Scalable PEO Services for All Business Sizes

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LBMC Employment Partners, LLC, is a leading provider of Professional Employer Organization (PEO) services, offering comprehensive HR solutions for businesses of all sizes. As the first Tennessee-based PEO to receive the CPEO designation from the IRS, we bring unparalleled expertise and authority to manage your HR needs efficiently.

LBMC Employment Partners, LLC, has been a member of the National Association of Professional Employer Organizations (NAPEO) since June 1999. According to a NAPEO study, PEOs can save businesses $1,775 per employee annually, achieve 7-9% faster growth, and are 50% less likely to go out of business. PEO clients report twice the annual revenue growth and are 16% more likely to see increased profitability. Moreover, 98% of business owners using PEOs recommend them.

For larger businesses, working with a PEO is more cost-effective than hiring a full-time HR staff. For small businesses, a PEO helps to keep up with the demands of managing all the HR-related activities of a growing business.

Webinar: 5 Benefits of a Professional Employer Organization

5 Benefits of a Professional Employer Organization

Want to save $1,775 per employee while retaining staff? Learn how a PEO can help your organization navigate rising costs, inflation, and talent shortages while enhancing overall performance and the employee experience. Whether you are a business owner, CFO, or HR professional, this webinar will equip you with valuable insights to set you up for success.

Run Time: 45 minutes

Testimonials from Our Clients

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The transition to LBMC Employment Partners’ PEO services was seamless. Their expertise in payroll and benefits management has been invaluable.
Chief Financial Officer at a Manchester bank
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LBMC EP’s comprehensive HR support allows us to focus on our mission. Their partnership is a blessing.
Executive Director of an East Tennessee not-for-profit organization
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Joining LBMC EP’s PEO has significantly reduced our insurance costs while ensuring legal compliance and providing exceptional HR support.
Owner at a Chattanooga retailer

Benefits of Partnering with LBMC Employment Partners, LLC

  • Complete HR Support: Our PEO services encompass all aspects of HR management, freeing up your time to focus on core business operations.
  • Cost-Effective Solutions: PEOs negotiate benefits and services as a large unit, securing savings on healthcare and other perks typically available only to large companies.
  • Expert Compliance Management: We handle compliance with COBRA, HIPAA, OSHA, and ERISA, ensuring your business adheres to all regulatory requirements.
  • Enhanced Benefits: Access to robust healthcare plans, 401(k) options, dental insurance, and disability benefits, typically reserved for larger companies.
  • Efficient Payroll Processing and Tax Administration: Streamlined payroll processing and tax administration services.
  • Certified HR Professionals: Our team of certified HR professionals is dedicated to providing expert guidance and support.

Understanding PEO and HRO Differences

A PEO offers a full-service HR solution, establishing a co-employment relationship that optimizes HR functions and reduces costs. In contrast, an HRO provides temporary, often less comprehensive, HR support. PEOs centralize HR tasks, making them ideal for small business owners managing multiple responsibilities.

Co-Employment Benefits

  • Lower Benefits Costs: Pooling employees from various companies results in lower benefits costs and reduced HR service expenses per employee.
  • High-Quality Benefits: Small businesses can offer benefits typically available only to larger companies, enhancing employee satisfaction and retention.

Is a PEO Right for Your Business?

PEOs benefit businesses of all sizes, especially those with 20-75 employees, by:

  • Freeing Up Employer Time: Focus on core operations without the burden of HR tasks.
  • Securing Better Benefits Packages: Enhanced employee satisfaction and retention through comprehensive benefits.
  • Managing Payroll and Compliance: Handling the complexities of payroll and tax regulations efficiently.
  • Supporting Growth: As businesses expand, PEOs ensure HR functions scale effectively.

Choosing the Right PEO Partner

When selecting a PEO, consider:

  • Certification: Ensure the PEO is a Certified Professional Employer Organization (CPEO) by the IRS.
  • Benefits Offered: Look for competitive 401(k) and insurance plans, along with additional benefits like telehealth services.
  • Ongoing Support: A good PEO provides continuous support and handles billing reconciliation.
  • Cost of Services: Competitive rates based on industry trends.

PEOs Help Small Businesses Run More Smoothly

Small business owners juggle numerous responsibilities while striving to bring their innovative products or services to market. Managing HR, payroll, and benefits often falls to the bottom of the priority list.

Benefits of Partnering with a PEO

  • Efficiency: Outsourcing HR tasks to a PEO allows business owners to focus on strategic planning and growth.
  • Comprehensive Support: PEOs offer a complete HR solution, providing high-level support without diverting resources from core business activities.
  • Practicality: Hiring a single HR employee is often impractical for small businesses. A PEO offers expert HR services cost-effectively.

By partnering with a PEO, small businesses can enjoy excellent HR solutions that enhance both business operations and employee satisfaction.

Advantages of Using a PEO for Benefits

  • Hassle-Free Contract Negotiation: PEOs negotiate the best benefits and rates for small businesses by leveraging their large client base and industry trend analysis.
  • Tailor-Made Healthcare Packages: PEOs offer diverse healthcare options, including mental health benefits and leave policies, tailored to meet specific employee needs.
  • Customer Service and Technology: PEOs handle employee benefit inquiries directly, using online platforms for easy access, freeing up in-house HR resources.
  • Ongoing Counsel: PEOs continuously update and optimize employee benefits packages through ongoing research and support.
  • Employee Attraction and Retention: High-quality benefits from PEOs help small businesses attract and retain top talent, reducing turnover rates.
  • Health and Wellness Support: PEOs provide comprehensive health and wellness programs that small businesses might find too complex to manage independently.

Ready to enhance your benefits packages? Contact LBMC Employment Partners today to see how we can help your business.

Why do companies use a PEO?

The HR Consequences of Accelerated Growth

As small businesses grow, managing HR becomes increasingly complex and time-consuming. Initially, payroll, healthcare, and retirement can be managed by the business owner, but as staff increases, these tasks can overwhelm in-house employees.

Key Challenges

  • Increased Staff Issues: More employees lead to more HR-related issues that need attention.
  • Overburdened Staff: Juggling HR tasks with primary responsibilities can result in errors and overlooked details.
  • Risk of Mistakes: Late paychecks, confusing benefits, and incorrect tax withholdings can damage team trust and business integrity.
  • Talent Retention: Mismanaged HR can drive employees to seek stability at larger companies.

To prevent these issues, consider outsourcing HR to ensure smooth operations and maintain employee satisfaction.

PEO Added Value: PhysicianNow Telehealth

LBMC Employment Partners has partnered with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee to provide PEO clients with PhysicianNow, offering 24/7 access to board-certified physicians at no additional cost. This service allows employees covered under the company’s health insurance to consult with doctors from the comfort of their own homes, addressing non-emergency medical issues such as allergies, asthma, bronchitis, colds, flu, infections, and more.

PhysicianNow is ideal for non-emergency situations, especially when visiting a doctor isn’t convenient, during nights, weekends, and holidays, or while traveling. The service is confidential and can save significant healthcare costs. Patients report high satisfaction, with 97% pleased with their experience and 93% willing to use it again or recommend it to others.

Activating your account is simple: log in to BlueAccess, call 1-888-283-6691, or download the free mobile app. For more information, contact your LBMC EP representative.

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LBMC Employment Partners rose to the challenge where other PEOs failed. They provide exceptional customer service and the transition was seamless. Their local expertise is a breath of fresh air.
Controller at a Nashville distribution company
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LBMC EP was thorough and supportive during our transition. They ensured we had the tools for success and are always available for questions. Our employees feel comfortable and well-supported.
Administrator at a healthcare company in Chattanooga, TN
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Consolidating payroll and HR with LBMC EP saved us time and money. Their expertise exceeds expectations, providing benefits typically available only to larger companies.
Administrator at a Knoxville engineering consulting firm
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LBMC Employment Partners gave us peace of mind. Payroll is handled professionally, and they truly care about our business and mission. Their support is invaluable.
Executive Director of a not-for-profit organization in Franklin, TN

The Differences Between a CPEO and a PEO

Employers using a PEO for tasks like payroll, tax payments, employee benefits, and workers’ compensation should understand the distinction between a CPEO and a PEO.

A PEO acts as the employer of record and files federal taxes on behalf of clients’ employees using its tax ID number. However, some have failed to remit collected payroll taxes to the IRS, leaving clients responsible for unpaid taxes.

The CPEO designation offers additional security by meeting stringent IRS requirements, including ongoing reporting, bonding, and audits to ensure proper tax payments. CPEO clients also benefit from certain tax credits and continued eligibility for federal tax credits. Opting for a CPEO provides greater peace of mind regarding tax obligations and potential benefits.

Client Spotlight: Parthenon Management Group

Parthenon Management Group (PMG) has seen significant benefits from partnering with LBMC Employment Partners since 2005. ‘LBMC EP makes the onboarding and benefit process easier to navigate, allowing our staff to focus on training and client missions,’ says Elizabeth Pulliam, Team Development Manager. Despite the challenges of 2020, PMG grew from 7 to 66 employees, attributing their success to the support and innovation facilitated by LBMC EP.

Four Misconceptions of a PEO Provider

Many companies benefit from using a Professional Employer Organization (PEO) for their HR functions. However, misconceptions often arise. Here are the top four:

  1. Only for Larger Companies. Both large and small businesses save on costs for training, payroll, and group access to healthcare and retirement. Small businesses find these perks invaluable, allowing HR services to grow with the business.
  2. Only Manages Payroll. While payroll is a major component, PEOs handle compliance management, workers’ compensation, and employee relations, supporting business growth and major transitions.
  3. Not Needed with an HR Manager. PEOs supplement existing HR departments, helping managers stay current on employment laws and focus on employee growth, recruitment, and retention without worrying about compliance and payroll issues.
  4. Not Needed for Remote Companies. Even fully remote companies need HR services. Remote teams require focus on payroll, tax compliance, labor laws, employee engagement, and retention. PEOs ensure compliance with current laws and labor trends.

LBMC Employment Partners can customize a plan tailored to your unique needs.

Professional Employer Organization (PEO) Team

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Anna Maddox

Chief Human Resources Officer, Employment Partners

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Sharon Powlus

President and CEO, Employment Partners

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All content and services on this page are offered by LBMC Employment Partners, LLC. LBMC Employment Partners, LLC, is part of the LBMC Family of Companies and is an independent entity with services and products being provided exclusively by LBMC Employment Partners, LLC.