Question: As I need to add more staff for my growing small business, I find that interviewing and all the other requirements for getting a dependable employee demand a great deal of time. Does SCORE have any input for effectively cutting down on this process?
Answer: It is true that good help is hard to find and to keep. It’s even more difficult when adding in the administrative burdens of hiring, managing, and paying employees. That’s why many small business owners turn to professional employer organizations (PEOs) for their staffing needs.
But don’t confuse PEOs with temp agencies. PEOs provide human resource services to their small business clients-paying wages and taxes, and assuming responsibility and liability for compliance with state and federal laws and regulations.
In addition, PEOs often provide workers with access to 401(k) plans; health, dental and life insurance; dependent care; and other benefits often out of reach for many small businesses.
According to the National Association of Professional Employer Associations, between 2 and 3 million people in the U.S. are covered by a PEO arrangement.