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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…

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…

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…

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….

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…

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…