How do you decide if an employee leasing company is for you? The National Association of Professional Employer Organizations (NAPEO) suggests you look for the following:
- Services that fit your human resources needs. Is the company flexible enough to work with you?
- Banking and credit references. You'll need evidence that the company's payroll taxes and insurance premiums are up-to-date. Request to see a certificate of insurance.
- Investigate the company's administrative competence. What experience does it have?
- Understand how employees' benefits are funded. Do they fit your workers' needs? Find out who the third-party administrator or carrier is and whether it's licensed if your state requires this.
- Make sure the leasing company is licensed or registered if required by your state.
- Ask for client and professional references, and call them.
- Review the agreement carefully and try to get a provision that permits you to cancel on short notice--say, 30 days.
For a list of NAPEO member organizations in your area, search the NAPEO's directory online at www.napeo.org/directory.htm.