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Is Your In-House Contracting Back-Office Holding You Back?

For any number of reasons, you may have decided to run your own contract staffing back-office. Maybe you only have a few contractors. Maybe they are all in your home state. Maybe you have a large line of credit. 

While those are valid reasons, it's possible that handling the back-office tasks for all of your contractors is holding your firm back.  If you are interested in growing your…

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Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on August 22, 2013 at 11:00am — No Comments

How Recruiters Can Deal with Job Hopping Millennials

It appears that Millennials are starting to earn their reputation as job hoppers. According to the recent Human Resource Executive Online article "A Mass Exodus of Millennials?" individuals in that generation are leaving jobs more often and in…

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Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on August 20, 2013 at 1:30pm — 2 Comments

Obamacare Update: Definition of "Full-Time" Employee Could Change

The Affordable Care Act (ACA), the healthcare reform law also known as Obamacare, is certainly keeping recruiters and employers on their toes. Just when you think you might have a handle on it, something changes. First, it was announced last month that the employer mandate, which will require employers with 50 or more employees to provide healthcare insurance to their full-time…

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Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on August 15, 2013 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Hot Contract Staffing Niche Alert: Biotechnology

As the biotechnology industry grows, interest in contract staffing among both companies and workers in this area is also increasing, creating a hot new niche for contract staffing recruiters.

Biotechnology professionals are those who are involved in the use of living organisms to create certain products, such as engineered crops and pharmaceutical drugs.  These include a wide range analysts, scientists, engineers, technicians and specific titles such as biomedical…

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Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on August 14, 2013 at 10:07am — No Comments

3 Ways Contract Staffing Can Save a Dying Job Order

There are a number of reasons recruiters should add contract staffing to their service offerings. It helps you generate more placements. It provides a steady stream of recruiter income that can help you weather economic storms. And the placement cycle with contract placements tends to be quicker than with direct hires.

But did you know that contract staffing can actually allow you to save dying direct placement job orders? Consider the following…

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Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on August 7, 2013 at 2:23pm — No Comments

7 Contractor Interview Topics to Handle with Care

Interviewing is one of the key components in selecting quality contract candidates for your clients. But this vital practice can also get you and your clients in legal hot water if you are not careful. Certain questions can spur claims of discrimination.  

Recruiters should be especially careful (and advise their clients to be careful) when asking contract candidates questions regarding the…

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Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on July 31, 2013 at 9:00am — No Comments

6 Types of Contract Placements

Contract staffing is not just a singular service offering that you can add to your business model. It provides a variety of ways to help solve your clients' unique staffing issues. In fact, there are six commonly recognized types of contract placements that you can offer to your clients:

1. Traditional contract staffing

  • Recruiter gets contract…
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Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on July 25, 2013 at 12:30pm — No Comments

The Era of the "Just-in-Time" Workforce

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…

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Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on July 23, 2013 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Everybody is Talking About Contract Staffing. Why Aren't You?

From Staffing Industry Analysts to the Associated Press (AP), there seems to be one hot topic this summer: contract staffing.

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…

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Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on July 18, 2013 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Are Your Clients' Internships Legal?

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. 

As a recent case against Fox Searchlight…

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Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on July 11, 2013 at 1:00pm — No Comments

How will the Delay of Obamacare Employer Mandate Affect Recruiters?

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…

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Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on July 10, 2013 at 10:30am — No Comments

Are Your Contractor Background Checks Discriminatory?

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…

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Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on July 8, 2013 at 9:30am — No Comments

Why Small Businesses are Scared to Hire and What Recruiters Can Do

First the good news: the economy is growing and companies are adding jobs.

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 …

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Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on June 25, 2013 at 1:30pm — No Comments

"Obamacare-Dodgers" Help Contract Hiring Outpace Direct Hire

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…

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Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on June 21, 2013 at 9:54am — 3 Comments

What is Discrimination of the Unemployed and Where is it Illegal?

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…

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Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on June 19, 2013 at 10:24am — No Comments

6 Critical Wage & Hour Reminders as FLSA Lawsuits Hit Record High

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…

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Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on June 13, 2013 at 2:00pm — No Comments

The Next Generation in the Workplace Recruiters Should Prepare For

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.

The article…

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Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on June 5, 2013 at 10:30am — No Comments

The Biggest Myth About Contract Workers (And Why It's Not True)

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…

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Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on May 29, 2013 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Even Small Recruiting Firms Could Have Obamacare Responsibilities

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…

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Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on May 21, 2013 at 4:00pm — No Comments

4 Reasons Healthcare Providers Should Use Contract Nurses

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?

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Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on May 16, 2013 at 11:37am — No Comments

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