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Gig platforms are being tailored to specific industries

March 30, 2020

Developers of gig platforms are pursuing strategies that combine the finding and hiring of talent with solutions tailored to specific industries or business needs. While nearly three-quarters of employers plan to increase their spending on HR technology during 2020, corporate leaders and managers differ on where workforce tools offer the most value. PricewaterhouseCoopers estimates that…

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Cybersecurity for Remote Workers

March 30, 2020

The National Institute of Standards and Technology has warned that malicious parties will gain control of telework client devices and attempt to capture sensitive data or leverage the devices to gain access to the enterprise network. As the number of people logging in remotely or connecting to cloud-based SAAS [software-as-a-service] applications rises, organizations have an exponential increase in…

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States are Enacting Salary History Bans

March 30, 2020

As part of a nationwide effort to reduce pay inequity for women and minorities, three dozen U.S. state and local governments are enacting laws that limit employers’ ability to ask about or consider job applicants’ salary history. In California, employers are prohibited from seeking, directly or indirectly, salary history information or in using voluntarily disclosed…

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DHS Announces Flexibility in Requirements Related to Form I-9 Compliance

March 30, 2020

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has deferred the physical presence requirements associated with Employment Eligibility Verification (Form I-9) under the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). Employers with employees taking physical proximity precautions due to COVID-19 will not be required to review the employee’s identity and employment authorization documents in the employee’s physical presence. However,…

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Pandemic is redefining hiring practices

March 30, 2020

With health and safety concerns altering the traditional recruiting process, the pandemic could ultimately be the tipping point that breaks organizations’ predisposition toward in-person hiring, whether for individual positions or at scale. For years, recruiting platforms have been using Artificial Intelligence to identify candidates, usher them through the recruiting process, conduct automated interviews and background…

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FLSA Seeks Greater Compliance with Exempt/Non-exempt Status

March 30, 2020

Effective January 1st, the FLSA salary threshold increased to $35,568 annually, or $684 weekly. The FLSA also clarified the standards for determining exemption status. Employers are required to analyze and determine the FLSA exemption status of each position. In the case of W-2 temporary workers, the employer is determined to be the staffing agency or the…

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Congress grapples with complexities of “Future of Work”.

January 30, 2020

The U.S. House of Representatives Congressional Future of Work Caucus is working to devise plans to address concerns emerging from the rapidly change nature of how work is conducted. The agenda of this 19-member committee includes the rights of gig workers, the impact of automation such as robotics and artificial intelligence in replacing traditional jobs,…

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New research into email anxiety.

January 30, 2020

In a recent study conducted by Hiver, an email collaboration solution for teams, more than 60% of millennial respondents revealed that they feel anxious when they see unread emails in their inbox. Millennials across the globe today prefer to keep their inbox empty or near-empty – popularly known as ‘Inbox Zero.’ Respondents also indicated high…

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World Economic Forum weighs in on cloud platform work.

January 30, 2020

In preparation for the Annual Meeting 2020, the World Economic Forum (WEF) released a report on the rapidly increasing population of cloud platform workers. Cloud workers rely on cloud-based business applications to do their jobs, using the browser as a central access point. According to the WEF, global spending on cloud work rose 43% in…

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DOL redefines meaning of joint employer.

January 30, 2020

In early January the Department of Labor revised regulations that interpret joint employment under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). This follows on the heals of the “Final Rule” that went into effect January 1st that increases the threshold for exempt status. The Final Rule applies only to obligations to pay minimum wage and overtime and…

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