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9/14/2012 SOI - Strategic Outsourcing Inc. Purchased by Trinet

Source: StaffMarket
SOI - A PEO headquartered in North Carolina and longtime presence in the Southeast United States has been purchased by Trinet.
Strategic Outsourcing Inc. known as SOI and one of the nations largest Professional Employer Organizations (PEO) has been purchased by Trinet. According to information from SOI, they process over $2.5 billion in payroll for over 62,000 worksite employees. SOI was founded by Steven Mariano the late 1990s and was later sold to Union Planters Bank which later became Regions Bank. Executives at SOI included CEO Carl Guidice, President Gil Aleman, Sales EVP Eldridge Bravo and COO Anthony Dannon. Mr. Danon was formerly the VP of finance at Staff Leasing, Inc. a publically traded PEO that later became Gevity and was later taken private when purchased by Trinet. SOI has headquarters in Charlotte, North Carolina. Trinet may now become the nation’s largest PEO at 104,000 worksite employees following the spring acquisition of Accord HR in Oklahoma City Oklahoma. According to information from Alphastaff, SOI had 2.9% of the PEO market in 2010 and Trinet had 1.9% of the PEO market.
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7/27/2012 Florida Amends Unemployment Compensation Rules for Employee Leasing Companies

Source: StaffMarket
The state of Florida now allows PEOs to elect to use either a master experience unemployment rate or the individual UI rate of each of their clients. Once declared, the method cannot be changed and applies to all of the PEO's existing clients and future clients.
Florida has adopted changes to the way employee leasing companies (also known as Professional Employer Organizations or PEOs) may pay and report contributions for state unemployment taxes. With the new rules, employee leasing companies in Florida are allowed to make a one-time election to use the unemployment rate (for non-internal employees) of each individual client rather than a single rate established for the whole employee leasing company. Under the client level election, the unemployment claims and tax payments may now be done using the tax identification number of the employee leasing client rather than the tax ID of the PEO.
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1/17/2012 Administrative Concepts Sells PEO Operation

Source: StaffMarket
Administrative Concepts (ACC) a long time PEO in Florida has sold its operation to Progressive Employer Management Company (PEMCO) a Professional Employer Organization located in Sarasota Florida.
January 15, 2012

Administrative Concepts (ACC) a long time PEO in Florida has sold its operation to Progressive Employer Management Company (PEMCO) a Professional Employer Organization located in Sarasota Florida.

ACC was founded in 1995 by George Bushong and his wife Sarah Peel. Mr. Bushong has had a long time involvement with the employee leasing industry and was part of the original group that created Staff Leasing in Bradenton, Florida in the early 1980s. Mr. Bushong helped maneuver his company, ACC, through the tumultuous period of workers’ compensation insurance in 2001 by starting his own workers' compensation carrier, Southern Eagle Insurance. Creating the insurance company allowed ACC to offer their employee leasing clients workers' compensation insurance when many traditional work comp carriers would not write policies to any employee leasing companies. The strategy helped ACC grow during a time period when many other employee leasing companies were being forced to close their doors. The effectiveness of that strategy came to an abrupt end when Southern Eagle Insurance Company was forced in to receivership by the Florida Chief Financial Officer, Jeff Atwater on December 16, 2011.

Any former clients of ACC who have outstanding workers' compensation claims prior to the merger with PEMCO should review information located at the Florida Division of Rehabilitation and Liquidation about how Southern Eagle Insurance claims will be paid. With the entry of the liquidation order, the Florida Workers' Compensation Insurance Guaranty Association (FWCIGA) was activated to help pay claims for workers' compensation policies.
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1/6/2012 Employee Leasing Solutions Sold

Source: StaffMarket
One of the founders of the employee leasing industry, William Mullis has sold his company, Employee Leasing Solutions to a new employee leasing company named Workforce Business Services.
January 6, 2012.

One of the founders of the employee leasing industry, William Mullis has sold his company, Employee Leasing Solutions to a new employee leasing company named Workforce Business Services. According to information on the ELS website, Robert Kelly a long time business partner and executive at ELS has purchased the interest of Mr. Mullis. Terms of the sale were not disclosed.
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8/31/2011 Is a PEO Right For Your Company?

Source: US Chamber of Commerce
This article, authored by the new CEO of NAPEO, provides a brief introduction to the benefits for companies of hiring a Professional Employer Organization or PEO.
Article Comments from StaffMarket: This article is a great starting point for business owners and managers to use when starting to investigate the viability of using a PEO for their company. Companies with up to 500 employees often find that the overhead associated with hiring a dedicated internal staff to perform the long list of employer related duties is not cost effective compared to outsourcing to a PEO. Every PEO has economies of scale and expert staff ready to handle issues related to: HR administration and risk management, insurance plan management, workers compensation claims administration, unemployment administration, payroll, etc. The reality is the most small businesses who do things “in-house” do it poorly at a higher cost than using a PEO. For business considering hiring a PEO, the things to consider is a bit more expansive than listed here. StaffMarket.com has a PEO and Employee Leasing buyers guide that may be helpful. In addition, understanding each PEO's pricing can be a challenge, so having an independent advisor or CPA review each PEO proposal is also a good idea. As with any business arrangement, having a clear understanding of what services and fees are included and not included makes for a good long term relationship. After advising thousands of clients on how to target and evaluate PEO and employee leasing solutions for their company, we concur that the hiring a PEO can be the best decision many businesses can make. Finding the right PEO makes the difference.
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7/19/2011 Staff Leasing Signed by Texas Governor

Source: Insurance Journal
Texas has implemented measures that require Professional Employer Organizations to provide workers' compensation loss runs for their PEO clients when requested. Several PEOs in Texas have joined forces with independent insurance agents to promote the new rules.
While most PEOs would ultimately provide the information, some would not. HB 625 "simply corrects that situation and makes it clear that if you are outside or inside a PEO, if you’re an employer, you have access to that loss information," VanDelinder said. He added that PEO professional organizations were in favor of standardizing the requirements and were instrumental in drafting some of the language in the bill.
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6/1/2011 Nevada moves to clarify working capital requirements for PEOs and employee leasing companies.

Source: State of Nevada
PEOs must demonstrate adequate working capital for all days of the year. PEOs in operation less than a year must present financial statements reviewed by a CPA.
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2/28/2011 Administaff to change company name to Insperity

Source: StaffMarket
Prospective clients confusion with staffing services prompts Administaff to change company name to Insperity.
According to an article in the Houston Business Journal, Administaff will change its name to Insperity. In addition the company will modify it’s logo and change it’s tag line from “Small business is good for America. Administaff is good for small business.® to “inspiring business performance” During a conference call with investors and analysts, Paul Savardi, CEO explained that many prospective businesses clients assumed that the company was involved with temporary staffing rather than operating as a Professional Employer Organization (PEO). According to Savardi, this confusion makes it difficult for Administaff sales staff to get an appointment with prospect clients. In a similar move in 2001, Staff Leasing Inc., a PEO in Florida, changed its name to Gevity HR. A year later Gevity HR dropped the “HR” and became Gevity. Similar rational drove the change to indentify the company’s services as distinct from the “staffing” industry. Gevity was taken private is now a part of Trinet Inc.. Staff Leasing and Administaff both went public in 1997.
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2/25/2011 State of New Hampshire affirms rules for PEOs with large employer health plans

Source: State of New Hampshire
The bill affirms the ability of employee leasing company to sponsor health insurance plans and defines time periods for PEOs to report initial and terminating clients to the NH Department of Labor.
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1/12/2011 Illinois State Senate Changes Work Comp Reporting Rules for PEOs

Source: State of Illinois
The state of Illinois has proposed an amendment to senate bill SB1066 that requires PEOs to provide all clients with an insurance coverage document that specifies its rights and obligations under the PEOs master policy and includes the date of the start and termination of the policy coverage.
For purposes of this subsection, "Professional Employer Organization" or "PEO" means an entity or group of entities that provides the services of its workers to its client or clients through an arrangement for a fee pursuant to an agreement, written or otherwise. "Professional Employer 11 Organization" or "PEO" also includes an employee leasing company or other similarly administered arrangement. Any workers' compensation insurance policy issued to a PEO shall at a minimum provide the following information to the Commission or any entity designated by the Commission regarding each policy issued to the PEO: (1) Each client company of the PEO listed as additional named insured. (2) Information schedules attached to the master identify each individual company's name, FEIN, and job location. (3) A certificate of insurance coverage document issued to each client company specifying its rights and obligations under the master policy that clearly establishes both the identity and status of the client, as well as the dates of inception and termination of coverage, if applicable.
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9/10/2010 Michigan Schools Contract Out More Than Ever

Source: Mackinac Center For Public Policy
Michigan school systems are increasing contracting out and using employee leasing services to save money for all kinds of non-instructional services.
Pension costs are a financial drain on school districts. Districts must pay about 19 percent of payroll to support retirement benefits of public school employees. This is one reason why contracting out with employee leasing services for noninstructional services is attractive to districts. The companies usually offer retirement savings benefits through 401(k) plans, which can save the district up to 10 percent. Employee leasing agencies accounted for three of the new food service contracts, seven of the transportation contracts, and seven of the custodial service contracts.
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8/11/2010 Should You Outsource your HR?

Source: Fast Casual
A tax advisor in the restaurant and hospitality industry provides some guidance for business owners about outsourcing their Human Resource tasks by engaging a Professional Employer Organization.
One area of outsourcing that is becoming increasingly popular is the human resources administration function, through the use of a professional employer organization, or PEO. Sometimes referred to as an employee leasing company, a PEO enables you to outsource the human resource management functions, including payroll, employee benefits, record keeping, and workers compensation coverage. However, before deciding to outsource that important function, the restaurant owner must fully consider the benefits and risks of such an arrangement.
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5/20/2010 Health Care Law will limit job growth

Source: Cape Cod Times
Massachusetts business owners and CPAs discuss impacts of state and federal health care credits and laws on their business plans.
It's hard to say how these time-consuming new calculations and credits will affect job creation, with the possible exception of government workers and accountants. Fifteen years ago, the average number of employees in a small business was 17; now it's 10. But recently, a "Cape Cod Commission" effect has come into play with more businesses choosing to stay at nine employees to avoid triggering all these expenses, reporting and paperwork, and simply leasing workers if more help is needed. It's worth noting that many employee leasing companies simply choose to pay the penalty rather than try to comply with the government reporting requirements.
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12/28/2009 Florida moves to amend UI reporting for Employee Leasing Companies

Source: State Of Florida
The State of Florida Senate bill S1062 will require employee leasing companies and Professional Employer Organizations to report employment related data on their clients to the Labor Market Statistics Center within the Agency for Workforce Innovation on a quarterly basis. The motivation for the collection of this information is more accurate information about the employment in various industries and a better understanding of the impacts on the state unemployment insurance compensation funding contributions.
"Employee leasing company" means an employing unit that has a valid and active license under chapter 468 and that maintains the records required by s. 443.171(5) and, in addition, is responsible for producing quarterly reports concerning the clients of the employee leasing company and the internal staff of the employee leasing company.
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11/2/2009 State of Texas Proposes Updates to Staff Leasing Regulations

Source: State of Texas
Texas is considering amending the law regarding employee leasing companies requirements for "net worth" of the PEO to "working capital" among other changes.
Proposed rule 72.40 details the proof of net worth requirements for staff leasing services companies, which are set out in general terms in the statute and which are critical for ensuring the performance of the companies’ obligations to their clients and assigned employees. The proposed rules explain the options for demonstrating net worth that are available to staff leasing services companies. They detail the general requirements that are applicable to all options and the specific requirements that accompany each option.
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9/29/2009 Employee Leasing Rules Eased in New Hampshire

Source: New Hampshire Business Review
New law allows PEO Client Service Agreements to specify which party is responsbile for violations of state labor laws. New Hampshire PEO clients should check their CSA for definition of liability.
The new law also allows leasing companies to get two workers' compensation carriers, which should give them more flexibility in which occupations to place their workers. The bill does require leasing companies to file audited financial statements with the state.
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9/29/2009 Colorado Amends UI Laws Regarding Employee Leasing

Source: Commerce Clearing House
Brief on SUTA rules for PEO and employee leasing companies in Colorado.
The Act now requires employee leasing companies to notify the Division as to whether the company elects to report and pay unemployment insurance taxes as the employing unit or whether it elects to report taxes attributable to employees under the respective accounts and rates for each work site employer. Employee leasing companies electing to report and pay unemployment insurance taxes as the employing unit under its own unemployment accounts and tax rates are permitted to change the election one time after the initial election by notifying the Division no later than the end of the current calendar quarter. An employee leasing company's election to pay unemployment taxes under the respective unemployment accounts and tax rates of the work site employer is final and may not be reversed.
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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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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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5/29/2009 State of Texas upgrades PEO legislation

Source: State of Texas
The State of Texas has modified the Texas PEO statutes to include new definitions for PEO working capital requirements as well as ensure PEO clients are defined as the eligible parties for other employer based tax credits. PEOs renewing their licenses and seeking new licenses to operate in Texas will need to be compliant with the provision effective December 31, 2011.
C.S.H.B. 2249 strengthens financial standards for staff leasing services companies, establishes a superior standard for determining a staff leasing services company's liquidity, creates maximum efficiencies at TDLR for the staff leasing services company licensing process, and allows a staff leasing services company to use an approved assurance organization to act on its behalf in complying with licensing requirements. The bill clarifies that nothing in a staff leasing services arrangement affects the ability of a client company to qualify for tax credits or other economic incentives. The bill requires a staff leasing services company to provide employment information required for the administration of any tax credit, grant, or economic incentive that is based on employment.
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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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1/14/2009 North Dakota Debates removing PEO Financial Requirements

Source: State of North Dakota
The state of North Dakota proposed amending existing legislation that requires professional employer organizations to provide audited financial statements as a condition of obtaining a license to operate in the state. Industry representatives are opposing the measure and it has been tabled until a subcommittee returns to the legislature with its findings.
A person may not provide, advertise, or otherwise hold itself out as providing professional employer services, unless the person is licensed under this chapter. A person engaged in the business of providing professional employer services shall obtain a license regardless of its use of the term or conducting business as a "professional employer organization", "staff leasing company", "registered staff leasing company", "employee leasing company", "administrative employer", or any other name.
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1/9/2009 State of Colorado moves forward with Employee Leasing Legislation

Source: State of Colorado
The Colorado department of Labor and Employment moves to implement PEO and employee leasing regulations for the first quarter of 2009.
Each employee leasing company shall pay wages and collect, report, and pay all payroll-related taxes from its own accounts for all covered employees. each employee leasing company shall pay unemployment compensation insurance taxes and provide, maintain, and secure all records and documents required of work-site employers under the unemployment insurance laws of this state for covered employees. For unemployment reporting purposes, each employee leasing company is the only employing unit for covered employees and shall have the responsibility for unemployment compensation insurance as required of an employer pursuant to the "Colorado employment security act", articles 70 to 82 of this title.
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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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9/9/2008 Colorado amends law for employee leasing companies

Source: CCH
Colorado lawmakers formally define the co-employment relationship.
The law now defines the term “co-employer” as an employee leasing company or work-site employer. The term “co-employment relationship” is defined as one intended to be ongoing, rather than temporary or project specific, and where the rights and obligations of the employer have been allocated between the co-employers by an employee leasing contract. In addition, the employee leasing company and work-site employer are entitled to enforce only the employer rights and obligations allocated to them under the contract. The work-site employer also may enforce any right and perform any obligation not specifically allocated to the employee leasing company by the contract. The terms “covered employee” and “work-site employee” mean an individual who is in an employment relationship with an employee leasing company and work-site employer and has received notice of the co-employment.
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7/15/2008 State of Connecticut releases new legislation for Professional Employer Organizations

Source: State of Connecticut
Connecticut establishes rules for PEOs who operate in the state including registration with the state.
Professional employer organization" means any person engaged in the business of providing professional employer services, regardless of whether such person uses the term or conducts business as a professional employer organization, staff leasing company, registered staff leasing company, employee leasing company, administrative employer or any other name.
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6/10/2008 Contractors must verify employees' legal status

Source: El Paso Times
Effective June 10, 2008 all contractors and others who do business with the federal government must us the E-Verify system to verify an applicants right to work.
Pat Villalobos, president and owner of Barnhart/Taylor, which provides engineering, heating and ventilation, bids on government contracts and has worked on various projects at Fort Bliss. "When it comes to my employees, I keep up with their documents," Villalobos said. "When they come work for me, I ask them for their documents, especially if they're going to be on government property. "The E-Verify system is very user-friendly," she added. "When I use employee leasing companies, the leasing companies verify (in advance) the legal status of the workers they send me. Anyone who is not ready for this will hinder their recruiting efforts, and (immigration authorities) can conduct an audit at any time."
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5/28/2008 State of Colorado passes PEO and Employee Leasing Legislation

Source: State of Colorado
Colorado passes legislation that clarifies the rights and responsibilities of companies when hiring a professional employer organization. PEO and employee leasing arrangements have recognized legal status in Colorado.
EACH EMPLOYEE LEASING COMPANY SHALL PAY WAGES AND COLLECT, REPORT, AND PAY ALL PAYROLL-RELATED TAXES FROM ITS OWN ACCOUNTS FOR ALL COVERED EMPLOYEES. EACH EMPLOYEE LEASING COMPANY SHALL PAY UNEMPLOYMENT COMPENSATION INSURANCE TAXES AND PROVIDE, MAINTAIN, AND SECURE ALL RECORDS AND DOCUMENTS REQUIRED OF WORK-SITE EMPLOYERS UNDER THE UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE LAWS OF THIS STATE FOR COVERED EMPLOYEES. FOR UNEMPLOYMENT REPORTING PURPOSES, EACH EMPLOYEE LEASING COMPANY IS THE ONLY EMPLOYING UNIT FOR COVERED EMPLOYEES AND SHALL HAVE the responsibility for unemployment compensation insurance as required of an employer pursuant to the "Colorado Employment Security Act", articles 70 to 82 of this title.
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5/18/2008 Tampa Bay Companies Persevere

Source: Tampabay.com
Brief article about the strengh of Tampa Bay PEOs and employee leasing companies.
Bradenton's Bealls defies the national retail chains because it knows the Florida market well. And Clearwater's Frank Crum and Holiday's Southeast Personnel Leasing are big parts of an employee leasing industry that's become densely packed in this part of Florida.
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5/15/2008 The Risk of Using Independent Contractors

Source: New York Law Journal
Misclassification penalties of independent contractors get more attention from the IRS and state agencies.
The use of a responsible employee leasing organization is a practical and viable alternative that allows 1099ers to continue to provide services to the company, yet it substantially minimizes a company's exposure to liability under the tax, employee benefits and labor laws. This alternative can dramatically reduce a company's risk of liability and substantially diminish the likelihood of a lawsuit or an audit by a governmental agency. Unlike payrolling companies, an employee leasing organization is a third-party employer. Some or all of the company's 1099ers (as well as its long-term temps, project employees, per diems and consultants) can be hired as employees of the leasing organization, which withholds taxes; makes Social Security, Medicare and unemployment payments; pays Workers' Compensation premiums; and may also provide basic medical and dental benefits and offer participation in a 401(k) plan maintained by the leasing organization.
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3/19/2008 Professional Employer Organizations can help small companies cut costs

Source: San Francisco Chronical
Article covers the basics of how small companies benefit from a PEO.
Although sometimes aligned with temporary employment agencies and staff leasing firms, the organization provides a much different type of service. Unlike a temp agency, your employees are intended to be permanent and not moved around to a variety of jobs. In terms of staff leasing, you are not just leasing any employee, you're leasing your own employee. Everything is the same, except that your employee receives paychecks and benefits from an outside firm. The employees still work for you, but all their taxes, benefits and insurance are handled by an outside source.
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2/15/2008 St. Pete Times Commentary on Employee Leasing is misguided

Source: StaffMarket
Jim Hamilton, president of StaffMarket Services replies to St. Pete Times editor about E-Verify compliance and employee leasing.
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2/13/2008 Employee Leasing Companies May Become Singularly Liable for Wages Based Taxes

Source: StaffMarket
Bush 2009 budget contains provisions that affect tax liabilities for employer wages
Standards for holding employee leasing companies solely liable for such taxes would also be provided for employment tax returns required to be filed for wages paid
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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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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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6/14/2007 Florida - PEO client based Workers' compensation policies.

Source: NAPEO
Florida reviews client based WC policies.
The national advocacy group for the PEO industry - NAPEO has indicated it is urging the Florida Board of Employee Leasing Companies (BELC) to challenge the legislature's Joint Administrative Procedures Committee's (JAPC) interpretation that current Florida statute does not permit PEO clients to have individual workers' compensation policies. NAPEO is meeting with key legislative leaders and agency staff to defend the PEO industry's position regarding the permissibility of PEO client-based policies.
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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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1/7/2007 Employee Leasing Solutions moves to Guard for Work Comp

Source: Business Wire
ELS in Bradenton Florida obtains workers' compensation coverage from Guard of Pennsylvania.
Susan Shoval, President of GUARD Insurance Group, announced today its intention to expand into the Florida workers’ compensation market through the development of a strategic relationship with Employee Leasing Solutions (ELS), a Bradenton based PEO.
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10/27/2006 Is It Time to Outsource Your HR?

Source: TheStreet.com
Good overview of HR Outsourcing with a Professional Employer Organization.
Generally, a PEO will legally hire a company's current employees, thereby making the PEO the "employer of record" for taxation and insurance purposes. Having the employees of multiple businesses "on staff" allows PEOs to enjoy lower benefits' costs because more employees mean better rates. The employees are then leased back to the original employer (now a PEO client) under a shared-employment contractual relationship, which sets out the powers, responsibilities and liabilities of the parties. This practice is also known as "employee leasing" or "staff leasing."
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9/20/2006 Massachusetts Fairshare Contribution

Source: Mass.gov
Massachusetts clarifies client level reporting for PEOs under employer fairshare contributions.
Employee Leasing Company. A sole proprietorship, partnership, corporation or other form of business entity whose business consists largely of leasing employees to one or more Client Companies under contractual arrangements that retain for such employee leasing companies a substantial portion of personnel management functions, such as payroll, direction and control of workers, and the right to hire and fire workers provided by the employee leasing company; provided, however, that the leasing arrangement is long term and not an arrangement to provide the client company temporary help services during seasonal or unusual conditions.
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8/1/2006 Staff Leasing

Source: Oswego County Business
New York state company 'Staff Leasing' thrives.
With Staff Leasing concentrating on the aspects of business that aren’t core to an operation like human resources, clients are able to concentrate on their business, whether that is their clients or patients, products, marketing or profits.
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10/27/2005 Employee Leasing Solutions employee wins prize

Source: MarketWatch
If only all employees could be this great.
Sidney Karr is an 88-year-old courier for Employee Leasing Solutions, an employee benefits and payroll company in Florida. He says he doesn't really need the paycheck but "I want to do something until I get old, and this keeps me occupied."
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9/20/2005 RMI Celebrates 10th Anniversary

Source: Sentinal and Enterprise
Short Article about RMI one of the nation' s largest Hispanic owned Professional Employer Organizations.
RMI is a professional employer organization that provides employee leasing to small- and medium- sized companies in New England.
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8/15/2005 How States Differ on Workers' Compensation insurance laws

Source: MSNBC Small Business
An excellent article describing the rules, challenges and risks faced by businesses regarding finding and maintaining Workers' Comp coverage.
If you're in an assigned risk plan, check with your state's insurance regulators to see if assigned risk policies in your state have higher rates and premiums. If this is the case, then do everything in your power to find coverage outside the assigned risk plan. Talk with other agents, talk with direct-writing insurance companies, talk with employee leasing companies, investigate group self-insurance programs available in your state-but don't let it be your agent's responsibility to get you out of the assigned risk plan.
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5/5/2003 Leased employees and stock options

Source: Business Week
Article explores the fine lines between contingent workers and regular employees.
Increasingly, these workers are professionals hired for specific projects or individuals working full time for PEOs — not temps filling in for someone on vacation. Under a PEO contract, a business places most or all of its work force onto the payroll of a staffing firm, which assumes responsibility for paychecks, benefits, and other human-resource functions. When employee leasing is done right, the staffing agency becomes a human-resources partner for an entrepreneur.
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