If you are running your own back-office for contract placements, you will need to start using a new version of Form I-9 (Employment Eligibility Verification) soon.
Employers are required to have an I-9 completed for each new hire to verify that they are authorized to work in the United States.…Continue
Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on March 12, 2013 at 11:31am — No Comments
If you are a recruiter, you are quite familiar with the phrase "cultural fit," but in most cases it's coming from a client who wants to make sure a new hire will fit in with the existing team. But cultural fit is an important requirement for job candidates, too, especially for Millennials.
If your clients are planning to sponsor a foreign worker on an H-1B visa, you might want to advise them to start preparing now.
H-1B visas allow employers to hire foreign workers with specialized knowledge or technical expertise, such as scientists, engineers, or computer professions. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) will begin accepting H-1B visas subject to the fiscal year (FY) 2014 cap on April 1.
The cap on H-1B visas for those with…Continue
Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on March 5, 2013 at 11:46am — No Comments
In our last blog post, we discussed how the housing market is making it difficult for recruiters to find candidates willing to relocate. But even when selling a house is not a factor, relocating is a huge commitment for workers - one they are often very reluctant to make.
Contract-to-direct arrangements can…Continue
Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on February 28, 2013 at 1:25pm — No Comments
Despite the fact that housing prices are finally rising, recruiters are still having trouble filling positions that require relocation.
Relocation always has the potential of being a hard sell. After all, you are trying to convince someone to uproot themselves and often their entire family to take a chance not only on a new job but a whole new geographic area. But "relocation reluctance" has reached a fever pitch since the recession decimated home values across the country. Candidates…Continue
Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on February 27, 2013 at 12:30pm — No Comments
While Washington struggles to come up with comprehensive immigration reform, the Senate has introduced a bill to help foreign professionals set up shop in the United States.
The bipartisan Startup Act 3.0 would create 75,000 "entrepreneur visas" that would be given to immigrants holding H-1B work visas or F-1 student visas, according to the…Continue
For at least the past decade, Americans have been lamenting the loss of jobs to countries overseas. Everything from call centers to manufacturing operations have been shipped to countries with lower wages and fewer government regulations.
Now it appears that some of those jobs may be coming back home. A new trend is emerging known as "re-shoring," which refers to companies that previously off-shored functions bringing those functions back to the United States. A…Continue
Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on February 19, 2013 at 2:11pm — No Comments
One of the questions we get most often from recruiters looking to get into contract staffing is "What are the top industries for contract staffing?" That's why we analyze the contract placements that come through our back-office each year.
According to our 2012 placement…Continue
Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on February 14, 2013 at 2:30pm — No Comments
In this shaky economy and ever-changing employment landscape, sometimes traditional hiring methods just don't suffice. Increasingly, recruiters are being viewed as strategic partners who are expected to provide solutions to staffing problems, not simply fill job orders.
Are you in the position to serve as this type of strategic partner? If you are offering contract staffing, you can confidently say "Yes!" Contract staffing can provide a solution to a number of hiring…Continue
Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on February 12, 2013 at 12:34pm — No Comments
It seems like everyone from your accountant to your teenage daughter has a blog these days. But should you?
Starting a blog may be the last thing you want to do. After all, you have cold calls to make, interviews to schedule, and deals to close. And for a blog to be of any value, you need to post content regularly. You're not a writer,…Continue
Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on February 7, 2013 at 3:58pm — No Comments
It appears the Department of Labor (DOL) will once again be focusing on worker misclassification in 2013.
Staffing Industry Analysts recently reported that the the DOL plans to commission a $1.9 million study to determine if workers have knowledge of their employment classification and the…Continue
Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on February 5, 2013 at 2:36pm — No Comments
As job creation in the professional arena continues to drive the economic recovery, the Business Professional and Support Staff sector is becoming one of the hottest areas for contract staffing.
According to Top Echelon Contracting's (TEC) 2012 statistics, Business Professional and Support Staff contractors accounted for 25% of our contract placements, compared with 16% in 2011. The only sector to bring in more contractors last year was Healthcare.
This is no…Continue
Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on January 31, 2013 at 9:14am — No Comments
Employers are scrambling to find ways to avoid the dreaded "employer mandate" of the healthcare reform law, but those who think Independent Contractors are the answer should think again.
The employer mandate portion of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) requires employers with 50 or more full-time employees to provide healthcare coverage to their employees. Even though the mandate doesn't kick in until 2014, employers are preparing…Continue
Ok, so you've made the contract placement and your candidate has been working for a couple of weeks. Now what?
If you have outsourced their employment to a contract staffing back-office, there's really not anything else you HAVE to do, except collect your checks. But may we suggest that you call the client on a regular basis to follow-up on the placement? Successful contract staffing recruiters have shared some insightful reasons for regular…Continue
Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on January 22, 2013 at 4:14pm — No Comments
If you have been in the recruiting industry for any length of time, you are probably familiar with what is known as the "unemployed mindset" - the tendency of employers to prefer currently employed candidates over those who are unemployed. This mindset has prevailed despite mass layoffs during the recession that put many on the unemployment lines through no fault of their own.
As the economy continues its sluggish recovery, some are still struggling to find work. Here…Continue
Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on January 17, 2013 at 2:36pm — No Comments
If you are like many recruiters, one of your New Year's resolutions may be to increase your recruiting cold calls. At the very least, you probably want to increase your placements in 2013, and cold calling can definitely help you do that.
The problem is, few recruiters like making cold calls. But even with the Internet and traffic-driving social media tricks, nothing can quite replace getting on the phone and talking directly with prospective clients.…Continue
While employers across the nation are grumbling about healthcare reform, you may just end up rejoicing if you are working the healthcare niche.
A recent Staffing Industry Analysts report predicts that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), better known as…Continue
Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on January 11, 2013 at 4:23pm — No Comments
Everyone who is anyone is offering their predictions for what the biggest trends in recruiting and hiring will be in 2013, so we figured we might as well throw our hat in the ring. Based on what we have read and discussions we have had with recruiters over the past year, here are our predictions for 2013:
Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on January 8, 2013 at 12:05pm — No Comments
Everyone makes mistakes, but when it comes to hiring, those mistakes can be quite expensive.
Citing a CareerBuilder survey, J.J. Keller reported that 69% of businesses experienced a bad hire in 2012. Forty-one percent estimated the cost of that bad hire to be at least $25,000…Continue
Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on January 3, 2013 at 8:48am — No Comments
In a general sense, the Employer of Record is simply the entity that serves as the employer for tax purposes while the employee performs work for a different company. The Employer of Record, often referred to as the W-2 Employer of Record because they are responsible for issuing W-2s to the employee, shoulders the responsibility for all the traditional employment tasks and liabilities.
When applied to a contract staffing situation, the Employer of…Continue
Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on December 28, 2012 at 9:28am — No Comments