The nextSource Blog has been covering the ongoing saga of gig economy pioneers like Uber for at least the last five years in posts like this from 2015 and this from earlier this summer. Companies like Uber, Lyft and scores of other gig economy organizations continue testing the boundaries of labor laws, tax regulations, and the very nature of the employer/employee relationship. They represent significant evolution in the nature of workforce management and keeping abreast of the changes wrought by these disruptive models is imperative to all organizations leveraging human cloud, gig economy and other emerging worker types. These two recent developments in the ongoing Uber story suggest the pendulum is swinging back toward favoring the “Uber model” for worker classification.
Sep 27, 2019 12:31:38 PM
Sep 20, 2019 3:27:25 PM
If a staffing company, payroller, EOR or other workforce management service provider serving your programs were to wind up in trouble with the law or suddenly become insolvent, it could spell big trouble for your operations. The most recent example of this catastrophic occurrence has affected numerous unfortunate organizations and reveals a risk to organizations relying on these provider/partners. Read on for details about this most recent example, along with a rundown of associated risks and what you can do to protect your contingent workforce management program from becoming a victim.
Sep 12, 2019 12:10:46 PM
With so many members of the American workforce migrating from the ranks of traditional W2 wage-earning positions toward the flexibility and autonomy of gig economy jobs, business leaders are responding to increasing calls from their HR management for approval to leverage gig economy labor in certain critical roles. The savvy business leader understands that contemporary organizations have much to lose by failing to harness the benefits of gig workers while their competition does. Here’s some of the steps needed to make an HR-driven gig economy practice come to life in your organization.
Jul 11, 2019 2:47:25 PM
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.
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.