Recent Updates

Europe: Austerity Measures Lead to Radical Labor Reform

29 February 2012

Amid the ongoing economic crisis, a number of countries in southern Europe are re-evaluating their employment laws and are proposing, passing or enacting major reforms.

News: Feds Issue Citations to Buyer, Staffing Firm

29 February 2012

The operator of  a distribution center owned by the Hershey Co. in Palmyra, Pa., and its staffing provider were issued $288,000 in proposed penalties over workplace safety and health violations, the U.S. Department of Labor reported. 

Benchmarks: The Direct Hire Landscape

29 February 2012

In 2011, we estimate that the U.S. direct hire market generated $5.1 billion. What segments account for that spend?

Around the Web: Offshoring, Diversity

29 February 2012

One Harvard Business Review blogger makes the case for outsourcing and offshoring, while another asserts that manufacturing needs to return to the U.S.; U.S. boards are “too pale, too male”.

2011 Contingent Buyer Survey: Buyer plans for next two years

27 February 2012

  • Data on workforce plans
  • Share of contingent workers
  • Areas for Growth 

UK Monthly Hiring Trends Jan/Feb 2012

24 February 2012

  • APSCo data turns generally positive
  • Innovantage shows both perm and temp up
  • Economy gradually improving

The 2012 Spanish labour market reform explained

23 February 2012

  • Detailed explanations of the main changes introduced by the reform
  • Briefing note in English language
  • Link to the pdf document

Law: Contingent Worker Can't Sue in Temp Death Case

22 February 2012

The Supreme Court of Texas ruled against the family of a contingent worker who was killed on the job in a case that tested the workers’ compensation “exclusive remedy” rule.

Around the Web: Obama Budgets for Misclassification Fight; Jobless Programs Aided

22 February 2012

President Obama’s 2013 budget gives the Labor Department additional funding to fight IC misclassification; The tax bill passed by Congress last week broadens jobless programs; and the rising number of temporary workers signals a shift in the workplace.

Blog: One-Click Shopping for Contingent Workers

22 February 2012

Filling an open position with the click of a button, with no worries about IC compliance, risks, etc., may sound far-fetched and futuristic, but it will happen sooner than you might think, writes Editorial Director Subadhra R. Sriram in the Contingent Blog.