Debbie Fledderjohann's Blog Posts Tagged 'contractors' (10)

4 Recruiting Trends to Watch in 2012

It's a new year, and the usual predictions abound about what will be hot in 2012.  Based on what we've been reading and hearing, here are the recruiting trends we think recruiters should keep an eye on:

1. Social Media Recruiting Wars - The race is on to see which social network, if any, will unseat LinkedIn as the recruiter's social network of choice.  When it was released last year, a lot of people had their money on Google+ due to it's ability to…


Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on January 26, 2012 at 11:13am — 2 Comments

How to Convince Candidates to Be Paid on W-2

For various reasons, some workers prefer to be paid on 1099 instead of a W-2.  But it's not worker's decision.  The IRS guidelines determine whether a worker is classified as a 1099 independent contractor or a W-2 employee.

Still, recruiters and their clients often get push back when trying to convince…


Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on January 24, 2012 at 11:49am — No Comments

Independent Contractor Misclassification Legislation Back on Table

As the crackdown on 1099 independent contractor misclassification continues to intensify, Congress has reintroduced legislation to help stop misclassification.

The Employee Misclassification Prevention Act was originally introduced in June 2010.…


Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on October 26, 2011 at 3:15pm — No Comments

Independent Contractor or Employee - It's Not the Worker's Decision!

Many of the questions we receive from recruiters revolve around the proper classification of workers as either 1099 independent contractors or W-2 employees.  One recent inquiry we received was particularly interesting, and we thought other recruiters could learn from it as well.

The recruiter in question works for a large firm. This particular recruiting firm has a standard practice of asking each contract candidate whether they would prefer to be…


Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on October 18, 2011 at 11:57am — No Comments

Tax Break to Clients Who Fix Independent Contractor Misclassification

If you have clients who have been misclassifying W-2 employees as independent contractors (ICs), the IRS is providing a way for them to come clean.

Through the agency's recently launched Voluntary Worker Classification Settlement Program, if employers voluntarily reclassify their ICs as…


Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on September 27, 2011 at 11:00am — No Comments

DOL Requests $46 Million for Worker Misclassification Enforcement

The Department of Labor (DOL) is requesting $46 million in the Fiscal Year 2012 budget to allow the agency to "redouble its efforts to combat worker misclassification."

Over the past couple of years, the DOL has been cracking down on employers who misclassify workers who should be W-2 employees as 1099 independent…


Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on September 13, 2011 at 4:13pm — 2 Comments

Real-life Lessons From Company's Wage and Hour Missteps

The Department of Labor (DOL) recently recovered more than $219,000 in back wages and liquidated damages on behalf of 44 workers who were misclassified as independent contractors, providing a real-life example of how serious the government's crackdown on misclassification is.

The employer had moved a…


Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on March 22, 2011 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Learn About Independent Contractor Classification in 6 Minutes

Some of the most frequent questions we get at Top Echelon Contracting revolve around the proper classification of workers: When is it OK to classify them as 1099 independent contractors? What are the ramifications of misclassifying workers? When should they be W-2 employees? What triggers an IRS audit?

If you get these same types of questions from your clients, you may want to check out my video chat with…


Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on March 9, 2011 at 9:00am — No Comments

Conducting Legal Background Checks on Contractors

It is standard operating procedure for many, if not most, employers to check the criminal backgrounds of their new direct-hires. But as contractors increasingly are filling vital roles in organizations that require them to have access to sensitive information, it is important that their criminal backgrounds also be checked . . . and that the proper procedure is followed when those checks are conducted.

When an employer uses an outside vendor to conduct…

Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on November 17, 2010 at 11:43am — No Comments

Company Pays More Than $1 Million to Settle I-9 Fine

A recent fine levied against an Ohio-based company should serve as a warning to employers that simple recordkeeping mistakes on I-9s could cost them big.

According to a recent Human Resource Executive Online article, Abercrombie & Fitch agreed to pay $1,047,110 to settle the fine that was waged after a 2008 U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)…


Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on November 8, 2010 at 2:17pm — No Comments


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