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Don't Overlook Overqualified Candidates for Contract Assignments

Like they often do with unemployed candidates, employers tend to automatically eliminate any candidates deemed to be overqualified. Employers assume that overqualified candidates will not be satisfied and, as a result, will not stick around long.  

But according to a recent Business News…


Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on November 15, 2011 at 10:50am — 1 Comment

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…


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

Credit Checks Limited in California. Federal law next?

California has passed a new law prohibiting employers from using credit checks in most cases, according to Workforce.  

Starting January 1, employers will only be able to only use consumer credit reports for:

  • Managers
  • Positions in the state Justice…

Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on November 4, 2011 at 4:46pm — No Comments

California Passes Law Against Mandatory E-Verify

While many states are passing laws requiring E-Verify, California appears to be going the opposite direction.

The Empoyment Acceleration Act of 2011 forbids California, as well as any of its cities, counties, and special districts, from requiring E-Verify,…


Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on November 1, 2011 at 10:19am — No Comments

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.…


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…


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…


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


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…


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…


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…


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…


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

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…


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…


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…


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 -…


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…


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 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…


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…


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…


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

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