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Congress grapples with complexities of “Future of Work”.

Jan 30, 2020 4:01:56 PM

The U.S. House of Representatives Congressional Future of Work Caucus is working to devise plans to address concerns emerging from the rapidly change nature of how work is conducted. The agenda of this 19-member committee includes the rights of gig workers, the impact of automation such as robotics and artificial intelligence in replacing traditional jobs, and the possible disruptions and opportunities presented by technology in the U.S. economy.

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New research into email anxiety.

Jan 30, 2020 4:00:27 PM

In a recent study conducted by Hiver, an email collaboration solution for teams, more than 60% of millennial respondents revealed that they feel anxious when they see unread emails in their inbox. Millennials across the globe today prefer to keep their inbox empty or near-empty - popularly known as ‘Inbox Zero.’ Respondents also indicated high levels of discomfort if they are unable to check their emails every 3 – 4 hours.

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World Economic Forum weighs in on cloud platform work.

Jan 30, 2020 3:59:21 PM

In preparation for the Annual Meeting 2020, the World Economic Forum (WEF) released a report on the rapidly increasing population of cloud platform workers. Cloud workers rely on cloud-based business applications to do their jobs, using the browser as a central access point. According to the WEF, global spending on cloud work rose 43% in 2018, and cloud workers now represent 0.5% to 2% of the workforce of advanced economies.

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DOL redefines meaning of joint employer.

Jan 30, 2020 3:57:23 PM

In early January the Department of Labor revised regulations that interpret joint employment under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). This follows on the heals of the “Final Rule” that went into effect January 1st that increases the threshold for exempt status. The Final Rule applies only to obligations to pay minimum wage and overtime and does not apply to other aspects of joint employment as determined by other legislation.

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Worker misclassification in New Jersey is a dangerous game.

Jan 30, 2020 3:55:13 PM

In January, the New Jersey legislature signed into law five new laws aimed at eliminating worker misclassification. The State reports that it has experienced a 40% increase of improper classification over the past decade. These laws, collectively referred to as the “Misclassification Package”, substantially increase the liability associated with improperly classifying employees as independent contractors. Each broadly extends the New Jersey Department of Labor’s (NJ DOL) ability to enforce labor-related tax laws. These powerful new compliance and enforcement tools include:

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IRS introduces Gig Economy Tax Center.

Jan 30, 2020 3:53:07 PM

The Internal Revenue Service announced the launch of the Gig Economy Tax Center on its IRS.gov website to provide tax information to businesses that operate an application or website to provide services to customers. The site is intended to make it easier for taxpayers to find information about the tax implications for the companies that provide the services and the individuals who perform them. The center links to additional information regarding independent contractor classification regulations as well as guidance on information reporting and self-employment tax withholding. Previously, the IRS approach to independent contractor classification has focused on audits and punitive actions against companies that misclassify workers.

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Temporary help down slightly in 2019. Positive outlook for 2020.

Jan 30, 2020 3:51:36 PM

The utilization of temporary help dipped slightly in 2019, reflecting a decrease of 0.5% when compared to 2018. According to the Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics (DOL/BLS), temporary help was one of only two groups reflecting an employment decline. However, utilization was not constant throughout the year, reflecting a continuous decline during the first half of the year followed by improvements through October (numbers for November and December are being adjusted by the DOL/BLS). The growth is primarily attributed to stimulatory monetary actions by the Federal Reserve.

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Industry perspectives on top hiring and retention strategies for 2020

Dec 3, 2019 5:02:58 PM

As year end approaches, industry analysts and practitioners are issuing predictions for 2020.

Research conducted by online staffing platform provider Bluecrew focuses on five emerging trends:

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59% of workers report employer onboarding mishaps.

Dec 3, 2019 4:59:31 PM

A recent poll of 1,000 US offices workers by Accountemps indicates a significant gap between perception and reality when it comes to worker onboarding. Nearly all respondents (95%) said their companies had an onboarding program in place and 79% cited the programs as very effective or somewhat effective. However, worker responses differed. In total, 59% experienced a mishap when started a new job.

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Illinois Artificial Intelligence Video Interview Act takes effect Jan 1, 2020

Dec 3, 2019 4:56:40 PM

The Illinois state legislature unanimously passed the Artificial Intelligence Video Interview Act, the first state law to regulate artificial intelligence (AI) use in video interviews. The new law will take effect Jan. 1, 2020. Candidates must be notified in advance that “artificial intelligence analysis” may be used to evaluate their application. The notice must and explain how the AI analysis works and “the general types of characteristics” used to evaluate the applicant. Candidates must give consent.  The Act also restricts disclosure of the video interview to anyone other than “persons whose expertise or technology is necessary in order to evaluate an applicant's fitness for a position” and requires employers to ensure that all copies of the video interview, whether in the possession of the employer or any third party, are destroyed within 30 days of an applicant’s request.

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