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How to Convince Candidates to Be Paid on W-2

For various reasons, some workers prefer to be paid on 1099 instead of a W-2.  But it's not worker's decision.  The IRS guidelines determine whether a worker is classified as a 1099 independent contractor or a W-2 employee.

Still, recruiters and their clients often get push back when trying to convince…

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Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on January 24, 2012 at 11:49am — No Comments

3 Ways Recruiters Can Make More Money With Contract Staffing

Everyone wants to make more money, and recruiters are no exception. One of easiest and most reliable ways for recruiters to make more money is to add contract staffing to their business models.

Contract staffing can help recruiters generate more income by:

  1. Providing a steady stream of income - When you make a direct placement, it's a one-time fee and you're done.  With contract staffing, you continue to make money over the course of the whole contract.…
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Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on January 17, 2012 at 4:50pm — No Comments

Demand High for Tech Interns

You probably already know how hot technology hiring is.  Well, according to the Wall Street Journal, some of the hottest tech companies are also clamoring for interns in additional to full-time hires. 

Tech companies ranging from start-ups to household names are expanding their internship programs,…

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Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on January 16, 2012 at 9:58am — 1 Comment

How Contract Staffing Can Help You Retire

What is your retirement plan? If you own your own recruiting firm, you don't have an employer contributing to a pension plan or 401(k), so all you have is Social Security, your own retirement savings, and your business.

But if you are strictly a direct-hire firm, you may find that your business is not all that sellable when it comes time to retire. After all, direct-hire firms do not have a steady stream of revenueto attract buyers.  At best, you may have a client…

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Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on January 12, 2012 at 3:41pm — 2 Comments

Pros and Cons of Video Interviewing Contract Candidates

Technology is changing the way we do almost everything, and it seems that job interviews are no exception. With the advent of Skype and other Internet video tools, video interviewing is supplementing, and in some cases replacing, the traditional in-person job interview process.

But is it right for you and your clients? You may want to consider the following pros and cons before deciding:…

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Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on January 12, 2012 at 3:00pm — 2 Comments

Who is the Employer of Record in Contract Staffing Situations?

In a typical contract staffing situation, a company utilizes the services of a worker for a specific amount of time and outsources the employment of that worker to a third party. That third party is often referred to as the Employer of Record and serves as the W-2 employer for that worker.  As the Employer of Record, the third party takes on the legal liability and the responsibility for the following employment…

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Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on December 29, 2011 at 10:28am — 2 Comments

Contract Staffing Finishing the Year Strong

There's a lot of good news about contract staffing as 2011 comes to a close.

Citing data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Staffing Industry Analysts has reported that the number of contract/temporary workers increased by 22,300 in November, bringing the total of…

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Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on December 27, 2011 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Why Millennials Make the Best Candidates for Relocation

Having trouble finding candidates willing to relocate? Well, according to a recent article from Human Resource Executive, you need look no further than the youngest crop of workers.

According to the article, where previous generations, particularly Generation X, have been reluctant to relocate, Millennials have been willing, if not eager to pick up and…

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Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on December 21, 2011 at 8:36am — No Comments

Top 10 Reasons To Use A Contract Staffing Back-Office

Contract staffing is a great way to supplement your direct-hire placements with a steady stream of income. But why should you give away part of that income to a contract staffing back-office? Well, there are a number of reasons, and just for fun, we'll count down the top 10 reasons for you, Letterman-style:

10. No more employee questions or issues

9. Stop worrying about missing payroll

8. Stop worrying about whether a client will pay to cover the payroll…

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Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on December 19, 2011 at 3:09pm — No Comments

Are Your Clients Creating Their Own "Talent Shortages?"

With unemployment remaining steady around nine percent, the perception is that companies simply aren't hiring. But there are in fact many companies that say they are interested in hiring, but can't find workers with the right skills.

How can that be when, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are 4.7 unemployed people for every vacant job? In a previous blog post, we talked about how employers are asking recruiters for more candidates…

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Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on December 15, 2011 at 3:07pm — 1 Comment

Baby Boomers Still Struggling in Wake of Recession

While the recession has supposedly been over for quite some time, many people are still feeling its effects. And it is quite possible that Baby Boomers are having the hardest time bouncing back.

A recent U.S. News & World Report article examines "The Recession's Impact…

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Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on December 9, 2011 at 3:51pm — 2 Comments

H-1B Visa Cap for 2012 Already Reached

Despite getting off to a slow start, the H-1B visa cap for fiscal year 2012 was reached on Nov. 22, so U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is no longer accepting petitions.

H-1B visas allow employers to hire foreign workers with…

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Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on December 5, 2011 at 11:46am — No Comments

Four Questions to Ask When Selecting Contract Staffing Back-Office

Using a contract staffing back-office is a great way to reap the benefits of placing contractors without the hassle and risk that comes with employing those contractors.  The question is, which contract staffing back-office should you entrust to be Employer of Record for your contractors?

Obviously, you want a back-office that has been in business for a long time and has a good reputation.  But beyond those basics, here are a few…

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Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on November 21, 2011 at 2:43pm — 2 Comments

Dads Need Workplace Flexibility, Too

It's no secret that the days of women being the sole caretakers of the children and men being the sole breadwinners are a thing of the past.  But according to a recent article by Human Resources Executive Online, many employers are failing to recognize that men need workplace flexibility just as much as their female counterparts.

According to the…

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Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on November 18, 2011 at 2:07pm — No Comments

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…

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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…

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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…
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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,…

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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.…

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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

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