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What is a Professional Employer Organization (PEO)?

If you are not familiar with the term “PEO” the first question that usually comes to mind is, “What is a PEO?” A PEO company, or Professional Employer Organization, is defined as a business entity that provides human resources outsourcing services to client companies through the use of a co-employment relationship. The Oasis Outsourcing PEO relationship involves a contractual allocation and sharing of employer responsibilities between Oasis and the client. This shared employment relationship is often referred to as “co-employment.”

The Value of a
PEO

Learn how a PEO relationship can save your business time and money.

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What is Employee Leasing?

Shift administrative burdens to a PEO – find out more here.

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PEO Solutions and FAQs

Get your PEO-related questions answered here.

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The Value of Co-Employment

Understand how a PEO partnership can work for your business.

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How Does the PEO Relationship Work?

The PEO company acts as the Administrative employer and the client functions as the Worksite employer. This relationship is based on a true partnership. Because of the PEO structure, a PEO company can help small- and medium-sized businesses achieve economies of scale that they may not be able to achieve on their own. Partnering with a comprehensive PEO company can help your business succeed with improved efficiency and reduced liability.

In a PEO Relationship, What are the Roles of Each Employer?

The following scenarios describe the roles of each employer in a PEO relationship:

  • The PEO becomes responsible for the payment of wages in the co-employment relationship, as well as the management of workers’ compensation claims and various other administrative functions related to the assigned employees.
  • The PEO assists with regulatory paperwork and compliance issues.
  • The PEO can give managers advice on proper termination procedures, proper disciplinary procedures and more.
  • The PEO provides the client and/or its worksite employees with workers’ compensation insurance, unemployment insurance, Employment Practices Liability Insurance (EPLI), a 401(k) Plan, health insurance, a Section 125 Plan, voluntary insurance products and a broad range of other employee benefits programs.
  • The client remains responsible for directing and controlling the daily activities of the employees assigned to its worksite.
  • The client remains responsible for ensuring a safe work environment.
  • The client remains responsible for keeping track of actual hours worked and reporting those hours to the PEO for processing.
  • The client is responsible for making sure payroll funds are paid to the PEO.

For more PEO information, visit The Value of a PEO page.

 


The major benefit of partnering with Oasis is the availability of great benefit plans and their purchasing power that give our employees a lot more options then we would, if we were to do the benefits on our own.

Matt L. | Country Club Industry

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I think it’s actually very difficult to find anyone who understands the Healthcare Reform. And the confidence that we have that someone at Oasis and a team at Oasis are actually working on our behalf lets us focus on what we do best.

Matt L. | Country Club Industry

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[ACA] is the most complex, comprehensive area and we would not even be successful if we tried to hire a myriad of people and spend time and energy trying to understand it. We completely rely on Oasis to guide us as the playing field seems to be constantly changing.

Bob G. | Printing Industry

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The electronic onboarding is painless and walks you through the e-verification process easily.

Chris R. | Retail Industry

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The client portal is pretty intuitive and easy to use. I’ve had no issues entering payroll or making changes to employees’ information. The available reports are relevant and easy to tailor.

Chris R. | Retail Industry

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I have been able to focus more of my time on the business because Oasis has taken the burden of our payroll, complying with all the new laws, the new standards with the health insurance. Oasis deals with all of that. They take care of everything.

Doug F. | Hospitality Industry

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All of my questions have been dealt with in a very timely manner. I like having dedicated contacts. It allows me to form a working relationship with a couple of people, rather than calling a 1-800 number and being put in a queue for the next available representative.

Chris R. | Retail Industry

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When it comes to health benefits, all phone reps are licensed benefit specialists- they answer the phone quickly and have strong knowledge when it comes to employees setting up or making changes to their health benefits.

Suzie S. | Retail Industry

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The expanded portfolio of benefits that we can offer to our employees certainly helps to make us an employer of choice. We feel our total compensation package (pay plus benefits) is competitive to our larger competitors.

Bob G. | Printing Industry

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I have only positives in regards to the 401(k) – they work quickly, are quite responsive and are always willing to conduct meetings as needed to keep employees informed & updated. Personally, I have benefited from the support in administering changes to my own 401(k).

Suzie S. | Retail Industry

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I have called on Oasis HR specialists a couple of times for advice on how to handle certain situations. They have done a good job of giving me practical answers. I have confidence in the advice I have received. The customer service level is excellent.

Chris R. | Retail Industry

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I am a fan of their website- the payroll process is simple and easy to customize, the reports are easy to find and download.

Suzie S. | Retail Industry

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Oasis is able to keep things real competitive when it comes to insurance and workers’ comp rates have been real reasonable over the years.

Owen L. | Printing Industry

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Another thing that makes Oasis stand out to me is that their invoice is straightforward and easy to understand. I feel like I have a better idea of where my payroll dollars are going.

Chris R. | Retail Industry

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I think without having Oasis to rely on, to understand Healthcare Reform, we would be in a very serious quagmire.

Bob G. | Printing Industry

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In today’s world, especially, she stands out as a shining example of how to treat people and certainly clients. Service is every bit as important as product and she certainly offers gold star performance.

Mary B. | Environmental Manufacturing Industry

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Oasis staff, especially in the HR section has been real helpful and friendly. They take the time one-on-one, always have good answers and always help you and guide you in the right direction when it comes to complicated problems that might arise with some employees.

Owen L. | Printing Industry

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The relationship with our HR specialist is very beneficial. She is always there to return a phone call, to bounce an idea off of and to give us advice on how to best handle a situation.

Matt L. | Country Club Industry

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We have taken advantage of the partnership with Oasis and their purchasing power to offer our employees great plans at very competitive rates.

Matt L. | Country Club Industry

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When I do need immediate support, my rep is very responsive, well-versed in HR matters and very professional, kind and easy to work with. She is always willing to come out to meet with me if needed and [she is] easy to get a hold of on her office & cell phone.

Suzie S. | Retail Industry

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