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Too Small to Add Temp? Here’s How You Can

There are so many advantages to having a blended business model that includes both direct hire and contract staffing. You get the best of both worlds – the large placement fee checks from your direct hire placements and the consistent, steady income of contract staffing. Providing contract staffing services also builds client loyalty…

HR 101: Are You Classifying Your Independent Contractors Correctly?

What is the difference between an independent contractor and a W-2 employee, you ask? How employees are classified will affect how much a business pays in taxes, the amount of withholdings from employee’s paychecks and which tax documents need to be filed. Classifying employees correctly is a critical issue that business owners need…

Study Shows How the “Gig” Economy Is Transforming Work Relationships

Last week, I introduced you to Mary Meeker’s Internet Trends 2015 report, which I suggested should be required reading for HR. This report, which really should have been titled, The Internet in 2015 is All About HR, shared important data points and analysis relating to basic HR functions and the impact the Internet…

Consider These “Extras” When Making Contract Staffing Calls

With email and social networks (LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, etc.), there are plenty of ways to reach clients these days. However, many recruiters find that nothing works quite as well as the old fashioned phone call. You likely already know the basics of a good phone campaign, such as the importance of doing your…

When Outsourcing the Workforce Goes Terribly Wrong

Some time ago, my dad was unemployed and picking up contract work when it was made available to him. In order to procure this contract work, he had to sign up with a few security agencies. In doing so, he eventually landed a full-time gig supervising security guards and investigators for a major…

Yes, Your Independent Contractors SHOULD Release Employment Claims

Editor’s Note: Weekly Wrap is taking the week off. It will return next Friday. By Eric B. Meyer Here’s a thought: Consider requiring your new independent contractors to release employment claims. What the hell are you talking about, Eric? Why would we make an independent contractor sign a release of employment claims before…

NJ Court’s Independent Contractor Test Assumes Workers Are Employees

By Eric B. Meyer The New Jersey Supreme Court just fashioned a test to determine whether a worker is an employee or an independent contractor for purposes of resolving a wage-payment or wage-and-hour claim. On Wednesday the Court, in this opinion, concluded that the “ABC” test, a creature of the New Jersey Unemployment…

Labor Department Going After More Wage and Hour Laws Violations

Employees in New York and California are being cheated out of millions in wages by their employers, a new study reveals, and the U.S. Department of Labor wants to find more employers who are skirting the law. The wage study was conducted by the Eastern Research Group and commissioned by the Labor Department…

NLRB Revisits the Definition of an Independent Contractor

By Nelson D. Cary Employees are permitted to join unions. Independent contractors are not. Thus, whether a particular working relationship involves an “employee” or an “independent contractor” is extremely important. Recently, the National Labor Relations Board has made it easier to establish employee status and correspondingly more difficult to establish independent contractor status.

Yes, You Really Do Need to Screen Temporary Holiday Employees

Thanksgiving is just a few weeks away, and that means Black Friday, shopping online, and holiday music overload as we get ready for the big gift-giving season. It’s hard to believe, but holiday hiring season is already well under way. If you hire holiday or other temporary workers, it’s important to hire ones…

Go After the High Margin Business

Dear Barb, We are a light industrial staffing firm and have been in business for 10 years. Two years ago, I heard you suggest that we consider business that is high margin. I didn’t take your advice and now our margins are decreasing and I don’t even know what the Affordable Care Act…

How to Handle Independent Contractors for Global Organizations

By Annie Lau As the global market grows seemingly smaller, more and more companies are expanding their reach around the world. Some companies send U.S. employees overseas, while others hire locally, or even utilize local independent contractors. As in the United States, companies must be mindful of the risks involved when hiring independent…

Outsourcing: The Fastest Way to Get Your Temp Business Started

So you’ve decided to add contract staffing to your business model. That’s great!  By doing so, you will become a sole-source provider who is able to solve ALL of your clients of their staffing issues. But before you start taking contract staffing job orders, you have an important decision to make: are you…

Independent Contractor Compliance: What Employers Need to Consider

Independent workers – whether they’re called independent contractors, freelancers or the self-employed – continue to be a significant factor in the American economy. According to Randstad’s Workforce 360 study, 43 percent of the workforce says they are interested in pursuing non-traditional work arrangements, and more than 2.6 million workers are already living the…

The Temp Hiring Revolution: How to Avoid Getting Left Behind

Temporary hiring is on the rise, and recruiters, employers, and staffing pros would be smart to take note. Only about 24 percent of employers expect to hire full-time, permanent workers this year, which is down slightly from 26 percent in 2013. However, the numbers for temporary hiring paint a much rosier picture: 42…