Debbie Fledderjohann's Blog (290)

Financial Stakes for Worker Misclassifcation Getting Steeper

Incorrectly classifying 1099 independent contractors (ICs) as W-2 employees has been a risky proposition for quite some time now. But as government agencies increasingly work together to end the practice, the financial stakes keep getting higher. 

The government is very…


Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on August 12, 2014 at 2:37pm — No Comments

How to Become the Recruiter of Choice for Contractors

It appears that we are now entering a candidate-driven market in BOTH the direct hire AND contract staffing worlds.  As candidates increasingly choose contract staffing as a…


Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on August 6, 2014 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

Are You Settling for Mac and Cheese?

 Roast pork, red wine. Dinner. Don't you just love the feeling of closing a direct hire placement? That big placement fee reminds you that all the work you put into your placements is worth it.  Maybe you even splurge and celebrate with a fillet mignon dinner.

But what happens when the big placement fee runs out? Do you worry about when the next one will come? Do you start cutting back and…


Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on August 4, 2014 at 10:37am — No Comments

Which Offers More Job Security: Direct Hire or Contract Staffing?

In the not so distant past, the title question would have been a no-brainer.  Direct hire, right? After all, workers in contract staffing were often referred to as temps.  Certainly a work arrangement that is temporary by it's very nature could not be more secure than traditional…


Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on July 23, 2014 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Companies Taking Longer Than Ever To Hire

Recent statistics on the job market provide a positive outlook for both the direct hire and contract sides of recruiters' desks. But on the heels of that good news is a less positive statistic: it is taking companies an average of 25.1 days to fill open positions, according to the …


Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on July 16, 2014 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Latest Jobs Report = Great News for Recruiters

Finally some good news on the economy: The United States added 288,000 jobs last month and unemployment dropped to 6.1%, the lowest point since September 2008,according to the latest Employment Situation Summary for June…


Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on July 9, 2014 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Recruiters: Get the Most from Internet Marketing

The Internet provides so many ways to promote your recruiting firm and its contract staffing services. Are you getting the most out of it?  Here are some tricks on how to best utilize the most common common Internet mediums:

Your Firm's website

Can visitors easily tell that…


Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on July 7, 2014 at 11:30am — No Comments

The Secret Behind the Most Successful Recruiters

What separates a highly successful recruiter from an average one? Well, over the past 20 years in the contract staffing industry, we have noticed one characteristic that seems to set the best recruiters apart from the rest - their keen ability to build strong recruiter-client relationships. Sounds simple enough, but what does that really mean? Specifically, we have found that recruiters who are successful in contract staffing AND direct hire do the following…


Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on June 25, 2014 at 11:32am — No Comments

Healthcare Costs Drive Business Decisions, Impacting Recruiters, Candidates, and Companies

No matter how you feel about the Affordable Care Act (ACA or Obamacare), it is clear that employer-sponsored health insurance has become more expensive and complicated over the past several years. This reality is forcing many companies to make difficult business decisions that are impacting everyone in the employment arena.

Experts estimate that health insurance premiums for employer-sponsored plans have gone up 80-100% in the past decade. As a result, 49% of…


Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on June 18, 2014 at 1:04pm — No Comments

5 FLSA Basics Contract Staffing Recruiters Need to Know to Avoid Lawsuits

As Wage and Hour lawsuits under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) continue to break records, it is important for recruiters to known the basics of the regulations to protect themselves and clients from these devastating lawsuits.

FLSA lawsuits have increased 438% since 2000. There were 8,126…


Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on June 12, 2014 at 10:00am — No Comments

Taking the Pain Out of Millennial Recruiting

How do you feel about recruiting Millennials? If the thought makes you involuntarily groan, you are not alone.  Whether or not you believe the stereotypes about this young generation, also known as Generation Y, it's clear that some recruiters are experiencing challenges when trying to place them.  



Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on June 4, 2014 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Keeping Unpaid Internships Legal

Summer has FINALLY arrived (at least unofficially), and with it comes the traditional right of passage for many college students: the summer internship. Internships can be a great opportunity for both the students AND the companies utilizing their services. Of course, the intern can pick up some great…


Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on May 27, 2014 at 1:30pm — No Comments

The New Workforce Model Recruiters Need to Be Aware Of

As the popularity of contract staffing continues to grow, we have noticed a shift in the way that contractors are being used. Rather than simply being a stop-gap measure in limited circumstances or to test the hiring waters during difficult economic times, we are seeing employers building a blended workforce model that integrates contractors as part of a deliberate, long-term…


Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on May 21, 2014 at 3:20pm — No Comments

Direct Hire vs. Contract Placements

There tends to be a huge fear factor involved with contract staffing, mainly due to the misconception that it is extremely complicated and too different from direct hire.  But as many recruiters take advantage of the…


Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on May 14, 2014 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Could Your Recruiting Firm Be Hit By an Obamacare Audit?

When it comes to the Affordable Care Act (ACA or Obamacare), the dreaded employer mandate has received most of the…


Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on May 7, 2014 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Hiring Managers vs. HR for Contract Job Orders

A common questions we hear from recruiters who are new to contract staffing is “Where do I go for contract job orders?” Conventional wisdom has been to go to the  hiring manager rather than human resources (HR).

That's because the direct hire and contract hiring processes were often handled…


Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on April 30, 2014 at 3:30pm — No Comments

3 States Recruiters Hate to Place Contractors In

The legal compliance and liability that comes with placing contractors is no treat no matter where you are located, but in some states, employment regulations are getting so complicated that recruiters are turning down contract business in those areas.

Let’s take a look at the three hardest states in…


Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on April 24, 2014 at 4:30pm — No Comments

3 EASY Steps to Determining Contract Bill Rates

One of the biggest stumbling blocks that keeps recruiters from pursuing contract placement opportunities is confusion over determining the rates, particularly the hourly bill rate that is charged to the client company. But once recruiters understand the formula, establishing bill rates can be quite…


Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on April 15, 2014 at 10:30am — No Comments

Essential Information for Recruiters Running Contractor Background Checks


If you run contractor background checks, you will want to read a recent government document on their proper use.

In a joint effort, the Equal  Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) published a technical assistance document for employers and another for employees explaining background check laws enforced by both agencies. The EEOC is charge of laws that ensure background checks are…


Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on April 10, 2014 at 9:30am — 2 Comments

H-1B Visas for FY2015 Already Gone

Anyone who has not yet filed a petition for a Fiscal Year 2015 H-1B visa is out of luck. As predicted, the available H-1B visas went quickly as …


Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on April 8, 2014 at 12:30pm — 1 Comment

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