Debbie Fledderjohann's Blog – September 2011 Archive (11)

Tax Break to Clients Who Fix Independent Contractor Misclassification

If you have clients who have been misclassifying W-2 employees as independent contractors (ICs), the IRS is providing a way for them to come clean.

Through the agency's recently launched Voluntary Worker Classification Settlement Program, if employers voluntarily reclassify their ICs as…

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Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on September 27, 2011 at 11:00am — No Comments

How to Get Job Descriptions and What They Should Include

In our last blog post, we discussed why you should get job descriptions for all your job orders, especially your contracting job orders. But how do you get job descriptions and what should be in them?

Well, typically, the how is easy. Simply ask your client for a job description when…

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Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on September 23, 2011 at 2:50pm — 1 Comment

4 Reasons to Get a Job Description For Contract Staffing Job Orders

When a recruiter comes to us for a quote, one of the first things we ask them for is a job description for the position they are trying to fill.  But even if you don't have a back-office asking you for one, you should get a job description for all of your job orders, especially for contract placements.  

Job descriptions allow you…

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Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on September 23, 2011 at 2:47pm — No Comments

Place More Interns, Earn More Conversion Fees!

One of the perks of contract staffing is that, on top of the hourly rate you earn as your contractor works, you can also earn a nice conversion fee if your client decides to hire the contractor direct. So what would you say if we told you there is a whole crop of workers out there that, if placed as contractors, could increase your conversion fees?

Well, according to Workforce, there is -…

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Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on September 23, 2011 at 2:45pm — No Comments

How to Help Candidates Take Advantage of New Relocation Opportunities

The housing market is still dismal, at best, but it appears that relocations are beginning to rebound anyway.

Relocations took a dive during the recession because workers who might have otherwise considered taking a job elsewhere couldn't sell their homes. And companies that may have purchased potential employees' homes in…

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Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on September 20, 2011 at 3:13pm — 1 Comment

Why Recruiters Should NOT Ignore "Job Hoppers"

A recent blog post on www.ere.net poses an interesting question "Frequent Job Hopper - Should We Ignore Them?"

For many recruiters, the knee-jerk reaction to this question is a resounding "Yes!" After all, your clients don't want to pay you good money to place…

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Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on September 20, 2011 at 3:00pm — 9 Comments

DOL Requests $46 Million for Worker Misclassification Enforcement

The Department of Labor (DOL) is requesting $46 million in the Fiscal Year 2012 budget to allow the agency to "redouble its efforts to combat worker misclassification."

Over the past couple of years, the DOL has been cracking down on employers who misclassify workers who should be W-2 employees as 1099 independent…

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Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on September 13, 2011 at 4:13pm — 2 Comments

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

Side-Stepping the Co-Employment Trap 3: Benefits

Contracting offers employers the flexibility they need in this economy to easily adjust their workforce to their business needs. But some employers are gun-shy about utilizing contractors out of fear of co-employment issues. In this series, we will examine the co-employment risk and how your client companies can reduce that risk when utilizing contractors.

Contractor benefits, or more specifically, the lack thereof, was the driving force behind one of the most famous co-employment…

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Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on September 9, 2011 at 11:54am — No Comments

Side-Stepping the Co-Employment Trap 2: Compensation and Taxes

Paycheck Contracting offers employers the flexibility they need in this economy to easily adjust their workforce to their business needs. But some employers are gun-shy about utilizing contractors out of fear of co-employment issues. In this series, we will examine the co-employment risk and how your client companies can reduce that risk when utilizing contractors.

Perhaps one of the most important aspects of the employer/employee relationship is how the worker is paid for…

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Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on September 9, 2011 at 11:52am — No Comments

Side-Stepping the Co-Employment Trap 1: What is Co-Employment?

Contracting offers employers the flexibility they need in this economy to easily adjust their workforce to their business needs. But some employers are gun-shy about utilizing contractors out of fear of co-employment issues. In this series, we will examine the co-employment risk and how your client companies can minimize that risk when utilizing contractors.

Co-employment exists when two or more legally separated employers share potential or actual employer…

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Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on September 9, 2011 at 11:51am — 1 Comment

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