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OSHA
April 29, 2021 Read time: 3 minutes

Employers face major challenges as the lasting effects of COVID-19 continue into 2021. A few obstacles include navigating worksite reopenings across the nation while remaining compliant with new legislation around sick leave, family leave, workers’ compensation, vaccinations, and Occupational Safety and Health Administration regulations. One year into the COVID-19 pandemic, the workplace continues to struggle…

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Uber Driver in U.K. now employee
April 28, 2021 Read time: 3 minutes

The U.K. Supreme Court shook up the gig economy when it ruled that Uber must classify drivers as workers rather than independent contractors. U.K. judges classified drivers as workers after considering the reality of how drivers interacted with Uber, which is in conflict with the Uber contract drivers sign. The language in Uber contracts explicitly…

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Law Gavel
April 14, 2021 Read time: 3 minutes

With the inauguration of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris, companies and contingent workers are looking to understand their new proposals for federal workplace laws. The Biden-Harris campaign advocated for strengthening regulations around the gig economy and employee classification laws. What this means for companies and workers as we move forward into 2021 is still…

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young black woman working from home
February 2, 2021 Read time: 3 minutes

Research from Statista suggests that prior to the coronavirus pandemic, 17% of employees in the U.S. worked remotely five or more days per week. As a response to COVID-19, that number increased to 44%. Two things have become increasingly clear: A significant number of jobs can be performed remotely, and teams don’t have to be in an…

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FLSA Document
January 25, 2021 Read time: 2 minutes

For decades, employers have struggled to determine which workers they may qualify as independent contractors versus which must be hired as employees. With the burgeoning gig economy further blurring the line between these categories, this struggle has only grown more acute over the past few years. And until recently, the Department of Labor has lacked…

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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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4 contingent workforce trends in 2021 banner
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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January 6, 2021 Read time: 3 minutes

There’s a global workforce of qualified talent out there — and minimal obstacles to engaging them. Instead of limiting recruiting to people who live in the U.S., employers are now searching for candidates all over the world. Why? Some want to expand into new markets. Others require talent they can’t find stateside. Many seek lower labor…

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Diverse people discussing business
January 4, 2021 Read time: 6 minutes

If you’ve traditionally employed full-time employees, you might have some questions about the different types of work arrangements that have gained momentum over the past few years. With the rise of the internet and tech companies that have enabled the gig economy, more workers are eschewing full-time employment for the flexibility of less permanent working…

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Uber Eats Delivery person on a bike
December 1, 2020 Read time: 2 minutes

When California’s Assembly Bill 5 (AB5) went into effect at the beginning of 2020, its intent was clear: draw a clear distinction between what it means to be an independent contractor and what it means to be a traditional employee. Quite a few companies have struggled with AB5 compliance, leading to unforeseen legal troubles and…

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