Debbie Fledderjohann's Blog Posts Tagged 'Contractors' (8)

What's the difference between a contractor and a temp?

In the world of staffing, the words "temp" and "contractor" are often used interchangeably. But in our experience, there are some differences between the two.

The word "temp" conjures up the old stereotype of the lower paid worker provided by a staffing agency. Temps often fill in for employees on vacation or to bridge the gap while a company replaces someone who has quit. Companies also turn to temps for…

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Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on November 10, 2011 at 8:42am — 1 Comment

URGENT - The IRS Plans to Eliminate High-Low Per Diem Method!

The IRS recently announced plans to discontinue the High-Low Substantiation Method, a decision that could significantly slow down negotiations in contract placements and increase the administrative burden of managing contractors.  But fortunately, the IRS is reconsidering this decision, and you can help convince them to keep the high-low method in place

Contractors are often paid a per diem rate for travel expenses when working away from home rather…

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Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on September 9, 2011 at 11:56am — 1 Comment

6 Questions to Ask to Get Contract Job Orders

Recruiters who want to get into contracting often ask us how they can get contracting job orders. Some recruiters we work with say the best way to start is to simply ask current direct-hire clients if they need contractors. They may be surprised to learn that you offer contractors, and you may be surprised how many contracting job orders you get as a result!

Here are five other questions that can help you get more contracting job…

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Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on April 28, 2011 at 3:23pm — No Comments

A Quick Reference to I-9 Inspections and Fines

Since President Obama took office, there has been a marked shift in how immigration enforcement is handled. Where immigration raids aimed at capturing illegal immigrants were more common during the Bush administration, now U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is relying on I-9 inspections to find and fine employers who do not follow immigration laws.  As a result, employers are becoming more educated about the inspection process and fines that could be assessed.

As a…

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Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on February 2, 2011 at 9:24am — No Comments

Contracting Helps Companies Find Right "Workforce Mix"

The recession forced many companies to cut their workforces and learn how to get the job done with fewer employees.  According to a January 7 article by the Society for Human Resource Management, titled "2011:Time to Find the Right Workplace Mix," companies now need to examine how they may need to supplement their downsized workforce to meet future needs.

The article recommends that, rather than just hiring blindly, that employers spend some time determining the right "workforce mix"…

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Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on January 28, 2011 at 1:48pm — No Comments

Recession Forces Career Changes

The Great Recession forced many workers to make some hard decisions the past couple of years.  Some had to relocate. Others gave up the job hunt for awhile and returned to school.  

And according to the Human Resources Executive Online article "Job Seekers Change Course," a large number of workers chose to try different career…

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Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on January 28, 2011 at 1:41pm — No Comments

Six Common Triggers for an IRS Misclassification Audit

We've talked a lot on this blog about the government's crackdown on the misclassification of W-2 Employees as 1099 Independent Contractors and have provided resources that recruiters can use to educate their clients on this issue. But if your clients are like a lot of employers out there, they may be thinking it is unlikely that they will be audited, especially if they are a particularly small company.  However, even if a company is very small, there are a number of triggers that could…

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Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on January 14, 2011 at 10:03am — No Comments

Be Aware of New Per Diem Rates When Placing Contractors

If you place contractors who are eligible for per diem, you may want to be aware of the new High-Low Substantiation rates recently released by the IRS.



Employers often choose to pay a per diem rate to an employee on business travel instead of reimbursing them for the actual cost of the expenses they incur. This is especially common in contract assignments because the employee is often working in a location far from their permanent residence and must maintain a second…

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Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on October 21, 2010 at 4:52pm — No Comments

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