NYC Bar Warns Firms To Tread Lightly With HR Outsourcing

By Gavin Broady (February 19, 2015, 6:37 PM EST) -- Law firms looking to staff out their human resource work to professional employer organizations face a number of potential ethical landmines, but a new set of guidelines released by the New York City Bar Association outlines four steps firms can take to steer clear of trouble.

The NYCBA says firms can use PEOs — which essentially allow companies to outsource their payroll, human resources, workers' compensation and other employee management needs — so long as they are vigilant about the potential for such arrangements to compromise independent professional judgment, confidentiality obligations, conflict of interest protections and prohibitions against sharing fees with...

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