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The PEO Odyssey

Executing Strategy While Managing the Tactical

It seems every journey has its obstacles: flat tires, lost luggage, three-headed sea monsters… Just as Homer’s Odysseus had his trials and tribulations during the Odyssey, so do PEOs have theirs today. In both cases, these hindrances can take you off course, slow your progress, and take your focus away from the larger goal of getting from here to there.

While the biggest benefits PEOs provide to their small business clients are strategic (helping client owners focus on the core business, reducing labor costs, and offering big-company benefits), much of making that happen requires flawless tactical execution (payroll, client data access, and HR and benefits transactions). As every PEO knows, tactical glitches occur quite frequently for a variety of reasons, and when they do, the PEO needs to be hands-on and tactical right then and there. Even though much of the tactical is automated, every day brings new and different situations that require non-automated attention. This can get in the way of executing strategy, much the way the Sirens and the Cyclops got in the way of Odysseus on his journey. Know More



How to Say It Best

“What do you do (for a living)?” This is the million-dollar question, the question that many salespeople fear and many prospects misunderstand. This question is asked every single day in many different situations, from prospecting calls to cocktail parties.

Human Resources

Personal Devices Bring More Mobile Workforce Issues

Several months ago, our firm made the transition from a server-based IT system to “the cloud.” As we made this transition and considered all the available options and updates, we came face-to-face with the reality of how quickly technology continues to advance and change the way business is conducted.


Managing the Full-Time/Part-Time Healthcare Reform Requirements

Now that the 2012 election is history and implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) continues to move forward, many employers are taking a closer look at healthcare reform in general and the shared responsibility provisions of the PPACA in particular.


Global Insights

American Jobs and Growth Agenda

Today, 23 million Americans are unemployed, underemployed, or have stopped looking for work. A record 47 million people qualify to be on food stamps. Median family income has dropped to 1995 levels—so we’re going backward. Millions of new college graduates, many of them deeply in debt, can’t find promising positions in their fields.

Statehouse Update

Rising Tides Raise All Ships Tim Tucker

The single greatest benefit of traveling across the country, working with NAPEO members on legislative and regulatory initiatives in support of growing the industry, is hearing about the industry’s evolution.

Small Business Perspective

Resolving to be Resolute in 2013 Dan Danner

As a business owner, one of your New Years’ resolutions might be to balance your books more regularly or to tighten up your cash flow. If only the federal government would do the same.

NAPEO Advisor

State Exchanges, GINA Information William J. Schilling, Esq.

Q. I have heard several terms used for state health insurance exchanges. Why differing terms and what do the terms mean? A. Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) as amended, there is to be at least one health exchange operating in each state on January 1, 2014.

NAPEO Notebook

Much to Do in 2013 Patrick J. Cleary

As NAPEO Chairman Dale Hageman noted on page 3, the beginning of the year is a good time to look back and to look forward. Because Dale chose to look back at 2012 and our many collective accomplishments in his column, I will use mine to look ahead.

PEO Spotlight

Engage PEO Stephanie Oetjen

Everyone knows that an apple a day keeps the doctor away. Therefore, if you eat one apple every 12 hours, you will keep two doctors away.

The Inside Word

Successes in 2012 Continue into 2013 Dale Hageman

While the start of a new year is a perfect time to look ahead and plan for the future, it’s also a good time to look back at the year gone by and take stock of accomplishments and progress towards goals.

Employment Law

Mexico Revamps its Labor Law, Creating Increased Protection for Employees and Greater Burdens—but also Greater Clarity—for PEOs Todd Kaiser, Esq. and Diana J. Nehro, Esq.

On November 13, 2012, for the first time in 40 years, after extensive consideration by both Mexico’s House of Representatives and its Senate, the Mexican Senate approved a significant labor reform bill, with far-reaching and substantive implications for foreign companies doing business in Mexico and local Mexican employers alike.

Capitol Comment

A New Congress and New Priorities Thom Stohler

The 113th Congress was sworn in on January 3, 2013. While the election results reaffirmed the status quo—Democrats in control of the White House and Senate; Republicans in control of the House of Representatives—that does not mean there has not been a lot of change within the government.


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