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…Continue
Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on September 9, 2011 at 11:52am — No Comments
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…Continue
Should an employer conduct background checks on its potential employees? Should a recruiter conduct them on their contract candidates?
Well, on one hand, background checks can protect the employer from negligent hiring lawsuits, which arise when an employee hurts someone and the employer should have known they were a risk based on their background. If you are a recruiter who serves as the Employer of Record for your contractors, the…Continue
Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on August 22, 2011 at 4:27pm — No Comments
Companies that simply view interns as cheap labor could be missing out on a great opportunity, according to a Bloomsberg Businessweek "Today's Tip" post by Jim Belosic, Founder of ShortStack.
Instead, Belosic recommends that employers look at internships as an "extended…Continue
Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on August 22, 2011 at 4:24pm — No Comments
With unemployment still around 9 percent and all of the uncertainty that has stirred up in Washington over the debt ceiling debacle, talk about a potential double-dip recession is resurfacing. But a sequel to the Great Depression is unlikely based on the demand for temporary/contract workers,…Continue
Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on August 22, 2011 at 4:22pm — No Comments
We've all heard the negative stereotypes about Generation Y, also known as Millennials, which roughly encompasses those born in the mid-70′s to the early 2000′s. They have an entitlement attitude. They think too highly of themselves. They need constant feedback.
Whether these stereotypes are accurate or just gross generalizations is up for debate. But our HR staff learned at the 2011 Cleveland HR Star Conference that these younger…Continue
Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on August 22, 2011 at 4:20pm — No Comments
Discrimination charges investigated by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) reached a record high in 2010, and 2011 is expected to outpace last year, according to a Bloomberg Businessweek article.
In fiscal year 2010, there were 99,922 charges of…Continue
We reported a few months ago how it is taking longer and longer for hiring managers to fill direct-hire positions in their quest for the "perfect candidate." The negative impact of this is obvious to recruiters who have to get a candidate placed before they can get paid. But according to a recent post in Top…Continue
We recently reported on a proposed bill in the House that would require all American employers to use E-Verify. A recent Human Resources Executive Online article provides more details about the…Continue
Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on August 4, 2011 at 1:28pm — No Comments
An interesting article on ERE.net discusses the qualities that help workers successfully work from home on "virtual teams." While the article is addressed mainly to employers, recruiters placing candidates who will be allowed or required to work on projects from home, possibly on a contract basis, can gain some helpful…Continue
Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on August 4, 2011 at 1:20pm — No Comments
Many recruiters shy away from contracting because they think it is too complicated. But as we pointed out in our last blog post, when a recruiter uses a contracting back-office, the process is actually very similar to a direct-hire placement. In fact, in many ways, contract…Continue
Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on July 6, 2011 at 4:00pm — No Comments
You already know that you should do contracting. You know it can help you keep income flowing when direct-hire job orders are sparse. And you know that more and more of your clients want contractors and are probably going to your competitors to get them.
So why aren't you doing it? Well, there's a misconception out there that contracting is hard. Let's face it, it sounds hard. Who is the legal employer of the contractors? What…Continue
Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on July 6, 2011 at 3:57pm — No Comments
Financial firms are ready to hire but are frustrated by the available candidates, and the feeling seems to be mutual, according to a recent Workforce Management article.
The firms that are looking to hire say they may increase their staffs by up to 30 percent, according to the article. But…Continue
Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on July 6, 2011 at 3:49pm — No Comments
As a new crop of college graduates attempts to enter the workforce, a recent Human Resources Executive Online article reminds companies to be careful when bringing on interns, particularly unpaid interns.
As we reported last year, the Department of Labor (DOL) and state agencies have been cracking down on illegal unpaid internships. In…Continue
Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on July 6, 2011 at 3:46pm — No Comments
Contracting is a great way to bring in an additional stream of steady, more predictable income. But many recruiters shy away from contracting because they don't want to take on the financial, legal, and administrative burdens that come with employing their contractors.
Luckily there is a way to sidestep those burdens and still reap the rewards of offering contract staffing to your clients - by utilizing a contracting back-office. So that just leaves…Continue
Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on July 6, 2011 at 3:44pm — No Comments
Earlier this week, we reported that the Supreme Court upheld an Arizona law that, among other things, would make E-Verify a requirement. Some experts predicted that other states would pass similar, but not identical immigration laws, making legal compliance even more difficult for multi-state employers.
Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on June 22, 2011 at 8:30am — No Comments
Negotiating a contractor's pay rate can be one of the most difficult parts of placing a contract candidate. Where do you start, especially if you have had little experience placing the particular position in question?
Luckily, there are a couple of tools on the Internet that can give you a starting place for negotiations:…Continue
Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on June 22, 2011 at 8:30am — No Comments
There has been a lot of talk in the media about workplace flexibility, but it usually refers to workers' need for flexibility in their schedules to balance their work and personal lives. But employers need flexibility, too. They need the ability to adjust their workforces to the ebbs and flows of their business. In fact, according to a special report by Workforce Management, “Flexibility has become one of the most important initiatives and priorities as…Continue
Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on June 8, 2011 at 10:09am — No Comments
Companies that do business in multiple states already know how hard it is to keep up and comply with the seemingly endless, and often contradictory, list of state and federal laws. A recent Supreme Court decision on a hotly debated Arizona immigration law could make doing business across state lines even trickier,…Continue
Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on June 8, 2011 at 10:05am — No Comments