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Contingent Staffing

The Independent Contractor Question

June 29, 2007
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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Ramping Up, Ramping Down

April 12, 2007
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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Who Owns the Temps

April 12, 2007
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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The Growing Influence of Procurement

April 12, 2007
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
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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