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Hiring Managers vs. HR for Contract Job Orders

A common questions we hear from recruiters who are new to contract staffing is “Where do I go for contract job orders?” Conventional wisdom has been to go to the  hiring manager rather than human resources (HR).

That's because the direct hire and contract hiring processes were often handled…

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Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on April 30, 2014 at 3:30pm — No Comments

3 States Recruiters Hate to Place Contractors In

The legal compliance and liability that comes with placing contractors is no treat no matter where you are located, but in some states, employment regulations are getting so complicated that recruiters are turning down contract business in those areas.

Let’s take a look at the three hardest states in…

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Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on April 24, 2014 at 4:30pm — No Comments

3 EASY Steps to Determining Contract Bill Rates

One of the biggest stumbling blocks that keeps recruiters from pursuing contract placement opportunities is confusion over determining the rates, particularly the hourly bill rate that is charged to the client company. But once recruiters understand the formula, establishing bill rates can be quite…

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Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on April 15, 2014 at 10:30am — No Comments

Essential Information for Recruiters Running Contractor Background Checks

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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…

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Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on April 10, 2014 at 9:30am — 2 Comments

H-1B Visas for FY2015 Already Gone

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 …

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Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on April 8, 2014 at 12:30pm — 1 Comment

Changes to FLSA Exemptions Coming - Action Items for Recruiters

If you have contractors who are currently exempt from overtime, they may not be for long.  

President Obama has issued a memorandum asking the Department of Labor (DOL) to update the…

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Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on March 26, 2014 at 5:00pm — 2 Comments

Contract Staffing Breaks Two New Records

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…

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Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on March 20, 2014 at 4:49pm — No Comments

Need for IT Contractors Expected to Drive H-1B Visa Demand

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…

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Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on March 18, 2014 at 4:27pm — No Comments

More Obamacare Relief and Extensions

It seems nearly everyday lately there is Obamacare news.  And most of it seems to be surrounding extensions or relief. Two announcements made in the past week are no exceptions.

The first had to do with healthcare plans that were cancelled last year because they did not meet the Affordable Care Act’s minimum…

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Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on March 13, 2014 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Stakes Get Higher with Latest Worker Misclassification Initiative

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…

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Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on March 11, 2014 at 5:01pm — No Comments

Will Obamacare Affect Recruiting?

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…

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Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on March 5, 2014 at 4:28pm — No Comments

4 Types of Local Laws to Watch For If You Run Your Own Back-Office

One of the toughest things about running your own contract staffing back-office is keeping up with the myriad of state and federal employment laws.  

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…

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Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on March 5, 2014 at 10:00am — No Comments

California Increases Minimum Pay Rate for Exempt Computer Professionals

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…

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Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on February 27, 2014 at 9:10am — No Comments

Just Because You CAN Run Your Own Back-Office Doesn't Mean You SHOULD

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…

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Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on February 25, 2014 at 4:58pm — No Comments

Final Obamacare Employer Mandate Rules: What They Really Mean to Recruiters

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)…

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Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on February 20, 2014 at 11:30am — 2 Comments

How to End Unemployed Discrimination

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…

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Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on February 18, 2014 at 4:30pm — No Comments

How to Identify Great Contract Candidates

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:

  1. Do they crave variety? If so, contract assignments are perfect. They will get the opportunity to work for different…
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Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on February 6, 2014 at 1:02pm — No Comments

Contract Staffing 2013 Stats and 2014 Projections

Coming off a record-breaking 2013, contract staffing's growth is expected to continue as employers remain cautious about hiring on a direct basis.

Contracting achieved record high growth each month in 2013. As employment and economic expert …

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Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on February 5, 2014 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Hottest Contract Staffing Jobs in IT, Manufacturing, and Healthcare

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…

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Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on January 29, 2014 at 10:19am — No Comments

Facebook Sourcing 101

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…

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Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on January 24, 2014 at 8:30am — 2 Comments

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