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Administrative Services Organization (ASO)

Administrative Services Organization

What Is an ASO?

Administrative Services Organizations, or ASOs, provide Human Resource management for companies. Outsourcing HR services such as payroll, employee benefits and tax compliance provides you with freedom from monotonous paperwork while simultaneously ensuring that your employees are taken care of.

ASOs are similar to employee leasing companies except that ASOs manage these responsibilities on the client's behalf without creating a co-employment relationship.

APR offers superior ASO services which allow you to rest easy knowing experienced professionals have the advice necessary to help your company run more smoothly. ASO’s provide solutions involving services such as:

  • Payroll
    • Online Payroll Processing
    • Free Direct Deposits
    • Individualized Payroll Reporting
  • Workers Compensation
  • Employee Handbooks
  • Solutions for Time and Attendance
  • PTO Accruals
  • Tax Reporting
  • Employee Health Benefit Packages
  • 401(k)
  • Risk Management Consulting
  • Background Checks
  • Drug Screening

ASOs act as consultants; they analyze the situation and then provide solutions and services, but it is up to the business as to whether or not the solutions are utilized. Companies are still solely responsible for responsibilities and risks associated with employees. At the same time, with an ASO, businesses have more flexibility in regards to choosing employee benefits programs. Business owners can choose the option that best fits their office rather than having a more standardized package.

APR’s ASO package tends to include services such as:

  • The option to maintain own benefit package for employees or allow APR to provide a price quote, implement and manage an alternative solution
  • The choice to keep workers’ compensation policy or allow APR to offer and execute a new one
  • The opportunity to outsource administrative tasks such as payroll, human resources management and retirement services

ASO Frequently Asked Questions

What is an Administrative Services Organization?

Administrative Services Organizations (ASOs) are consulted when businesses wish to outsource their human resources department. They are ideal for small to medium-sized companies.

Would the ASO or the individual business be the legal employer of employees?

ASO programs allow businesses to remain the employer of record and are therefore responsible for the liability and risks with managing employees, while employee leasing companies become co-employers and share in the liability and risks.

Is a Pay-As-You-Go Workers’ Compensation program available through an ASO?

Yes, certain carriers allow ASOs to administer a client’s worker's compensation policy on a pay-as-you-go basis. With an ASO relationship, companies can choose to keep the program they already have if they desire or seek a new policy with the help of an ASO.

Does APR’s ASO provide Group Benefits?

Yes, APR is able to provide quotes and management for a Group Benefits package. With a list of a variety of different carriers, you are sure to get the option that is best for your company.