Defining a Professional Employer Organization (PEO)
Advantages if Professional Employer Organizations for the Business Owner
How to select a PEO
PEO Compared to Outsourcing Payroll
Professional Employer Organization FAQs
Legally, referred to as a “Joint Employer” relationship, co-employment is often used to describe the relationship among two or more employers when each has specific actual or potential legal responsibilities to the same worker or group of workers.
As provided by the Texas Staff Leasing Services Act, the Business Owner and the Professional Employer Organization (PEO) become “co-employers”. The Business Owner, the “work site employer”, retains workplace management and supervisory control of the “co-employees” and the Professional Employer Organization (PEO), the “employer of record”, becomes the ‘Off-Site” Payroll, Human Resources and Safety / Risk Management Groups for the “co-employees”.
When evaluating the employer’s role of either the PEO or the Business Owner, examine the facts and circumstances of each employer obligation separately, because neither party alone is responsible for performing all of the obligations of employment. Each party will be solely responsible for certain obligations of employment, while both parties will share responsibility for other obligations. When the facts and circumstances of a PEO arrangement are examined appropriately, both the PEO and the Business Owner will be found to be an employer for some purposes, but neither party will be found to be “the” employer for all purposes.
Both the PEO and the Business Owner establish a common law employment relationship with the “co- employees”. The PEO assist/advises/consults the Business Owner and “co-employees” in matters involving Human Resource Management and Compliance with Employment Laws.
Additionally, the Business Owner provides the “co-employees” with the tools, instruments, and place of work. The PEO can assist in ensuring that the “co-employees” are provided with a worksite that is safe, conducive to productivity and operated in compliance with employment laws and regulations. Additionally, the PEO provides the “co-employees” with workers’ compensation insurance, unemployment insurance and a broad range of employee benefits programs.
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