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FedEx Ground Continues Its Contractor Battle

August 22, 2007
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Although FedEx Ground lost another round in court, the company says it has no intention of abandoning the independent contractor model it is using, and in fact continues to expand its use around the country.
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The Independent Contractor Question

June 29, 2007
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The use of independent contractors in place of employees has been on the rise in the U.S. for years and continues to stir debate over its impact on worker protections. Congress has recently taken a renewed interest in the subject with the arrival of a Democratic majority, with one representative calling the misclassification of employees as contract workers “a national problem with implications for federal laws and our federal coffers; a problem we must solve.”
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When Temp Jobs Tumble, the Economy Stumbles

June 13, 2007
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The number of temporary jobs in the U.S. declined during the first four months of 2007, the first sign of a possible slowdown in a sector that often serves as an early predictor of the overall health of domestic employment.
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Partnering for Better Immigrant Hiring Practices

April 26, 2007
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Chicago-based Staff Management is the first staffing company to be part of a pilot program aimed at improving workforce compliance with immigration laws. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials hope other staffing companies will follow suit.
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Ramping Up, Ramping Down

April 12, 2007
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In Europe and Japan, higher levels of contingent work initially emerged as a response to rigid labor laws, but are now part of a broader corporate strategy to become more responsive to market changes.
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A Permanent Strategy for Temporary Hires

April 12, 2007
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As contingent workers become an essential part of the total workforce, more companies are adopting an integrated supply chain approach that cuts costs and boosts flexibility.
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Who Owns the Temps

April 12, 2007
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While human resources remains the dominant player in contingent workforce plans at most companies, procurement officers are becoming much more involved—and in some cases control the process—thanks to increasing pressure for corporate cost control and savings.
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Connecting With Other Companies That Use Contingent Staff

April 12, 2007
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The Contingent Workforce Strategies Council’s peer network is a direct response to requests from corporate executives keen on developing best practices in the field of contingent labor. The price for an annual membership is $30,000. So far, four companies have joined: Nationwide, Accenture, Hewlett-Packard and Dell.
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The Growing Influence of Procurement

April 12, 2007
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Supply chain management techniques honed during the past decade and supported by increasingly sophisticated systems can bring discipline and cost savings to staffing practices. At companies where human resources does not step up to manage the contingent workforce, procurement will.
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Rethinking Temp-to-Perm

March 20, 2007
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New labor market conditions may undercut the temp-to-perm approach for employers who need skilled workers. The temp-to-perm strategy is still effective for some positions, but increasingly counterproductive for skilled positions in candidate-driven markets.
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