ATA Employment Solutions, a PEO firm based in Union City, TN, is proud to announce that they have been officially re-certified as a Certified Professional Employer Organization (CPEO). A program launched by the IRS in 2017 in response to the Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014, ATA Employment Solutions is certified by the IRS as a provider of services in which an employer can outsource various tasks for employee management, such as payroll, employee benefits administration, workers' compensation, training and development, and recruitment.

Kim Watts, Chief Operating Officer of ATA Employment Solutions, says: "The initial certification process was intricate and time-consuming with audit requirements, background checks on owners and key employees, and various other required disclosures. Despite that, ATA Employment Solutions felt that being distinguished as a CPEO was a significant step for us and for our industry. We believe that certification brings an added value to clients doing business with certified PEO's."

In order to obtain a CPEO certification, a company has to complete a registration process and provide information that relates to each of the responsible individuals within the company. Furthermore, the company has to provide various kinds of evidence to the IRS through documented reports on an ongoing basis. These reports have to demonstrate how all of the requirements continue to be met.

The PEO industry is highly regulated by the government and the IRS certification is another factor that sets it apart from the traditional staffing industry. The PEO industry is very unique in that the employees are employed by the client with the client able to receive available tax credits while the employees receive the benefits of being a part of a much larger employee pool. To remain compliant, a CPEO maintains extensive records and provides the IRS with ongoing independent financial reporting. The complexity and strictness of the program are evident as there only being two CPEO’s in the state of Tennessee with ATA Employment Solutions being the only one in west Tennessee.

Elizabeth Pritchett, Director of Sales & Marketing states, "ATA Employment Solutions has always prided itself on ensuring we adhere to the highest ethical, financial and operational standards, which is why we knew we were a good candidate initially for the IRS PEO Certification. We are pleased that the IRS has again recognized our high standards and that we can offer CPEO services to our clients."

ATA Employment Solutions is a licensed PEO (Professional Employer Organization) that offers a variety of HR services including recruiting & hiring, training, payroll, and co-employment. For more information about ATA Employment Solutions, please visit


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Natasha Pennington

ATA Employment Solutions is pleased to introduce Natasha Pennington as our newest Client Manager. Natasha is a certified SHRM Professional and has a Master of Science Degree in Human Resources as well as a Graduate Certificate in Organizational Leadership & Human Resources Management.

Natasha grew up in California on a 1.5 acre lot on a mini farm with chickens, turkeys, ducks, dogs, pigs, and horses. Natasha's husband, Russell, proposed to her in Tennessee while they were visiting his family in 2014. The scenery was perfect with cows grazing by a pond. The proposal included lots of happy tears as well as laughs because little did Russell know that he had knelt down in a fresh cow patty!

When asked what she loves most about TN, Natasha says "I love that there is no traffic, no smog, and that people here are just genuinely nicer. I love that I get to experience all 4 seasons as opposed to summer all year round in So Cal and I think lightening bugs may be the coolest thing I've ever seen! My husband and I love to fish and spend as much time outdoors as possible and Tennessee is definitely a place where we can do lots of that! We absolutely love it here and we both agree moving here is one of the best decisions we have ever made!"

Natasha and her husband are the proud parents of of a spoiled fur baby, Princess Layah.

We are thankful to have Natasha as part of the ATA Employment Solutions team and look forward to her meeting more of our clients!

Lab-Based vs. Instant Drug Testing

Drug testing simply put, is a part of life for millions of people and organizations.  But not all drug tests are created equally.  One of the most frequent questions we get from employers is “Do you offer instant drug testing?” It is always our intent to be transparent with our clients so while we can and will instant test if the employer insists, it is not a standard service that we actively promote.  Even realizing the success we could have in selling this service, we do not feel this method of testing is in the best interest of the employer. I am sure you are wondering why because would instant testing be easy?  Profitable?  Offer quick results?  The answer to all of those is yes BUT it’s more complicated than that.

While lab based and instant tests can both look for similar substances in one’s body, there are some significant differences between the two.  Before making any decision on drug testing, check your state law and any other governing body that can specify what testing can or cannot be performed.  For example, instant testing is not permissible for required DOT testing.  Even though instant testing is legally allowed in Tennessee, participation in the Drug Free Workplace Program requires that a medical review officer (MRO) be utilized to review the test so instant testing alone is not sufficient.

Are You Training Your Employees

Budget cuts are a necessity for any successful business; however, when making these cuts, don't be penny wise and pound foolish by cutting too much of your training budget.  As technologies and best practices change, employees need to be trained and sometimes refreshed on key topics.  Sometimes tenured employees are promoted to management but they fail miserably because they lack the management experience and training.  There are several key benefits of training employees:

Now what is it you all do?

While we wish we had a nickel for every time someone asked that question, we're always happy to oblige because we get excited telling our story. Much to everyone's surprise, ATA Employment Solutions is a professional employer organization (PEO) specializing in permanent, full-time employment for our client employers. Client employers are our customers who utilize our services either in a "full-service" capacity or ala carte in which case they may only rely on us for recruiting employees to fill their full-time permanent positions. We accept resumes and applications from individuals so that we have a database of qualified applicants to choose from when positions become available.