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Pending Legislation Regarding Independent Contractor Benefits

Jun 1, 2020 1:56:26 PM

Congress is considering legislation that would allow businesses to provide health- and safety-related benefits to gig-economy workers during the coronavirus pandemic without creating an employer-employee relationship. Under current law, businesses that provide additional relief like paid leave and other benefits to independent contractors could potentially trigger an employer-employee relationship under state or federal law. The new bill would shield businesses from misclassification lawsuits if they provide gig workers with personal protective equipment, training, paid leave and other benefits during the pandemic.

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Hot Jobs During the Pandemic

Jun 1, 2020 1:54:50 PM

Korn Ferry reports that the increased emphasis on agility triggered by the pandemic has created a growing demand for procurement officers with supply chain expertise and veteran operating leaders familiar with corporate transformations. Four areas were cited as in high demand due to COVID-19:

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Candidate Criminal Background Checks are Outlawed in New York’s Suffolk County

Jun 1, 2020 1:51:50 PM

On August 25th Suffolk County, NY, will join New York City and other major NY metropolitan districts in restricting pre-employment inquiries into an applicant’s criminal conviction history. The law will prohibit employers from inquiring into a job applicant’s criminal convictions or considering an applicant’s prior convictions until after an application has been submitted and an initial interview of the applicant has taken place. It will apply to all Suffolk County employers with 15 or more employees. Under the law, an applicant is defined as “any person considered or who requests to be considered for employment by an employer”. It includes applicants for temporary or seasonal work, and work through the services of a temporary or other employment firm.

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Tools for Hiring in a Hurry

Jun 1, 2020 1:49:18 PM

While the coronavirus caused most businesses to shutter, others deemed “essential” were required to ramp up their workforces literally overnight. Those who were successful in meeting this requirement adopted new practices that will be of value to others as we enter the post-COVID period. Experts warn that single industries may find themselves all trying to re-staff at the same time as restrictions lift. Speed will be the determining factor in sorting which companies will be most successful in rebuilding a productive workforce. In many cases, technology will provide the ability to hire in a hurry.

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Remote Work Solutions: Business is Booming

Jun 1, 2020 1:47:32 PM

A survey by Enterprise Technology Research (ETR) predicts that technology spending among global companies will drop 4.1% this year in an effort to reduce overall costs. However, the spread of COVID-19 is driving up spending in a few areas, which may mean some CIOs end up spending even more than they expected in 2020 to support newly remote workers. Spending on “work from home infrastructure” has increased from an initial 1% to 30+% of annual IT budgets.

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Back to the Office is More than a Safety Issue

Jun 1, 2020 1:46:08 PM

As the pandemic recovery period begins, instead of asking “How do we get people to work offsite?” many business leaders are asking “How do we get people back?” While much of the planning centers on creating a safe work environment, Korn Ferry outlines other factors that should be included in a company’s “return to work” plans.

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Back to Work: On (or Off) Site?

Jun 1, 2020 1:17:28 PM

In May, Willis Towers Watson conducted research into 681 large U.S. employers representing over 7 million workers. The results show that employers expect the percentage of their full-time workforce who work from home (WFH) to be three times larger after the pandemic than before it began. Respondents said that just over half (53%) of their full-time employees are currently working remotely. That percentage is expected to drop to 22% after the pandemic passes but would still be up significantly from the 7% recorded before the emergence of COVID-19.

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Have Tech Employees Designed Their Own Demise?

Jun 1, 2020 1:15:21 PM

In an April 2020 survey of 223 workers employed in the technology-sector, KPMG LLP discovered that two-thirds of respondents are concerned about losing their jobs to digital capabilities supported by artificial intelligence, machine learning, and robotic software. Seventy percent of tech-sector workers also are concerned about having their jobs eliminated due to the economic impact of the pandemic, versus 57% of workers employed by companies in other sectors.

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Has the Pandemic Killed Globalization?

Jun 1, 2020 1:14:17 PM

The Economist reports that globalization as it has existed in past decades may be a casualty of the COVID-19 pandemic. Concerns regarding the Sino-American trade war had already destabilized the international business environment before Covid-19, and the pandemic added new layers of complexity as critical goods suddenly were in short supply.

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Contingent Workforce Management Priority Shifts Back to Spend Management

Jun 1, 2020 1:11:55 PM

Over the past decade, the main performance metric used to gauge the overall effectiveness of a Contingent Workforce Management program has slowly shifted from cost savings to talent quality. However, in the past two months the priority has reverted back to spend management. The COVID-19 pandemic has caused massive financial losses to companies around the globe. To reduce expenses, businesses significantly downsized their workforces. In many cases, contingent workers were the first to go.

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