Latest Engage PEO News

What employers need to know about the Supreme Court decision on pregnant workers

By Jay Starkman and Ryan Hollander

The United States Supreme Court recently issued an opinion in Young v. United Parcel Service, Inc. that may create more questions than answers for employers considering how to accommodate pregnant employees in the workplace.

Reported in The Business Journals

What employers need to know about medical marijuana

By Jay Starkman and Deby Stawinski

The times — and the laws on marijuana use — are changing, leaving many employers, especially those with employees in multiple states, confused about the appropriate actions to take in circumstances where marijuana is involved.

Reported in The Business Journals

Engage PEO Forms Mid-Market Division

Group Created to Address Growing Demand from Large Employers For Strategic HR and Benefits Services

Fort Lauderdale, Fla. – April 20, 2015 – Engage PEO, a leading professional employer organization providing HR outsourcing solutions to small and mid-sized businesses across the U.S., today announced the formation of a new division dedicated to serve the needs of employers with more than 500 employees. The Mid-Market division was created in response to the growing demand from larger employers for HR solutions that can deliver a competitive advantage. The group will service both existing Engage clients and new client prospects.

 

Engage PEO Announces New Suite of Streamlined Health Benefit Plan Solutions

The Simple Business Solutions offering is part of a fully integrated system designed to meet the unique needs of companies with fewer than 50 insured employees.

Engage PEO Joins Epicomm Discount Program; Offers Association Members Comprehensive HR Services

Alexandria, Va. (April 6, 2015)―Epicomm, the Association for Leaders in Print, Mail, Fulfillment, and Marketing Services, is proud to announce that Engage PEO has joined its Member Advantage Discount Program (MADP) and will provide a full spectrum of human resources, risk management, and payroll services to association members at a 10% discount on Engage administrative fees.

"We are excited to welcome Engage to our Member Advantage Discount Program," says Association Executive Vice President Dean D’Ambrosi. "Engage will enable our members to concentrate on building their businesses without having to worry about managing increasingly complex employee-related issues such as compliance with the Affordable Care Act, as well as workers’ compensation, payroll administration, and unemployment insurance claims." 

Making the case for employee-covered fertility treatments

One in eight women have fertility problems but most employers don't cover treamtent.

Fast Company magazine speaks to Engage's Dorothy Miraglia King on the topic of new employee benefit trends, such as in vitro fertilization (IVF).

"We’re seeing a new focus on benefits for parents, such as IVF reimbursement," says Dorothy Miraglia King, executive vice president of Engage PEO, a human resources outsourcing firm. "While there is heightened awareness of fertility benefits due to announcements from Apple and Facebook about egg-freezing, (fertility) coverage is not common."

8 common I-9 pitfalls and how to avoid them

By Jay Starkman and Vanessa Matsis-McCready

The I-9 includes three critical sections, and if submitted incorrectly, these sections could cost an employer thousands of dollars in fines.

Reported in The Business Journals

Engage PEO Announces Move to New Corporate Headquarters in Fort Lauderdale

Fort Lauderdale, Fla. – March 19, 2015 – Engage PEO, a leading professional employer organization providing HR outsourcing solutions to small and mid-sized businesses across the U.S., today announced it has relocated its corporate headquarters to the Presidential Circle business center at 4000 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, Florida. With more than triple the space of its prior office, the newly designed headquarters will accommodate Engage’s continued industry-leading growth.

Healthcare law paperwork costs small businesses thousands

Engage Executive Vice President, Dorothy Miraglia King, speaks to the Associated Press on the growing number of small businesses mired in paperwork and compliance concerns due to the Affordable Care Act - and how Engage PEO is helping many of them.

A better life for the boss is better for workers, too

Jay Starkman, CEO of Engage, shares expert advise with The Miami Herald on the topic of "Managing Up" - a critical skill in today's workplace.

How court challenges to the Affordable Care Act could affect your business

By Jay Starkman

Reported in Dallas Business Journal

If successful, a challenge to the Affordable Care Act could potentially throw the country's medical insurance environment into chaos. Employers and individuals should keep a close watch.

Engage PEO Continues Industry-Leading Growth With Expansion of National Operations Center

Company Prepared to Meet Growing Demand for HR Expertise and Guide Small and Mid-Size Businesses Through New Mandates

Fort Lauderdale, Fla. – March 2, 2015 – Engage PEO, a leading professional employer organization providing HR outsourcing solutions to small and mid-sized businesses across the U.S., announced today that it is expanding its National Operations Center located in St. Petersburg, Florida. The addition will double the size of Engage’s Operations Center to accommodate the company’s rapid growth and enhance the ability of its human resource and technology service teams to meet the needs of Engage’s growing client base.

Why rescinding a job offer can be risky business

By Jay Starkman and Deby Skawinsky

Reported in The Business Journals

Although rescinding a job offer is not necessarily illegal, there are risks for an employer to consider.

How to Handle an Employee's Offensive Social Media Post

Engage's CEO, Jay Starkman, weighs in on the topic of handling employees and their sometimes not so likeable social media posts.

How the Affordable Care Act affects employee taxes

By Jay Starkman

Reported in Silicon Valley Business Journal.

Many people may not realize that the health care coverage they had in 2014 will affect their 2015 individual income tax filing. In 2015, each person is subject to additional tax reporting under ACA's Individual Shared Responsibility.

Engage PEO Adds Alex Pisani As General Counsel & VP of Strategic Development

Addition further enhances executive team for nation’s fastest growing PEO

Fort Lauderdale, Fla. – Jan. 12, 2015 – Engage PEO, a leading professional employer organization providing HR outsourcing solutions to small and mid-sized businesses, today announced the addition of PEO-industry veteran Alex Pisani as general counsel and vice president of strategic development. Pisani is based out of Engage’s Dallas, Texas office

How professional employer organizations (PEOs) can help with HR compliance challenges

By Jay Starkman

Reported in the Atlanta Business Chronicle

It is the rare small or mid-size business that has expertise both in its industry segment and in handling the demands of employees. It is a professional employer organization's business to be an expert in all aspects of employment.

Congress Recognizes Professional Employer Organizations Through Small Business Efficiency Act

Engage President a pioneer of first federal distinction providing validation and benefits for both business owners and employees working with PEOs

Fort Lauderdale, Fla. – Dec. 17, 2014 – On Dec. 16, Congress passed the Small Business Efficiency Act providing the first-ever federal statutory recognition of Professional Employer Organizations (PEO). The Act institutes a voluntary certification process for PEOs with the IRS and recognizes the HR outsourcing companies under the federal tax law, creating greater clarity for PEOs to collect and submit taxes on behalf of their clients.

What to keep in mind for holiday parties and office closings

Reported in the Boston Business Journal

December can bring some unexpected headaches to the well-meaning employer.

With holiday parties, vacation schedules and office closings, there can be many decisions that need to be made about how to keep productivity strong during such a busy month.

What you need to know before sending home sick employees

Reported in the Philadelphia Business Journal

Many employers and employees are nervous about the upcoming cold and flu season. Recent headlines about Ebola have exacerbated workplace concerns.

Avoid these pitfalls when using social media to recruit employees

Reported in the Austin Business Journal

Two main issues arise during the recruitment process that make social media use tempting: advertising a job on social networks, and viewing a job applicant's social media accounts during the screening process.

Do you have to provide paid time off for employee voting?

Reported in the Silicon Valley Journal

With election season here, employers should take a moment to understand voting leave laws, especially since they vary from state to state.

What employers should know now that more states, cities are "banning the box"

Reported in the Atlanta Business Chronicle

Known as “Ban the Box,” these laws remove the criminal history question on a job application and delay the background check until later in the hiring process.

Who is a full-time employee under the Affordable Care Act? It’s not as simple as you might think

By Jay Starkman

Reported in Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal

Paying special attention to the complex employee classification rules for the Affordable Care Act can avoid potentially costly mistakes.

Engage PEO Renews Master Medical Benefits Plan with Aetna

Engage Private Exchange results in third consecutive year of lower than trend increases.

E-cigarettes: Time to reconsider your company's smoking policies

Reported in the Dallas Business Journal

Over the past 30 years, many states have passed clean air legislation that banned smoking in most public and indoor locations. While there have been proponents on both sides of the smoking debate historically, there has never been much debate over what was considered “smoking” — until now.

Customer Survey Demonstrates Vital Role HR Partners Play in Navigating Complex Healthcare and Legal Waters

Engage PEO gets near-perfect marks for service

Fort Lauderdale, Fla. – Aug. 12, 2014 – As 2015 approaches, employers remain concerned about upcoming Affordable Care Act deadlines and other dynamic regulatory requirements.

Mandatory Paid Sick Leave: How your Business Could be Affected

Many states and localities recently passed laws or have pending legislation that would require employers to provide paid sick days to employees.

Engage PEO Expands Its Sales Force with PEO Veteran Melissa Pierson

Newest VP of Sales to Meet Needs of Growing Northeast Market

Fort Lauderdale, Fla. – July 31, 2014 – Engage PEO, a leading professional employer organization providing HR outsourcing solutions to small and mid-sized businesses, has added Melissa Pierson as the company’s Vice President of Sales

What You Need to Know If You Have Employees Who Use Medical Marijuana

Reported in San Francisco Business Times

Since 1996, 20 states and the District of Columbia have enacted some form of legislation that allows for the non-criminal use of marijuana for medical purposes, with more states likely to follow suit.

Engage PEO Grows California Team with Addition of Vice President of Sales Jennifer Silva

Ft Lauderdale, Fla. – July 14, 2014 – Engage PEO, a leading professional employer organization providing HR outsourcing solutions to small and mid-sized businesses, today announced that Jennifer Silva has been named vice president of sales for California. Working with Engage’s other west coast associates, Silva will grow the company’s presence throughout the state by partnering with insurance brokers to add Engage’s PEO offering to their portfolio of HR and benefits solutions for small and mid-sized businesses.

A Straightforward Explanation of the New Obamacare "Play or Pay" Mandate

Reported in The Business Journals

On February 10, the IRS released additional guidance on the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) "Play or Pay" mandate. The "final" regulations — although not the last word for employers — contain some interesting points employers across the country must keep in mind when dealing with Obamacare.

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Engage PEO Promotes Dorothy Miraglia to Executive Vice President of Engage Insurance

Fort Lauderdale, Fla. – June 10, 2014 – Dorothy Miraglia of Engage PEO, a leading professional employer organization providing HR outsourcing solutions to small and mid-sized businesses, has been promoted to Executive Vice President of Engage Insurance. The announcement was made by Jay Starkman, Engage PEO’s CEO.

Education Fund of Miami-Dade Honors Engage PEO CEO with Public School Alumni Achievement Award

Fort Lauderdale, Fla. – May 30, 2014 – Jay Starkman, CEO of Engage PEO, was honored on May 29, 2014 by the Education Fund of Miami-Dade County with the Public School Alumni Achievement Award. Engage PEO is a leading professional employer organization providing HR outsourcing solutions to small and mid-sized businesses.

BenefitMall Teams with Engage PEO

(Dallas) May 20, 2014 – BenefitMall®, the leading provider of employee benefit, human resources, and payroll products and services, today announced a partnership with Engage PEO, the trusted small business partner for Professional Employer Organization (PEO) services.

Engage PEO Expands Presence into Nevada and Southern California with Addition of Vice President of Sales, Lisa Beavers

St. Petersburg, Fla. – May 1, 2014 – Engage PEO, a leading professional employer organization providing HR outsourcing solutions to small and mid-sized businesses, today announced the addition of Lisa Beavers as vice president of sales for Nevada and Southern California.

Understanding New Workplace Diversity Guidelines

Reported in Diversity Executive

Jay Starkman, CEO of Engage PEO, discusses the new EEOC guidelines and steps employers can take to ensure they are meeting all of their legal responsibilities.

Engage PEO Expands Presence in Northeast United States

St. Petersburg, Fla. – Feb. 4, 2014 – Engage PEO, a leading professional employer organization providing HR outsourcing solutions to small and mid-sized businesses, today announced the addition of industry veteran Cindy Edwards as vice president of sales for the northeast region.

ESAC Expands Financial Assurance Coverage for Clients of Accredited PEOs

St. Petersburg, Fla. – Jan. 21, 2014 – Effective January 1, 2014, the Employer Services Assurance Corporation’s (ESAC) financial coverage program provided to the clients of accredited PEOs expanded from a total of $11 million to a total of $16 million. As a result, the bond coverage for clients of ESAC-accredited Engage PEO increased accordingly. Engage PEO is a leading professional employer organization providing HR outsourcing solutions to small and mid-sized businesses across the country.

Sapoznik Insurance and Engage PEO Announce Launch of HR and Benefits Solution Catered to Florida's Small Business

New PEO Offering Helps Business Owners Safely and Cost-Effectively Navigate Through Complicated Healthcare Reform

St. Petersburg, Fla. – December 16, 2013 – Engage PEO, a leading professional employer organization providing HR outsourcing solutions to small and mid-sized businesses, and Sapoznik Insurance, a top South Florida full-service, employee benefits agency, jointly announced the launch of the Sapoznik HR PEO Solution, powered by Engage.

Engage PEO Partners with AmTrust, Augmenting National Network of Workers' Compensation Insurance Options for Clients

St. Petersburg, FL – Nov. 1, 2013 – Engage PEO, a leading professional employer organization providing HR outsourcing solutions to small and mid-sized businesses, today announced that it has entered a master policy agreement with operating subsidies of AmTrust Group for the company to be part of Engage PEO’s network of A-rated carriers providing workers’ compensation insurance for its clients across the nation. The new workers’ compensation policy provides Engage clients with an A-rated, 50-state licensed option, creating affordable capacity in a tightening marketplace.

NAPEO Study Confirms Small Businesses Using PEO's Grow Faster

October 10, 2013 - The National Association of Professional Employer Organizations (NAPEO) recently released a study that found small businesses using PEOs have a ten percent higher growth rate than businesses that do not use PEOs.

Is Obamacare Already Doomed?

Reported in Inc.

October 4, 2013 - The site looks pretty, but creating an account is still impossible. Is this a temporary
glitch or something more?  Days into the launch of Obamacare, I still can't create an account. 

Obesity’s Disease Label Could Spell Trouble for Employers

Reported in Employee Benefit News

September 9, 2013 - Earlier this year, the American Medical Association deemed obesity a disease. AMA board member Patrice Harris, M.D., said in a statement that "recognizing obesity as a disease will help change the way the medical community tackles this complex issue that affects approximately one in three Americans."

Comprehensive Immigration Reform has Considerable Momentum

Reported in Employee Benefit News

August 18, 2013 - For years, Congress has debated the merits of “comprehensive immigration reform” without passing any legislation toward that end – in part because the concept means different things to different people. 

Engage PEO Continues Its Expansion in Texas with Addition of Senior Level Personnel

August 14, 2013 -  Engage PEO, a leading professional employer organization providing HR outsourcing solutions to small and mid-sized businesses, today announced the addition of David Bisset as vice president of sales for North Texas and Deby Skawinski as assistant general counsel and human resources manager. They are both based in the Dallas/North Texas area.

ACA Nondiscrimination Provision - Impacts on Small and Midsize Employers

August 13, 2013 - Although IRS hasn't finalized the rules for ACA's nondiscrimination provision, employers should pay attention to regulations as they become available.  They may have to reconisder executive compensation in light of the provision. 

NCCI Study Validates Role PEO's Play in Improving Workers' Compensation Experience

Engage PEO Helps Small and Mid-Size Businesses Improve Clients’ Loss Experience

St. Petersburg, Fla. – July 12, 2013 – The National Council on Compensation Insurance (“NCCI”), the nation's largest provider of workers compensation data and the actuarial rate-making bureau for most states, recently released a study that concluded that Professional Employer Organizations (“PEOs”) have a positive

Independent Grocers to Receive Healthcare Reform Guidance, Solutions, and World-Class HR Management

St. Petersburg, Fla. – May 29, 2013 – Engage PEO, a leading professional employment organization providing HR outsourcing solutions to small and mid-sized businesses, and the Grocer Exchange, LLC...

USA Today: Exec's Cushy Health Care Could Trigger Fines

Reported in USA Today http://www.usatoday.com

May 9, 2013 - Many executives have long enjoyed perks such as free health care and better health benefits for themselves and their families. But under a little noticed anti-discrimination provision in the federal health law, such advantages could soon trigger fines of up to $500,000.

Bracing for Obamacare, Some Businesses Try PEOs

Reported in Entrepreneur  http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/226492

ESCO Communications, an Indianapolis-based audio/visual equipment installer, has provided health insurance for its 100 employees for more than 40 years, but when CEO Chip Roth was faced with 40 percent price hike on the company's plan last year, he realized he needed to make a change.

Engage PEO Continues Its National Expansion by Launching Texas Markets with Strategic Hires

St. Petersburg, Fla. – April 15, 2013 – Engage PEO, a leading professional employer organization providing HR outsourcing solutions to small and mid-sized businesses, today announced its expansion to Texas including the Houston, Austin and San Antonio markets. As part of its investment in the region, Engage has hired two senior sales team members - Heather Middleton joins the company as vice president in Houston and David LeBlanc as vice president in Austin.

Engage CEO Jay Starkman Discusses Benefits of PEO in this Regulatory Environment

Reported in Managing Your HR http://www.managingyourhr.com/outsourcing-with-PEO-firm

With Obamacare as a one example, small businesses face greater challenges in managing their workforce in coming years. The massive amount of changes going into effect is providing challenges for businesses of all sizes.

Jay Starkman is the founder and CEO of Engage PEO argues “since the ACA enactment, businesses have been working overtime to comply with the steady stream of new requirements, especially getting ready for the changes that arrive on January 1, 2014.”

Health Care Changes in 2013

Reported on Business in Main http://bom.msn.com/Article.aspx?id=256050758

Get a head start figuring out what you'll need to do for your business.

Don’t wait until the last minute to figure out what changes will be needed for your business to comply with the new health care requirements. Here’s how to get a head start.

Ask small-business owners what they need to be doing to comply with the upcoming health care law changes, and chances are they aren’t exactly sure.

Engage PEO Continues National Expansion with Addition of Vice President of Sales, Robert Rodriguez

St. Petersburg, Fla. – Dec. 4, 2012 – Engage PEO, a leading professional employer organization providing HR outsourcing solutions to small and mid-sized businesses, today announced the addition of industry veteran Robert Rodriguez as vice president of sales for South Florida. Rodriguez will work with Engage’s unique sales channel of insurance brokers, helping to position Engage’s HR solutions to its clients throughout the U.S. He will join the company’s Fort Lauderdale office.

Engage PEO Expands to Northeast US, Names John Cataldo VP of Sales for Region

St. Petersburg, Fla. –November 25, 2012 – Engage PEO, a leading professional employer organization providing HR outsourcing solutions to small and mid-sized businesses, has expanded its presence to the northeast United States and hired John Cataldo as vice president of sales for the region.

Based in New Jersey, Cataldo will expand relationships with local insurance broker partners, building strategic alliances to bring Engage’s suite of HR solutions to businesses in the area, while driving new and innovative strategies for the company’s growth.

Engage PEO Partners with Aetna to Provide Robust National Medical Plans

 

St. Petersburg, FL – Oct. 30, 2012 – Engage PEO, a leading professional employer organization providing HR outsourcing solutions to small and mid-sized businesses, today announced that it has entered into an agreement with Aetna to provide Aetna healthcare solutions to its clients and their employees across the nation. The new suite of products and services will be available to Engage PEO clients as of Jan. 1, 2013.

Engage PEO Adds Dorothy Miraglia as VP of Engage Insurance

St. Petersburg, Fla. – September 24, 2012 – Engage PEO, a leading professional employer organization providing HR outsourcing solutions to small and mid-sized businesses, today announced the addition of industry veteran Dorothy Miraglia as vice president of Engage Insurance, LLC.  Miraglia will be responsible for designing and implementing Engage’s client benefits offerings.  She will join the company’s Fort Lauderdale office.

Engage PEO adds Barbara Ziccardi as VP of Sales for South Florida

Leading PEO expands South Florida presence

St. Petersburg, Fla. – July 1, 2012 – Engage PEO, a leading professional employer organization providing HR outsourcing solutions to small and mid-sized businesses, has expanded its sales organization with the addition of industry veteran Barbara Ziccardi as vice president of sales in South Florida. Ziccardi will join the company’s Fort Lauderdale office.

Engage CEO Jay Starkman Discusses Employer Impacts of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) has caused much confusion among employers. That's not surprising for the Act encompasses more than a thousand pages. The Act was virtually unreadwhen voted into law. So, employers are still trying hard to know what's in store for their employees...

Engage PEO Selects ITCS as Premier Time and Attendance Solution

Time and Attendance Solution Integrates Seamlessly with Engage Payroll and HR Technology

St. Petersburg, FL – April 30, 2012 – Engage PEO, a leading professional employer organization providing HR outsourcing solutions to small and mid-sized businesses, has selected ITCS at its preferred provider of time and attendance solutions.

Engage PEO and Sapoznik Insurance Announce Partnership

PEO and Benefits Leaders Join Forces to Bring HR, Benefits and Wellness Solutions to Employers

St. Petersburg, Fla. – April 9, 2012 – Engage PEO, a leading professional employer organization providing HR outsourcing solutions to small and mid-sized businesses, and Sapoznik Insurance, a leading South Florida full-service, employee benefits agency, today jointly announced that Sapoznik Insurance has selected

Engage PEO Reports Stellar Sales Growth

Company exceeds sales growth goals by 200 percent within 30 days of launch

St. Petersburg, FL – March 19, 2012 – Engage PEO, a leading professional employer organization providing HR outsourcing solutions to small and mid-sized businesses, today announced that its sales growth for the fourth quarter of 2011 exceeded goals by 200 percent. With hundreds of worksite employees already experiencing Engage’s “Expect More” benefits and service philosophy

Engage PEO Earns Coveted ESAC Accreditation Designation

Company is First Start-Up PEO to be awarded Accreditation and Provide Financial Assurance to Benefit Clients and Employees

Engage PEO Selected by Five Guys Franchisee to Deploy Comprehensive PEO Solution

Latest Win Puts Engage PEO at 200% of Launch Plan Goal

St. Petersburg, FL – December 23, 2011 – Engage PEO, a leading professional employer organization providing HR outsourcing solutions to small and mid-sized businesses, today announced that it has successfully deployed its solutions to ASIC and ASIC Management, a large Five Guys franchisee located in New York and Florida.  Engage will be providing full human resource outsourcing to the franchisee’s approximately 300 employees at 13 locations.

Ralph Labarta Named Chief Technology Officer

Appointment solidifies company’s leading technology position

St. Petersburg, FL – December 10, 2011 – Engage PEO announced today the appointment of Ralph Labarta as the company’s chief technology officer.  In his new role, Labarta is responsible for all aspects of the company’s internal and customer-facing technology.

Former AlphaStaff CEO Starkman Launches Engage PEO

Jay Starkman, who led professional employer organization AlphaStaff to explosive growth, is at it again with a new company in the same field.

Industry Titans Come Together To Form New PEO – Set To Revolutionize The Industry

ST. PETERSBURG, FL, November 28, 2011 – With over 20 years of combined experience, Jay Starkman, the former CEO of AlphaStaff Group, and Marjorie “Midge” Seltzer, the former President of Modern Business Associates, today announced that they have combined forces to form Engage PEO, a new professional employment organization.  Their goal is nothing short of revolutionizing the entire PEO industry.

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