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Debunking 4 Common PEO Myths

by Tim AustinJanuary 20, 2015 7:00 AM

Choosing to partner with a professional employer organization (PEO) is a great decision for your business. If you’re like most business owners who are considering a PEO, you have done a lot of research and have tons of questions and concerns.

Below, we’ve debunked four of the most common PEO myths to make your decision a little easier.

GMS debunks four of the most-common PEO myths.

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How to Help Employees Keep a Common New Year’s Resolution

by Beth KohmannJanuary 13, 2015 7:00 AM

Losing weight is one of the most popular New Year’s Resolutions. After a holiday season filled with cookies, candy, and booze, it’s easy to understand why.

Unfortunately, most people don’t stick to their resolutions. In fact, so many people fail at keeping them that January 17th has become known as National Ditch Your Resolution Day.

How Does This Impact Me?

It’s simple. Unhealthy employees cost more to employ. They are less productive, more likely to miss work, increase insurance premiums, and drive up workers’ compensation costs.

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Are You a Union Shop? Are You Prepared to Be?

by Andrew SzczesniakJanuary 8, 2015 7:00 AM

We have all heard the phrase, “there are two types of people in the world. Those who… and those who…” The blank spot is usually then filled in with whatever point someone is trying to make.

In the world of business, you can make a strong case that the old adage that holds truest is “those who are union and those who are not”.

Well, many “who are not” maybe counting down the days to when they will be.

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Proud to Be Part of the FAST 50 Program!

by Tim AustinDecember 4, 2014 9:49 AM

We're proud to announce that GMS was listed #29 in the inaugural Crain's Cleveland Business FAST 50 program!

GMS was listed #29 on Crain's Cleveland Business inaugural FAST 50 list.

FAST 50 recognizes Northeast Ohio businesses that:

  • have achieved the most substantial margins of revenue growth between 2009 and 2013. 
  • are at least 5 years old.
  • have accrued at least $5 million in revenue at the end of 2013.

Read more about the FAST 50 program and see photos from the event on the Crain's Cleveland Business website.

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Does a Wellness Program Really Matter?

by Andrew SzczesniakDecember 1, 2014 8:03 AM

If pressed, most employers would say that having a “rich benefits package” is a great way to attract and retain top quality employees. The more perks the better, right?

Those same employers would also probably say that they can’t afford the richest of plans, but try to offer the best that they can afford. Well, if you believe those two statements, you’re going to love reading this.

Picture of an apple. Wellness programs can help keep your benefits costs down while increasing employee satisfaction.

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EEOC Challenges Employer-Sponsored Wellness Programs

by Andrew SzczesniakNovember 11, 2014 10:44 AM

The EEOC has made it into the news again, but you may not have heard about it.

A few months after the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued a ruling on how pregnancy in the workplace can be viewed as a worker’s comp issue, they have now weighed in on wellness programs.

Under the Affordable Care Act, there has been a strong push on advocating wellness for employees, and rightfully so. Wellness programs improve the health and productivity of your employees while increasing efficiencies and increasing profitability.

However, according to an article on jdsupra.com, the EEOC has not yet issued guidelines on how employers can and must structure wellness programs to be in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Despite the lack of guidelines, the EEOC is pursuing two litigation cases against two separate companies for what they say are violations of the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act).

Challenges Ahead Sign. The EEOC's lack of guidelines have created challenges for business owners who want to administer an employee wellness program.

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Controllable Costs

by Andrew SzczesniakOctober 21, 2014 8:18 AM

In the business world, everyone is always looking to maximize profitability. It’s not because business owners are greedy trying to grab every last dime. It’s because they are working their tail off to either make the business succeed or make it grow.

In their efforts to do so, business owners look to control what they can, especially when it comes to costs. As a salesperson, I have often been the person who they tried to control costs through by either beating me up on price, extracting extra services or using what my company does to help make them more profitable. However, it often seems to come back to controlling costs.

When a business owner thinks of controllable costs, they often think of material prices, employee hours or something else on the production end. What seldom comes into play is controlling workers comp, healthcare and unemployment costs.  But, how can you control those costs? Those things are completely out of a business owner’s control. Right?

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OSHA’s New Requirements

by Andrew SzczesniakOctober 15, 2014 8:12 AM

Beginning January 1, 2015, OSHA will begin enforcing new rules and requirements according to a recent article in Construction Equipment Guide. This new rule applies to companies that fall under Federal OSHA jurisdiction. (Do you know if your company falls under this category?)

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EEOC Changes Guidelines on Pregnancy Bias

by Andrew SzczesniakJuly 29, 2014 8:38 AM

For many employers, hearing that the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has issued a ruling sounds a lot like fingernails on the chalkboard. They know it’s there, but they don’t often want to hear it.

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Time To Get Educated!

by Tim AustinJuly 16, 2014 8:49 AM

Still not sure what exactly a PEO (professional employer organization) is?  Need help selecting a PEO?  Ever think about outsourcing payroll?

You're not alone, but you’ve come to the right place for answers! Today, we're proud to announce the launch of our new Education Center.

 

In our Education Center, you'll learn more about what PEO is. For example:

  • A PEO offers a cost-effective and unified method for handling back-office services for small and medium sized businesses.
  • PEOs provide services to help reduce business risk, manage employee benefits, process payroll, find quality employees, and more.  
  • PEOs exist in every state and provide services to more than 2.5 million people.
  • The PEO industry is valued at $80 billion per year (and growing).

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