Tag: contractors

California Supreme Court Deals Blow to Gig Economy

Over the last 10 years, analysts have told of the decline of traditional employment in favor of independent contractors and the so-called gig economy. Instead, a casual workforce would arise, working when they want and trading security for flexibility. Workers were hired as independent contractors, consultants, franchisees—anything but employees. Gig work seemed like the path […]

Now Hiring: Avenger Experience Preferred

Even if you’re not a devoted follower of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), you likely were aware that Avengers: Infinity War just opened this past weekend.  While it is no surprise that the movie shattered a litany of box office records over its opening weekend, no one could have predicted the unparalleled success the MCU […]

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What HR Needs to Know About Tax Reform’s Impact on Engaging Independent Contractors

In 2017, 40.9 million Americans chose to work as independent contractors – about one third of the total U.S. workforce. By and large, these independent professionals work this way because they choose to do so. Their contributions – both to the workforce at large and to the American economy – are significant, about $1.2 trillion […]

Ontario labor and employment laws to undergo significant amendments

by Sophie Arseneault and Christian Paquette In Canada’s most populous province, labor and employment matters are governed by two fundamental statutes: the Employment Standards Act (ESA) and the Ontario Labour Relations Act (LRA). The ESA sets out minimum rights and obligations of employers and employees in the province. The LRA governs a host of matters […]

HR’s balancing act: tips for mixing agile and traditional workers

Feeling agile? Crystal ball gazers are predicting more employers soon will answer that question with a robust “yes.” According to a new study from staffing firm Randstad US, both employers and employees see the world of work turning to “agile” work—scenarios in which traditional full-time permanent workers increasingly share duties with contractors, consultants, temporary, and […]