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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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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)…


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…


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…

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 …


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…


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…


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

The Manufacturing/Engineering Buzz in Contract Staffing

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…


Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on January 21, 2014 at 5:06pm — No Comments

Top Industries for Contract Staffing

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:

  1. Healthcare-…

Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on January 15, 2014 at 2:30pm — No Comments

2014 Recruiting Predictions

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: 

  1. More increases in contract staffing.  Last June, contract staffing reached an all-time high of 2.7 million active contractors.  A recent survey by…

Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on January 10, 2014 at 4:09pm — 6 Comments

Recruiters: How to Cash in on Hot Technology Market

There may be mixed reports on the overall hiring climate in the United States, but there appears to be little uncertainty when it comes to Technology. All reports indicate that hiring in that sector hot, particularly in the contract staffing realm. Even better, there are plenty of opportunities for recruiters to take advantage of this trend.

Citing a study from TheLadders, Recruiter reports that 70% of today's hottest jobs come from the technology sector. Moreover,…


Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on December 5, 2013 at 9:30am — No Comments

4 Payroll Funding Options for Contract Staffing Recrutiers

One of the most difficult aspects of contract staffing from a recruiter's perspective is funding the payroll. The nature of contract staffing requires you, as the employer of the contractors, to pay the contractors BEFORE you are paid by the client.  While you pay your contractors weekly or at least every other week, it could be 30 to 90 days before you receive payment from the clients. You could have several thousand dollars outstanding at any one time for just one…


Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on November 26, 2013 at 10:22am — No Comments

4 Ways Contract Staffing Can Relieve Recruiter Stress

While recruiting is ultimately a rewarding profession, it's one that comes with it's share of stress and frustration. Many recruiters shy away from contract staffing because they think it will only add to their stress. But in fact, contract staffing can help relieve many common causes of recruiter stress, including:

  1. Unpredictable income. This is the number-one source of stress for many direct hire recruiters.  No matter how many placements…

Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on November 22, 2013 at 2:39pm — No Comments

Try-Before-You-Buy Becoming a Staple of the Hiring Process

Employee referrals. Assessment tests. Exhaustive interview processes.

These are all strategies that companies use to make sure they hire workers who are qualified AND are good cultural fits.  But many are finding these longstanding techniques are not enough and are turning to "try-before-you-buy" methods to help ensure successful hires.

This was a hot topic at a recent…


Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on November 20, 2013 at 9:31am — No Comments

Lessons from the Trenches: 5 Ws of LinkedIn Marketing for Recruiters

Like nearly everyone in business, we have been building our social media presence over the past few years. As recruiters see us out on social media sites, we often get questions about the "right" way to use them. Because most of our exposure and experience is from LinkedIn, many of the questions we receive surround this site. Here are the "Five Ws" of LinkedIn marketing we have learned through our own efforts.


As with any marketing effort, your success is…


Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on November 12, 2013 at 1:09pm — No Comments

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