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Pullman, Uber, and the History of Labor Day

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.

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Topics: Blog, Compliance Services, Workforce Management, Gig Economy, Independent contractors

The Dynamics Behind a Successful Multi-Generational Workforce

Aug 17, 2018 1:00:12 PM

 

We’ve all seen them. Articles on social media sites, blogs, newspapers and magazines talking about lazy, entitled Millennial's. Or the ones about greedy Boomers warping the natural progression of the labor force, staying too long in the career market despite having the wherewithal to retire. There’s also no shortage of articles blasting Gen Xers, and other generational groups. However, if you’re looking to build and manage a successful, modern contingent workforce, you’re better off instead focusing on understanding the differences and motivators attributable to various generational attitudes. Here are a few things to consider about each generation that can help in your pursuit of more effective workforce management practices.

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Topics: Blog, Workforce Management, Gig Economy, Independent contractors

Latest in Uber Litigation Saga Underscores the Value of Workforce Management Solutions

Aug 8, 2018 11:14:16 AM

 

One of these days, there will be a definitive higher court ruling on whether Uber must treat its drivers as employees or independent contractors. At that time, the precedent will be firmly established regarding whether Uber drivers should be considered “employees” or “contractors.” The latest chapter in the ongoing saga of Uber and drivers seeking redress for what they claim are abuses of worker classification regulations played out in a New York State courtroom recently. Here’s what the latest ruling means and some possible ramifications of the ruling.

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Topics: Blog, MSP/VMS, Compliance Services, EOR Services, Workforce Management, Independent contractors

When Insurance is a Barrier to Business

May 10, 2018 12:08:12 PM

For many independent contractors, the following frustrating scenario is all too familiar: you’ve checked off all of the requirements of a contract for a fantastic gig and waiting for the final approval, only to be told you’ll need different levels of liability insurance to solidify the deal. For hiring managers, a similar scenario often unfolds: your on-site contingent workers are carefully selected ready to work, but must be turned away at the door because the staffing firm’s business insurance expired the day before. These are just two examples of the ways in which insurance requirements can become a barrier to accessing talent and advancing your business. In this blog, we take a closer look at how Bunker, a nextSource channel partner, is taking an innovative approach to help companies overcome insurance as a barrier by combining insurance and technology.

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Topics: Blog, Best Practices, Supplier Management, Technology, Independent contractors

New Tax Law Has Pros and Cons for Independent Contractors

Jan 11, 2018 11:04:52 AM

Like many pieces of complex legislation, the newly passed tax law is proving to generate as much confusion as clarity. This is especially true when it comes to the effects the new legislation will have on the gig economy. Along with the rest of the country, we’re taking time to sift through the language of the new law to understand the implications for workforce planning and management. One facet of the law garnering some attention is the increase in deductions allowed via so-called “pass-through” business entities. Here’s some insight into how and why this one facet of the law is predicted to have significant impact on independent contractors and the broader gig economy.

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Topics: Blog, Cost savings, Gig Economy, Independent contractors

BOO! The Specter of Costly Misclassification Audits Rises this Halloween

Oct 30, 2017 3:04:33 PM

Neither ghouls, goblins or ghosts strike as much fear into the hearts of workforce management practitioners as does the specter of a costly worker misclassification audit by the IRS, DOL or state. We have all read the gruesome tales of multi-million-dollar judgments against FedEx, Microsoft, Uber and other top-tier businesses. But this is a problem that can haunt mid-market organizations just as frighteningly as the big guys. State after state has recently announced the deployment of new efforts to rein in rampant IC misclassification abuses and improved linkages/information sharing with the feds. Here are some of the latest.

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Topics: Blog, Compliance Services, Risk Management, Workforce Management, Independent contractors