If you run contractor background checks, you will want to read a recent government document on their proper use.
In a joint effort, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) published a technical assistance document for employers and another for employees explaining background check laws enforced by both agencies. The EEOC is charge of laws that ensure background checks are…Continue
Anyone who has not yet filed a petition for a Fiscal Year 2015 H-1B visa is out of luck. As predicted, the available H-1B visas went quickly as …Continue
President Obama has issued a memorandum asking the Department of Labor (DOL) to update the…Continue
There seems to be no end in sight to contract staffing's growth as the industry breaks two new records for jobs.
Bingham Consulting Professional’s Monthly Employment Review for February reported that “temporary help services” added 24,000 jobs,reaching an all-time high of 2,800,300. This is a 8.9% increase when compared with February 2013. Temporary help services (aka contract staffing) also…Continue
Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on March 20, 2014 at 4:49pm — No Comments
If you have clients who want to bring in foreign workers on H-1B visas, they better act quickly.
Petitions for H-1B visas subject to the fiscal year (FY) 2015 cap will start being accepted on April 1 by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS). H-1B visas allow employers to hire foreign workers with specialized knowledge or technical expertise, such as scientists, engineers, or computer professions. Each year, only a…Continue
Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on March 18, 2014 at 4:27pm — No Comments
The first had to do with healthcare plans that were cancelled last year because they did not meet the Affordable Care Act’s minimum…Continue
Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on March 13, 2014 at 5:00pm — No Comments
If you have clients who have 1099 independent contractors (ICs), you will want to make sure they are aware of the government's latest initiative to crackdown on worker misclassification.
While there are situations where paying workers on 1099 is perfectly legal, many employers abuse the classification, labeling workers who should be employees as ICs. This results in the loss of tax revenue for state and federal government agencies. The Obama administration has been particularly…Continue
Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on March 11, 2014 at 5:01pm — No Comments
Although the employer mandate provision of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has effectively been delayed again, there seems to be a renewed "buzz" around the healthcare reform law, often known as Obamacare. Maybe it’s because workers are now required to carry insurance, or maybe companies are just being proactive. But for whatever reason, we are noticing an increase in the number of recruiters asking how Obamacare will affect hiring and recruiting.
Of course, that is…Continue
Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on March 5, 2014 at 4:28pm — No Comments
Now recruiting and staffing firms also have to worry about the growing number of local laws.
And once you have realized that there is a law in a…Continue
Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on March 5, 2014 at 10:00am — No Comments
If you place Information Technology contractors in California, you will want to be aware of a recent change to their overtime rules. The minimum rate that Computer Professionals in California must be paid to be considered exempt from overtime has been increased to $40.38.
Under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), most American employees must be paid at a rate of 1.5 times their regular rate if they work over 40 hours per week. However, the FLSA does allow for certain employees who…Continue
Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on February 27, 2014 at 9:10am — No Comments
With the multitude of home improvement stores and social media sites like Pinterest, we are increasingly becoming a Do It Yourself nation. Want to remodel your kitchen? DIY. Need a fabulous cake for a party. DIY. But just because you CAN DIY doesn’t mean you SHOULD. Saving a few bucks often is not worth the frustration, time, and risk associated with doing it yourself.
And so it goes with contract staffing. Being cost-conscious, some recruiters try to go it alone when it comes to…Continue
Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on February 25, 2014 at 4:58pm — No Comments
New Obamacare regulations released last week could impact a number of staffing and recruiting firms. The final employer mandate regulations of the Affordable Care Act (ACA or Obamacare)…Continue
President Obama has asked employers to hire the long-term unemployed and has even gotten more than 300 companies to agree to improve their recruiting efforts to ensure the unemployed get a fair…Continue
Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on February 18, 2014 at 4:30pm — No Comments
As contract staffing becomes a long-term business strategy in many organizations, companies are increasingly turning to recruiters to find the best contract candidates. But what does the best contract candidate look like?
Beyond the traits you search for in ANY candidate, there are a few traits to look for specifically in contractors:
Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on February 6, 2014 at 1:02pm — No Comments
Contracting achieved record high growth each month in 2013. As employment and economic expert …Continue
Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on February 5, 2014 at 12:30pm — No Comments
A couple of weeks ago, we shared our 2013 contract placement data indicating the top industries for contract staffing. Now we are taking a closer look at those placement stats, as well as industry data and information from recruiters, to determine what the top contract staffing jobs will be for 2014 in three of our top industries: Information…Continue
Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on January 29, 2014 at 10:19am — No Comments
When you think about sourcing through social media, Facebook may not be the first network you think of. But with more than a billion users, Facebook boasts the largest database available. And with it's new Graph Search, it is increasingly become a good additional sourcing tool for recruiters to…Continue
Contract staffing recruiters in engineering/manufacturing can look forward to a good 2014 as staffing in the sector is expected to outpace service sector hiring.
Having added 500,00 jobs since the recession, manufacturing growth is expected to continue with manufacturers planning to increase hiring by 2.4% in the New Year, according to…Continue
Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on January 21, 2014 at 5:06pm — No Comments
Each year, we track our contract placement data to determine the top industries for contract staffing. As contract employment broke records in 2013, our placement statistics show that contract staffing was especially strong in the following industries:
Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on January 15, 2014 at 2:30pm — No Comments
In the past 21 years, we've seen a lot of changes and developments in the world of contract staffing and recruiting. As has been our tradition for the past few years, we would like to offer our recruiting predictions for 2014 based on our own experience and statistics, discussions with recruiters, and industry data: