The Unspoken Factor Fueling the U.S. Labor Shortage

The shortage of available workers in hospitality and healthcare sectors of the US economy can only partially be blamed on the “Great Resignation”. Yes, the Great Resignation does point to a possible resurgence of the long-dormant US Labor Movement and an increase in worker mobility as pay scales are forced higher by short supply of…

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Is an MSP/VMS Solution for Contingent Labor Right for You?

If, like many organizations, the new normal for your workforce management plan includes increased reliance on contingent labor, independent contractors, gig workers/freelancers, temps of any type, then you’re probably already learning how much goes into managing a contingent workforce. Vendor management, sourcing, compliance, on/offboarding, rate and markup management, benefits administration and more – it can…

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Latest Controversy Over IC Classification for App-Based Workers

The nextSource Blog continues to follow the saga of app-based gig work and how regulatory bodies like the Department of Labor and the IRS address the question of “who is an employee and who is an independent contractor”. The highest profile of the many cases winding through state level courts, statehouses and the US Congress…

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Is Co-Employment the Same as Joint Employment?

Co-employment and joint employment are not the same, largely because of workforce management. In a co-employment arrangement, only one party makes labor-related decisions, but in joint employment, both parties have input on wages, hours, new hires, terminations, etc. Here are the definitions of each which should help clarify the distinction between these two similar-sounding conditions.…

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Evidence of the Growing Power of Labor in the US

The ground beneath the historical relationship between capital and labor is shifting. Long-held notions about the balance between these two interests have been seriously upended. For organizations unaware of how the environment has changed may find themselves in uncharted waters or even in legal jeopardy if they fail to revise their assumptions. Let’s examine two…

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The Ukraine War and its Effects on IT Staffing

The fog of war clouds visibility when it comes to planning just about anything. While there are certainly dire, life-threatening consequences for the humans caught in the crossfire, it may seem less important to consider the consequences to staffing industry concerns. However, since IT talent continues to be in exceptionally high demand and short supply…

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Managed Services Programs 101 – Are You Ready?

The managed service program or “MSP” for human capital management is a proven-effective method for efficiently managing sources of talent feeding your contingent workforce program. These days, with the expanding array of channels for talent acquisition – and so many organizations leveraging contract/non-employee labor – MSP is a strategy increasingly embraced by small to mid-sized…

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Changes to DOL’s Overtime Rules Are Imminent – What You Should Know

With the continuing expansion of contingent workforce activity, it becomes more and more common for companies to engage contingents in managerial roles and even – in some cases – executive positions. That’s why it is important for hiring organizations to pay attention to changes in overtime rules that will affect both the full-time and contingent…

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