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7 Costly Legal Myths in Contractor Workforce Management

Businesses across the country are continuing to cut costs by replacing employees with independent contractors to save costs. Some savings are certain - employers don’t pay employment taxes to the IRS or employee benefits to their workers. However, many hidden costs can reduce these savings or even erase them entirely. This article focuses on seven legal myths, which can mislead businesses to believe they are saving costs by blinding them to costly legal risks when they hire workers as independent contractors

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But I Signed An Independent Contractor Agreement

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Weighs In On Workforce Classification Under California Law

Every time I review an independent contractor agreement I find myself humming George and Ira Gershwin’s song, It Ain’t Necessarily So from Porgy and Bess. In California, at least, such agreements do not prove that a worker is an independent contractor.

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Complying with the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) in Four Easy Steps

Quick summary:

Under the federal Fair  Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), an employer has legal responsibilities regarding adverse action notices where a consumer report, in whole or in part results in an employer making a determination that they intend to take an adverse action  in regards to employment, such as not hiring a person, or not retaining, not reassigning or not promoting.  The required notices must include:

 

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Independent Contractor (Self-Employed) or Employee? Still Confused?

IRS Contractor It is critical that you, the business owner, correctly determine whether the individuals providing services are employees or independent contractors. Generally, you must withhold income taxes, withhold and pay Social Security and Medicare taxes, and pay unemployment tax on wages paid to an employee. You do not generally have to withhold or pay any taxes on payments to independent contractors.

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Job Applicant Rejection Letter Dos and Donts — Writing an Appropriate “Dear John” Letter to an Unsuccessful Applicant

Back in 2006, we covered the topic of applicant rejection letters in a post linking to an article in Assessment Council News (Considerations in Rejecting Applicants, on p.4). Since today’s economy is resulting in more applications — and thus more rejected job applicants — we decided to give the topic another look.

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Growth in women's share of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) occupations declined to 27% in 2011from a high of 34% in 1990. While women make up nearly half of the workforce, they were 26% of the STEM workforce in 2011.

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