To be the premier Professional Employer Organization. We will create a sanctuary for our clients, meeting their needs through innovation, technology, and programs, designed to provide a higher level of service. The Harbor America support team will be comprised of highly trained, knowledgeable, motivated, and caring professionals. Integrity, accountability, and trust will be the guiding principles as long-term client relationships are developed.
Harbor America was founded in 1997, by Doug Lowery and a team of managers with over 100 years of collective experience in workers’ compensation, risk management, payroll and human resources compliance. For over 20 years, we have offered unique and award-winning HR solutions to small and mid-sized businesses, coast-to-coast, and that tradition continues today.
What We Do
Harbor America is a Professional Employer Organization (PEO). A PEO provides small and mid-sized businesses with client, employee, and back office services that are critical to the success of every business.
When a company works with a PEO, the PEO becomes the employer of record for tax purposes. Under a contract called a Client Services Agreement (CSA), all benefits, worker’s compensation insurance, taxes, and payroll are handled through the PEOs FEIN.
The beauty of the Client Services Agreement is the PEO assumes many of the costly and time-consuming human resource functions including:
- Preparing and Delivering Payroll Checks and Direct Deposits
- Calculating Wages and Deductions
- Social Security
- Workers’ Compensation
- Wage Garnishments
- Tax Liens
- Reconciling Your Payroll Accounts
A PEO also saves you time and money on the administration of your employees 401(k) by sponsoring the plan. No setup and filing fees. No audits.
Additionally, and this is a big deal for service-based industries, they take on the responsibility of workplace safety and worker’s compensation insurance, as well as compliance with state and federal HR regulations. As your co-employer, your employees are under the PEO’s workers’ compensation umbrella. This could significantly reduce the amount of money you pay for workers’ compensation coverage because your company’s loss potential would be spread over a large number of the PEO’s client companies.
And if your business operates in multiple states, Harbor America will save you countless hours and money by helping you comply with other states workers’ compensation, unemployment, withholding and other local regulations.
It is important to note that you retain complete control of your employees, their hiring, supervision, salaries, raises, discipline, evaluation and advances. These functions will always remain in your total control.
Every business makes money by selling its products and services. The more effort you spend on revenue-producing activities, the more successful you’ll be. Your employees are an integral part of this effort.
Harbor America Offers
Strong solutions for workers’ compensation, risk management and safety. The program is personalized to meet each client’s specific needs and includes safety manuals, new employee handbooks and resource materials. We are committed to helping each client reduce injuries and the associated costs.
Superior payroll solutions specifically designed to meet the needs of every client.
Flexible benefits program that will help you attract and retain key employees (offered on a voluntary basis so you are not forced into punitive participation requirements that don’t fit your company).
Commercial Insurance Agency that offers performance bonds, property, equipment, commercial auto, and specialty risk programs.