A Guide to Professional Employer Organizations (PEO)

A PEO can help your team manage HR, payroll, and benefits. But where do their responsibilities end and yours begin?

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Demystify PEOs by learning their role and responsibilities

If your team has been searching for a simple and cohesive way to manage HR and payroll, you've likely come across a PEO.

A professional employer organization (PEO) is a strategic partner hired by a company to handle various HR tasks such as payroll, tax filing, and benefits administration. 

When a company engages a PEO, they enter into a co-employment relationship, which means the PEO assumes partial legal responsibility for the employees.

Companies often use a PEO when they want to accomplish the following goals:

  • Streamline rapid workforce growth
  • Increase HR resources and access to experts
  • Attract and retain talent with competitive benefit plans
  • Fortify compliance in a high-risk industry

But is a PEO the right choice for your company? And how does it compare to other HR service providers, like an EOR or HRO? Download our guide today to learn the ins and outs of PEO providers, their responsibilities, and common use cases.