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What's the Difference Between Contractor and Independent Contractor

Jul 3, 2020 12:52:39 PM

One of the ways nextSource delivers value to its customers and to the broader workforce management industry is by helping educate customers and other practitioners alike in the sometimes complicated and rapidly changing business. There are numerous terms, practices, strategies and processes that fall under the aegis of contingent workforce management. Often the terminologies used to refer to these things are similar or even interchangeable. That’s why we’ll be doing a series of posts designed specifically to clarify terms, underscore important distinctions and contribute to the overall standardization of our collective industry efforts.

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

Embrace of Work-from-Home Arrangements Poised to Remake Workforce Management Practices

Jul 2, 2020 1:00:52 PM

A pair of recent articles about the unplanned migration of the workforce to work-from-home arrangements paint a provocative picture of what the future is likely to hold for workforce planning and labor markets in general. What are trends suggesting with regard to work-from-home arrangements and how will these trends modulate over time as circumstances evolve?

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Topics: Blog, MSP/VMS, Human Resources, Best Practices, Workforce Management, Gig Economy, Independent contractors

What is the Contingent Workforce Management Program Maturity Assessment?

Jun 11, 2020 11:01:37 AM

It can be difficult to gain a truly objective overview of the strengths and weaknesses of your contingent workforce management operation. Especially when you’re busy addressing the day to day functions needed to keep the program operable. Complicating matters is the fact that, for even the most seasoned professional, one simply does not know what one does not know. That is why nextSource has developed the new, Contingent Workforce Management Maturity Assessment Program. This powerful new service offering delivers a complete, consultative assessment and in-depth analysis of your organization’s existing Contingent Workforce Program. Here’s how it works!

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

“Working Knowledge” Digest – Part Two for June

Jun 5, 2020 12:36:06 PM

Did you know about the new “Working Knowledge” section on the nextSource website? This critically informative new section is home to articles replete with valuable information for practitioners of contingent workforce management. While the nextSource Blog generally deals with broader trends, strategies and schools of thought on hot topics impacting the industry, the Working Knowledge section provides more drilled-down information on specific tactics, legal/regulatory updates and other tactical information. This is part two of this month’s post which provides highlights of the articles in the new section on a monthly basis.

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

“Working Knowledge” Digest – Part One for June

Jun 5, 2020 11:45:27 AM

Did you know about the new “Working Knowledge” section on the nextSource website? This critically informative new section is home to articles replete with valuable information for practitioners of contingent workforce management. While the nextSource Blog generally deals with broader trends, strategies and schools of thought on hot topics impacting the industry, the Working Knowledge section provides more drilled-down information on specific tactics, legal/regulatory updates and other tactical information. This two-part post will provide highlights of the articles in the new section on a monthly basis.

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

Contingent Workers Help Bridge the Gap During an FTE Hiring Freeze

May 29, 2020 3:59:34 PM

During times of economic uncertainty or widespread market disruption, it is not uncommon for organizations to impose some form of hiring freeze for full time employees or full-time equivalents. Freezing hiring for all non-essential positions can give an organization the opportunity to consolidate current employee rosters and restructure departments to minimize labor costs while protecting core operational capability. However, operating during a hiring freeze doesn’t have to hamstring your ability to optimize workforce efficiency. Leveraging contingent workers offers a good workaround during a hiring freeze. Here are a number of ways how contingent workers can help bridge the gap.

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

How COVID-19 is impacting HIPAA and ADA Compliance

May 1, 2020 6:10:11 PM

Add the following concern to the myriad ways COVID-19 is prompting wholesale changes in the ways we live and work - how the staffing industry addresses the lawful disclosure of health information under HIPAA and ADA guidelines in the midst of a global pandemic. Read on for some information on the circumstances under which employers are permitted to disclose information related to an employee or contractor’s exposure and infection with COVID-19 under the existing regulations enunciated by the 1996 Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ACA)

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Topics: Blog, Healthcare, Human Resources, Best Practices, Workforce Management

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