What is a PEO?

Outsourcing can take many different forms, from using an outside ASO firm for help with pick-and-choose tasks to entering a co-employer partnership with a PEO. The approach you take depends on the needs of your company and your reasons for outsourcing.

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PEO vs ASO

Which One Should you Choose for your Business?

What is an ASO?

An Administrative Service Organizaion (ASO) can manage administrative HR tasks, process payroll, administer benefits and help with regulatory compliance on an à la carte services basis; but the liability of risk management and the responsibility of compliance is solely the responsibility of the business.

What is a PEO?

A Professional Employer Organization (PEO) carries the “burden” by handling your full range of HR tasks and processes, including payroll, compliance, safety, risk management, recruiting, training and more. They can assist with onboarding, answering employee questions about benefits and withholdings and manage workers’ comp claims, while you still retain decision-making power and responsibility for the operation of your business.

When a business owner partners with a PEO, they enter into a unique relationship which allows the PEO to assume many of the risks and responsibilities including:

Here’s the Big Difference:
A PEO becomes the employer of record. An ASO doesn’t.

When you partner with a PEO, they essentially become your co-employer. They will file taxes under their Tax ID number (EIN), assume responsibility for compliance and share the burden of risk. In many cases, they can also offer better insurance rates and benefit plans based on economy of scale.
PEOs make a good fit for small to mid-sized businesses they often cannot support an internal HR staff or they need the expertise of an external provider for regulatory and legal issues. By freeing up internal resources, PEOs help smaller businesses focus on their core competencies, giving them the freedom they need to grow as they reinvest their time and energies into their business. Determining which model is ultimately best suited for your business depends on a number of variables that are unique to your business. The best way to decide which model best suits your business is to speak to one of our professionals.

What is an ASO?

  • Control Costs
  • Save time on paperwork hassles
  • Provide professional compliance with state, federal governments and IRS regulations for employers and employees.
  • Reduce turnover and attract better employees
  • Provide claims management for work comp and unemployment insurance
  • Provide professional HR services
  • Reduce accounting costs

PEO

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Worker's Compensation

Coverage provided under PEO’s master policy or coordinated master policies

Risk and Safety Management

Coverage provided under PEO’s master policy or coordinated master policies

Employee of Record

PEO is the Federal and state employer of record

Human Resources

Human resource responsiibilities are supported by ASO, but worksite employer responsible to follow proper HR policies compliant with laws and regulations

Regulatory Compliance

PEO manages responsibilities related to regulatory compliance

Employee Benefits

Coverage can be offered under PEO master policies or client may choose to use own policy (PEO may also administer the plans)

Payroll & tax

The PEO is liable for federal and state taxes

State Unemployment Tax Rate (SUTA)

The PEO’s SUTA rate is used

Unemployment Claims

PEO manages unemployment claims

ASO

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WORKER'S COMPENSATION

Coverage provided by clients own policy

RISK AND SAFETY MANAGEMENT

Safety program support, but cannot provide claims management as ASO

EMPLOYEE OF RECORD

Client is the employer of record

HUMAN RESOURCES

Human resource responsibilities are supported by PEO, but worksite employer responsible to follow proper HR policies compliant with laws and regulations

REGULATORY COMPLIANCE

ASO manages responsibilities related to regulatory compliance

EMPLOYEE BENEFITS

Coverage obtained by client or obtained through ASO

Payroll & Tax

The employer is liable

STATE UNEMPLOYMENT TAX RATE (SUTA)

Client’s SUTA rate is used

UNEMPLOYMENT CLAIMS

Client or ASO manages unemployment claims

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