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VMS Not the Bogeyman Suppliers Claim

9 January 2013

VMS is staffing firms’ favorite bogeyman, but tales of its effects on lowered margins and profits are greatly exaggerated, writes Editorial Director Subadhra R. Sriram in The Contingent Blog


Staffing Buyer Pays $96,335 in Back Wages

9 January 2013

A printing company that used two different staffing firms and timeclocks for its workers pays more than $100,000 in overtime back wages and penalties.


Why 2013 Is the Year of the Freelancer

9 January 2013

This will be the year of the freelancer, proclaims Darrell Jones, editor-in-chief of Elance. Read why in The Staffing Stream.


Judge Allows Adding Walmart to Contingents’ Lawsuit

9 January 2013

A federal judge has tentatively ruled that Walmart can be added to a lawsuit brought by contingents who work at a warehouse that operates strictly for the retail giant, Marketplace Business reports. The eventual outcome could have broader implications for all retailers that use third-party logistics facilities... More


Company Blames Temp for Fatal Burns

9 January 2013

A household and grooming products manufacturer cited by OSHA for 14 alleged violations after a contingent worker suffered fatal burns blames the worker for his death, Chicago Public Media's WBEZ reports.


Changes to Watch for in 2013

19 December 2012

What will the New Year bring? Editorial Director Subadhra R. Sriram points out eight changes to expect next year in The Contingent Blog.


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.