Expertise & Stability
Securing and managing workers comp solutions.
Professional Employer Organizations (PEOs) provide HR solutions to between 156,000 and 180,000 small and mid-size businesses throughout the country.1 Some of the services PEOs provide include payroll, benefits, HR, tax administration and regulatory compliance assistance. In addition, PEOs, as a result of their contractual arrangement with clients, take on a statutory role as an employer. This means workers compensation administration and management becomes one of the single most critical components in the suite of products and services a PEO provides its customers. The ins and outs of PEO workers compensation can be quite complex and bring unique policy issuance and management issues distinct from a traditional employer’s workers compensation program. The issue of stable, reliable coverage is also a critical factor and has tested even the best PEOs.
Artex is proud to have provided stable, responsive workers compensation solutions to the PEO industry on behalf of Zurich North America since 1995. We are experienced in offering the full spectrum of risk management alternatives – from guaranteed cost to loss sensitive – and providing a design and delivery approach in workers compensation programs that targets the unique needs of today’s leading PEO industry practitioners. Our team members are considered experts on PEOs – so much so that they have conducted training classes for state regulatory agencies and are often called upon by industry trade associations to provide guidance on workers compensation specific matters in the co-employment arena.
Temporary Staffing Firms
Artex also provides workers compensation solutions on behalf of Zurich North America to the Temporary Staffing industry, which is responsible for sending 3 million employees every day to work in America’s offices, factories, hospitals, warehouses and other work sites2. Staffing firms also take on a unique role as an employer, providing labor on a contingent basis to the many clients they serve. As such, central to the success of all staffing companies is the administration and management of their workers compensation program, particularly given the fact that workers compensation can be one of a staffing company’s single largest “cost of goods sold.”
Artex offers a variety of solutions designed specifically for the temporary staffing industry. The Artex Staff Guard Program is a highly responsive, guaranteed-cost workers compensation program that provides agents and staffing companies unparalleled responsiveness and turnkey solutions, including unbundled claims administration and management services, pay-as-you-go options, 24/7 online access to loss runs and certificates of insurance and more. The Artex PremierComp+ solution, often referred to as a rent-a-captive, is a more simplified approach to alternative risk transfer for clients who are interested in less downside risk than most captive programs. This loss sensitive program delivers the right combination of competitive premiums, A.M. Best “A” rated security and long-term cost stability. Benefits include: no capitalization, manageable collateralization and underwriting profits returned to the insured.
Additionally, we have a protected cell captive solution, often referred to as a Rent-a-Captive that has been designed specifically to cover temporary staffing risks. Our solution, PremierComp+, provides a leading loss sensitive platform for best in class temporary staffing operations in white, grey and some blue color classifications.
Artex manages more than 69,000 client companies throughout the country for our PEOs. Our PEO-centric, online client management platform allows firms to transact their workers compensation business with ease, providing them with the opportunity to responsively meet their clients’ needs.
Our PEO Solutions
Artex offers a Middle Market PEO workers compensation program designed for a broad range of white- to gray- and light-blue-collar classifications, including light industrial, manufacturing and some artisan contractors. We maintain underwriting authority and price these transactions with our agency partners. Accounts are typically written on a guaranteed cost or small deductible basis. We also offer a Large Risk PEO Program, the nation’s leading loss-sensitive PEO workers compensation program for local firms to those that are truly national in scope. Organizations that qualify for this program should have a minimum of $1 million in workers compensation premium and at least three years of audited financial statements. Eligible class codes range from white-collar to blue-collar risk.
A combination of long-term specialization, unparalleled expertise and financial strength enables us to provide creative, consistent and competitive workers compensation solutions to PEOs and Temporary Staffing Firms.
- Agility: Our ability to quickly respond to changing risk and economic conditions affecting our clients allows us to adjust an insurance structure to continue to stay relevant.
- Diligence: Our proprietary online client management and underwriting systems enable us to offer optimum administrative expediency and efficiency.
- Vision: We identify and deliver alternatives and innovative risk transfer approaches that best fit the unique insurance objectives of each of our PEOs and Temporary Staffing Firms.
- Integrity: We employ the highest professional standards and provide completely objective recommendations.
- Commitment, Strength & Stability: Brokers and their clients can rely on our longstanding partnership with Zurich North America, rated A+ by A.M. Best, and one of the world’s largest insurers.
- Expertise: Our more than 20 years of experience constructing and managing workers compensation programs for PEOs and Temporary Staffing Firms has clients ranging from the nation’s largest PEOs to the smaller, more entrepreneurial firms turning to us.
1 National Association of Professional Employer Organizations (NAPEO)
2American Staffing Association (ASA)