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The Contract Workforce

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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 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 1, 2019 Read time: 3 minutes

By: Sara Jensen, Vice President of Business Development It's easy to see the upside to contract employment as a business owner. Hiring contingent workers can save you money, reduce your liability risk, and give you a more agile and autonomous workforce. But hiring contingent workers also puts a new burden on your HR operations that you…

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January 31, 2019 Read time: 4 minutes

If you're operating under salary history bans, there are a few actionable steps you can take to acclimate to these new laws. By:  Jennifer Maynard , Human Resources Manager, Innovative Employee Solutions (IES) Published by: HR Dive While the conversation surrounding equal pay for women is nothing new, many lawmakers are taking action to ensure…

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January 3, 2019 Read time: 4 minutes

By: Peter Limone, President and CFO, Innovative Employee Solutions (IES) Published by: Entrepreneur "Just be sure to treat those gig workers right because, with employment at a historic high, it's not uncommon for recruiters to poach workers from competitors." These days, we all know people who work in the gig economy. After the economic downturn of…

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December 18, 2018 Read time: 3 minutes

By: Sara Jensen, Vice President of Business Development Human resources departments can play an integral role in driving business. But when HR professionals are tasked with a laundry list of administrative responsibilities, strategic pursuits often fall to the wayside. Fortunately, there is a solution. As the gig economy rises, there’s a growing trend to outsource…

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December 4, 2018 Read time: 4 minutes

By: Tania Fiero, Vice President of Human Resources Published by: HR Daily Advisor High-quality talent is hard to come by and even harder to keep. With low unemployment and a generation of reliable, experienced workers pondering retirement, competition for talented employees has become the stuff of sleepless nights for chief human research officers. With nearly half of…

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