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Avoiding Independent Contractor Misclassification in the IT Sector

January 22, 2015

Misclassification

In a recent class action suit, an ex-Google worker sued the company and the online staffing firm Elance-oDesk for misclassifying him and many others as independent contractors. He sought unpaid wages, overtime (saying they worked for 45 hours but were paid for only 30) and other damages along with attorney fees. The merits of thisRead full story…

Absorbing the Costs of Health Coverage for Contingent Workers

January 21, 2015

health

Almost all staffing agencies which come under the purview of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (also known as the ACA) will find their direct costs increasing, either because they take on the additional costs of providing insurance coverage or because they decide to pay the penalties in lieu of providing the coverage.  TheyRead full story…

The independent Contractor Hired by Your Hotel is Now Your Employee.How did that Happen?

January 20, 2015

MSP/VMS to the Rescue in Independent Contractor Misclassifications

Despite the many articles that have been published on the issue of independent contractor (IC) classification, and the increased efforts of the Federal and State governments to enforce Department of Labor (DOL) and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) classification regulations (and recover lost tax revenues), frequent violations and related civil lawsuits continue to occur. But, notRead full story…

Have Staffing Agencies Geared Up for the Affordable Care Act?

January 16, 2015

ACA

Roll-out of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has moved to the next stage. In 2014, the individual mandate in which all individuals were required to sign up for health insurance took effect. As the calendar changes and we enter 2015, employers must begin implementing the tenets of the Affordable Care Act. Staffing agencies, employing workersRead full story…

Accommodating Visually Challenged Workers

January 15, 2015

visually challenged

I was talking to close friend, who is a senior IT professional, and mentioned the EEOC (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission) in passing. He replied with – ‘Who or what is the EEOC?’ This friend moved to the USA permanently in 1989 and is a citizen. So, this response was a really big surprise! I willRead full story…