Debbie Fledderjohann's Blog – May 2013 Archive (7)

The Biggest Myth About Contract Workers (And Why It's Not True)

There is a common misconception that contract workers are somehow inferior, lower-level, or not the "cream of the crop." However you want to say it, the belief is that candidates only take contract assignments because they were passed up for direct hire jobs.

That is definitely a myth.  For many high quality candidates, contract staffing is not a last resort. They are…


Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on May 29, 2013 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Even Small Recruiting Firms Could Have Obamacare Responsibilities

Think you don't have to worry about healthcare reform because you don't have 50 or more employees? Think again!

Most of the hype about the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the healthcare reform law better known as Obamacare, has been surrounding the employer mandate. Employers with 50 or more…


Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on May 21, 2013 at 4:00pm — No Comments

4 Reasons Healthcare Providers Should Use Contract Nurses

There is no question that Registered Nurses (RNs) play an integral role in modern healthcare. As the population ages and healthcare reform requires all Americans to get insurance, possibly pushing more peple into the healthcare system, the services of RNs will become even more vital.  The question is, how will hosptials and other healthcare facilities deal with this demand?



Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on May 16, 2013 at 11:37am — No Comments

DOL Cracking Down on Misclassification of Independent Contractors

There's a new sheriff in town when it comes to worker misclassification.

Many employers use 1099 independent contractors (ICs) to reduce the costs associated with workers.  By utilizing ICs, employers avoid paying the employer share of payroll taxes, the expenses associated with Workers' Compensation and unemployment, employee benefits costs, and the time and money associated with administering various employment tasks.  However, employers can't just call a worker an…


Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on May 14, 2013 at 10:30am — No Comments

Be Careful When Checking Contractors' Credit

If your client requests a credit check on a candidate for a professional contract assignment, you should do it, right? Not necessarily. You could actually be breaking the law if you comply with this simple client request!

Nine states (California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Oregon, Vermont, Washington, and Colorado) have laws restricting the use of credit information in employment decisions. Colorado is the latest to pass legislation, which goes into…


Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on May 10, 2013 at 12:29pm — No Comments

I-9 Audits on the Rise - 5 Ways for Recruiters to Avoid Penalties

According to a recent Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) article, I-9 audits are on the rise (membership may be required). In 2004, only three audits were conducted compared with 3,004 in 2012. Simple paperwork errors can cost employers up to $1,100 per violation.

If you serve as the W-2 employer for your contractors, you are…


Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on May 8, 2013 at 10:26am — 1 Comment

How Contract-to-Direct Benefits Candidates, Too

When you hear about contract-to-direct arrangements, you usually hear about how client companies use them to test drive candidates. These arrangements give companies the chance to see a potential new hire "in action" rather than just depending on the typical interview and hiring process to determine whether they are the right fit. They can evaluate a candidate's skills and work ethic before they make a direct hire commitment.

But a recent  …


Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on May 2, 2013 at 8:43am — 1 Comment


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