Why You Should
Partner with a PEO

Outsourcing your HR will allow you to spend less while having experts do the work for you so you can focus on your core business.

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How Businesses Benefit from PEOs

higher revenue growth
lower employee turnover rates
less likely to go out of business

Professional Employer Organizations (PEOs) have been around for more than 60 years and approximately 180,000 small to mid-size businesses already partner with a PEO.

Unlike a la carte programs that address HR solutions individually, a PEO takes a comprehensive approach. The core features include:

That’s where we come in. At FrankCrum, we take on key administrative burdens and help you reduce risk so you can focus on what matters most – your business.


5 Advantages of Partnering with a PEO


Cost Savings

You focus on your business, we'll focus on HR management.

  • Direct your employees toward core business function vs spending time on payroll, HR, etc.
  • Leverage a PEO's group buying power for great rates on workers' comp, healthcare, and retirement savings plans.
  • Extend your in-house team with our expert staff

Focus on Core Business

Invest your energies on what helps your business succeed and grow. Here are just a few examples of administrative tasks our team will manage for you.

  • Processing payroll
  • Filing state and local taxes
  • Managing employee benefits

HR Expertise and Peace of Mind

Our committed team of professionals is on top of all regulations concerning employment so you don't have to be. We can help advise on:

  • Labor laws
  • Benefits administration
  • Payroll requirements
  • Taxes

Hire and Retain the Best People

A partnership with a PEO can help you become a great employer. With the support of HR professionals and tons of resources, you can create a solid program for:

  • Interviewing and hiring
  • Policy development
  • Handling employee needs
  • Staying in compliance with employment laws.

Fear of Litigation

HR mistakes can be embarrassing and costly. Missing things or even saying the wrong thing can really hurt your business and put you at risk for legal action. A PEO helps you stay in compliance and avoid these pitfalls. Don’t lose sleep worrying about the hazards of employment.

Frequently Asked Questions about Working with a PEO

What’s unique about working with a PEO?

Unlike a la carte HR services and technologies that support employers functionally, partnering with a PEO creates a formal division of responsibilities between the business and the PEO. Although the company retains certain responsibilities and control, it transfers a comprehensive set of administrative burdens and liabilities to the PEO. Co-employment or “shared” employment is at the heart of this unique arrangement.

What is co-employment?

Co-employment is a legal agreement allocating employer responsibilities between the client company and the PEO. While the client company maintains direction and control over employees (to hire, fire, discipline, determine duties, set wages, etc.), the PEO becomes the “employer of record,” responsible for a set of clearly defined administrative functions.

How does co-employment work?

For the duration of the co-employment agreement, the client company places its existing employees and subsequent hires on the PEO’s payroll for tax purposes. This practice is referred to as “employee leasing.” It enables the PEO to perform administrative duties on behalf of the client. At the same time, the employees continue to perform their work for the client company, as usual. Nothing changes in daily operations, but behind the scenes the client company has a wealth of support and expertise in play.

As a business owner, what are my responsibilities within a co-employment agreement?

You continue to be responsible for business decisions, operations, and the management of your employee’s daily tasks and job functions. Although you remain responsible for compliance with labor and employment laws, your PEO will offer expert guidance to help you navigate this area.

What is a PEO responsible for within a co-employment agreement?

A PEO takes responsibility for a variety of interlocking duties and their accompanying liabilities.

Put simply, the PEO handles:

  •       Payroll processing and payroll tax administration
  •       Workers’ compensation and employment practices liability insurance
  •       Human resources support
  •       Employee health care, other benefits, and/or program administration (optional)
How does a co-employment agreement impact my company’s payroll and taxes?

Your employees will become W-2 employees of the PEO and will be added to the PEO’s payroll. Federal and most state employer taxes will be reported and paid under the PEO’s tax ID number, and the PEO will be responsible for the administrative tasks underlying this function.

How does workers’ compensation coverage through a PEO compare to my own policy?

The classifications for workers’ compensation (WC) insurance continue to be determined by the National Council on Compensation Insurance’s (NCCI) coding system and are based on the risk of work performed. However, a PEO is typically the holder of a single workers’ compensation policy that covers all employees on the PEO payroll, including leased employees.

In a co-employment relationship, I’m responsible for managing my employees and complying with state and federal employment laws. How does a PEO support my human resource needs and help mitigate my risk?

First, the PEO will provide you with access to HR experts, knowledgeable in all aspects of labor and employment compliance. They will advise you on how laws are applied and interpreted, and best practices for hiring, employee training, and more. Before making a decision about an employee, you can schedule a consultation to discuss the circumstances and receive guidance.

You will also have access to a vast library of HR forms, documents, policies, and handbooks. Additionally, PEOs aim to keep clients current on changing federal and state legal regulations through ongoing communications.

Second, you will access Employment Practices Liability Insurance (EPLI) through your PEO. Like WC, the PEO holds one EPLI policy through which all employees on the PEO payroll are covered. It helps to cover expenses incurred by defending against employee claims of harassment, wrongful termination, discrimination, retaliation, etc.

How can a PEO help me offer benefits to my employees?

A benefits program will motivate great candidates to come aboard with your company and incentivize great employees to stay. A PEO can help you customize and administer a benefits program that works for your company and your employees.

PEOs typically offer a variety of employee benefits such as health care, life, disability, dental, vision, 401(k) plans, and special discounts. Depending on the size of the company, a client may benefit greatly from using the PEO’s group plan to access big company benefits at a fraction of the price. If not, the PEO has the flexibility to shop for individual plans that suit a client’s unique situation. Or, clients may opt to manage their own benefits program.

Once benefits are in place, the PEO handles their administration through premium payroll deductions and carrier payments, so these burdens are shifted from the employer, freeing up internal resources. Plus, the PEOs benefits experts help clients navigate rules and regulations associated with health care, like the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

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