Recent Updates

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.

Taking the Pulse of Contingent Labor

2 April 2014

Knowing the pulse of the staffing industry can help you prepare for the ebbs and flows in contingent labor demand from your various departments.

Large U.S. Staffing Firm Files Pre-Packaged Chapter 11

2 April 2014

It’s important to be mindful of your staffing firms’ finances, because an unexpected bankruptcy filing could be a huge disruption. While a supplier’s filing this week should pose no problems for the buyers involved, it serves as a wake-up call to ensure your suppliers are solvent.

Fieldglass Acquisition: A Crystal Ball

2 April 2014

The news last week of SAP’s intention to buy Fieldglass led our director of contingent workforce strategies and research in Europe to reflect on his own experiences merging the companies’ two technologies. He also speculates on what the future has in store. Read more in The Contingent Blog.