A payroll services firm is branching out into human resources compliance.

Paychex Inc., Rochester, N.Y., has started marketing the Paychex COBRA Administration service.

The service will manage federal COBRA health benefits continuation benefits for employers with 20 or more employees and state continuation benefits for employers with 19 or fewer employees that are subject to state health benefits continuation requirements.

Paychex can run health benefits continuation programs both for payroll services customers and for other employers, the company says.