Debbie Fledderjohann's Blog – April 2013 Archive (6)

5 Ways to Protect Clients From Bad Hires

According to Forrest Gump, "Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get." The same could be said of hiring.  Despite companies best hiring efforts, they are often unpleasantly surprised by what they get.

Citing Careerbuider stats, a recent article from the Staffing Stream titled …

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Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on April 24, 2013 at 11:13am — 1 Comment

5 Must-Know Paid Sick Leave Laws For Contract Staffing Recruiters

One of the trickiest things about running your own back-office is navigating the complex web of state and local laws.  Paid sick leave (PSL) is an area where recruiters need to be especially careful.  With no paid leave laws on the federal level, some states and cities are taking matters into their own hands. Most recently, the city of…

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Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on April 16, 2013 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Recruiter Credits Back-Office Service for Growth and Expansion

Chances are you've heard the phrase "Do what you do best and outsource the rest." That phrase rings particularly true when it comes to recruiters who make contract placements.

Contract staffing provides a great opportunity for recruiters to increase their sales and establish a steady, predictable income stream.  But it also comes with a number of time-consuming and complex financial, administrative, and legal duties associated with employing the contractors, including…

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Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on April 12, 2013 at 12:59pm — No Comments

Time's Up for H-1B Petitions

As expected, the Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 H-1B visa cap was met less than a week after U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) began accepting petitions.

H-1B visas are issued to allow employers to hire foreign workers with specialized knowledge or technical expertise in disciplines such as science, engineering, and computer professions.  The USCIS sets a cap each year for how many H-1B visas it will issue.

On April 1, USCIS began accepting petitions for visas subject to…

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Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on April 9, 2013 at 11:52am — No Comments

Answers to Critical Obamacare Questions for Staffing Firms

The good news for staffing firms regarding the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), or Obamacare, is that it has the potential to push more companies toward contract staffing. Under the employer mandate, companies with 50 or more employees will have to provide healthcare insurance to them in 2014. By utilizing contractors who are the employees of a back-office or a staffing firm, smaller companies can keep from going over the 50-employee threshold.

But…

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Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on April 4, 2013 at 4:04pm — 1 Comment

3 Ways Contractors Provide Value to Companies

In the current employment environment, you likely won't have to tell many client companies what contractors can do for them. They already get it. They want the flexibility and cost savings that contract staffing offers and are actively pursuing contractors.  

But there are still a few employers out there that don't understand why they should use contractors and often question the cost. With these clients, recruiter Mario Fidanzi of MedTeam Staffing says recruiters…

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Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on April 2, 2013 at 4:57pm — No Comments

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