatives
Known as the Small Busienss Efficiency Act, House Bill 2466 has been introduced in congress. Enactment of the bill will solidify the Professional Employer Organization business service model with regards to legalities for successor and predecessor employer status with the IRS for calculating employee wage bases for tax calculations for FICA and FUTA.
Wage bases for state unemployment tax standings are expected to follow the national legislation standard. In addition the legislation established a certification program to be established by the Secretary of the Treasury. This certification for PEOs will be a requirement for PEOs who intend to claim the advantages of the legislation.
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5/17/2011 Streamlining HR: Use a PEO

Source: Wall Street Journal
A brief introduction to the advantages to business owners of hiring a PEO.
This article offers a starting point for evaluating PEO solutions; however other significant factors are involved with targeting the best PEO for a particular company. Workers’ compensation insurance is a significant expense for many companies in manufacturing and construction. Each PEO has certain risk for work comp they can or cannot accept. For white collar companies this is not such a concern. Also, many states require PEO licensing. HR services vary widely in the PEO industry. Some PEO clients have high demands for HR services like employee recruitment and unemployment claims management where others… not so much. Finally access to health insurance plans is a major driver for many PEO clients and each PEO has access to different carriers, plans and pricing. The PEO industry (over 700 PEOS) is a diverse lot of companies and all of these factors and more should be considered when evaluating PEO options.
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1/28/2009 OSHA 300 Log Posting Requirement

Source: US Department of Labor
All employers are reminded that workplace posting of OSHA 300 logs must be audited and completed by February 1.
You must post a copy of the annual summary in each establishment in a conspicuous place or places where notices to employees are customarily posted. You must ensure that the posted annual summary is not altered, defaced or covered by other material.
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10/15/2010 Florida Workers' Comp Rates Going Back Up in Florida

Source: Florida Restaurant Association
Florida Insurance commissioner Kevin McCarty signes off on a proposed rate hike of 7.8% for January 2011
Rates in Florida had been generally falling since lawmakers made a host of changes in 2003 -- including putting limits on attorney fees in workers' compensation cases. “The rate increase that has been justified would still give Florida the lowest rates in the Southeast, and likely keep us in the top 10 states nationally for most affordable workers’ compensation insurance,” said McCarty in a statement. “The NCCI’s prior seven annual filings represent the largest consecutive cumulative decrease in rates in our state’s history.” McCarty added that even with the latest proposed hike that rates have fallen a total of 61.9 percent since 2003.
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5/23/2008 CoAdvantage Resources Acquires Gevity ASO Clients

Source: StaffMarket
Article about the CoAdvantage - Gevity deal.
Gevity’s foray into the ASO marketplace was the brainchild of former CEO Erik Vonk who departed the company in October 2007. Mr. Vonk led the drive to acquire HRAmerica for $10M in February of 2007. At the time HRAmerica was acquired by Gevity it had 75 clients with 16,000 worksite employees.
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6/21/2010 Health Insurance Renewal Decisions - Plan "grandfathering" Complicates Things

Source: StaffMarket
With the new health care rules, companies that keep their existing health plans will be exempt from some of the legal requirements, such as providing yearly physical exams and other benefits that may add up to higher costs starting in 2014. Companies forfeit "grandfathered" status if they change their health plans.
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5/16/2010 Employers At Risk For Discrimination Suits

Source: The Oklahoman
Article discusses the changing landscape of state and federal employment laws for businesses in Oklahoma.
Violation of the law's intact provisions can have dire consequences, said Sandi Ransom, director of human resources at Accord Human Resources, an Oklahoma City-based company that provides businesses nationwide with outsourced HR solutions. "You could be convicted of a felony for driving a truck (of undocumented workers) to a work site, or even driving a friend to lunch," Ransom said.
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1/8/2009 State of North Carolina sets PEO bond requirements

Source: State of North Carolina
Renewal application still must meet the $100K bond requirements.
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3/14/2010 Wisconsin PEO Legislation

Source: State of Wisconsin
The State of Wisconsin has moved to revise the regulatory requirements for Professional Employer Organizations operating in the state. After approval, the new rules allow PEOs with less than 50 worksite employees to register with the state as "small operations" and removes the requirement of the PEO to provide financial statements to the department. In addition the state will maintain and publish a list of all PEO and PEGs (2 or more PEOs). Other provisions specify that all state taxes, assessments or benefits required by the state must be paid by the PEO client.
This bill provides that the employees of a PEO or PEG who are providing services for the client will also be considered the employees of the client for the purposes of determining the value of any tax credits or economic development incentives that may be provided by a local governmental unit to a client who provides employment.
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3/5/2010 Background Checking - Burden of Proof is coming

Source: WorkForce
Employers who use background check information as criteria for hiring decisions may be forced to demonstrate relevance for the job.
New EEOC regulations demanding an evidence-based approach to screening may help hone more effective hiring practices and provide a safe harbor from negligent-hiring lawsuits. The criminal screening process now in place at many companies may be an expedient method for culling candidates, but employers with hiring bars may soon have to rely more on proven methods for mitigating risk: job-specific hiring policies, proper supervision and effective performance management.
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11/17/2009 Frank Crum Signs Deal with Tampa Bay Lightning

Source: Tampabay.com
Longtime Lightning fan Frank Crum increases sponsorship and human resources services to the Tampa Bay Lightning hockey team.
As part of the contract announced Tuesday, FrankCrum will provide other services to the Lightning such as employment tax expertise and unemployment claims management. It also will be the team's exclusive provider of staffing services.
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11/18/2009 Florida Employers Face Large Increase in Unemployment Taxes

Source: Tampa Bay Times
Florida's high and climbing rate of claims for unemployment insurance has caused the state Department of Revenue to increase the minimum and maximum rates for employers must pay for SUTA. In addition to the rate schedule changes, the state is increasing the wage base used to calculate the tax, increasing it from $7,000 to $8,500 dollars for every Florida employee. In Florida SUTA taxes are paid wholly by the employer. Get the 2010 Florida SUTA tax rates facts sheet.
Notices of businesses' individual rates will be distributed in November and December, effective for wages paid on or after Jan. 1. The increases are needed to replenish the state's trust fund used to pay unemployment insurance benefits. Under state law, if the fund falls below 4 percent of the total taxable payroll in the most recent fiscal year, it automatically triggers an adjustment in unemployment tax rates.
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11/18/2009 TriNet Reports Strong Third Quarter 2009 Revenue

Source: Bradenton Herald
TriNet reports that revenues doubled since the acquisition of Bradenton based Gevity in the summner of 2009.
TriNet has added 350 small business clients since it acquired Gevity. Of those, 212 clients were recruited in the third quarter. TriNet’s client base is now about 8,000 small businesses, which have a combined 130,000 employees.
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2/24/2007 A quiet Florida giant begins to make noise

Source: St. Petersburg Times
Growth at FrankCrum (formerly known as Crum Staffing) is taking off. Summary article about the company and its president and CEO, Frank Crum Jr.
The company, FrankCrum, is a PEO, or professional employer organization, which means it does human resources work for other companies. Crum, 57, also owns Crum Staffing, a temporary staffing firm; and Frank Winston Crum Insurance, a workers' compensation insurance carrier. Up next: FrankCrum is rolling out a service called Frank Advice. Crum hopes that his 3,000 client companies will use the information, available online and by hotline, to make sure they're following the law when hiring, firing, paying and educating employees.
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8/8/2009 PEOs: Recession Proof?

Source: Bradenton Herald
Article discusses the business environment for several Florida based PEOs.
“Small business leaders have learned that the best strategy to navigate a turbulent economy is to devote their finite resources to what they do best and outsource the rest,” said Burton M. Goldfield, president and chief executive officer of TriNet. “These products give them a customized HR solution that will boost their productivity and profitability.”
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4/1/2009 Avoiding Court During a Recession

Source: Risk Management Magazine
Good advice for avoiding lawsuits for unfair employment termination.
According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), 2007 had the highest number of incoming private sector discrimination charge filings since 2002, along with the largest annual increase since the early 1990s. All this combined with the expected onslaught of age-bias lawsuits from baby boomers means that risk managers must work harder than ever to avoid employment-related lawsuits during the current recession.
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6/3/2009 State of Nevada approves PEO legislation

Source: State of Nevada
The state of Nevada has approved significant enhancements to PEO legislation. New provisions ensure PEOs have flexibility for providing clients with workers' compensation insurance coverage and ensures uniform financial standards for the PEO industry.
AN ACT relating to employee leasing companies; authorizing the Administrator of the Division of Industrial Relations of the Department of Business and Industry to adopt regulations relating to a third party that may act on behalf of an employee leasing company; providing various means for an employee leasing company and its clients to provide workers’ compensation coverage; requiring employee leasing companies to pay an annual registration fee; requiring employee leasing companies to submit certain audited financial statements; providing the means by which an employee of an employee leasing company may notify a supervisor of an injury for the purposes of industrial insurance; and providing other matters properly relating thereto.
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6/5/2009 Florida puts new reporting requirements on Professional Employer Organizations.

Source: State of Florida
Florida passes "Accurate Employment Statistics Enhancement Act" to require PEO and Employee Leasing companies to submit client level detail information to the state government for use in unemployment compensation data analysis. Known as Florida House bill HB641 and Senate bill SB1062.
The bill amends the definition of “employee leasing company” in s. 443.036(18), F.S., to include a statement that requires employee leasing companies to produce quarterly reports concerning their clients and internal staff. The new definition will require employee leasing companies to “produce quarterly reports concerning the clients of the employee leasing company and the internal staff of the employee leasing company.” Quarterly reports will provide AWI with more timely and accurate labor market statistics.
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4/17/2009 New Hampshire Employee Leasing Law May Change

Source: State of New Hampshire
Audit requirements for employee leasing companies in New Hampshire may be improved if senate passed legislation is approved.
An employee leasing company may meet its obligation to provide workers’ compensation insurance coverage for leased employees through 2 carriers, provided that each client company’s leased employees shall be covered by only one carrier and that such coverage shall clearly delineate such client company employees by client company name and federal identification number.
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1/29/2009 Workers' Comp Rates to Rise in Florida

Source: South Florida Business Journal
Florida Workers' Compensation rates will be going up as a result of a recent Florida supreme court ruling that disallows a rate schedule for lawyers.
Florida Insurance Commissioner Kevin McCarty is expected to approve a 6.4 percent increase in Florida's workers' compensation insurance rates on April 1.
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2/17/2009 ADP TotalSource Financial Results

Source: Seeking Alpha
ADP Reports 2008 fourth quarter financial results
By segment, Employer Services (ES) revenue grew 6% to $1.64 billion with 3% growth in the U.S. payroll and tax filing business and 10% growth in beyond payroll revenue. Year–to-date client retention declined 0.5 percentage points. The dollar value of new business sales declined 13% for ES and Professional Employer Organization (PEO) Services due to price sensitivity and the increased number of companies going out of business. PEO Services revenue grew 14% to $285.4 million and Dealer Services revenue decreased 1% to $342.7 million.
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12/2/2008 Ohio Amends UI Regulations

Source: Commerce Clearing House
Ohio defines terms for SUTA - state unemployment taxes for clients using an employee leasing company.
Employee leasing. The term “unrelated third party client” is now defined as an entity unrelated to, or not sharing common ownership, management or control with, an employee leasing company, and to which individuals are provided by the employee leasing company to perform services on a permanent basis.
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11/21/2008 Employers Hurt by Swollen Health Care Costs

Source: Long Island Business News
The drastic rise in the costs for employer for health insurance is fueling demand for Health Savings Accounts or HSAs
Another option is an HSA, in which dollars are allocated to employees, who can roll the accounts over every year and take them with them when they leave. I have a host of clients that uses HRAs, and a host of clients that uses HSAs,” Bradley said. “Some companies prefer HRAs because they are not as cumbersome to set up, and they retain the funds, rather than returning them to employees.” But others favor the HSA for the effect it has on employees. “It encourages them to become better consumers of health care, since they’re spending their own money,” Bradley said. For instance, “if the money is coming out of their own pocket, consumers might ask doctors if they really need all three tests, or if they really need 100 pills instead of 50,” said Lou Basso, president of The Alcott Group, a Farmingdale-based professional employer organization and provider of human resources services.
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11/17/2008 Florida - NCCI Proposes 18.6% Workers Comp Rate Hike

Source: Palm Beach Post
Although workers' compensation rates are expected to drop in January 2009, NCCI has proposed to hike rates shortly thereafter beginning in March and another hike later in 2009.
The schedule, a key part of the 2002 workers comp reform, capped attorneys fees that had helped make Florida's rates among the highest in the nation. Since the legislative overhaul, rates have fallen by 60 percent, and Florida is now among the lowest states in terms of workers comp rates. A representative of the Florida Chamber of Commerce said small businesses cannot tolerate an increase, and he charged trial lawyers with getting a "bailout'' as the result of the Supreme Court decision.
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11/13/2008 California State Fund files for 8.9% workers’ comp increase

Source: San Francisco Business Times
Since dropping by 63% since 2003, work comp rates in California are now on the rise, with state fund jacking rates up 8.9% for 2009.
Since increases in workers’ compensation premium rates typically hit some lines of business harder than others, the steepest increases are likely to affect businesses in areas such as construction, manufacturing, transportation and retail, which are already struggling due to the rapidly weakening U.S. and California economies.
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10/1/2008 Administaff Announces Results of Business Survey and Compensation Data

Source: Business Wire
Survey of small and medium sized businesses show more caution for 2009.
The economy was listed by 81.5 percent of business owners as their biggest concern for 2009 versus 45.8 percent last year. More than 60 percent listed controlling costs as a leading concern, compared to 53.3 percent in Nov. 2007. Rising health care costs were another concern for 43.1 percent of respondents, a slight decrease from 44.6 percent in 2007. Retaining their most valued employees ranked fourth by 31.2 percent of those polled, and 28.9 percent of respondents listed hiring the right people.
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Latest Comment: - 11/14/2008
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2/14/2008 Entrepreneur.com magazine article about PEOs is misguided

Source: StaffMarket
StaffMarket president Jim Hamilton replies to Entrepreneur.com business advisor.
Most PEOs also offer an ASO product and many ASO offer a PEO product. Whether a PEO or ASO makes more sense for you company depends on your current insurance, HR and administrative service needs. Companies should look at both options depending on their situation.
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Latest Comment: - 7/27/2008
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5/20/2008 Most Small Business Owners Optimistic

Source: Jacksonville Business Journal
Administaff survey claims that small business owners are optimistic about growth in the coming year.
Nearly 78 percent of owners and managers of small businesses say their companies will meet or surpass growth expectations this year, according to a national survey. The Business Confidence Survey by Administaff found more than 26 percent of employers plan to increase salaries this year, while 50 percent will maintain current wage levels. Sixty-four percent said they expect overtime to remain about the same. The business confidence survey was conducted this month via Administaff Inc.'s database of more than 6,000 small and mid-sized businesses.
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4/10/2008 California Flexible Work Week Defeated Despite Support from California Chamber of Commerce

Source: Calfornia Chamber of Commerce
Party line vote kills employer flexibility in California.
Benoit´s bill was sponsored by the California Chamber of Commerce and received a wide array of support from California´s business community, with more than 43 local Chambers signing on as co-sponsors of AB 2127.
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1/15/2008 Oasis Outsourcing Inc. acquires two Tampa Florida PEOs

Source: Sarasota Herald Tribune
Professional Employer Plans and Advantage Employer Solutions have been acquired by Oasis Outsourcing of West Palm Beach.
Oasis Outsourcing Holdings Inc., a privately held professional employer organization with an office in Sarasota, said Monday that it has acquired Professional Employer Plans Inc., Advantage Employer Solutions Inc. and related companies, which are headquartered in Tampa.
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1/9/2008 Help your Business Thrive in 2008

Source: American Chronicle
Good thoughts on surviving business cycles and outsourcing non-core activities
Employee leasing is a fast growing opportunity, growing by over 20% per year. It's a way to outsource not only the employee contingent of the business, but generally the organizational aspect of employees. Most employee leasing groups handle all the Human Resources function for the funds expended. The most important part of any outsourcing arrangement is that the group supporting the business must understand the business core competencies, how the business operates, and what are the end results desired. Moreover, the outsourced group must be able to support the core competencies for which it is working with quality and integrity.
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1/3/2008 CoAdvantage Holdings completes acquisition of Bradenton professional employer organization

Source: Orlando Sentinel
NELCO sells to Co-Advantage Holdings of Orlando.
Both CoAdvantage and Nelco, which was founded in 1983 and is one of the country's oldest professional employer organizations, have each been major companies in their field, said Milan Yager, spokesman for the National Association of Professional Employer Organizations.
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8/30/2007 PEOs Stake Claim to Marketplace

Source: The Business Ledger
Chicago based PEOs and HR experts discuss the lack of awareness about Professional Employer Organizations in their area and the advantages for medium sized businesses.
"Do your homework and do a cost benefit analysis," said Mary Lynn Fayoumi, president and CEO of the Management Association of Illinois in Downers Grove. "Get multiple quotes from PEOs and make sure that you are getting a plan that is designed for your company and not a vanilla form. Kick the tires and make sure you are happy with what you are paying for."
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7/16/2007 PEOs get a boost in Hawaii

Source: Hawaii Reporter
Hawaii resolves general excise tax problems for PEOs.
This year after more than seven years of being debated in the legislature, a measure has passed and been signed into law that recognizes that the amount of reimbursement for wages, salaries, benefits and insurance premiums is really not gross income to the PEO and should not be subject to the general excise tax. HB 317 became Act 225 of the 2007 session.
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Latest Comment: - 8/24/2007
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8/9/2007 Labor laws force businesses to outsource HR

Source: Las Vegas Business Press
Las Vegas based business has $1.14M fine levied by the Labor Department Wage and Hour division for improperly recording employee work hours. PEO owner discusses how outsourcing HR tasks with a PEO can prevent these problems.
A PEO eliminates many of the employer responsibilities and liabilities, as well as eliminates non-productive administration functions. It also allows a small business to re-focus on its bottom-line activities, create predictable operating costs, reduce vulnerability to key employee turnover and enhance the perceived value of benefits.
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4/4/2007 Cure Your HR Ills

Source: CNN
Article discusses the business advantages of engaging a PEO.
For the business owner PEOs take on the headache of payroll taxes, regulatory compliance, and a gamut of HR issues, from hiring to drafting an employee handbook to mediating conflicts. Although PEOs have been around since the early 1980s, the industry has been growing at 15 to 20 percent annually over the past several years, according to the National Association of Professional Employer Organizations, an industry trade group.
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4/17/2007 Better Business Solutions and Ohio based Sequent merge

Source: Birmingham News
Article reviews merger of Better Business Solutions based in Birmingham, Alabama and Sequent Inc. based in Columbus, Ohio. The new company will operate under the name of Better Business Solutions.
The combined firm will handle 7,000 outside employees in 40 states. Such "professional employment firms" take over many personnel and payroll functions for small- and mid-sized companies. They also serve as the legal employer of record, allowing them to negotiate pooled retirement and insurance plans on behalf of the employees they represent. The large pool of workers usually means more options and better rates than small employers can negotiate individually.
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Latest Comment: - 4/23/2007
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3/26/2007 State of Washington draft legislation affecting PEOs

Source: State of Washington
Proposed legislation may alter the landscape for PEOs in Washington state.
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3/12/2007 Arizona considers Work Comp discount for drug testing.

Source: Arizona Star
Drug testing for Arizona workers may allow insurance companies to offer discounts to employers with drug testing programs.
Workers' compensation in Arizona is a no-fault system. Employees injured on the job are entitled to have their medical bills paid and a percentage of their salary, regardless of who caused the mishap. In exchange for guaranteed compensation, the workers give up the right to sue the employer for negligence. Most companies buy insurance coverage, though some larger firms are self-insured. A 1999 state law says that if a company has a drug-testing policy, an injured worker can be denied benefits for failing a drug test or refusing to take one. But two years ago the state Supreme Court ruled that law unconstitutional. The justices said the workers' compensation system — and the no-fault provision — is part of the state constitution and lawmakers are powerless to alter that.
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2/19/2007 Gevity expands technology through acquisition

Source: Tampa Bay Business Journal
Gevity pays $10M for 75 ASO clients and Ultimate Solutions HR platform.
While the client portfolio of HRAmerica fits the profile of those businesses who could benefit from Gevity's broader comprehensive offering, the key reason for the transaction is to acquire the processes and technology to support our growth," said Erik Vonk, chairman and chief executive officer, in the release.
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1/31/2007 PEOs provide human-resource, payroll services

Source: Orlando Sentinel
Business columnist Harry Wessel answers a question from an employee whos' company recently hired a PEO.
Question: The company where I've worked for several years recently signed an agreement with another company to take over all labor-relations activities. An "employee leasing" statement we were given to sign expressly acknowledges this new company, which I've never heard of, as a co-employer. It appears to make me an employee of the new company. The statement even says there will be a 90-day evaluation period, during which I could be dismissed for any reason, and that I could be reassigned to another job at the company's discretion. In addition to having to revert to rookie status, I'm worried that, if I sign, it will affect the benefits I've accrued, as well as unemployment benefits should I need them. Can the company legally do this?
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1/22/2007 Best practices back PEO industry certification

Source: Business Insurance
Information about ESAC and the value for Professional Employer Organizations who participate.
The $51 billion U.S. professional employer organization industry has worked hard to develop independent performance certification and accreditation programs to provide greater assurance to the marketplace, including insurance companies, business clients and regulators. With leadership from the National Assn. of Professional Employer Organizations, the industry developed the PEO Workers Compensation Risk Management Certification Program (IF, March 2005) based on best performance practices determined by insurance carriers.
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