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The Ins And Outs Of Employee Leasing

If you're trying to decide whether to hire an employee leasing company, check out this expert advice first.

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How do you decide if an employee leasing company is for you? TheNational Association of Professional Employer Organizations (NAPEO)suggests you look for the following:

  • Services that fit your human resources needs. Is the companyflexible enough to work with you?
  • Banking and credit references. You'll need evidence thatthe company's payroll taxes and insurance premiums areup-to-date. Request to see a certificate of insurance.
  • Investigate the company's administrative competence. Whatexperience does it have?
  • Understand how employees' benefits are funded. Do they fityour workers' needs? Find out who the third-party administratoror carrier is and whether it's licensed if your state requiresthis.
  • Make sure the leasing company is licensed or registered ifrequired by your state.
  • Ask for client and professional references, and call them.
  • Review the agreement carefully and try to get a provision thatpermits you to cancel on short notice--say, 30 days.

For a list of NAPEO member organizations in your area, searchthe NAPEO's directory online at www.napeo.org/directory.htm.

Excerpted from Start Your Own Business: The Only Start-Up GuideYou'll Ever Need

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