Professional employer organizations (PEOs) continue to grow in popularity. Employers that are having difficulty obtaining workers’ compensation or healthcare coverage, or that need help with increasingly complex administrative matters such as employee benefits, payroll, and risk/safety management are turning to PEOs to handle these often administratively-burdensome responsibilities. The PEO becomes the employer of record, while the client company continues to direct the employees’ day-to-day activities and maintains its focus solidly on the bottom line.
PEOs represent a rapidly expanding facet of our business at Ogletree Deakins, and they often refer their clients to us based on our wealth of experience with the unique issues that arise in a PEO relationship, in tandem with the relationship between the PEO and its respective EPLI carriers. We routinely assist PEOs and their clients in various matters including: drafting client service agreements between PEOs and their clients and insurers; ensuring compliance with state and federal laws; and managing liability and exposure for both the PEO and the PEO client.
As a firm, we are dedicated to addressing this growing area and are active members in industry groups such as the National Association of Professional Employer Organizations (NAPEO) and related state PEO associations.
Ogletree Deakins also has a rich and abundant history representing employers in all arenas of the staffing industry. From labor, to technology, to healthcare, to retail and beyond, our attorneys have substantial experience representing global, national, regional, and local staffing companies across a broad spectrum of service lines. We have handled thousands of matters for hundreds of clients in the staffing industry, including large collective and class actions involving classification and wage and hour issues and discrimination matters. We have also handled matters involving joint-employer relationships, traditional labor, OSHA, OFCCP, benefits, immigration, torts, civil litigation, non-compete litigation, workers’ compensation, and general advice matters for our clients all over the country and globally. Our experience in these different practice areas permits us to offer legal services where staffing companies can benefit from our one-stop shop.
Whether a PEO or a staffing company, our attorneys can efficiently, effectively, and deftly handle just about any client issue in our wheelhouse to exceed the expectations of our clients.