Debbie Fledderjohann's Blog – October 2011 Archive (8)

Independent Contractor Misclassification Legislation Back on Table

As the crackdown on 1099 independent contractor misclassification continues to intensify, Congress has reintroduced legislation to help stop misclassification.

The Employee Misclassification Prevention Act was originally introduced in June 2010.…

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Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on October 26, 2011 at 3:15pm — No Comments

The Cost of Hiring the Wrong Person

Hiring is one of the hardest things companies have to do.  If they have a recruiter like you, they can skip some of the hassles, such as shifting through hundreds of resumes.  But in the end, the hiring decision is still theirs. How can they tell from an interview or two (or more) if someone is going to perform, has the skills they claim to have, and will be a cultural fit for the organization?

The truth is, many times they can't and they end up regretting their hiring…

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Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on October 20, 2011 at 3:16pm — No Comments

Independent Contractor or Employee - It's Not the Worker's Decision!

Many of the questions we receive from recruiters revolve around the proper classification of workers as either 1099 independent contractors or W-2 employees.  One recent inquiry we received was particularly interesting, and we thought other recruiters could learn from it as well.

The recruiter in question works for a large firm. This particular recruiting firm has a standard practice of asking each contract candidate whether they would prefer to be…

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Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on October 18, 2011 at 11:57am — No Comments

Age Discrimination Claims on the Rise

The tough economy seems to have hit older workers particularly hard, and age discrimination claims are rising as a result.

According to an msnnbc.com article, age discrimination claims have hit record levels. Citing Equal Employment Opportunity Commission statistics, the article states that claims have risen…

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Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on October 17, 2011 at 9:37am — 2 Comments

3 Ways Contract Staffing Provides Workers Flexibility

It's no secret that the American workforce is changing.  More households have two working parents now than any other time in history. Both mothers AND fathers need time off to care for sick children or attend their school events.  And many of them are also taking care of their own elderly parents. Meanwhile, Millennials who grew up with cell phones and…

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Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on October 11, 2011 at 4:37pm — No Comments

IRS Retains High-Low Per Diem Method

The IRS has decided to continue allowing businesses to use the High-Low Substantiation Method to determine per diem rates and has updated the rates under that method.

Businesses often choose to pay a per diem rate to workers in positions away home rather than reimbursing the actual cost of each expense. This is especially common with contractors because they often relocate temporarily for their contract assignments.  

The High-Low…

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Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on October 7, 2011 at 2:27pm — No Comments

President Obama Moves to Make "Unemployed Discrimination" Illegal

Over the past year or so, many people have gotten up in arms over job ads that specifically state that unemployed candidates will not be considered for open positions. Now the practice has caught President Obama's attention.

Included in the jobs bill that Obama has been pushing over the past couple of weeks is the Fair Employment Opportunity Act of 2011.  This act would effectively make "unemployed discrimination" illegal, according to the Society for…

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Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on October 5, 2011 at 2:52pm — 2 Comments

Don't Neglect Legal Interviewing Techniques for Contract Positions

One of the beauties of contract placements is that they happen FAST. Often interviews are conducted over the phone, and the contractor is at work within in a matter of days rather than the weeks or even months it can take with direct hires.

But don't let the quick nature of contract placements cause you or your clients to overlook legal interviewing techniques.  According to attorney Lisa Yankowitz, one staffing company learned this the hard way, settling a disability…

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Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on October 3, 2011 at 1:56pm — No Comments

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