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How to transition from a PEO


What employers should know

Is your organization looking to transition away from a Professional Employer Organization (PEO)? Some businesses employ a PEO to outsource HR tasks like benefits, workers compensation and more.

This strategy can work for some businesses, but many find they quickly outgrow this strategy. Why? Here are a few signs a PEO may not make the most sense for your business anymore:

  1. Customized needs: PEOs employ a one-size-fits-all strategy, but many organizations find that they need more customization in benefits or payroll.
  1. Expenses: PEOs often charge a percentage of payroll, targeting their service fee to equate to $1,000 - $1,500 per employee per year. As organizations add more employees, PEOs become increasingly expensive.
  1. Redundancy: Many groups find as they hire, PEO services become redundant.

If you’ve decided that a PEO is no longer the right strategy for your business, there are a few items you will need to consider. Use the following checklist to ensure a smooth transition.

  • Taxes
  • Payroll
  • Workers’ Compensation
  • 401(k)
  • Health Benefits
  • HR Administration

The first step is to work with an experienced benefits broker. A broker can handle all benefits and insurance-related needs, and can assist you in developing a transition plan for additional items.

Bernard Health has more than a decade of experience assisting in PEO transitions, and provides clients with BerniePortal, an all-in-one HRIS to manage benefits and HR administration. To learn more about any of these items, contact one of our advisors today.

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