Debbie Fledderjohann's Blog (302)

Healthcare Costs Drive Business Decisions, Impacting Recruiters, Candidates, and Companies

No matter how you feel about the Affordable Care Act (ACA or Obamacare), it is clear that employer-sponsored health insurance has become more expensive and complicated over the past several years. This reality is forcing many companies to make difficult business decisions that are impacting everyone in the employment arena.

Experts estimate that health insurance premiums for employer-sponsored plans have gone up 80-100% in the past decade. As a result, 49% of…


Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on June 18, 2014 at 1:04pm — No Comments

5 FLSA Basics Contract Staffing Recruiters Need to Know to Avoid Lawsuits

As Wage and Hour lawsuits under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) continue to break records, it is important for recruiters to known the basics of the regulations to protect themselves and clients from these devastating lawsuits.

FLSA lawsuits have increased 438% since 2000. There were 8,126 filed for the period between April 2013 and March 2014,…


Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on June 12, 2014 at 10:00am — No Comments

Taking the Pain Out of Millennial Recruiting

How do you feel about recruiting Millennials? If the thought makes you involuntarily groan, you are not alone.  Whether or not you believe the stereotypes about this young generation, also known as Generation Y, it's clear that some recruiters are experiencing challenges when trying to place them.  

Before you throw in the towel, check out these tips for…


Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on June 4, 2014 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Keeping Unpaid Internships Legal

Summer has FINALLY arrived (at least unofficially), and with it comes the traditional right of passage for many college students: the summer internship. Internships can be a great opportunity for both the students AND the companies utilizing their services. Of course, the intern can pick up some great experience.  Meanwhile, the company benefits from some additional help at…


Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on May 27, 2014 at 1:30pm — No Comments

The New Workforce Model Recruiters Need to Be Aware Of

As the popularity of contract staffing continues to grow, we have noticed a shift in the way that contractors are being used. Rather than simply being a stop-gap measure in limited circumstances or to test the hiring waters during difficult economic times, we are seeing employers building a blended workforce model that integrates contractors as part of a deliberate, long-term…


Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on May 21, 2014 at 3:20pm — No Comments

Direct Hire vs. Contract Placements

There tends to be a huge fear factor involved with contract staffing, mainly due to the misconception that it is extremely complicated and too different from direct hire.  But as many recruiters take advantage of the…


Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on May 14, 2014 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Could Your Recruiting Firm Be Hit By an Obamacare Audit?

When it comes to the Affordable Care Act (ACA or Obamacare), the dreaded employer mandate has received most of the attention.  But there are other…


Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on May 7, 2014 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Hiring Managers vs. HR for Contract Job Orders

A common questions we hear from recruiters who are new to contract staffing is “Where do I go for contract job orders?” Conventional wisdom has been to go to the  hiring manager rather than human resources (HR).

That's because the direct hire and contract hiring processes were often handled separately, so much so that HR may not have been aware of…


Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on April 30, 2014 at 3:30pm — No Comments

3 States Recruiters Hate to Place Contractors In

The legal compliance and liability that comes with placing contractors is no treat no matter where you are located, but in some states, employment regulations are getting so complicated that recruiters are turning down contract business in those areas.

Let’s take a look at the three hardest states in which to place…


Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on April 24, 2014 at 4:30pm — No Comments

3 EASY Steps to Determining Contract Bill Rates

One of the biggest stumbling blocks that keeps recruiters from pursuing contract placement opportunities is confusion over determining the rates, particularly the hourly bill rate that is charged to the client company. But once recruiters understand the formula, establishing bill rates can be quite simple.

First, let's look at what makes up the…


Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on April 15, 2014 at 10:30am — No Comments

Essential Information for Recruiters Running Contractor Background Checks


If you run contractor background checks, you will want to read a recent government document on their proper use.

In a joint effort, the Equal  Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) published a technical assistance document for employers and another for employees explaining background check laws enforced by both agencies. The EEOC is charge of laws that ensure background checks are…


Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on April 10, 2014 at 9:30am — 2 Comments

H-1B Visas for FY2015 Already Gone

Anyone who has not yet filed a petition for a Fiscal Year 2015 H-1B visa is out of luck. As predicted, the available H-1B visas went quickly as U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)…


Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on April 8, 2014 at 12:30pm — 1 Comment

Changes to FLSA Exemptions Coming - Action Items for Recruiters

If you have contractors who are currently exempt from overtime, they may not be for long.  

President Obama has issued a memorandum asking the Department of Labor (DOL) to update the…


Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on March 26, 2014 at 5:00pm — 2 Comments

Contract Staffing Breaks Two New Records

There seems to be no end in sight to contract staffing's growth as the industry breaks two new records for jobs.

Bingham Consulting Professional’s Monthly Employment Review for February reported that “temporary help services” added 24,000 jobs,reaching an all-time high of 2,800,300.  This is a 8.9% increase when compared with February 2013.  Temporary help services (aka contract staffing) also…


Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on March 20, 2014 at 4:49pm — No Comments

Need for IT Contractors Expected to Drive H-1B Visa Demand

If you have clients who want to bring in foreign workers on H-1B visas, they better act quickly.

Petitions for H-1B visas subject to the fiscal year (FY) 2015 cap will start being accepted on April 1 by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS). H-1B visas allow employers to hire foreign workers with specialized knowledge or technical expertise, such as scientists, engineers, or computer professions. Each year, only a…


Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on March 18, 2014 at 4:27pm — No Comments

More Obamacare Relief and Extensions

It seems nearly everyday lately there is Obamacare news.  And most of it seems to be surrounding extensions or relief. Two announcements made in the past week are no exceptions.

The first had to do with healthcare plans that were cancelled last year because they did not meet the Affordable Care Act’s minimum essential coverage requirements.  



Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on March 13, 2014 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Stakes Get Higher with Latest Worker Misclassification Initiative

If you have clients who have 1099 independent contractors (ICs), you will want to make sure they are aware of the government's latest initiative to crackdown on worker misclassification.

While there are situations where paying workers on 1099 is perfectly legal, many employers abuse the classification, labeling workers who should be employees as ICs.  This results in the loss of tax revenue for state and federal government agencies.  The Obama administration has been particularly…


Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on March 11, 2014 at 5:01pm — No Comments

Will Obamacare Affect Recruiting?

Although the employer mandate provision of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has effectively been delayed again, there seems to be a renewed "buzz" around the healthcare reform law, often known as Obamacare. Maybe it’s because workers are now required to carry insurance, or maybe companies are just being proactive. But for whatever reason, we are noticing an increase in the number of recruiters asking how Obamacare will affect hiring and recruiting.

Of course, that is…


Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on March 5, 2014 at 4:28pm — No Comments

4 Types of Local Laws to Watch For If You Run Your Own Back-Office

One of the toughest things about running your own contract staffing back-office is keeping up with the myriad of state and federal employment laws.  

Now recruiting and staffing firms also have to worry about the growing number of local laws.

And once you have realized that there is a law in a locality where you place contractors, you have to determine if it…


Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on March 5, 2014 at 10:00am — No Comments

California Increases Minimum Pay Rate for Exempt Computer Professionals

If you place Information Technology contractors in California, you will want to be aware of a recent change to their overtime rules. The minimum rate that Computer Professionals in California must be paid to be considered exempt from overtime has been increased to $40.38.

Under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), most American employees must be paid at a rate of 1.5 times their regular rate if they work over 40 hours per week. However, the FLSA does allow for certain employees who…


Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on February 27, 2014 at 9:10am — No Comments


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