Legal, Legislative & Regulatory

New Cold War Could Freeze Out Staffing Firms in Russia

19 December 2012

An ongoing dispute between the U.S. and Russia may have significant repercussions for contingent workforce managers as Russia threatens to ban foreign staffing firms from doing business in the country. 


Firm Settles OSHA Case in Temp’s Death

19 December 2012

A company agreed to pay a $100,000 fine as part of a settlement in the death of a temporary worker, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration reported. 


Company to Pay $46,000 in Misclassification

19 December 2012

A Florida painting firm agreed to pay $46,000 in back wages after it was found to have misclassified 26 employees as independent contractors.


New IC Bill Relatively “Limited”

19 December 2012

A new bill meant to simplify the procedure for determining proper independent contractor classification has been introduced in the House, but it appears to have a very narrow focus.


Lawsuit Targets Crowdsourcing Operation

12 December 2012

CrowdFlower, a crowdsourcing website, faces a lawsuit that claims it pays below minimum wage and misclassifies its workers as independent contractors. 


EEOC Sues Sony and Staffing Firm

12 December 2012

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed a lawsuit last week against Sony and its staffing provider alleging the companies violated the Americans with Disabilities Act by terminating a contingent worker because she had a prosthetic leg.


China Tightens Labor Contract Law

17 October 2012

In the final article addressing the changing contingent workforce landscape in Asia, we discuss China's efforts to require that all temporary workers should enjoy pay equal to their permanent counterparts.


Vietnam to Allow Employee Subleasing

10 October 2012

In this second article addressing changing legislation in Asia, we focus on Vietnam, where a new law going into effect next year addresses a hybrid form of temporary staffing and labor outsourcing.


Contingents in Asia: Changing Legal Landscape Part 1

3 October 2012

Asian staffing markets are relatively immature and quite often lightly regulated. However, the markets are developing quickly and legislation is evolving to accommodate the growth in demand from employers for more flexible forms of employment. In this first in a series of articles on the issue, we address... More


Amending China’s “Temporary” Law

14 September 2012

  • China is trying to change the law on "temporary" workers
  • See why the law is changing and how.
  • Read our translation of the amendments