Recent Updates

TechServe names board of directors

9 April 2014

TechServe Alliance formally announced its 2014 board of directors.

IT contractors in UK predict pay increase

9 April 2014

For the third consecutive year, IT contractors are expecting a pay increase, according to research carried out by professional umbrella employment provider, giant group.

Precluding Class Actions? Not So Fast

9 April 2014

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled on the validity of arbitration agreements that preclude class-actions, but the National Labor Relations Board has other ideas when it comes to employment agreements.

Feeling Lucky? You Could Be an H-1B Visa Lottery Winner

9 April 2014

Companies hoping to bring in H-1B visa workers this year will have to depend on their luck. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced Monday the number of visas requested exceeded the annual caps in the first week. The agency will now hold a lottery to determine who will get the visas.

Germany Passes Minimum Wage But Not Everyone’s Happy

9 April 2014

Germany has passed the “most momentus law” in decades, becoming the 21st EU member state to institute a minimum wage. 

Are Your Suppliers Training? Why It’s Critical to Your Program.

9 April 2014

Employee training and development is widely acknowledged as one of the best way to improve company performance, but staffing suppliers are notorious for not providing as much as they should. Global Editorial Director Subadhra R. Sriram takes them to task in The Contingent Blog.

IC Misclassification Roundup

9 April 2014

Recent judgments in independent contractor misclassification cases. A California logistics firm owes $2.2 million for IC misclassification; a Michigan farm ordered to stop misclassifying migrant workers as ICs and may face financial penalties now that the employment question has been resolved.

McDonald’s Franchisee Faces Blacklisting Over Labor Violations

9 April 2014

A McDonald’s franchisee in Canada and two other employers may lose their ability to source workers through the country’s temporary foreign worker program; McDonald’s Restaurants of Canada is in the process of terminating its franchisee relationship.

A Look at the Argentinian Contingent Workforce Environment

8 April 2014

  • Overview of the Argentinian legal landscape
  • Significance of collective bargaining agreements
  • Details on employers' statutory costs

Courts at Odds Over Arbitration Agreement Ruling

2 April 2014

The U.S. Supreme Court held that arbitration agreements that bar class claims are valid, and that federal law preempts state laws that bar class action waiver agreements. However, further court rulings don't apply this ruling evenly.