The Department of Labor (DOL) has submitted its fiscal year 2011 budget to Congress. One of its main objectives is to penalize employers who misclassify employees as independent contractors.
Another reason for small businesses to outsource their human resources to a solution like PEO (professional employer organization). Once the DOL finds a company that has classification errors, the liability for back wages and overtime pay, as well as to DOL penalties, will start adding up and potentially put them out of business.
Just got off the phone with a small business owner that is facing a $2,000 fine for non-compliance for some labor law paperwork they had no idea that they were responsible for. Pretty hefty stuff for a 5 man company, right?
Just another reason that small businesses should consider HR outsourcing models like PEO. Imagine having a staff of 50 employees, but no employer liability. Not to mention the savings in a major medical health plan, workers comp and other benefits.
Or worse, would your represent yourself? Of course not. You would hire a lawyer.
Well, first you would ask friends, family and other business associates for their recommendations. Then you would meet with a handful of these recommendations. Make a decision based on their expertise and your specific needs and away you go. Right?
Why not take the same steps when thinking about your company’s human resources? Most likely, if you are a small business, the idea of hiring a certified HR professional is daunting. The labor cost for that individual is prohibitive.
Your employees are most likely your most valuable asset, but they can turn on you. That is why a professional employer organization (PEO) is the most cost-effective way to keep your employees happy. And trained.
Whether you are looking for hard or soft-dollar savings…both can be found by outsourcing some or all of your HR functions.
But first, you have to want to be an employer that wants happy employees. Happy employees are productive employees. In addition, happy employees do not leave you. Thus, the huge cost of turnover, which is oftentimes, estimated as much as 50% of gross payroll due to lost management time, re-training and recruiting.
Therefore, if you have in place a benefits package that rivals those of big companies…why would your employees leave? The fact is, the will not. The hard dollar costs of benefits for employees are more than saved in hard and soft dollar savings.
Whether you go with a PEO (professional employer organization) or ASO (administrative service organization) to help you manage your human resources, for small to mid-sized companies, the economies of scale realized by these models will make your hr outsourcing a cost-effective tool that actually prop up your bottom line.