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April 15, 2019 Read time: 3 minutes

According to a study by ManpowerGroup, 40 percent of employers are finding it difficult to fill open positions. Considering that we're dealing with one of the biggest talent shortages in over 10 years, this comes as no surprise. While the unemployment rate rose a bit in January 2019, it still remained low at 4 percent, according to the Bureau of…

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April 10, 2019 Read time: 3 minutes

Keep these factors in mind to make sure your independent contractor compliance program doesn't run into trouble. About 20%–30% of today's workforce in Europe and the US engages in some form of independent work, according to McKinsey, and those numbers will continue to grow. Such growth in the gig economy, along with increased attention from the US Department…

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April 8, 2019 Read time: 5 minutes

The Raise the Wage Act of 2019 would result in a minimum wage increase that would significantly affect businesses. Discover ways to deal with rising labor costs. Designed to ensure that employees earn a reasonable living wage, the Raise the Wage Act of 2019 (H. R. 582) proposes a gradual minimum wage increase from $7.25 to $15.00, doubling the…

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April 3, 2019 Read time: 3 minutes

When looking for help with human resources tasks for contingent workers, businesses don't always know what a payrolling company (also known as an employer of record) can do for them. It can be confused with payroll processing, but an employer of record can help in many more ways. And it's especially useful for expanding businesses…

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April 1, 2019 Read time: 3 minutes

There is plenty of room for creative freedom in business. Eager to throw a new product idea at the market? Go for it. Got a wild idea for that marketing campaign? Give it a shot. Thinking about a freestyle approach to how the company engages contract workers? Stop. When it comes to the regulated arena…

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March 28, 2019 Read time: 3 minutes

Independent contractors and their employers regularly explore uncharted territory. With so many businesses now relying on the swelling gig economy, the National Labor Relations Board’s January decision to broaden the definition of independent contract work could create a ripple effect in the labor market. HR professionals should keep a close eye on what comes next to protect…

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February 22, 2019 Read time: 4 minutes

California Is Changing the Future of Employment Classifications. Here’s What You Need to Know When Hiring Contingent Workers. By: Sara Jensen, Vice President of Business Development Published by: HR.com Determining how employees should be classified in California requires thorough analysis of many factors. But with the California Supreme Court Dynamex decision made in April 2018, the thorough analysis has…

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February 20, 2019 Read time: 2 minutes

By: Sara Jensen, Vice President of Business Development If you work in human resources, you know that the administrative side of the job can be a real bummer. But that's not the only hiccup. While certain tasks, like processing payments and handling benefits and billing, are necessary to keep employees and clients happy, if they create…

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February 14, 2019 Read time: 4 minutes

By: Sara Jensen, Vice President of Business Development Technological advancements and business innovations have led to the rise of the contingent workforce. Companies have the opportunity to hire top talent precisely when it’s needed, and highly skilled people have the flexibility to take on work that suits them. While this is a win-win, it has created…

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February 13, 2019 Read time: 2 minutes

By: Sara Jensen, Vice President of Business Development An employer of record is an administrative Swiss Army knife that can handle, among other things, payroll, back office support, billing, security clearances, pre-employment screenings, benefits, and contractor compliance, all while keeping you on the right side of any changes in tax and employment law. Essentially, it's all…

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