PEO vs ASO: 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.
An Administrative Service Organization (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 the solely the responsibility of the business.
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 decided which model best suits your business, is to speak to one of our professionals.
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