The “gig economy” is a topic we have been covering extensively here at the nextSource blog. The mushrooming growth of this new labor type represents a brave new world, both for individuals in the labor force as well as those professionals tasked with contingent workforce management. As with any new emerging business practice, it takes some time for legal and regulatory strictures to catch and come up to speed with the velocity of the changes wrought by disruptive innovations. In the interim, there is often increased risk for all who embrace the mantle of early adoption.
Jul 11, 2019 2:47:25 PM
Jun 28, 2019 4:55:37 PM
The regulatory fight over the laws governing the “gig economy” has gone Hollywood. But not in the good way and not in a way that Hollywood entertainment industry may regard as the typical happy movie ending. A longstanding business practice heavily utilized in the entertainment industry is at risk of being rendered illegal by pending legislation in California designed to govern worker classification practices called into question by high profile gig economy companies like Uber and others wholly unrelated to movies, TV and music performances. Here’s the story and possible implications for Tinseltown.
Jun 18, 2019 11:57:50 AM
The Wage and Hour division of the US Department of Labor (WHD) recently issued a letter that seemingly reverses the DOL’s position on the nature of gig economy workers and their classification as independent contractors. Here’s the latest on this issue which is of great import as the number of virtual marketplace companies (VMCs) continues to grow fueling the gig economy and attracting more workers to independent contractor status.
Mar 5, 2019 2:35:56 PM
Once a stalwart of the American labor force, retail as an industry has been experiencing an ongoing collapse. Similar to the precipitous demise of American manufacturing in the 1990s as entire career segments were washed away by a tide of offshoring to low-cost countries, retailers today are on the run. However, unlike the loss of manufacturing jobs which left a vacuum in employment, there is a silver lining for the American worker when it comes to retail. Here’s the story.
Feb 27, 2019 10:42:02 AM
Retail as an industry is navigating through a time of significant operational change and upheaval. The very nature of how consumers interact with retailers has been radically changed by advancements like ecommerce and the “Amazon-ization” of expectations regarding shipping and delivery. As a result, there has been a widespread shift in business requirements and priorities with respect to staffing practices for retailers. Here are some of the emerging dynamics impacting retail workforce design and management.
Dec 27, 2018 10:00:00 AM
As has been our tradition here at the nextSource blog, we’re once again looking back over the last four quarters of content we’ve produced on a wide range of topics relevant to workforce planning and management. It is always interesting to make this review as it provides a tidy summation of the state of our industry and helps keep us focused on the subjects most relevant to workforce management professionals seeking to remain at the bleeding edge of developments and trends affecting their respective organizations. So, without further ado, here’s the recap of the road we’ve all traveled in 2018.
Oct 25, 2018 3:33:37 PM
Often, the flexibility and freedom enabled by a well-designed contingent workforce compels innovation and change within an industry. Yet sometimes, as in the case of the higher education industry, pioneering changes drive the need for more smartly designed workforce management plans. Let’s examine the very interesting dynamics unfolding within higher education and how they’re driving growth and improvement in workforce planning practices.
Aug 29, 2018 2:32:41 PM
From the files marked, “The More Things Change, the More They Stay the Same,” we observe Labor Day this year with remembrance of the Pullman Railcar Strike of 1894 whose events led to the formalization of Labor Day as a federal holiday. We’ll then examine the cyclical nature of things and how prevailing labor practices of that time resemble those of today’s Gig Economy.