Recent Updates

Successful launch? Be prepared for change right out of the gate

15 July 2015

You have launched your program. But if you think you'll have a chance to rest after all your hard work and preparation, think again. Change is constant, and you'll be asked for it sooner than you think.


Supplier selection: Buyers shift focus to worker quality over costs, risk

15 July 2015

The improved economy and employment numbers point to an increasing battle over skilled talent, leading even procurement professionals to rate quality over cost and risk factors as the most important when selecting a supplier.


Delivery group wins independent contractor case, beats state law

15 July 2015

The Massachusetts Delivery Association won the right to use independent contractors when a judge ruled federal law preempts the state’s independent contractor law.


NLRB invites input on temporary employee unionization issue

15 July 2015

The National Labor Relations Board last week invited interested parties to file briefs regarding whether it should permit bargaining units comprised of both regular employees and temporary workers provided by a staffing agency to form without employer approval.


Contingent labor buyer faces $116K fines for risks

15 July 2015

A refrigeration company, faces fines of more than $100,000 for safety violations that put its temporary and regular workers at risk of serious injury or death.


California lawmakers propose misclassification amnesty program for drayage employers

15 July 2015

The California Assembly has passed a bill that would relieve port drayage companies from worker misclassification liabilities if they enter into a settlement agreement with the state before 2017, CCJ Commercial Carrier Journal reports. The bill has been referred to the Senate Appropriations Committee. ... More


Bill Rate Increases? Lower unemployment, regulations herald higher costs for talent

8 July 2015

Are you ready to pay more for your contingent workforce? Tacking onto the inevitability of increases due to the ACA mandates, shrinking unemployment rates put workers in a better position to command higher rates.


Crowdsourcing supplier settles class action lawsuit

8 July 2015

CrowdFlower agreed to pay $585,507 to settle a class action lawsuit brought by crowdsourced workers who claim they were misclassified as independent contractors and paid less than the legal minimum wage.


New penalties set for foreign temp worker violations in Canada

8 July 2015

Hopes for relaxed rules in Canada’s Temporary Foreign Worker program were quickly dashed when Canadian officials announced stiffer penalties for noncompliance.


Another gig economy firm to categorize its workers as employees, not contractors

8 July 2015

Gig economy company Shyp announced in a recent blog it will reclassify its couriers as employees instead of independent contractors, following in the footsteps of Instacart.