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Will TrumpCare trump the need for PEO’s?

By: Shraga Jacobowitz

Donald Trump has been saying from Day One of his campaign that if he is elected President, one of his first acts will be to repeal ObamaCare.  Combined with Trump’s hard stance on immigration, a staple of Trump’s campaign platform which can affect some business’ hiring policies, business owners are left to wonder how the new administration will affect their HR, insurance coverage and benefit packages. After Trump’s shocking (shocking to Hillary staunch supporters, at least) win, experts are not so surprised to hear that Trump doesn’t plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in its entirety. Trump stated to The Wall Street Journal that he would consider keeping two of [ACA’s] most popular provisions, hinting that a complete repeal and replace is not in the future plans.

In all honesty, repealing Obamacare is not as simple as Trump’s platform had suggested. As a report released by PricewaterHouse Coopers last week stated, “The White House is just one part of a much larger machine. To really put his stamp on health policy, Trump must work with a patchwork of federal lawmakers, regulatory agencies, trade and advocacy groups and the Supreme Court.”  In other words, change to the Affordable Care Act are going to be long and slow in coming.  In addition to the holdup that will occur with Trump needing to work with these various institutions, his administration will definitely balk at the political ramifications of leaving over 20 million people suddenly without coverage. Without a viable replacement proposal that can lower the number of Americans left without coverage, repealing ObamaCare is in no way going to be as instantaneous as Trump’s campaign rhetoric indicated.

In fact, as the Obama administration was quick to report via Twitter the day immediately following Trump’s election, many Americans are still enrolling on The Exchange.:

“Best day yet this Open Enrollment. Nov 9: Over 100K plan selections on http://HealthCare.gov . Consumers shopping & enrolling. #GetCovered

While an entire repeal and replace is not in the immediate works, the Republican administration can deliver on Trump’s campaign promises through several smaller changes, which may include, but are not limited to:

  1. Stopping the Legal Fighting: While the outgoing administration has been appealing both the ruling stating that it is illegal to pay insurance companies to help keep health insurance costs down for low income clients and fighting lawsuits against the mandate that employers pay for birth control for women covered under insurance plans, the Republicans would be smart to drop the appeals and stop the fighting, upholding the Federal court’s May decision and making Conservatives happy.
  1. Exchanging the Exchange: The web-based system for buying health insurance has been highly unpopular and unnecessary. Trump has put forward the idea of allowing people to buy health insurance across state lines that could lower costs by creating more competition. 
  1. Repealing the Mandate: While not repealing the entirety of ObamaCare, the Trump administration may target the individual mandate to buy health insurance and employer mandate to offer insurance to employees (business over 50 employees), which has proven extremely burdensome on small to mid-level companies. However, targeting the individual mandate, may have one caveat. Experts warn that if Trump decides to uphold the regulation that carriers must accept preexisting conditions, then by default he will also need to uphold the individual mandate to buy insurance as well. Keeping the former without the latter will simply cause a devastating dynamic where Americans will not buy insurance until they actually need it. 
  1. Doing NOTHING: That’s right, the easiest way for the Trump administration to steamroll ObamaCare is simply to stop promoting open enrollment on the Exchange. Timothy Jost, a professor emeritus at the Washington and Lee University School of Law and an expert on health care policy explains why, stating, “It has been a full court press by the Obama administration since 2010 to get this thing implemented and it has taken a Herculean effort. As soon as it stops moving forward, it could start moving backward pretty quickly. Almost just by doing nothing, there could be some very negative effects.”

But Jost also has a word of warning for those Americans and business owners who feel that Trump’s win means an end to the troubles ObamaCare has caused, stating, “Frankly, everything that has gone wrong with the health care system for the past six years has been blamed on ObamaCare,” Jost says. “Everything that goes wrong with the health care system for the next four years will be blamed on TrumpCare. People who think we can just repeal Obamacare and everything will be great are in for a very, very, very rude surprise.”

So whether the Trump administration delivers on overall change (repeal & replace, which isn’t looking very likely) or implements smaller changes (meaning we won’t be seeing the end of ObamaCare just yet), businesses will need to be able to navigate the complicated health insurance regulations that can affect them. And despite how Trump will fulfill his campaign promise (which still remains to be seen), the fact remains that every new administration brings with it change that impacts both employer and employees. Having the resources, strength & security that a PEO provides behind your company’s insurance & benefit packages, can help your company weather whatever change Trump’s administration does end up implementing.

Furthermore, using an independent PEO consultant during these times of healthcare and policy uncertainty, can ensure minimal upheaval with whatever changes may be coming down the pipeline. As the Trump administration unfolds their plan for a “better” health care system, a PEO consultant stays up to date with the changes and new regulations so that they can ensure that their clients’ PEOs are still working for them regardless of the new political climate.

Currently with a PEO?? Are you satisfied??

By: Shraga Jacobowitz

There are over 900 PEOs currently in the US. PEOs partner with thousands of businesses and co-employ millions of employees. PEOs assist every industry and business size by streamlining their operations, lowering their costs and securing competitive benefit packages for their employees.

With such a vast variety of PEOs, it can be extremely difficult for business owners to identify the proper PEO that best suits their specific business needs. It can be extremely complex and cumbersome to differentiate and fully understand the differences and pricing methods.

PEO brokers are extremely helpful and resourceful, as they have tremendous experience and understand the differences between each PEO provider. In addition, they can assess your needs and match you up with a PEO provider that will meet your specifications, as they are familiar with all the latest products and services from each PEO. With a PEO broker you will receive better service from your PEO provider, as you will have an advocate on your behalf that has clout with the provider based on the aggregate amount of business the broker has with that PEO.

Every business that is currently in a PEO partnership, should do some due diligence into the partnership prior to making any decision on changing or maintaining your provider. Just keep in mind, that even though a PEO shows a proposal with significant savings it does not always come out to be that way.  Some PEOs can be offering fewer services, a skimmed-down package offering, or in some scenarios have some conditions that your current providers does not. Here are some thoughts that may be helpful in your decision process.

If you are pretty much happy, however you do experience some issues, try to identify those issues – whether it’s a quality of service, pricing, services offerings, benefit packages, technology etc. Then reach out to your current provider and express your issues to see what they can do to accommodate. Many times accommodations can be made, especially when the PEO provider feels your business to them is on the line. Although you may be very unhappy with your current provider, ultimately, you may find that re-negotiating a better deal or working with your current PEO provider and solving your issues will result in a far better outcome, far faster and simpler than transitioning to another PEO provider that may have the very same issues.

If you have come to the realization that your current PEO provider is not suitable and cannot meet your expectations, then obviously it would be best to move to a new provider that may be more suitable.

Here are a few pointers that are important to review regarding your current PEO:

1) Does your current PEO make many mistakes? The entire point of partnering with a PEO is to reduce risk and exposure, and ensure compliance. If your PEO is consistently making payroll discrepancies and not producing paperwork on time, then it’s time to entertain making a change.

2) Are you taking advantage of all the HR services your PEO offers? Many times companies will purchase a suite of PEO services they don’t even use or know exist. Educating yourself on the service offerings, may assist you in utilizing them.

3) Is you’re current PEO helping your business streamline its operations, and operate more efficiently? If dealing with your PEO causes more headaches than working without one, chances are it’s time for a switch.

4) Does your current PEO respond to your needs in a timely fashion?  In a healthy and conducive PEO-client relationship, communications should be quick, responsive and proactive. Your common goals should be smoothing out any potential issues.

5) How is the PEOs technology? Can you generate the reports needed? Is the onboarding and off boarding process efficient? PEOs that invest and constantly update the latest techniques and software will save you time and money.

6) Now here is an important one – Are your invoices and billing transparent and understandable? If you don’t understand how your PEO fees are broken down, then you may be overpaying. It is important to fully understand your PEOs billing methods.

7) Are your service fees, taxes, workers compensation and health benefits pricing competitive. We recommend an annual or bi-annual PEO Evaluation in order to review these questions and determine whether you need to restructure your PEO partnership.

 

ARC Consultants is a PEO consulting firm, we broker out PEO services for all the leading PEO companies. We have exceptional knowledge in the industry, and all the latest products. With our expertise and knowledge, we are able to better understand our client’s needs and concerns and assist them in navigating through the complexities of making the correct decision in partnering with a PEO. We assist our clients in finding them the PEO that best suits their specific needs, as well as, negotiate on their behalf and service them throughout our relationship. We maintain exceptional relationships with our PEO providers and thereby we have the ability to service our client’s needs and advocate on their behalf.

Reach out to ARC Consultants now, so we can start assisting you in finding the solution that’s just right for you…… www.arcpeo.com

Why you should partner with a PEO for your business…..

By: Shraga Jacobowitz

Focus.

A PEO (Professional Employer Organization) assumes a significant amount of HR and employee related responsibilities and can free up many hours from your weekly schedule. It’s actually truly interesting how much time HR can take and the burden it places on companies. From insurance quotes to on-boarding each new employee to employee related reports. HR is extremely important to your business and should not be overlooked. However, you and your team should focus on what you do best, and dedicate your selves to your core business and give the rest to the PEO because a PEO lets you do just that…..

Compliance Complexities.

Additionally, dealing with the complexities of the government on a State and Federal level can get extremely overwhelming. Even if you do not receive any penalties for non-compliance, the amount of time a company can spend on compliance will significantly limit your ability to grow and focus on your core business. With a PEO you will avoid common compliance mistakes. A PEO shoulders the transactional HR aspects of your business it frees up your time and energy to focus on building your business, especially as the Affordable Care Act (ACA) regulations continues to impact business significantly.

Employee Benefits.
When partnering with a PEO you can get access to Fortune 500 type benefit packages. These packages range from health insurance to pet insurance and everything in between including Employee Assistance Program, Employee Perks Programs, 401k etc., which are all streamlined from one source at competitive pricing due to the economies of scale.

Attracting and Retaining Top Talent.
The PEO partnership gives you the ability to have access to a recruiting package that will assist you in attracting and retaining top talent. This will also assist you in producing the greatest products and services.

ARC Consultants is a PEO consulting firm, we broker out PEO services for all the leading PEO companies. We have exceptional knowledge in the industry, and all the latest products. With our expertise and knowledge, we are able to better understand our client’s needs and concerns and assist them in navigating through the complexities of making the correct decision in partnering with a PEO. We assist our clients in finding them the PEO that best suits their specific needs, as well as, negotiate on their behalf and service them throughout our relationship. We maintain exceptional relationships with our PEO providers and thereby we have the ability to service our client’s needs and advocate on their behalf.

Reach out to ARC Consultants now, so we can start assisting you in finding the solution that’s just right for you…… www.arcpeo.com

Where does it come from?

Contrary to popular belief, Lorem Ipsum is not simply random text. It has roots in a piece of classical Latin literature from 45 BC, making it over 2000 years old. Richard McClintock, a Latin professor at Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia, looked up one of the more obscure Latin words, consectetur, from a Lorem Ipsum passage, and going through the cites of the word in classical literature, discovered the undoubtable source. Lorem Ipsum comes from sections 1.10.32 and 1.10.33 of “de Finibus Bonorum et Malorum” (The Extremes of Good and Evil) by Cicero, written in 45 BC. This book is a treatise on the theory of ethics, very popular during the Renaissance. The first line of Lorem Ipsum, “Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet..”, comes from a line in section 1.10.32.

The standard chunk of Lorem Ipsum used since the 1500s is reproduced below for those interested. Sections 1.10.32 and 1.10.33 from “de Finibus Bonorum et Malorum” by Cicero are also reproduced in their exact original form, accompanied by English versions from the 1914 translation by H. Rackham.

What is Lorem Ipsum?

Lorem Ipsum is simply dummy text of the printing and typesetting industry. Lorem Ipsum has been the industry’s standard dummy text ever since the 1500s, when an unknown printer took a galley of type and scrambled it to make a type specimen book. It has survived not only five centuries, but also the leap into electronic typesetting, remaining essentially unchanged. It was popularised in the 1960s with the release of Letraset sheets containing Lorem Ipsum passages, and more recently with desktop publishing software like Aldus PageMaker including versions of Lorem Ipsum.

Why do we use it?

There are many variations of passages of Lorem Ipsum available, but the majority have suffered alteration in some form, by injected humour, or randomised words which don’t look even slightly believable. If you are going to use a passage of Lorem Ipsum, you need to be sure there isn’t anything embarrassing hidden in the middle of text. All the Lorem Ipsum generators on the Internet tend to repeat predefined chunks as necessary, making this the first true generator on the Internet. It uses a dictionary of over 200 Latin words, combined with a handful of model sentence structures, to generate Lorem Ipsum which looks reasonable. The generated Lorem Ipsum is therefore always free from repetition, injected humour, or non-characteristic words etc.

NOW YOU KNOW!!

ARC CONSULTANTS HR STATISTIC REVIEW # 5

Check out ARC Consultants HR related statistics:

Statistic # 121 – HR related tasks contribute to 25-35% of the average business owner’s time or their key personnel.

Statistic # 122 – 35% of CEOs said it is an absolute necessity for HR managers to be “proficient” in workforce analytics.

Statistic # 123 – More than 3,000,000 workplace injuries occur each year in the US.

Statistic # 124 – Workplace injuries cost U.S. businesses nearly $250 million each year.

Statistic # 125 – Employees that are satisfied with their employee benefits are almost 4X more satisfied with their jobs.

Statistic # 126 – Being proactive in creating a safe workplace can yield up to a $6.15 return on each dollar invested.

Statistic # 127 – A $1,000 Workers Comp claim can potentially cost an employer over $5,000.

Statistic # 128 – On average, there are 12 workplace death accidents per day in the U.S.

Statistic # 129 – Companies with fewer than 20 employees have 60% higher compliance costs.

Statistic # 130 – 7-25% of a small business owner’s time is spent handling employee paperwork.

Statistic # 131 – 36% of surveyed companies have had problems retaining employees in the past 12 months.

Statistic # 132 – 33% of surveyed companies had used benefits to retain employees in the past year.

Statistic # 133 – 90% of respondents reported increases in their health plan premiums.

Statistic # 134 – 80% of the companies surveyed used healthcare benefits to keep employees in the past year.

Statistic # 135 – The average small business owner is now spending as much as 13 hours a month to comply with ACA (Affordable Care Act).

Statistic # 136 – 57% businesses surveyed offered retirement savings benefits to help retain employees.

Statistic # 137 – According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics the average employer pays about 70% of an employee’s health insurance premium.

Statistic # 138 – 20% of surveyed companies said their health insurance premium increase exceeded 20%.

Statistic # 139 – 40% of employers in the United States report difficulty filling certain jobs.

Statistic # 140 – 40% of HR functions are being restructured.

Statistic # 141 – Businesses across the US have a nearly 12% chance of an employee legal action.

Statistic # 142 – 6 in 10 companies plan to increase spending on HR in the next 12 to 18 months.

Statistic # 143 – Almost 50% of all HR departments will be restructured in 2015 or 2016.

Statistic # 144 – 40% of small businesses incur IRS penalties.

Statistic # 145 – An average employee legal case against a mid-sized employer takes 275 days to resolve and carries a cost of $125,000.

Statistic # 146 – 48% of companies that partnered with a PEO made that decision to lower healthcare benefit costs.

Statistic # 147 – 40% of companies that partnered with a PEO made that decision because of the need to focus on their core business.

Statistic # 148 – 38% of companies that partnered with a PEO made that decision in order to offer quality HR service to assist in recruiting and retention.

ARC Consultants is a PEO consulting firm, we broker out PEO services for all the leading PEO companies. We have exceptional knowledge in the industry, and all the latest products. With our expertise and knowledge, we are able to better understand our client’s needs and concerns and assist them in navigating through the complexities of making the correct decision in partnering with a PEO. We assist our clients in finding them the PEO that best suits their specific needs. We as well, negotiate on their behalf and service them throughout our relationship. We maintain exceptional relationships with our PEO providers and thereby we have the ability to service our client’s needs and advocate on their behalf.

Reach out to ARC Consultants now, so we can start assisting you in finding the solution that’s just right for you…… www.arcpeo.com

For more statistics and the latest in the PEO industry follow us on LinkedIn.

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ARC CONSULTANTS HR STATISTIC REVIEW # 4

Check out ARC Consultants HR related statistics:

Statistic # 91 – The DOL enforces over 180 Federal laws affecting 10 million employers and 125 million workers.

Statistic # 92 – Client’s outsourcing multiple functions to a single vendor save 32% over those using multiple vendors.

Statistic # 93 – . Payroll and taxes is ranked the #1 administrative burden among businesses.

Statistic # 94 – 35% of HR managers spend more time now on human capital management related to compliance than they did 2 years ago.

Statistic # 95 – Companies that partner with a #PEO have nearly a 10% higher employment growth rate, than companies not with a PEO.

Statistic # 96 – Companies that partner with a #PEO save on average 21% on HR and administration than companies not with a PEO.

Statistic # 97 – 40% of businesses that use a #PEO upgrade their benefit packages.

Statistic # 98 – PEOs improve the work environment and increase safety by 20%.

Statistic # 99 – There is a 33% lower employee turnover at companies that partner with a #PEO.

Statistic # 100 –At ARC Consultants we strive to deliver to our client’s responsive, competent and unparalleled 100% satisfactory service.

Statistic # 101 – 48% of CEOs surveyed said their companies had lost money because of inefficient hiring processes.

Statistic # 102 –65% of executives say that HR opinions carry greater weight with senior management, the need for their HR teams to come forward with data-driven, competitive approaches and efficient technologies is more critical than ever.

Statistic # 103 – Only 58% of business owners know how to effectively drive down costs, and only 22% have been able to execute an action plan.

Statistic # 104 – Employees who are very satisfied with benefits are almost 4x more likely (81% versus 22%) to be very satisfied with their jobs.

Statistic # 105 – 9 in 10 employers say they are facing increases in the premiums they pay for employee health plans.

Statistic # 106 – Nearly 25% of employers are seeing health benefit rate increases in the double digits.

Statistic # 107 – The top employee benefits concern among employers, is the continued rise in the cost of providing group medical coverage for employees.

Statistic # 108 – 67% of employers are cost-shifting the rise in healthcare costs to employees.

Statistic # 109 – About 50% of employers say they are considering changing health carriers to condense costs.

Statistic # 110 – Despite the increasing cost pressures, 97% of companies say they plan to continue providing employer-sponsored coverage to employees.

Statistic # 111 – 75% of employment practices claims are groundless – but still require significant expense to defend.

Statistic # 112 – 90% of CEOs say it is important for HR managers to be “proficient” in workforce analytics.

Statistic # 113 –10% of small business owners cite that the most difficult aspect of running a business is hiring and managing a staff.

Statistic # 114 – 57% of employees said they’re likely to accept jobs with slightly lower compensation but better benefits.

Statistic # 115 – The price tag of a “bad hire” has cost some U.S. companies more than $50,000.

Statistic # 116 – That a third of business owners say they’ve experienced fines and penalties for non-compliance with government regulations.

Statistic # 117 – Employees whose bosses encourage them to take breaks during the day are 81% more likely to stay in their jobs.

Statistic # 118 – 41% of business owners hiring in the last 3 months reported few or no qualified applicants.

Statistic # 119 – 80% of CFOs say they feel powerless when it comes to managing their company’s healthcare spending.

Statistic # 120 – A recent survey found that 52% of employees expect their employer to pay at least 80% of the cost of their medical insurance.

ARC Consultants is a PEO consulting firm, we broker out PEO services for all the leading PEO companies. We have exceptional knowledge in the industry, and all the latest products. With our expertise and knowledge we are able to better understand our client’s needs and concerns and assist them in navigating through the complexities of making the correct decision in partnering with a PEO. We assist our clients in finding them the PEO that best suits their specific needs. We as well, negotiate on their behalf and service them throughout our relationship. We maintain exceptional relationships with our PEO providers and thereby we have the ability to service our client’s needs and advocate on their behalf.

Reach out to ARC Consultants now, so we can start assisting you in finding the solution that’s just right for you…… www.arcpeo.com

For more statistics and the latest in the PEO industry follow us on LinkedIn.

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ARC CONSULTANTS HR STATISTIC REVIEW #3

Check out ARC Consultants HR related statistics:

Statistic # 61 – Did you know?? 71% of employers believe the costliest years of complying with PPACA lie ahead.

Statistic # 62 – In response to ACA challenges 70% of midsized employers are shifting costs to employees.

Statistic # 63 – 19% of surveyed employers think general administrative costs will be the top compliance-related cost-drivers in the years to come.

Statistic # 64 – Only 12% of employees are extremely satisfied with their benefits, and only 14% believe their benefits package meets their current family needs extremely well.

Statistic # 65 – According to a recent study by the DOL 90% of business are not in compliance.

Statistic # 66 – The U.S. Department of Labor estimates that approximately 70 percent of employers violate the FLSA’s classification requirements.

Statistic # 67 – Last year, employers paid out $18 million in penalties to 19,000 misclassified workers. Under federal law, an employee’s specific job duties and salary must meet all the requirements of the Department of Labor’s regulations.

Statistic # 68 – 96% of employers plan to continue to offer employer sponsored health care coverage, despite the fact that they feel #ACA has had a negative impact on their organization.

Statistic # 69 – 27% of employers believe the largest cost increase under #ACA will occur in 2018, when the Cadillac tax kicks in.

Statistic # 70 –  50% of employers believe their current plan would trigger the Cadillac tax, but only 3% say they plan to pay it in.

Statistic # 71 –  70% of midsized and 80% of large businesses, are shifting costs to employees, by changing or increasing employee co-pays due to #ACA challenges.

Statistic # 72 – 29% of midsized companies capped part time hours to manage their ACA costs.

Statistic # 73 – 54% of midsized and 49% of large businesses are not prepared to manage IRS annual ACA health care reporting.

Statistic # 74 –  30% of midsized companies reported unexpected expenses – such as fines, penalties and lawsuits – in the past 12 months as a result of noncompliance.

Statistic # 75 – 47% of employees surveyed stated that improving their benefits packages is one thing their employers could do to keep them in their job.

Statistic # 76 – Companies that join a #PEO have a 21% savings on HR Administration.

Statistic # 77 – According to a new report by the DOL, every 3.5 seconds a labor law changes.

Statistic # 78 – 97% of companies that partnered with a #PEO through ARC Consultants had a significant savings with their Workers’ Compensations costs.

Statistic # 79 –  A recent survey finds that 70% of business leaders are concerned about their access to employees with key skills to grow the business, and 53% of these business leaders report that their HR department is not prepared to find, develop, and source new talent.

Statistic # 80 – A recent survey finds 75% of surveyed companies are currently in the process of researching ACA solutions options.

Statistic # 81 – A recent survey finds that only a little over 15% of companies are confidently prepared for the ACA reporting mandates.

Statistic # 82 – The PEO industry is growing by over 15% annually.

Statistic # 83 – 59% of businesses with fewer than 1,000 employees, and 60% of businesses with fewer than 100 employees plan to invest in human resources technology this year.

Statistic # 84 – There are roughly 900 PEO companies in the US today.

Statistic # 85 – HR tasks can cost up to 8.5% of your annual gross payroll.

Statistic # 86 – 75% of companies are struggling to attract and recruit the top people they need.

Statistic # 87 – 88% of employees do not have a passion for their work.

Statistic # 88 – 30% of small business owners wear 5 to 6 hats a day.

Statistic # 89 – PEO clients are 28% more satisfied with their selection of healthcare benefits.

Statistic # 90 – Affordable Care Act (ACA) administration and compliance costs an average of $15,000 per year.

 

ARC Consultants is a PEO consulting firm, we broker out PEO services for all the leading PEO companies. We have exceptional knowledge in the industry, and all the latest products. With our expertise and knowledge we are able to better understand our client’s needs and concerns and assist them in navigating through the complexities of making the correct decision in partnering with a PEO. We assist our clients in finding them the PEO that best suits their specific needs. We as well, negotiate on their behalf and service them throughout our relationship. We maintain exceptional relationships with our PEO providers and thereby we have the ability to service our client’s needs and advocate on their behalf.

Reach out to ARC Consultants now, so we can start assisting you in finding the solution that’s just right for you…… www.arcpeo.com

For more statistics and the latest in the PEO industry follow us on LinkedIn.