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US Capitol and Federal Law Making Buildings
January 25, 2021 Read time: 3 minutes

It’s only fitting that a roller-coaster presidential race would cap off an unquestionably tumultuous year, but now that President Joe Biden has been sworn in, employers should start anticipating the various ways in which the new administration could change federal workplace laws. There’s still plenty of uncertainty, but the Democratic majority in the Senate provides…

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January 18, 2021 Read time: 1 minutes

An unprecedented year created unfamiliar challenges for companies and their HR departments in 2020. Many businesses shuttered, and others watched their workforces go completely remote overnight. Throughout it all, the stress of the pandemic weighed on workers in countless ways. These trends and the emerging future of remote work have created opportunities to find and…

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HR Team meeting about strategies
December 16, 2020 Read time: 1 minutes

While global economic activity has picked up since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, there’s still a long way to go. A recent World Economic Forum report predicts the current recession could last through late 2022. Surviving a recession requires companies to make difficult decisions, and executives will lean heavily on their HR departments for…

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Woman working from home on a group video conference
May 5, 2020 Read time: 4 minutes

The COVID-19 pandemic is sending shockwaves through the economy. As of late March, a Bain/Dynata weekly survey reported that nearly 60% of Americans had experienced cuts in pay or hours, layoffs, or closed their businesses because of the virus. The fallout of these losses creates an unprecedented situation for HR crisis management. Many businesses have transitioned their…

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Smiling group of professional business people
April 21, 2020 Read time: 3 minutes

In years past, companies looked at contract work as a way to fill temporary voids. They used it for seasonal work, during leaves of absence, or as administrative support. For generations, contract workers have helped companies remain profitable and competitive, and their ranks are only set to increase in the coming years. Research from TrueBlue and Emsi suggests that hiring contract…

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A group of a millennial workforce collaborating in a room of couches sharing a table
February 18, 2020 Read time: 3 minutes

The world is changing, and businesses need to change with it if they expect to thrive. These changes are wide-ranging, but perhaps the two most relevant ones are technology and the workforce — and they’re inextricably linked. Workers, especially Millennials in the workforce, expect a lot from their employers. Their lengthy lists of employer expectations include the ability…

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independent contractors sitting in a classroom setting for a sexual harassment training
January 7, 2020 Read time: 1 minutes

The rise of the #MeToo movement has spurred long-overdue discussions about sexual harassment in boardrooms and statehouses across the country. Although many companies have been providing sexual harassment training for years, a number of states have recently enacted laws that require companies to provide sexual harassment training for employees. Even if your state doesn't currently…

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Independent Contractor Insurance
August 6, 2019 Read time: 3 minutes

As an independent contractor, it's important to protect yourself and your business, and that includes carrying insurance coverage. Protection is crucial, especially in today's marketplace. But what insurance do independent contractors need and how much? Common practice dictates that a contractor should have about $1 million in general liability insurance at least. But it is often best to…

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Best Practices for Tech Firms Managing a Contingent Workforce
May 28, 2019 Read time: 1 minutes

Contingent workers have played a key role in the success of tech companies for years, but reports of poor treatment have been highlighted in the news lately. Because of the need for skilled labor in the tech industry, contingent workers can be selective in their job choices. So companies need to look more closely at…

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two way road divided by a double yellow line
May 3, 2016 Read time: 3 minutes

Lemons are great in lemonade, but they might not be your first choice in a gin and tonic. If professional employer organizations (PEOs) and employers of record (EORs) were both garnishes, like lemons and limes, they'd belong in different drinks. Although they seem similar, PEOs and EORs provide different services. An EOR puts a portion…

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