Professional Employer Organizations: What are They, Who Uses Them and Why Should We Care?

21 Pages Posted: 6 Oct 2010

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Britton Lombardi

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Yukako Ono

Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago

Date Written: September 1, 2010

Abstract

More and more U.S. workers are counted as employees of firms that they do not actually work for. Among such workers are those who staffed by temporary help service (THS) agencies and leased employees who are on the payroll of professional employment organizations (PEOs) but work for PEOs’ client firms. While several papers study firms’ use of THS services, few examine firms’ use of PEO services. In this article, we summarize PEOs’ business practices and examine how the intensity of their use varies across industries, geographic areas, and establishment characteristics using both public and confidential data.

Suggested Citation

Lombardi, Britton and Ono, Yukako, Professional Employer Organizations: What are They, Who Uses Them and Why Should We Care? (September 1, 2010). US Census Bureau Center for Economic Studies Paper No. CES-WP- 10-22, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1687828 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1687828

Britton Lombardi

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Yukako Ono (Contact Author)

Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago ( email )

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