Why Have I Never Heard of the Professional Employer Organization Industry?

by Dan FlanaganJune 27, 2017 8:00 AM

For an industry that serves over 2.5 million people, Professional Employer Organizations can still be a bit of a mystery for the average business owner. The industry has helped businesses manage important HR functions for decades, but one of the most common questions owners ask is “Why have I never heard of PEOs before?”

There are a few reasons for this, starting with the fact that there’s no simple, one-sentence explanation for what PEOs do.

Image of a business owner learning about what a PEO is.



Human Resources

Why Do I Need HR for a Five-employee Company?

by Dan FlanaganJune 20, 2017 8:00 AM

If you own a small, five-person company, it might be tempting to think that you don’t need to invest any time or money into human resource functions like a big business. That’s a bad idea.

Every company needs HR, regardless of size. Just like how you don’t build a house without a proper foundation, a small business – or any business – needs to create a solid human resource foundation to succeed.

Image of a small business using a PEO for HR management.


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Human Resources

Importance of Proper Employee Classification

by Tim AustinJune 13, 2017 8:00 AM

There are several employee work classifications covering everyone from full-time workers to special classes such as interns. Each person needs to be sorted into their appropriate groups to help determine their benefit eligibility.

However, there are occasions where employees can be incorrectly classified. The government takes this issue very seriously. The Society for Human Resource Management writes that proper employee classification “make[s] sure that all legal requirements are maintained so that there is no discrimination in terms of benefit plan eligibility and payment of compensation in accordance with federal and state laws.” It’s important to know how misclassification works and just how much it can hurt your business.

Image of warehouse workers. Learn about the dangers of employee misclassification.


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Risk Management

GMS’ Stacey Larotonda Honored as a Patriotic Employer by the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve

by Matt SchoolcraftJune 6, 2017 8:00 AM

Group Management Services was recently honored as a Patriotic Employer through the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve. Stacey Larotonda (VP Client Services) was nominated by GMS Account Manager, Lauren Handley, Petty Officer First Class in the Navy (E-6), who is currently serving an 8-month tour in Afghanistan. 

Retired USAF Lieutenant, Colonel Chaker Fadel, serves as the Employer Outreach Coordinator for the ESGR. Fadel presented Larotonda with the award on April, 21 2017, which is given to an employer who has shown exceptional support of The National Guard and Reserves. 

Image of Stacey Larotonda receiving her Patriotic Employer award from retired USAF Lieutenant, Colonel Chaker Fadel.


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GMS News

Are the ACA Exchanges Collapsing?

by Andrew SzczesniakJune 4, 2017 8:00 AM

When the Affordable Care Act passed in late 2010, one of the major tenets of the plan was the creation of healthcare exchanges in every state. These exchanges would be state-run with federal seed money used to create them. People who didn’t have coverage or had unaffordable coverage through their employers would be able to buy subsidized plans at a comparatively low cost.

The exchanges began with the implementation of the ACA in 2014. Of the 50 states, 23 of them were run by the federal government. In late 2015, it was reported that 12 of the 23 federally-run state exchanges were shutting down due to unsustainable losses. In some areas, things have gotten worse.

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