CLEAR Employer Services, a fast-growing and innovative PEO based in Langhorne, PA, has acquired Payroll Express located in Palm Desert, California.

The purchase of Payroll Express has increased CLEAR’s payroll capacity, extended its service hours and added California to the company’s expanding geographic footprint of Florida, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Texas.

Payroll Express clients will benefit from CLEAR’s state-of-the-art technology and portfolio of additional services including Human Resources expertise and Fortune 500 benefits.

The new company, resulting from the acquisition, is called Payroll Express Powered by CLEAR. Payroll Express Powered by CLEAR has retained the local staff and the office in Palm Desert, CA.

Vickie Ruff, the founder of Payroll Express, says, “We treat our business as a family. Our service is highly personal and so is CLEAR’s. That’s why this is a perfect fit. The only thing that changes is that we can now do more for our clients to help them take care of their employees.”

With the acquisition, CLEAR now offers live customer service from 9 am to 8 pm EST, in addition to bilingual staff to assist Spanish speaking clients.

Always having an office able to help clients, regardless of regional weather, is an additional benefit to being located on opposite sides of the country.

“Outsourcing your HR requires a lot of trust,” explains CLEAR CEO Joe Carfagno, “…Payroll Express clients know that Vickie and her team have their best interests at heart. There’s a lot that CLEAR can do to take the burden of HR off of these small business owners, so they can focus their time on the business they love—and on their employees.”

This is CLEAR’s second acquisition in nine months. Clear Employer Services purchased TeamLink HR of New Jersey in August 2017, which increased its revenues by 30 percent.


CLEAR Employer Services is an enterprise dedicated to providing small businesses and nonprofits with outstanding customer service, transparency and value. The company offers a full suite of HR outsourcing solutions including PEO, HRO, ASO, payroll and background checks. Founded in 2015, CLEAR has offices in six states and works with clients throughout the United States.

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