Oranges, sunshine, tiny umbrellas and regulations...
Florida isn't just a place to go retire anymore. With burgeoning consumer market and millions floating around in investment, any business would be foolish not to expand there.
But with booming economies comes high expectations from the great talent pools in the Sunshine State. That includes versatile health benefits that travel with them outside the state (sometimes country), a strong HR backbone that eliminates headaches and a rigorous safety and training program for jobs that have any risk greater than a papercut. And on top of that, Florida maintains strong regulations that can trip up even the most careful owner.
Employee benefits don't have to be a disadvantage for you, though. A Professional Employer Organization (PEO) can make a state that's "great to work in" a two-way street for businesses and employees. For a business weighed down with HR worries and paper, a PEO can be a shot in the arm, making HR headaches go away — alongside giving you access to premium benefits and insurance plans for drastically less than you could find them for on the open market.
Here's our top 5 PEOs for folks doing business down in the sunniest state this side of California — each of them offer excellent HR services, payroll services and benefits programs, but each has unique traits that help them stand out.
Please note that due to how PEOs specialize in different client types, this is not a ranked list. Finding out which one best suits your need is as simple as a ten-minute call with Dinsmore/Steele — our form is the only one you need to fill out.
Year founded: 1997
Health carrier: Blue Cross/Blue Shield
Florida-based provider offering highly personalized and localized service and assistance from Fort Lauderdale, with specific emphasis on healthcare providers.
While Alphastaff serves all industries, it comes particularly recommended for healthcare providers. Its experience in the field is especially useful in fields with notoriously difficult payroll and workers comp administration, like at-home care and assisted living facilities. Their access to useful employee onboarding technology makes hiring, onboarding and offboarding a breeze.
Year founded: 1988
Health carrier: United Healthcare, Aetna, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Kaiser Impermante
Top pick for those looking for a PEO partner that potential employees/investors will have heard about and trust.
If there's one PEO you've heard of, it'll probably be TriNet. Publicly-traded and one of the first organizations to bring the practice of using PEOs into the public spotlight, TriNet also offers a solid, well-rounded experience gives employers a single access point for all their HR needs. Their widespread usage means a familiarity with just about every industry.
Southeast Personnel Leasing
Year founded: 1986
Health carrier: Lion Insurance Company
Best choice for already established small businesses looking primarily for better benefits.
One of the largest privately-owned businesses in Florida and an early arrival in the PEO industry, SouthEast is an established authority offering its clients substantial HR and benefit resources. Owned and run by the same officers for over 20 years, SPL understands the value of employee commitment and how to facilitate it through quality benefits and programs.
Year founded: 2012
Health carrier: Aetna
Best known for its modern style and intuitive software.
As its more modern name would suggest, Justworks is a fresh newcomer to the field, but don't let their age fool you. In addition to the expected services and benefits programs, Justworks offers a versatile proprietary software solution for managing employees and HR details that is refreshing and modern. Thanks to their software, their approach to HR is a bit more hands-off than other full-service PEOs but the savings and increased control are preferable for some entrepreneurs. And they'll gladly step in and provide support if you need it.
Year founded: 2011
Health carrier: Aetna
PEO specializing in offering small-to-midsized firms large firm-sized HR infrastructure and benefits.
A three-time honoree in the INC 5000 rankings, Engage PEO is a "Wall Street" experience for Main Street firms. From HR and benefits to workers comp and payroll, they offer a solid and reliable approach that lets owners of smaller firms relax and focus on running the company, not hiring or setting up an HR department. And if Alphastaff'’s offerings were appealing but you're not in the healthcare industry, Engage PEO's current CEO was formerly their CEO, meaning you can expect a similar high-quality experience.
So how do you select a PEO?
Working with Dinsmore/Steele, you can have the peace of mind of knowing that for each of these Florida PEOs we've conducted rigorous examinations of their services. That ensures a baseline quality experience that differs only to your unique needs. To ensure that, we facilitate a one-on-one conversation with a member of the PEO during the introductory period — acting as an informed partner who asks the right questions and works towards better rates than those you'd enjoy going directly to the PEO and negotiating on your own.
You're looking for a PEO to save you time and money. Dinsmore/Steele helps you enjoy those benefits even earlier in the process by reducing it to just one form and negotiating better-than-market prices from our partners working in New York. Your perfect PEO solution is just a few minutes away.
Dinsmore/Steele saves you the hassle by asking for your information just once and getting competitive quotes from over 400 of the world's best PEOs. And on top of the added convenience, PEOs give us better rates because they know there's competition for the quality clients Dinsmore/Steele brings them. Get a quote today.