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July 21, 2016 Read time: 3 minutes

By Jennifer Maynard, Human Resources Manager As employers seek to make the workplace more flexible, there is an increasing need for work arrangements involving the contingent workforce.  Contingent employees may include temporary employees, part-time employees, on-call employees, consultants, seasonal employees and interns. The Staffing Industry Analysts estimates that the average company’s contingent workers currently make…

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July 7, 2016 Read time: 2 minutes

Many workers are changing jobs multiple times over the span of their career rather than staying loyal to one company for life. People want a greater work-life balance so they can spend more time doing what they love with their family and friends. On average, workers are staying at their jobs less than five years…

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June 21, 2016 Read time: 6 minutes

By: Sean Ring, Business Development Manager One of the most powerful and undeniable trends in the global economy is the perpetually transforming nature of the workforce. We have already experienced a vast shift over the past decade and experts in this field unanimously forecast the continued movement towards increased leverage of contingent labor. Contingent labor…

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May 30, 2016 Read time: 2 minutes

Hiring the right worker for the right job is a task all employers undertake at some point. Learn reasons why hiring a contract employee may be more reasonable than hiring a traditional employee. Scale Your Workforce Having a workforce that changes in size drives your company’s revenue. You pay for services delivered and nothing more.…

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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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April 8, 2016 Read time: 2 minutes

Despite the fact that using contingent workers provides many benefits for your company, the issue of co-employment often arises. Although the staffing firm is typically considered the primary employer, co-employment issues come up when the client company exerts more behavioral and financial control over the contingent worker. Learn how to avoid taking on characteristics of…

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April 4, 2016 Read time: 2 minutes

As owner of a company that utilizes independent contractors, it’s imperative you look closely at their signed agreements and at-work practices to ensure those workers aren’t categorized as your employees under Internal Revenue Service (IRS) rules. Learn how to avoid misclassification penalties and lawsuits by following these simple guidelines. Audit Worker Practices Have an attorney…

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January 7, 2015 Read time: 2 minutes

As the U.S. economy continues to reach pre-recession levels, the general workforce is becoming more diverse and unique. Many of these changes are driven by companies who are hiring fewer people into full-time, permanent positions and instead are leaning more heavily on contract workers. Of course, this arrangement works out well for both parties.Contractors enjoy the freedom of…

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February 15, 2012 Read time: 1 minutes

California recently joined 11 other states that are working with the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) to reduce the number of employees who are misclassified as contract workers. In 2011, the DOL collected $5 million in back wages for minimum wage and overtime violations because employees had illegally been treated as independent contractors. Colorado, Connecticut,…

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March 22, 2011 Read time: 1 minutes

A mutual agreement for services rendered between a contract worker and a business tends to be win-win for both sides. The company avoids the expense of paying for employees' taxes and benefits, while the freelancer has the freedom of working whenever and wherever he or she prefers. This system especially beneficial for small business owners…

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