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Flexibility for Holiday Time Off Increasingly Important in Diverse Workforce

Engage's Vanessa Matsis-McCready speaks to SHRM (Society for Human Resource Management) about the importance of clear company policies related to time off.

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Employers in Limbo After Court Blocks Overtime Pay Rule

Employers find themselves in an awkward limbo after a federal judge blocked a major change to overtime regulations a week before it was to take effect.

Engage PEO's President, Midge Seltzer, speaks to the Chicago Tribune about the potential impact to businesses.

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4 Steps to Supporting the Mental Health of Your Employees

Mental illnesses cause more work-loss days than any other chronic condition including heart disease, diabetes and hypertension. The indirect costs associated with mental illness, from decreased productivity to accidents, have been estimated at almost $300 billion a year.

Employers of any size can be proactive in their support of the mental health of their employees and their dependents by taking some of the following steps...

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Engage PEO Opens New Operations Center in North Dallas

Fort Lauderdale, Fla. – October 24, 2016 – Engage PEO, a leading professional employer organization providing HR outsourcing solutions to small and mid-sized businesses across the U.S., today announced the opening of its new Texas operations center in Addison, Texas, just north of Dallas.

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Developing an Effective Financial Wellness Strategy

Engage's Dorothy Miraglia-King talks to Workforce magazine about the benefits of building programs to enhance the financial wellness of employees.

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Fluctuating Workweek: What it is and how it saves you money

The Department of Labor’s final rule increasing the salary threshold for overtime exemptions has left many wondering what they will do with their salaried employees who do not meet the new threshold.

Can I afford giving them a raise? If I move them to hourly, can I afford overtime at time-and-a-half?

The good news is that raising an employee’s salary or moving them to hourly are not the only two options.

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'Help Wanted' Signs Go Unanswered at Some Small Businesses

Are some companies still recovering from the Great Recession hangover?

Engage's CEO, Jay Starkman, is quoted by the Associated Press in an article about small businesses that can't find the right people to fill their job openings.

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Expertise

Handling Wage Deductions and Protecting Company Property

“My employee didn’t return their company phone — can I deduct the value from his or her last paycheck?” Unfortunately, this is a frequently-asked question among today’s employers.

With telecommuting and flexible work arrangements becoming more common workplace practices, company-issued laptops, smartphones and other mobile devices are often used outside of the office.

So what happens when a former employee does not return company property? The answer is: it depends.

State laws apply

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Engage PEO Adds Vice President of Sales in Georgia, PEO Veteran, David Kirkland

Fort Lauderdale, Fla. – August 29, 2016 – Engage PEO, a leading professional employer organization providing HR outsourcing solutions to small and mid-sized businesses across the U.S., today announced the addition of David Kirkland as vice president of sales for Georgia. Based in Atlanta, Kirkland will work with insurance broker partners to introduce Engage’s superior services to businesses across the region.

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Engage PEO Adds Jeff Simpson, Vice President of Sales for Texas

Fort Lauderdale, Fla. – August 22, 2016 – Engage PEO, a leading professional employer organization providing HR outsourcing solutions to small and mid-sized businesses across the U.S., today announced the addition of Jeff Simpson as vice president of sales for Texas. Simpson will focus on further expanding Engage’s extensive sales presence in the state.

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Engage PEO Named to Inc. 500 List as 127th Fastest Growing Private Company in America

HR Solutions Company Rockets from Start up to Industry Leader in Five Years

Fort Lauderdale, Fla. – Aug. 17, 2016 – Engage PEO, a leading professional employer organization providing HR outsourcing solutions to small and mid-sized businesses across the U.S., has been named to Inc. magazine’s 5000 list, as well as the coveted Inc. 500 list, the most prestigious ranking of the nation's fastest-growing private companies.

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Top 3 Employee Handbook Updates for 2016

Employment laws and workplace issues are constantly evolving. As a result, employers are faced with the daunting task of making sure that their company handbooks and key policies and procedures are up-to-date.

Over the last several years, some workplace issues have generated considerable controversy as well as political and emotional debates. Regardless of an organization’s position on a specific issue or regulation, it's essential for companies to be in compliance with current federal, state and local employment laws.

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Engage PEO Names Steve Scott Chief Operating Officer

Scott brings a proven track record of PEO leadership and process excellence to Engage’s executive team

Fort Lauderdale, Fla. – July 18, 2016 – Engage PEO, a leading professional employer organization providing HR outsourcing solutions to small and mid-sized businesses across the U.S., announced today that Steve Scott has joined its executive team as Chief Operating Officer (COO).

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Engage PEO Names Craig Hill as Chief Financial Officer

Hill provides deep financial and PEO experience to Engage’s executive team

Fort Lauderdale, Fla. – July 11, 2016 – Engage PEO, a leading professional employer organization providing HR outsourcing solutions to small and mid-sized businesses across the U.S., today announced that Craig Hill has joined the company as Chief Financial Officer (CFO). Hill brings more than 30 years of financial experience to Engage, including over 20 years of leadership in the PEO industry.

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Engage Grows Presence in Florida Adding Stacie Alvaro to Sales Team in Orlando

Fort Lauderdale, Fla. – July 5, 2016 – Engage PEO, a leading professional employer organization providing HR outsourcing solutions to small and mid-sized businesses across the U.S., today announced the latest addition to its formidable sales force in Florida, Director, Stacie Alvaro. Based in Orlando, Stacie will promote Engage’s industry-leading PEO offering to companies throughout the state.

Expertise

ACA Employer Responsibility: Subsidy Notices and Appeals

The information reporting period of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has passed, but many businesses are still confused about what happens next. Though the chances of an IRS audit remain relatively small this year, it’s always a good idea to adopt a defensive strategy to avoid any potential audit penalties.

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Handling ACA Subsidy Notices and Appeals

By Jay Starkman and Dorothy Miraglia-King

With the information reporting portion of the "Affordable Care Act" (ACA) now behind most companies, many are still confused about what happens next.                                                                 

Over the next few months, employers will need to be proactive in double-checking their documentation as well as reactive to any notices of penalties.

Expertise

Business Travel and Expense Policy Best Practices

When the summer travel season kicks off, some employees like to add a little pleasure to their businesses by tacking on personal travel time to a business trip. This can sometimes make it difficult to track authorized travel and related expenses and reimbursements. To make sure everyone is on the same page – companies should make sure they have a well-defined travel policy that clearly outlines what is considered authorized business travel, what expenses are covered by the company (pre-paid and reimbursable) and those that are not, and how and when reimbursements are made.

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Engage PEO’s Florida Sales Team Grows with Addition of Experienced HR Outsourcing Professional, Sharon Clark

Fort Lauderdale, Fla. – June 29, 2016 – Engage PEO, a leading professional employer organization providing HR outsourcing solutions to small and mid-sized businesses across the U.S., today announced Sharon Clark has joined the company as Director of Sales for Florida. Clark will be based in Jacksonville and also cover portions of southern Georgia.

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After Orlando, some businesses stress LGBT inclusivity moves

Engage's Midge Seltzer speaks to the Associated Press about how companies that adopt more inclusive and progressive workplace policies are more likely to attract top talent.

"Companies also want LGBT job candidates to know they're welcome," says Midge Seltzer, president of Engage PEO.

"Everyone's competing for the top talent. By adopting these policies, you're going to look like a more progressive company. Inclusiveness also contributes to a more productive work atmosphere."

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What Is the Role of a Workplace After a Tragedy?

Engage President, Midge Seltzer quoted by Fast Company in an article on what company leadership and HR can do to make employees feel safe, in the wake of all-too-common mass shootings.

"Leaders need to let their teams and managers know it’s okay if people want to talk about it," says Midge Seltzer, president of the HR consulting firm Engage PEO. "They will anyway; it’s part of the grieving process. Joining the conversation will help you control it, and make it more productive."

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Engage PEO to Provide Automated Time-Keeping Solution for Long Term Care Facilities

New feature to address mandatory Payroll Based Journal (PBJ) reporting

Fort Lauderdale, Fla. – June 16, 2016 – Engage PEO, a leading professional employer organization providing HR outsourcing solutions to small and mid-sized businesses across the U.S., today announced a new tool that will help its long term care facility clients be compliant with the new Payroll Based Journal (PBJ) reporting that goes into effect July 1, 2016 as required by the Affordable Care Act.

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The Winning Trifecta

Engage's CEO, Jay Starkman, writes for California Broker magazine about the relationships between PEOs and insurance brokers. What used to be a competition between agent and PEO, can be a collaboration, with increased growth potential for both.

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Engage Adds PEO Veteran, Melanie Asistores, as Vice President of Sales for Arizona

Fort Lauderdale, Fla. – June 9, 2016 – Engage PEO, a leading professional employer organization providing HR outsourcing solutions to small and mid-sized businesses across the U.S., today announced the addition of Melanie Asistores as vice president of sales for Arizona. Asistores will further bolster Engage’s sales presence in the state, a key strategic market for the company.

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How to Untangle the Confusion About Tips and Service Charges

By Jay Starkman and Alex Nadal

When a customer pays the bill at a restaurant, the difference between paying a tip or a service charge is usually not a big deal. But for the restaurant owner (the employer), the server (the employee), and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), the difference can be a huge deal.

Expertise

Unused Vacation days? To Pay or Not to Pay

Many employers are faced with the conundrum of whether to pay out unused but accrued vacation time when an employee is separated. Sometimes employers want to pay out vacation as a reward to an exceptional employee leaving on good terms. Sometimes the opposite is true, such as when an employee leaves without giving any notice. So the question arises, “Do I have to pay this person?” The answer is almost universally the same:  “it depends.”

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Engage PEO Names PEO Veteran, Lenny Sussman, Vice President of Sales for Arizona; Continues Expansion of Sales Team in the Southwest

Fort Lauderdale, Fla. – May 18, 2016 – Engage PEO, a leading professional employer organization providing HR outsourcing solutions to small and mid-sized businesses across the U.S., today announced the addition of Lenny Sussman vice president of sales for Arizona. Based in Phoenix, Sussman will further strengthen Engage’s growing sales presence in the state and position the company’s unique HR services, benefits and other employer offerings to insurance broker partners and clients nationwide.  

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New OT Rules Force Small Businesses to Make Hard Choices

Engage PEO's President, Midge Seltzer, speaks to the Associated Press on the impact of the DOL's new rules on overtime pay for white collar workers.

Money isn't the only issue. Managers used to staying at work until a task is done may feel demoralized when forced to leave work unfinished, says Midge Seltzer, president of Engage PEO, a human resources provider based in Hollywood, Florida.

"Most of the workplace consists of conscientious employees. It's going to be difficult for them to just throw their hands up and say, 'I'm done,'" she says.

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4 Strategies for Attracting and Retaining Top Talent

By Jay Starkman and Teresa Hudson

For many organizations, the challenge of developing an effective team of employees is viewed primarily as a matter of recruitment. To this end, employers spend a great deal of time and energy on the mechanics of hiring, often ignoring an equally, if not more crucial factor in the workforce talent equation: Retention.

In order to succeed and grow, employers not only need the best employees they can find, they also need to match the right individuals for each role – and they need those individuals to stay engaged, fulfilled and committed to the organization’s long-term goals.

As published in The Business Journals

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Bringing Kids to Work: What are the Limits?

Engage's CEO, Jay Starkman, talks to The Kansas City Star about creating workplace policies that are family-friendly.

"The bottom line is that in any workplace, there should be clear policies, including limits, on visits by children. Rules can be flexible based on age, safety factors and potential for disruption."

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Engage PEO Continues Record Expansion of National Sales Team; Adds Mark Barnes as Vice President of Sales for Missouri

 Fort Lauderdale, Fla. – May 2, 2016 – Engage PEO, a leading professional employer organization providing HR outsourcing solutions to small and mid-sized businesses across the U.S., today announced the continued expansion of the company’s national sales team with the addition of Mark Barnes, vice president of sales for Missouri. Barnes will build upon the company’s relationships with insurance broker partners across the state and clients nationwide.  

Expertise

The Pitfalls of Paying Bonuses

If you polled 100 random people on the street, it would be tough to find anyone who does not like work bonuses.

Employees like them for obvious reasons — recognition and monetary reward for a job well done. Employers like them because they can lead to a boost in productivity, morale and foster loyalty. Companies also use bonuses as an incentive to attract and retain top talent, which has taken on added importance as the labor market grows tighter.

But like all things employment, there are legal risks to consider when offering bonuses.

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Paying for Employee Travel Time

By Jay Starkman and Vanessa Matsis-McCready

Non-exempt workers, as the term implies, are not exempt from Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) rules and regulations. Employees who fall into this category must be given overtime pay of not less than one-and-a-half times their hourly rate for any hours worked beyond 40 each week.

But what do you pay these employees when they travel for business purposes?

As published in The Business Journals

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Engage PEO Deepens Southwest U.S. Presence With addition of Nicole MacKenzie, Vice President of Sales for Arizona

Fort Lauderdale, Fla. – April 7, 2016 – Engage PEO, a leading professional employer organization providing HR outsourcing solutions to small and mid-sized businesses across the U.S., today announced the addition of Nicole MacKenzie as vice president of sales for Arizona. Mackenzie will be responsible for expanding Engage’s presence throughout the state and partnering with insurance brokers to continue to introduce Engage’s suite of HR and benefits solutions to organizations across the country.

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Engage PEO Expands Midwest Team Adding Ryan Thoma as Vice President of Sales

Fort Lauderdale, Fla. – April 4, 2016 – Engage PEO, a leading professional employer organization providing HR outsourcing solutions to small and mid-sized businesses across the U.S., today announced the continued expansion of the company’s national sales team with the addition of Ryan Thoma in the Midwest. As vice president of sales, Midwest, Thoma will support Engage’s growing sales activities in Illinois, northwest Indiana and across the region, building upon the company’s relationships with insurance broker partners and clients nationwide.  

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Engage PEO Grows Northeast U.S. Presence Adds PEO Veteran Darrell Prinsell as Vice President of Sales

Fort Lauderdale, Fla. – March 31, 2016 – Engage PEO, a leading professional employer organization providing HR outsourcing solutions to small and mid-sized businesses across the U.S., today announced the addition of Darrell Prinsell as vice president of sales, Northeast. Prinsell will help expand Engage’s already significant presence in the region, working closely with insurance brokers to offer Engage’s full suite of HR solutions to companies in the tri-state area and nationally.  He will be focusing on growing Engage’s presence in New York.

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Engage Grows Presence in Midwest with Addition of VP of Sales, Grant Bramley in Chicago

Fort Lauderdale, Fla. – March 28, 2016 – Engage PEO, a leading professional employer organization providing HR outsourcing solutions to small and mid-sized businesses across the U.S., today announced the addition of Grant Bramley to its sales team in Illinois. Bramley will be focused on expanding the company’s presence in the Chicago area and throughout the Midwest, positioning Engage’s competitive and unique HR and benefits offerings to insurance broker partners and potential clients.

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How March Madness Can Hurt (or Help) Office Productivity

Every March, workers spend hours filling out NCAA Tournament brackets and watching games, costing companies billions of dollars. But there are pluses for employers, too.

Engage CEO, Jay Starkman, spoke to BizTech on the topic.

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Engage Continues Expansion of National Sales Team With Addition of Lori Poe

Fort Lauderdale, Fla. – March 21, 2016 – Engage PEO, a leading professional employer organization providing HR outsourcing solutions to small and mid-sized businesses across the U.S., today announced the addition of Lori Poe as Vice President of Sales for North Texas/Oklahoma. Poe will be responsible for increasing relationships with insurance broker partners in both states to continue to bring Engage’s suite of HR and benefits solutions to companies in the region and throughout the country.

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Engage PEO Expands Presence in Atlanta with Addition of Vice President of Sales, Todd Koehler

Fort Lauderdale, Fla. – March 14, 2016 – Engage PEO, a leading professional employer organization providing HR outsourcing solutions to small and mid-sized businesses across the U.S., today announced the addition of Todd Koehler as vice president of sales for Georgia. Koehler’s responsibilities include growing Engage’s presence and sales efforts in Atlanta and throughout the state, as well as partnering with insurance brokers across the country, positioning Engage’s competitive and unique HR and benefits offerings to potential clients.

Expertise

How to Pay for Employee Travel Time

Non-exempt workers, as the term implies, are not exempt from Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) rules and regulations. Employees who fall into this category must be given overtime pay of not less than one-and-a-half times their hourly rate for any hours worked beyond 40 each week. But what do you pay these employees when they travel for business purposes?

Travel time pay rules are confusing, even to the most experienced manager. The following are some travel time scenarios and how to handle them:

Overnight travel or business trips

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Engage Grows Presence in Florida Adding Two Sales Veterans, Jennifer Thomasson and Ed Welch

Engage Grows Presence in Central and Northern Florida Adding Two Sales Veterans, Jennifer Thomasson and Ed Welch  

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New Health Tax Form Proves Consumers Were Covered in 2015

Engage PEO's Dorothy Miraglia-King talks to The Street about the new tax form used to demonstrate proof of the purchase of health insurance for 2015.

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Expertise

What You Need to Know About Pre-employment Criminal Background Checks

The use of pre-employment background checks has become commonplace and many companies choose to include these screenings as part of their overall hiring process. For some industries, background checks are not a choice but a necessity because they are required by state or federal law. As a result, employers must be well-versed in the use of background checks to avoid any legal minefields.

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Private Exchanges - An Option for the Future

Engage's Dorothy Miraglia-King write for California Broker Magazine on the benefits of Private Exchanges.

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Valentine's Day -- A Reminder of Office Romance Pitfalls

Beyond Valentine's Day, workplace romances are prevalent, and if not properly handled, can be a concern for employers. Engage's CEO, Jay Starkman, speaks on the topic with the Bloomberg BNA Human Resources Report.

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Tax time: What Does the Affordable Care Act Require?

By Jay Starkman and Dorothy Miraglia-King

Since 2014, the "Affordable Care Act" has required individuals to have health insurance that meets the “minimum essential coverage” standards.

When you file your federal income tax return, you must indicate whether you (and your dependents) had the type of health insurance required by the law. You’ll check a box on the form you are filing. On IRS Form 1040, this information is requested on Line 61.

The IRS will also receive information about your coverage from your employer and/or your health insurance provider.

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Playing the Lottery with Co-workers? Set Some Rules.

Engage's Midge Seltzer is quoted in The Baltimore Sun and other media outlets on what employees should know before joining an office lottery pool.

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Engage PEO Expands Its Sales Force With Industry Veteran Ben Hipps

Fort Lauderdale, Fla. – January 12, 2016 – Engage PEO, a leading professional employer organization providing HR outsourcing solutions to small and mid-sized businesses across the U.S., today announced the addition of Ben Hipps as vice president of sales for Georgia. Hipps will work with Engage’s unique sales channel of insurance brokers, helping to position Engage’s HR solutions to companies across the state and nationwide.

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What Employers Should Know About Ban the Box

The movement to remove one question from employment applications — the question regarding an applicant’s criminal history — continues to garner attention and has become law in more than 60 cities and 13 states, with more to join soon.

Read more as published in the Philadelphia Business Journal

Expertise

2016 Minimum Wage Hikes

A number of states and local jurisdictions will raise their minimum wage in 2016. See the latest information on upcoming changes across the country.

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After California Shootings, Workplaces Examine Emergency Plans

Engage CEO, Jay Starkman quoted in national media outlets on the topic of workplace emergency plans.

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This is Why Your Company Holiday Party Sucks

Engage CEO, Jay Starkman, is quoted in the New York Post on the topic of corporate holiday parties.

So what deflated the epic office party? Career experts pin its demise on two things: the economic crash of 2008, and the simultaneous rise of social media and instant oversharing.

As published in the New York Post

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How to Protect Employees from Workplace Violence

By Jay Starkman

Recent tragic events in California and Colorado are sobering reminders that violence in the workplace is an issue of concern for all of us.

For employers, it is critical to ensure that all employees know the company's safety and violence prevention policies and procedures. In addition, companies can offer additional protections...

As published in the Business Journals

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Why Offering Supplemental Insurance is a Solid Business Strategy

Engage CEO, Jay Starkman, comments on the benefits of offering supplemental insurance to employees.

With benefit plans capturing an increasing share of most small business' budgets, supplemental insurance offerings can be part of an effective strategy to provide protection and value for employees at an affordable cost.

As reported in the Business Journals

 

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9 Tips for Planning the Company Holiday Party

By Jay Starkman and Ryan Hollander

The holiday season is a great time to celebrate and thank employees for all of their hard work. But even the most well-intentioned employer can find itself in trouble if the company's holiday party is not planned properly.

As published in the Business Journals

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Engage PEO’s Exemplary Client Survey Results Showcase Value of HR Counsel

Engage PEO Announces Near Perfect Customer Service Satisfaction for Second Year in a Row

Fort Lauderdale, Fla. – Nov. 23, 2015 – Engage PEO, a leading professional employer organization providing HR outsourcing solutions to businesses across the U.S., today announced the results of its annual client satisfaction survey. According to the feedback received, business owners gain significant value from partnerships with experts who specialize in managing a wide range of employment, benefits and compliance issues.  

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How to Detect the Not-so-Perfect Job Candidate

By Jay Starkman and Midge Seltzer

Every company should have a clear definition for what it takes for an individual to succeed in the organization. Equally as important is knowing how to identify job seekers who are not a good fit and to have a process in place that eliminates them from the candidate pool as quickly as possible.

As published in the Business Journals

In the News

To Hire Millennials, Financial Firms Turn Social

Engage PEO, Jay Starkman, cautions financial firms on the potential overuse of social media to recruit young talent.

"... an employer potentially exposes itself to discrimination claims if it relies exclusively on social media for advertising, while also missing the opportunity to identify qualified candidates from these groups. The better practice is to use social media in addition to traditional recruiting methods."

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Engage PEO CEO Jay Starkman Wins Top Award at International 2015 Golden Bridge Awards

Starkman honored with Gold award for Chief Executive Officer of the Year

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5 Tips for Managing Employee Documentation

By Jay Starkman and Deby Skawinski

Good documentation is vital to building an employer’s defense against complaints such as Equal Employment Opportunity Commission charges, unemployment insurance cases or lawsuits.

Without documentation, the employer is unable to provide evidence that the adverse employment action in question was not unlawful.

As published in the Business Journals

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Engage Expands Presence into Illinois with Addition of Vice President of Sales, Lisa Rossi

Engage PEO today announced the addition of Lisa Rossi as vice president of sales for Illinois. Rossi will focus on creating new opportunities and building insurance broker relationships to position Engage’s HR solutions to potential clients throughout the state and nationwide.

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How Employers Can Counter the Rising Cost of Health Insurance

Employers know they must pursue strategies to strengthen their bottom line and better prepare their employees to make informed health decisions - or everyone will pay a high cost in the end.  It is a difficult road ahead.

Engage's Dorothy Miraglia-King explains how employers can counter the rising cost of health insurance - for PIA Connections magazine.

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Engage PEO CEO Jay Starkman Named Finalist for Chief Executive Officer Of The Year, 2015 Golden Bridge Awards

Starkman was recognized for his accomplishments in building a PEO where quality of service is the driving focus. Under Starkman’s leadership, the company, formed in 2011, is one of the fastest growing PEOs and among the fastest growing companies in the country, achieving more than 1,200 percent revenue growth over the last two years.

He will ultimately be a Gold, Silver, or Bronze winner of this national award.

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These 5 Employers are Rescuing the 40-hour Workweek

Engage CEO, Jay Starkman, comments on the shifting views of the traditional 40-hour workweek.

As reported by Fortune.com

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5 HR Technologies Companies Should Consider

By Jay Starkman and Ralph Labarta

New HR technologies and applications are rolled out almost as frequently as new mobile phones. Here are five that are worth consideration for the most major tasks at any organization.

As published in the Business Journals

In the News

Employees Expect Companies to Pay Large Share of Health Insurance Premium

Engage CEO, Jay Starkman, weighs in on the cost of providing health insurance to employees in today's market and how to manage expectations.

As reported by The Street

In the News

Unused Vacation days? To Pay or Not to Pay

By Jay Starkman and Vanessa Matsis-McCready

Many employers are faced with the question of whether to pay out unused but accrued vacation time when an employee is separated. The answer is almost universally the same:  “it depends.”

As published in the Business Journals

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Engage PEO Expands Presence in Arizona with Addition of Vice President of Sales, Chris Charlson

Fort Lauderdale, Fla. – September 14, 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 addition of Chris Charlson as vice president of sales for Arizona. Charlson’s responsibilities include growing Engage’s presence and sales efforts throughout the state, as well as partnering with insurance brokers across the country, positioning Engage’s competitive and unique HR and benefits offerings to potential clients.

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3 Essential Elements for Measuring Employee Performance

By Jay Starkman and Elizabeth Jarro

Performance tracking is a good idea, but there is no single formula for creating a high-performance culture. There are, however, three key essential elements for all organizations to consider.

As published in the Business Journals

Expertise

Wellness Programs and the Affordable Care Act

The primary goal of corporate wellness programs is for employees to become healthier. Healthier employees spend less for medical care - doctors, hospitals and prescription drugs – and that helps to reduce health insurance costs for employers.

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Home Healthcare Employers Brace for 'New' Wage and Hour Rules

By Jay Starkman and Ryan Hollander

A recent ruling from a federal appellate court has breathed new life into Department of Labor (DOL) regulations that are poised to bring significant change to the way in which direct care workers must be paid.

As published in the Business Journals.

In the News

Amazon's data-driven approach becoming more common

Engage CEO, Jay Starkman, comments on the importance of performance tracking.

As reported by the Associated Press.

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What employers need to know about protections for LGBT employees

By Jay Starkman and Midge Seltzer

Why companies should re-examine their workplace policies — from dress codes to internal procedures — to prevent differential treatment based upon sexual orientation. 

As published in the Business Journals.

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Religious Accommodations: What Employers Need to Know

By Jay Starkman

Religious discrimination is an area of strong interest (and enforcement attention) of the EEOC. Employers should ensure that managers know the EEOC guidelines, as well as the company’s policies, by providing periodic training to all managers. These trainings should especially cover policies relating to scheduling, dress codes and grooming standards – three of the most common areas of company policies that can run afoul of certain religious practices.

Expertise

Engage Simple Business Solutions: Meeting the Unique Needs of Companies With fewer Than 50 Insured Employees

Engage PEO has a competitive suite of employer group benefit programs tailored to meet the unique and challenging needs of businesses with 10 to 49 employees. Engage Simple Business Solutions provides access to a select portfolio of medical plans that all meet the minimum individual mandate requirements of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

In the News

Insurance Brokers, PEOs and Clients: A Win-Win-Win

By Jay Starkman

As published in Insurance Advocate.

In the increasingly complex legislative landscape that small and mid-sized businesses must operate today, partnerships between insurance agencies and PEOs have tremendous potential for success, bringing value to the broker, PEO and, most importantly, the client.

Press Release

Engage PEO CEO Jay Starkman Awarded Gold at National 2015 “Stevie” American Business Awards

Starkman wins top honors for Executive of the Year – Business Services

Fort Lauderdale, Fla. – June 23, 2015 – Engage PEO, a leading professional employer organization providing HR outsourcing solutions to small and mid-sized businesses across the U.S., announced that founder and CEO, Jay Starkman, has been awarded the Gold “Stevie” award in the Executive of the Year category for the 2015 American Business Awards. The honor was given on June 22, during a gala event in Chicago.

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Can You Light Up Your E-Cigarette While Working in a Cubicle?

As more people start using e-cigarettes at work, more employers will be grappling with how to deal with the growing trend of vaping e-cigarettes, whether they should be allowed on the premises and how to address the health concerns of other workers.

The Street spoke to Engage's Dorothy Miraglia-King on the topic.

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Can the Senate Stop Low-Wage Employers From Tying Up Workers With Non-competes?

Currently, non-compete agreements are governed by a patchwork of state-level regulations, some of which are coming under scrutiny. For some companies, the question becomes: Why not make your employees subject to a non-compete agreement?

The Washington Post spoke to Engage CEO, Jay Starkman, on the topic. 

 "These days, companies stick in non-competes for just about every position," Starkman says. "We’re seeing them for low-level tech people, hairdressers, payroll processors...”

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Engage PEO Expands California Team; Melissa Johnson Joins as Vice President of Sales

Fort Lauderdale, Fla. – June 1, 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 addition of Melissa Johnson as vice president of sales for California. She will be based in the San Francisco Bay Area, but will partner with brokers and clients throughout the state and across country.

In the News

For Employers, Affordable Care Act (ACA) Smog Thickens

Engage PEO CEO, Jay Starkman, talks to National Underwriter and LifeHealthPro.com about the Affordable Care Act's (ACA) impact on employers:

The Affordable Care Act 's "play or pay" provisions already apply to employers with 100 or more employees. Employers with 50 to 99 employees are already supposed to be collecting the full-time equivalent (FTE) employee counts they need to comply with the ACA coverage requirements in 2016.

Press Release

Engage PEO CEO Jay Starkman Named Finalist for National 2015 “Stevie” American Business Awards

Fort Lauderdale, Fla. – May 8, 2015 – Engage PEO, a leading professional employer organization providing HR outsourcing solutions to small and mid-sized businesses across the U.S., announced that founder and CEO, Jay Starkman, has been named an Executive of the Year finalist in the 2015 “Stevie” American Business Awards. He will ultimately be a Gold, Silver, or Bronze winner of this national award.

Press Release

Engage PEO Continues Growth of Texas Office; Adds Chuck Cleboski as Vice President of Sales in Houston

Fort Lauderdale, Fla. – May 4, 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 addition of another member of its growing Texas office, Chuck Cleboski who will serve as Vice President of Sales for Houston. Cleboski will build on Engage’s significant growth in the Texas market and focus on establishing strong relationships with insurance agency partners and their clients.

“Business is booming in Texas and it may well be because the state has established one of the best environments in the country for PEOs to do what they do best – help clients take all of their HR and compliance responsibilities off their shoulders,” said Jay Starkman, chief executive officer of Engage. “Chuck fully understands how businesses win when they partner with a PEO. We are very pleased to welcome him to Texas.”

Expertise

Harassment Claims on the Rise in the Workplace

Workplace harassment remains a harsh and unavoidable reality in America. Complaints of harassment cut across all industries and represent about 30 percent of all the charges received by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission every year.

Reported in the Business Journals

Press Release

Engage PEO Grows Texas Team With Addition of Vice President of Sales Todd Cabra

Fort Lauderdale, Fla. – May 4, 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 continued growth of the company’s presence in Texas with the addition of Todd Cabra as vice president of sales for Houston. Cabra will help drive Engage’s sales activities in the Southeast Texas market and continue to build upon the company’s significant relationships with business clients and insurance broker partners throughout the state and nationwide.  

Press Release

Engage PEO Opens Oklahoma City Office and Adds Vice President of Sales Joe Sarvadi

Fort Lauderdale, Fla. – April 27, 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 addition of Joe Sarvadi as Vice President of Sales for Oklahoma City. Sarvadi will be responsible for expanding the company’s presence and sales efforts throughout the state, as well as building relationships with insurance broker partners to continue to bring Engage’s suite of HR and benefits solutions to companies throughout the country.

 

Expertise

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

Expertise

Medical Marijuana Laws - an Update for Employers

By Jay Starkman and Deby Skawinski

The times — and the laws on marijuana use — are changing, leaving many employers uncertain about the appropriate actions to take in circumstances where medical marijuana is involved.

Reported in the Business Journals

Press Release

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.

 

Press Release

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.

Press Release

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." 

In the News

Making the Case for Employee-Covered Fertility Treatments

One in eight women have fertility problems but most employers don't cover treamtent. Is this the next frontier in working parent benefits?

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

Expertise

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

 

We may be an increasingly “paperless” society, but there are still a number of critical forms the government requires of every employer in the U.S.

Press Release

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.

In the News

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.

In the News

A Better Life for the Boss is Better for Workers, Too

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

Press Release

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.

In the News

How Court Challenges to the Affordable Care Act Could Affect Your Business

By Jay Starkman

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.

Reported in the Business Journals

 

 

Expertise

Job Offers: Why Rescinding One Can be Risky Business

By Jay Starkman and Deby Skawinski

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

Reported in the Business Journals

 

Steady progress in the job market means employers are extending more job offers and more candidates are accepting.

In the News

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.

"While clearly discriminatory posts can be grounds for dismissal, owners still need to be sure they're on solid legal ground," says Jay Starkman, CEO of Engage PEO.

Reported by the Associated Press and the New York Times. Read this news

In the News

How the Affordable Care Act Affects Employee Taxes

By Jay Starkman and Dorothy Miraglia-King

In 2015 and beyond, each person is subject to additional tax reporting under ACA's Individual Shared Responsibility.

Reported in the Business Journals.

 

Blog

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

By Jay Starkman

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. Reported in the Business Journals

 

Press Release

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

In the News

How Professional Employer Organizations (PEOs) Can Help with HR Compliance Challenges

By Jay Starkman

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.  Reported in the Business Journals

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Engage Benefits Solutions: Engage Private Corporate Exchange

Designed for employers with 50+ benefit eligible employees

 

Press Release

Congress Recognizes Professional Employer Organizations Through Small Business Efficiency Act

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.

Expertise

What to Keep in Mind for Holiday Parties and Office Closings

By Jay Starkman and Vanessa Matsis McCready

Reported in the Business Journals

With the traditional holiday months come company parties, shifting vacation schedules and office closings. Here are a few guidelines to keep in mind:

Office closings

When making closing decisions, employers must be cognizant of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and state wage and hour laws.

Expertise

Can I Send a Sick Employee Home?

By Jay Starkman and Vanessa Matsis-McCready

Best practice guidelines for managing sick employees in the workplace.

Expertise

Using Social Media to Recruit Employees? Avoid These Pitfalls

By Jay Starkman and Midge Seltzer

Social media continues to play an expanding role in the way new hires are recruited. Two issues in particular make social media use attractive to recruiters: the ability to capture a lot of eyeballs by advertising a job on social networks and the ablity to view a job applicant's social media account(s) during the screening process.

Employers can reap substantial benefits by incorporating social media into their hiring processes, but must ensure it is utilized properly to avert legal pitfalls.

Expertise

Paid Time Off For Voting? Be Sure You Know the Law

By Jay Starkman and Ryan Hollander

Regardless of whether or not it's election season, employers should always make note of voting leave laws, especially since they vary from state to state.

Expertise

What Employers Should Know Now That More States, Cities are "Banning the Box"

By Jay Starkman and Deby Skawinski

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.

Reported in the Business Journals

 

Expertise

Affordable Care Act: How to classify employees

By Jay Starkman and Dorothy Miraglia-King

Under the Affordable Care Act, the rules for classifying employees, or calculating the number of hours worked is no easy task. To avoid errors and costly penalties, employers must know exactly how to define a full-time employee vs. a part-time worker - and everything in between.

Hours of service = each hour an employee is paid or entitled to be paid for actual hours worked or paid leave (including vacation, holiday, illness, disability, layoff, jury duty, and military leave).

Press Release

Engage PEO Renews Master Medical Benefits Plan with Aetna

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

Expertise

E-cigarettes and Your Company's Smoking Policy

By Jay Starkman and Ryan Hollander

The rising popularity of e-cigarettes and "vaping" has changed the smoking landscape and continues to be an issue for employers to consider.

Press Release

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

Press Release

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

Fort Lauderdale, Fla. – June 10, 2014 – Dorothy Miraglia-King 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.

Press Release

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.

Press Release

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.

Press Release

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.

Expertise

Understanding New Workplace Diversity Guidelines

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Press Release

Engage PEO Expands Presence in Northeast United States With Addition of Vice President of Sales Cindy Edwards

PEO industry veteran, Cindy Edwards, joins Engage PEO and its successful northeast team. Edwards will be responsible for helping lead the company’s sales efforts throughout New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and surrounding areas, educating insurance brokers and business owners about Engage’s HR and benefits offerings.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Press Release

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.

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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.

Press Release

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.

Press Release

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.

 

UPDATE:

In the News

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. 

In the News

Obesity’s Disease Label Could Spell Trouble for Employers

Reported in Employee Benefit News

EBN spoke to Jay Starkman, CEO of Engage PEO, about the AMA classification of obesity and how it might affect employer decisions

 

The American Medical Association has 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."

Press Release

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.

Press Release

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

Press Release

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...

In the News

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

Employers "should be more concerned about this than anything else" in the law, because many are in violation, and the penalties can be stiff, said Jay Starkman, chief executive of Engage PEO which offers human resources services and advises clients on the health law.

Reported in USA Today

Many executives have long enjoyed perks such as free health care and better health benefits for themselves and their families.

In the News

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.

Press Release

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.

In the News

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

Reported in Managing Your HR

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.

Press Release

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.

Press Release

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.

Press Release

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.

Press Release

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.

Press Release

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.

In the News

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...

Press Release

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.

Press Release

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

Press Release

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

Press Release

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

Press Release

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.

Press Release

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.

In the News

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.

Press Release

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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