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
As expected, the Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 H-1B visa cap was met less than a week after U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) began accepting petitions.
H-1B visas are issued to allow employers to hire foreign workers with specialized knowledge or technical expertise in disciplines such as science, engineering, and computer professions. The USCIS sets a cap each year for how many H-1B visas it will issue.
On April 1, USCIS began accepting petitions for visas subject to…Continue
Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on April 9, 2013 at 11:52am — No Comments
The good news for staffing firms regarding the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), or Obamacare, is that it has the potential to push more companies toward contract staffing. Under the employer mandate, companies with 50 or more employees will have to provide healthcare insurance to them in 2014. By utilizing contractors who are the employees of a back-office or a staffing firm, smaller companies can keep from going over the 50-employee threshold.
In the current employment environment, you likely won't have to tell many client companies what contractors can do for them. They already get it. They want the flexibility and cost savings that contract staffing offers and are actively pursuing contractors.
But there are still a few employers out there that don't understand why they should use contractors and often question the cost. With these clients, recruiter Mario Fidanzi of MedTeam Staffing says recruiters…Continue
Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on April 2, 2013 at 4:57pm — No Comments
A year and a half after it was launched, the Voluntary Classification Settlement Program (VCSP) is not only still available, it has been expanded.
Through the program, employers who voluntarily reclassifiy 1099 independent contractors (ICs) as W-2 employees will only be required to repay a small portion of the back…Continue
Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on March 28, 2013 at 12:09pm — No Comments
Staffing firms are being brought into the ongoing debate about immigration reform.
U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley, D-Iowa, is introducing legislation that would prohibit staffing firms from bringing in H-1B visa holders, according to Staffing Industry Analysts. Specifically, it…Continue
Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on March 26, 2013 at 12:18pm — No Comments
“There isn’t any money in the budget." "We are under a hiring freeze right now.”
How many times have you heard these objections? Or how about "We'd love to use you, but we just can't afford the placement fee right now?" In this economy you may hear “no” to a direct hire more than you like. But there is another option you could consider that helps the client and is easier on the budget: a contract-to-direct hire solution. This allows the client to…Continue
Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on March 21, 2013 at 1:29pm — No Comments
A lack of qualified health IT professionals could prevent some healthcare providers from receiving government funding to implement Electronic Health Records (EHRs) at their facilities, according to Staffing Industry Analysts, citing data from a PricewaterhouseCooper (PwC) Health Institute…
Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on March 19, 2013 at 4:12pm — No Comments
Recruiters who can satisfy ALL of their clients' staffing needs as sole-source providers could find themselves in demand as companies look to streamline hiring processes.
Just as employers utilize contractors to run leaner and cheaper, they are also looking to cut costs and improve efficiency in their hiring processes. They are achieving those goals by adopting a "blended workforce" approach, according to a…Continue
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