The recession and the slow economic recovery have left many employers reluctant to make a long-term investment in employees. Instead, many are turning to what is being called the "just-in-time" workforce.
The Associated Press (AP) discusses the growing desire of companies' to match their workforces to their workload in the article…Continue
Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on July 23, 2013 at 5:00pm — No Comments
The word is that contract hiring is going to continue to increase through the rest of 2013 as it becomes more evident that contract staffing has carved out a permanent place in the American workforce. Consider the following…Continue
Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on July 18, 2013 at 1:30pm — No Comments
Many college students need real work experience for school credit or to get a job after graduation, so they may agree to work as interns for free. But recruiters should warn their clients about this dangerous trap of unpaid internships.Continue
Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on July 11, 2013 at 1:00pm — No Comments
Employers all across America took a collective sigh of relief last week when the Obama administration announced that the employer mandate portion of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) would be postponed until 2015. But the decision could leave some recruiters wondering how this will affect their firms, many of which stood to benefit from the mandate.
The employer mandate was to require employers…Continue
Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on July 10, 2013 at 10:30am — No Comments
As a recruiter, your reputation rests on sending clients quality contractors. Beyond ensuring they fit the job requirements, you want to make sure contractors will not put your clients or their in-house employees at financial or physical risk. That's why many recruiters want background checks on contract candidates. But when done improperly, a practice that is meant to protect you and your clients can do more harm than good.
Criminal background checks have increasingly been under fire…Continue
Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on July 8, 2013 at 9:30am — No Comments
The bad news? The growth is slower than everyone would like and has slowed since the beginning of the year.
Why? Well as ADP CFO Jan Siegmund explained in an …Continue
Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on June 25, 2013 at 1:30pm — No Comments
The Affordable Care Act (ACA), the healthcare reform law often referred to as Obamacare, is being credited for a spike in contract staffing, which is at its highest level since 2006 and is outpacing traditional, direct hiring.
The Bureau of Labor statistics reported that 2,679,800 workers were employed in contract/temporary positions in May, inching ever closer to the all-time record of 2,767,300 contractors working in October 2006, according to…Continue
New York City has become the latest area to pass a law banning what has been called "unemployment discrimination."
So just what is unemployment discrimination? It refers to denying candidates employment based solely on the fact that they are not currently employed. It's no secret that companies have probably always preferred actively employed candidates, but some companies took it a step further in the wake of the recession by stating in job postings that unemployed…Continue
Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on June 19, 2013 at 10:24am — No Comments
As the number of wage-and-hour lawsuits under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) hits an all time high, recruiters can help clients avoid what one attorney calls "one of the top threats to U.S. employers."
Human Resource Executive Online recently reported that…Continue
Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on June 13, 2013 at 2:00pm — No Comments
Many recruiters and employers are still trying to wrap their arms around Generation Y (or Millennials if you prefer) and their unique look at the workplace. Now, according to Workforce, recruiters may want to start bracing for the next generation in the workplace.
Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on June 5, 2013 at 10:30am — No Comments
There is a common misconception that contract workers are somehow inferior, lower-level, or not the "cream of the crop." However you want to say it, the belief is that candidates only take contract assignments because they were passed up for direct hire jobs.
That is definitely a myth. For many high quality candidates, contract staffing is not a last resort. They are…Continue
Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on May 29, 2013 at 12:00pm — No Comments
Think you don't have to worry about healthcare reform because you don't have 50 or more employees? Think again!
Most of the hype about the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the healthcare reform law better known as Obamacare, has been surrounding the employer mandate. Employers with 50 or more…Continue
Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on May 21, 2013 at 4:00pm — No Comments
There is no question that Registered Nurses (RNs) play an integral role in modern healthcare. As the population ages and healthcare reform requires all Americans to get insurance, possibly pushing more peple into the healthcare system, the services of RNs will become even more vital. The question is, how will hosptials and other healthcare facilities deal with this demand?
Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on May 16, 2013 at 11:37am — No Comments
There's a new sheriff in town when it comes to worker misclassification.
Many employers use 1099 independent contractors (ICs) to reduce the costs associated with workers. By utilizing ICs, employers avoid paying the employer share of payroll taxes, the expenses associated with Workers' Compensation and unemployment, employee benefits costs, and the time and money associated with administering various employment tasks. However, employers can't just call a worker an…Continue
Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on May 14, 2013 at 10:30am — No Comments
If your client requests a credit check on a candidate for a professional contract assignment, you should do it, right? Not necessarily. You could actually be breaking the law if you comply with this simple client request!
Nine states (California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Oregon, Vermont, Washington, and Colorado) have laws restricting the use of credit information in employment decisions. Colorado is the latest to pass legislation, which goes into…Continue
Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on May 10, 2013 at 12:29pm — No Comments
According to a recent Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) article, I-9 audits are on the rise (membership may be required). In 2004, only three audits were conducted compared with 3,004 in 2012. Simple paperwork errors can cost employers up to $1,100 per violation.
If you serve as the W-2 employer for your contractors, you are…Continue
When you hear about contract-to-direct arrangements, you usually hear about how client companies use them to test drive candidates. These arrangements give companies the chance to see a potential new hire "in action" rather than just depending on the typical interview and hiring process to determine whether they are the right fit. They can evaluate a candidate's skills and work ethic before they make a direct hire commitment.
But a recent …Continue
According to Forrest Gump, "Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get." The same could be said of hiring. Despite companies best hiring efforts, they are often unpleasantly surprised by what they get.
Citing Careerbuider stats, a recent article from the Staffing Stream titled …Continue
One of the trickiest things about running your own back-office is navigating the complex web of state and local laws. Paid sick leave (PSL) is an area where recruiters need to be especially careful. With no paid leave laws on the federal level, some states and cities are taking matters into their own hands. Most recently, the city of…Continue
Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on April 16, 2013 at 1:30pm — No Comments
Chances are you've heard the phrase "Do what you do best and outsource the rest." That phrase rings particularly true when it comes to recruiters who make contract placements.
Contract staffing provides a great opportunity for recruiters to increase their sales and establish a steady, predictable income stream. But it also comes with a number of time-consuming and complex financial, administrative, and legal duties associated with employing the contractors, including…Continue
Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on April 12, 2013 at 12:59pm — No Comments