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PEO Frequently Asked Questions

What is a PEO?

A PEO is a business entity that provides Human Resources Services, Employee Benefits, Payroll Administration and Risk Management Services to its client companies on an outsourced basis through the use of a co-employment relationship. View our infographic to find out more about the value a PEO provides.

What is Co-Employment?

In a co-employment relationship, the PEO acts as the administrative employer and the client acts as the worksite employer. The employer maintains control of the business and is in charge of all business decision-making including employee supervision and staffing decisions. The PEO handles the time-consuming administrative tasks associated with the employment relationship.

What Types of Companies Use PEOs?

Companies in virtually every industry use the services provided by a PEO. Any company interested in trying to improve its performance in an increasingly competitive marketplace should consider this type of partnership.

How Will My Business Benefit from a Partnership with Oasis Outsourcing?

When you partner with Oasis Outsourcing, you are better positioned to:

  • Focus on Your Core Business – Remove nonrevenue producing tasks and spend more time on what counts: developing and retaining customers.
  • Lower Expenses and Increase ProfitsOutsource your human resources, benefits and payroll administrative tasks to a provider who has economies of scale and broad expertise.
  • Become an Employer of Choice – Provide world-class Employee Benefits programs that enable you to attract and retain great employees.
  • Maintain Peace of Mind – Protect your business and ensure legal compliance with improved risk management, safety support, training and claims processing services.

Does Oasis Outsourcing Have to Process the Payroll?

Yes. Paying wages is an essential component of the co-employment relationship. Without this component, a PEO would not be able to provide workers’ compensation, health benefits and various other services that rely upon the co-employment relationship’s existence. Employers provide the salary and hours for each worksite employee and the PEO processes the payroll with your imprinted company name on each check and files all payroll-related taxes and reports.

Do I Have to Buy All of the Products and Services Oasis Offers? Can I Only Use and Pay for Those Services I Need?

Virtually all products and services offered by Oasis Outsourcing are included at no additional cost as part of our Service Agreement. Additional services are offered on an a la carte basis. This allows us to create a customized plan specific to your needs. You can choose as many of these additional services as you need and only pay for the ones that you use.

Will I be Locked Into a Contract?

No, The Oasis Outsourcing Service Agreement provides for a mutually beneficial working relationship between our companies. It may be discontinued at any time with proper notice as detailed in the service agreement

Who is Responsible for Employment Taxes?

While the client is responsible for providing the funds to cover payroll and payroll taxes, a PEO administers payment of wages to employees and payment of taxes to the appropriate agencies.

Who is Responsible for Compliance with Employment Laws and Regulations?

One of the responsibilities of a PEO is to provide clients with guidance and education regarding employment laws and regulations. Ultimately, the responsibility for complying with most of these laws lies with the client.

What are Recent Examples of “Innovative Workforce Solutions” that Oasis has Made Available to Their Clients?

Oasis Outsourcing was one of the first PEOs to provide Health Savings Accounts and Roth 401(k) plans to its clients and worksite employees. We are also the first PEO to offer wellness coaching as part of Health Advocate, which provides personalized preventative health and wellness coaching, education and referral services for employees. Recently, Oasis introduced Client and Employee Mobile Apps for easy access to important information.

How Does Oasis Help Me Recruit the Best Employees and Reduce Turnover?

By providing a comprehensive benefits plan, Oasis Outsourcing gives employers the opportunity to attract better employees, retain existing employees, compete with larger employers and become an employer of choice. We also provide a professional staffing group which provides access to discounted professional recruiting services.

How Many Americans are Employed in a Co-employment PEO Arrangement?

Industry experts estimate that 2-3 million Americans are currently co-employed in a PEO arrangement.

Has Oasis Participated in an Independent Audit to Verify its Financial Strength?

Yes. Oasis Outsourcing has successfully completed a Service Organization Control (SOC 1) Type II, also known as SSAE 16 Type II ( formerly SAS 70 Type II) audit. The SOC 1 Type II audit is an in-depth audit developed by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) to test the processes and internal controls of service providers as they relate to data security and storage, system utilization monitoring, client payroll processing, tax filings and more.

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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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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, [the benefits specialists] 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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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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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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[I find that] HR handles the legal issues, the benefits are priced better through Oasis, and payroll handles all of the taxes. With all of these areas being handled by Oasis, it frees up my time to focus on my business and puts my mind at ease knowing that experts are handling everything.

Brad L. | Retail Industry

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The services that are offered by Oasis are why I continue my relationship. Having someone else take care of the HR, workers’ compensation, health insurance and payroll takes the liability off of my shoulders.

Marjorie K. | Pharmaceutical Industry

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A relationship with Oasis includes the ease of having one contact for multiple things that go on into day-to-day operations.

Yvette S. | Medical Industry

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[Oasis] is able to conveniently provide all of the services that I need to run my business all under one roof.

Paul B. | Beauty Industry

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Oasis offers all of the services that a company needs to run its business. Having all of the services outsourced allows the company to focus on growing the business.

Kristin C. | Insurance Industry

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A PEO is able to offer small start-up companies the expertise in HR and Benefits that isn’t readily available to them on their own.

Renee K. | Consulting Industry

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Oasis is a fabulous organization. All of our Reps go above and beyond to make sure all of our needs are being met.

Helen P. | Medical Industry

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Oasis’ team of payroll and HR specialists played a critical role in getting our business off the ground and allowed us to focus on our core operations without having to compromise any of our key HR functions.

David A. | Restaurant Industry

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