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Nov 17

Affordable Care Act Penalties - What an Employer Needs to Know

As the 2015 calendar year draws to a close, employers are focusing on the Affordable Care Act, and the penalties they may be exposed to.   Employers need to know if they are liable for penalties, what triggers them, how they are calculated and how they should respond to a penalty notification.  

Nov 17

The Contingent Worker Challenge

Contractors, consultants, freelancers, seasonal workers, temps – our workplaces wouldn't be the same without them. Numerous studies have shown the huge part these workers play in the global workforce, which is only predicted to grow in the coming years. While employers have been quick realize the benefits contingent workers can bring, many have been slow to recognize the risks. According to the Office for National Statistics, around 6 percent (just under 1.7 million) of the U.K. labor market is made-up of temporary workers, compared with 8 percent in the U.S., according to the Government Accountability Office as reported by Forbes.

Nov 11

Providers Take Note: Trust is a Must in the Sharing Economy

Earlier this year my company, First Advantage, conducted an online survey of 800 U.S. employed adults to get their sentiments about the sharing economy. Initially we wanted to find out who has heard of this space and used sharing economy services. From our research, 64 percent of survey respondents said they have heard of sharing economy services and 39 percent said they have used this type of service. Not surprisingly, the majority of the people who use this type of service tend to be in the younger demographic between 18-44 years of age, which tends to be a mix of Millennials and Gen Xers. 

Nov 03

Perfect Storm

Recent economic and political developments in the UK have come together to create a perfect storm for recruiters. With the UK economy performing well, the demand for skilled workers has grown and now far outstrips local supply. Exacerbated by the forthcoming referendum on the UK's membership of the European Union (EU) and the Middle East migrant crisis, recruiters are facing evermore restrictions when looking to import the quantity and quality of talent they need from outside the EU. Various announcements from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) have highlighted this perfect storm.

Oct 28

Scary Stories

Be afraid, be very afraid! Our blood-curdling collection of incredible recruitment catastrophes will give any employer with a pulse a severe case of goose bumps. These terrifying tales show how some workers try to hide skeletons in their closets and the consequences when their pasts came back to haunt them. Incoming reports suggest nowhere is immune, with cases arising throughout the world…

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