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PEOs, or professional employer organizations, partner with companies to provide various human resources (HR) services, including payroll, benefits administration, risk management, workers’ compensation, tax filing, and compliance services. One of the hallmarks of partnering with a PEO is its co-employment relationship, meaning the PEO and its client share employees and employment liability.
Typically, PEOs target small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) with limited bandwidth for HR needs. PEOs run in the background by taking over administrative functions so their clients can focus on running day-to-day operations. Their goal is to create strategic, long-term partnerships with companies that have small growth goals or can’t rationalize maintaining in-house HR staff.
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