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Coronavirus Pandemic Highlights Need for Response Plans with MSP Partners

Feb 27, 2020 12:45:50 PM

An ounce of prevention, they say, is worth a pound of the cure. While scientists suggest a vaccine for the current Coronavirus outbreak may be 12 to 18 months away, even if it were found today, there will always be ongoing risks to operational continuity posed by the outbreak of pandemic disease. Whether operating globally or domestically, every organization should have a pandemic management program as part of its overall disaster and business continuity policy. Here are some guidelines for devising and implementing such a program for your organization.

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Topics: Blog, MSP/VMS, Best Practices, Workforce Management

The Changing Role of Drug Testing for Marijuana in the Workplace

Feb 24, 2020 3:30:08 PM

The fractured legal environment surrounding the continuing movement towards marijuana legalization drives great ambiguity for employers when it comes to longstanding policies governing illegal drug use among the workforce. It is no longer completely clear how/when testing for marijuana can be legally performed (pre-screening or on-the-job) and how to appropriately address positive results. Let’s examine today’s complicated legal environment and explore ways employers can protect themselves.

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Topics: Blog, Risk Management, Human Resources, Best Practices, Workforce Management, Independent contractors

Recruitment and Talent Acquisition – What is the Difference?

Feb 13, 2020 10:40:36 AM

Think of it this way, all recruiting is talent acquisition, but not all talent acquisition is focused on recruiting. Talent acquisition describes the long-term process of planning the overall composition of the workforce and the best practices for delivering the goals set forth. Recruitment is the short-term process of filling a role with the right talent. Talent acquisition in a strategic sense, builds on the talent sourced during the recruitment process and leverages it to fill similar positions over time.

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Topics: Blog, Procurement Services, Best Practices, Workforce Management, Strategic sourcing., Procurement

Dissatisfied with Your existing MSP or VMS Program? - Pros and Cons of Making a Change

Jan 24, 2020 1:05:35 PM

You’ve engaged a managed service program (MSP) solution to outsource contingent workforce management to what you expected would be a trusted partner with the requisite expertise to keep contract roles filled and properly administered. Or perhaps you’ve deployed a Vendor Management System (VMS) software solution to automate your services procurement processes and ensure compliant administration of contingent labor resources. Both solutions required significant time and money to select and implement. So, what happens when either your MSP, your VMS or both fail to achieve the intended goals and you’re faced with making a change? Here are some pros and cons to making the fraught decision.

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Topics: Blog, MSP/VMS, Best Practices, Workforce Management

PEO or EOR – Aren’t They the Same? Which Is Better for Your Organization?

Jan 22, 2020 3:27:40 PM

Professional Employer Organizations or ‘PEOs’ provide a valuable service to business organizations interested in outsourcing their workforce management or human resources functions. This post will explain the basic definition of the PEO solution. It will also clarify some of the confusion around the difference between a PEO and the Employer of Record (EOR) solutions which are frequently (and incorrectly) regarded as interchangeable with PEOs.

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Topics: Blog, EOR Services, Best Practices

Selecting a Socially Responsible Workforce Managed Service Program Provider

Jan 16, 2020 4:08:21 PM

Frequently when responding to requests for proposals (RFP) for nextSource’s managed service program offerings, we encounter questions about “sustainability”. Typically, sustainability questions address the traditional notion of environmental issues/impacts, which are somewhat irrelevant when the offering is a service like managed services programs for sourcing human capital. However, there is a discussion to be had about the sustainability of labor MSP sourcing practices; one that involves examination of the “social conscience” of an organization and the extent to which a service provider delivers equitable sourcing methodologies and other interactions with the communities it serves. Here is what to look for when seeking an MSP partner with strong social conscience.

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Topics: Blog, MSP/VMS, Human Resources, Best Practices, Workforce Management

New Year Brings Raft of Regulatory Changes Impacting Contingent Workforce Management

Jan 10, 2020 1:02:39 PM

The New Year and new decade bring new changes to Labor Laws at both the Federal and individual states’ levels. For the busy contingent workforce manager, the changes can be very easy to miss, but the price for failing to stay abreast of laws and regulations makes it critical that they’re observed and understood. Today’s post will highlight a number of the more high-profile changes and underscore the benefits of partnering with a knowledgeable provider of effective supplier management and contingent workforce management solutions.

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Topics: Blog, MSP/VMS, Best Practices, Workforce Management, Independent contractors

Reinventing the Workforce to Achieve a Social Enterprise

Jan 6, 2020 12:43:43 PM

“In 2019, an intensifying combination of economic, social, and political issues is forcing HR and business leaders to learn to lead the social enterprise—and reinvent their organizations around a human focus.” So begins the introduction to Deloitte’s “2019 Global Human Capital Trends Report”. Forbes magazine says, “businesses today are entering a whole new paradigm for management: one which considers a business less as a “company” and more as an “institution,” integrated into the social fabric of society.” How can workforce management support the idea of “the Social Enterprise” to achieve increased success in today’s changing workforce environment?

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Topics: Blog, Best Practices, Workforce Management, Gig Economy