Employment Services Industry Licensing Guide
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Georgia Employment Agency

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Licensing requirements for Georgia employment, staffing and talent agencies.

This page provides an overview of employment services licensing in Georgia for individuals and agencies. You will find state requirements, application fees, filing instructions, and more. For assistance with licensing, please contact us to learn about our software and managed license services.

Companies that provide employment services in Georgia must apply for a license prior to doing business. Depending on the services offered, businesses may need to apply for more than one license type, and in some cases, an individual license will be required as well.

Company Licenses

Georgia Employment Services Company Licenses

Companies acting as employment agencies in Georgia must obtain the following licenses before offering employment services. Applications usually require proof of incorporation or a certificate of authority.

Georgia Employment Agency License

Not required



Employment Agency licensure is not required on the State level in Georgia.

Georgia Professional Employer Organization License

Not required



Professional Employer Organization licensure is not required on the State level in Georgia.

Georgia does not have a registration requirement for PEOs but entities acting as PEOs must meet bonding and reporting requirements.

Bond Renewal

Form:

Form DOL-12: Reimbursable Employer's Election of Cash Deposit Surety Bond or Securities

Agency Fee:

$0

Due:

Annually by December 31.

Law:

GA Admin Code 300-2-7-.07

Notes:

An employee leasing company may post a surety bond, irrevocable letter of credit or cash deposit in the amount of $5,000 if all of the following conditions are met:

  • The employee leasing company must have been a positive reserve employer as that term is used in O.C.G.A. Section 34-8-155 for at least 4 consecutive quarters during the last 12 quarters immediately preceding the effective date of the bond;
  • The employee leasing company has not failed during the last 12 quarters immediately preceding the effective date of the bond to file timely all required tax and wage reports, including all such reports of all predecessor employers; and
  • The employee leasing company submits timely prepayments of unemployment contributions to the department monthly attributable to the applicable portion of the employee leasing company's taxable wage base of the employee leasing company's payroll for each calendar month just completed.
Bond Amount:

The greater of $10,000 or 2.7% of its taxable payroll for the four calendar quarters ending June 30th immediately preceding the effective date of the bond. In lieu of such bond, an employee leasing company may deposit with the Commissioner a cash deposit, irrevocable letter of credit or equivalent financial securities.

Supplemental Reporting
Quarterly Report

Form:

Form DOL-11B: Employee Leasing Company Election to Report Leased Employees

Agency Fee:

$0

Due:

Quarterly

Law:

GA Code § 34-8-121

Notes:

Employers with multiple business locations, including but not limited to employee leasing companies, shall keep records and submit reports to the department in accordance with the directions contained in such reports. These reports shall be submitted each quarter and shall include the street address of each establishment, branch, outlet or office of such employer, the nature of the operation, the number of persons employed and the wage paid at each establishment, branch, outlet or office.

Georgia Talent Agency License

Not required



Talent Agency licensure is not required on the State level in Georgia.

Employee Leasing Company - Enter into leasing contracts with other businesses that require labor. The leasing company loans its workers to the lessee while still providing specified responsibilities, such as workers compensation insurance, to the employees. This includes long term (6 months or more) temporary arrangements but often excludes temporary help arrangements. Unlike professional employer organizations, employee leasing companies are contracted when an employer needs to hire staff and does not want to handle human resources responsibilities.

Employment Agency - An entity that, for compensation, procures or attempts to procure employment for a person.

Professional Employer Organization - PEOs take on the human resources role for businesses and act as a co-employer in the sense that the client company's workers are administratively employees of the PEO but functionally these employees are controlled by the client company. Unlike employee leasing companies, PEOs are contracted when an employer already has staff and does not want to handle human resources responsibilities.

Staffing Agency - An entity that procures temporary or part-time employment for a person who then works under the supervision of a worksite employer.

Talent Agency - An entity that, for compensation, procures or attempts to procure employment or placement for an artist. (Certain art forms are excluded)

American Staffing Association
Staffing, recruiting, and workforce solution industry advocacy group.

National Association of Personnel Services (NAPS)
Education and training oriented association for personnel services providers.

National Association of Professional Employer Organizations (NAPEO)
Provides advocacy efforts, information, and other services to members of the employment industry.

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