Future Friday: Will the daily commute always be there?

I do a webinar on the subject of telecommuting, where I extol the virtues of telecommuting. At one time telecommuting seemed to be the major trend of the “future of work.” However, with recent moves by IBM, Yahoo, Honeywell and Aetna to make employees come back to the office, one might wonder if telecommuting will …

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Future Friday: Will the fulltime job as we know it disappear?

I read, write and think about the world of work and the gig economy quite a bit. I keep hearing prognostications that by 2025 40% of the jobs will be gig types of positions. I wonder though, how true that is. Are American’s going to be inclined to give up their full time jobs by …

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The potential consequences of improper classification of independent contractors

There is a minefield awaiting many employers as the strength of the “gig” economy continues to grow. Many employers are interested in taking on workers to do contract work, thus avoiding the expenses that go with having employees. It often seems a simple solution, but as Uber has discovered, those relationship can be fraught with …

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Future Friday: The next great HR position

The next great HR position is going to require someone who has a multi-functional background and may in fact not be filled by someone from HR. According to writer Anne Fisher, in an interview with Peter Martin, workplace strategy director for Asia at real estate company CBRE, said that the next great HR position will …

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The NLRB creates another test for Independent Contractor Status

If you have been paying attention (here, here and here) the U.S. government has been cracking down on the use of independent contractors. In a big move to restrict “mis-classification” of employees as independent contractors the USDOL and the IRS have been stringent is applying the rules for determining independent contractor status. Now the National …

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Future Friday: Get Ready Employers here comes a Generation of Entrepreneurs

  How about a couple of facts to shake you up? In a scant 11 years from now 75% of the workforce will be Millennials. To date only 7% of them have worked for a Fortune 500 company. They have had a tough time getting work and that experience has prepared them to be entrepreneurs …

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