Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Tell me about Optimum.

Founded in 2007 and headquartered in Orange County, California, Optimum is a human resources outsourcing company (also referred to as a PEO). We are a regional provider and cultivate strong relationships with our clients through dedicated account managers.

Q. What is a PEO?

A Professional Employer Organization (PEO) handles all aspects of human resources including payroll, taxes, workers’ compensation, risk management, compliance and employee benefits management.

Q. Why outsource?

Outsourcing your human resources function provides a variety of benefits, from cost savings to access to specialized expertise on taxes, payroll, workers’ compensation and more. Outsourcing can enable you to focus on your business and free up your time and resources. We do what we do best. You do what you do best. It’s partnership at its finest.

Q. What is co-employment?

Co-employment is a relationship between a PEO and the client in which the PEO is responsible for handling IRS, Social Security, unemployment requirements, and more. Optimum becomes the administrative employer of record as it relates to W-2s, payroll taxes, compliance and regulatory matters.

Q. In co-employment, who controls my employees?

Each client company maintains control of their employees because they remain the worksite employer. It is still the responsibility of the client to hire, direct and guide employees on a daily basis.

Q. Can Optimum hire or terminate my employees?

Optimum does not make the hiring decisions for your company. You obviously understand the needs of your business better than Optimum. You will continue to decide who you are interested in hiring, promoting or terminating, sometimes with our assistance. For example, if you think you are on solid ground to terminate someone, but would like to discuss the circumstances with a knowledgeable human resources professional, that’s where we come in. We can help you decide the best course of action.