Independent Contractor Problems May Arise With Current Employees

Independent contractors that have been improperly classified as such can cause alot of tax and FLSA issues. I have written about the use of IC’s several times. You can find these posts here and here and here. One issue regarding independent contractors that I have not written about is the use of current employees to …

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Transformation, Communication & Severe Weather

Futurist David Houle has written that we are moving to what he calls the Shift Age, and this decade of 2010 to 2020 is the “transformation decade.” As Houle says “The Transformation Decade therefore will be the ten years when most of humanity and its’ institutions will change nature, shape, character and form. This transformative force …

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Independent Contractor Alert: Pending Legislation

There are two pieces of legislation pending in Congress that have a high likelihood of passing before the end of this 2010 calendar year. Both of these pieces of legislation regard Independent Contractors and the way in which a company recognizes them and deals with them. If you are a company that deals with independent …

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Report from the SHRM Atlanta 20th Annual Conference: Metrics and Legislation

The 20th annual SHRM-Atlanta conference is running full bore. I have attended two sessions this morning. Both have provided some scary news. The first session was part of the Business Acumen & Leadership track. The session was entitled The Most Important Organizational Performance Metrics: What Every HR Organization Should Be Measuring. It was presented by …

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Independent Contractors: Perhaps the Government Should Clean Up Its Own Mess

I have a WIN-WIN-WIN suggestion based on the following news story I heard on the WSB radio in Atlanta this morning. Scott Slade reported: ONE REASON THE POSTAL SERVICE LOSES SO MUCH MONEY IS ITS USE OF THE PRIVATE-CONTRACTOR GAME. NEWLY RELEASED AUDITS SHOW THE AGENCY HAS HIRED BACK HUNDREDS OF FORMER TOP EXECUTIVES AND …

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Independent Contractors and the ABC Test: The Future is NOW

When I joined the World Future Society I received a collection of forecasts taken from the society magazine called The Futurist. Included among them was the following. Small governments will eclipse big governments as a threat to privacy/liberty. According to U.S. Census Bureau statistics, there are close to 90,000 local governments in the United States …

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Independent Contractor Safe Harbor Now a Minefield

Yesterday I listened to a webinar put on by the law firm of Smith, Gambrell & Russell. There were multiple topics, but the one part that most caught my attention was conducted by attorney Tracie Johnson Maurer. Her topic was Status of the Independent Contractor Employment Tax Forgiveness under Section 530 of the Revenue Act …

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Top 5 Monday "Reads" for the HR Professional

It is hard to keep up with reading blogs. There are just too many good ones. So to help you out here are 5 that I consider a good way to start off a new week. Ann Bares writes on Mission Critical Skills: The Haves & The Have Nots. She talks about realities of the …

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Lessons for HR in the Geithner Confirmation Hearings

How many of you have paid attention to the lessons for HR in the Timothy Geithner confirmation hearings? Oops, I can hear you now “Who the heck is Timothy Geithner?” (A gold star to any who knows before they read the next sentence.) Timothy Geithner is Barak Obama’s nominee to head the Treasury Department for …

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