How OutSail Simplifies the PEO Exit Process: A Detailed Walkthrough

Discover how OutSail simplifies the PEO exit process, offering step-by-step guidance and tools for a smooth transition to in-house HR management

Brett Ungashick
OutSail HRIS Advisor
October 9, 2023
Infographic depicting OutSail's comprehensive approach to navigating a PEO exit

Navigating the complex process of exiting a Professional Employer Organization (PEO) can be daunting for businesses. Whether it's due to growth, a desire for more control, or the need to tailor HR, payroll, and benefits functions, leaving a PEO requires careful planning and execution. Fortunately, OutSail offers a solution streamlining the PEO exit process, ensuring a smooth transition.

This article will take a detailed walkthrough of how OutSail simplifies the PEO exit process. From their step-by-step approach to the features and benefits they offer, you'll gain insights into why OutSail is the go-to partner for businesses seeking a seamless transition.

OutSail’s Approach to PEO Exit

OutSail's approach to PEO exit is a well-defined roadmap that takes businesses through each transition stage. Let's break down their step-by-step approach:

  1. Assess Current Situation: The first step involves assessing your PEO arrangement. OutSail helps you understand your existing costs, benefits, and limitations, creating a clear baseline for the transition.
  2. Compare Costs: Utilizing their PEO Exit Analysis tool; OutSail enables you to compare the costs of your PEO arrangement with the expenses of managing HR, payroll, and benefits in-house. This financial comparison provides a crucial perspective.
  3. Explore Multiple Scenarios: OutSail allows you to explore various scenarios by plugging in different HRIS vendors, benefits plans, and staffing plans. This flexibility helps you tailor the transition to your specific needs.
  4. Select the Right HRIS Vendor: With OutSail's guidance, you can select the HRIS (Human Resources Information System) vendor that aligns with your requirements. They help you identify the necessary modules and features, such as payroll, benefits administration, timekeeping, and more.
  5. Choose a Benefits Broker: OutSail assists in selecting a benefits broker to handle your employee benefit plans and workers' compensation. They help you determine the right plans and carriers for medical, dental, and vision coverage.
  6. Address Tax and State Registration: OutSail ensures that your state registrations and tax accounts are in order. They help you navigate the re-establishment of SUTA (State Unemployment Tax Act) IDs and local withholding accounts.
  7. Build Compliance: OutSail aids in building compliant leave of absence (LOA) and paid time off (PTO) policies. They guide you in creating employee handbooks for each state you operate.
  8. Re-Hire Employees: Finally, OutSail assists with the re-hiring process. They help you obtain new I-9 forms, create offer letter templates, establish workflows for new hires, and facilitate sexual harassment training.

Features of OutSail Service

OutSail's service offers a range of features that make the PEO exit process more manageable:

1. PEO vs In-House Financial Picture

Its powerful PEO Exit Analysis tool is at the heart of OutSail's service. This tool provides businesses with a comprehensive view of their financial landscape. It enables them to conduct a detailed cost analysis by comparing the expenses associated with their current PEO arrangement against the costs of managing HR, payroll and benefits in-house. This financial transparency is invaluable in making informed decisions about the transition.

Businesses can gain insights into cost savings opportunities, identify areas where in-house management may be more cost-effective, and develop a clear understanding of the financial implications of their PEO exit. By providing a holistic financial picture, OutSail empowers businesses to take control of their HR functions without unexpected financial burdens.

2. Complementary Guidance

OutSail's commitment to customer success goes beyond providing a tool; they offer complimentary guidance throughout the PEO exit process. Experienced advisors are readily available to assist businesses in every stage of their review and transition. Whether you have questions about cost comparisons, vendor selection, or policy implementation, OutSail's advisors provide expert insights and recommendations.

This personalized guidance ensures that businesses confidently embark on their PEO exit journey. Advisors work closely with clients to refine their analysis, address concerns, and tailor the transition to their needs. The human touch offered by OutSail's advisors complements the analytical capabilities of their tools, making the entire process smoother and more manageable.

3. Explore Multiple Scenarios

One of OutSail's standout features is the ability to explore multiple scenarios. Businesses are not locked into a one-size-fits-all approach. Instead, they can customize their transition by experimenting with various scenarios. This includes evaluating different HRIS (Human Resources Information System) vendors, benefits plans, and staffing approaches.

By allowing businesses to test different configurations, OutSail empowers them to find the most suitable and cost-effective solution. It's an invaluable feature for organizations with unique needs and preferences. Businesses can fine-tune their transition strategy, ensuring that it aligns perfectly with their long-term goals.

4. Re-Creation of PEO In-House

Transitioning from a PEO to an in-house model can be a daunting prospect, often accompanied by concerns about losing essential services or tools. OutSail addresses this by ensuring that every critical service is accounted for and retained during the migration process. This comprehensive approach minimizes disruption and allows businesses to continue their HR, payroll, and benefits operations seamlessly.

OutSail's commitment to re-creating the PEO experience in-house means that businesses can maintain the quality and efficiency of their HR functions without compromise. This feature eliminates the uncertainty that can accompany a PEO exit, providing peace of mind to organizations seeking greater control over their HR operations.

5. Vendor Agnostic

OutSail takes a vendor-agnostic approach, working with every HRIS and payroll vendor, benefits broker, and HR consultant in the industry. Their primary goal is to find the right blend of services and tools that align precisely with each client's unique needs. This flexibility ensures that businesses are not limited to specific providers and can select those that best suit their requirements.

Whether a business has existing relationships with certain vendors or seeks new solutions, OutSail can accommodate these preferences. This vendor-agnostic approach puts the power of choice back in the hands of businesses, enabling them to assemble a tailored suite of services and tools for their HR functions.

Benefits of Using OutSail for PEO Exit

Now that we've explored OutSail's approach and features let's dive into the benefits of entrusting them with your PEO exit:

  • Cost Savings: OutSail's PEO Exit Analysis tool helps you identify potential cost savings by comparing your current PEO expenses with an in-house model. This financial transparency allows you to make cost-effective decisions.
  • Expert Guidance: With OutSail's complimentary guidance, you have access to experienced advisors who can answer your questions and refine your analysis. Their expertise ensures a smooth transition.
  • Tailored Solutions: OutSail's ability to explore multiple scenarios allows you to tailor the transition to your needs. You can choose the HRIS vendor, benefits plans, and staffing approach that aligns with your business goals.
  • Comprehensive Transition: OutSail ensures that no critical services or tools are left behind during the PEO exit. They oversee the entire process, from selecting vendors to implementing compliant policies.
  • Vendor Flexibility: OutSail's vendor-agnostic approach means you're not limited to specific providers. You can select the HRIS, benefits broker, and HR consultant that best meets your requirements.


Exiting a PEO can be challenging, but OutSail simplifies the process with its comprehensive approach and powerful features. From assessing your current situation to re-hiring employees, OutSail guides you every step of the way. The cost savings, expert guidance, and tailored solutions they offer make OutSail the ideal partner for a seamless PEO exit.

If you're considering transitioning from a PEO to an in-house HR, payroll, and benefits model, OutSail is the trusted ally you need. Embrace the future of your business with confidence by choosing OutSail to navigate your PEO exit journey. Make the smart move today and experience a smoother, cost-effective transition that aligns with your unique business goals.

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Meet the Author

Brett Ungashick
OutSail HRIS Advisor
Brett Ungashick, the friendly face behind OutSail, started his career at LinkedIn, selling HR software. This experience sparked an idea, leading him to create OutSail in 2018. Based in Denver, OutSail simplifies the HR software selection process, and Brett's hands-on approach has already helped over 1,000 companies, including SalesLoft, Hudl and DoorDash. He's a go-to guy for all things HR Tech, supporting companies in every industry and across 20+ countries. When he's not demystifying HR tech, you'll find Brett enjoying a round of golf or skiing down Colorado's slopes, always happy to chat about work or play.


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