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Independent Contractor Compliance & Engagement

The TalentWave blog is your resource for news and expert commentary on the IC regulatory and legislative environment, total talent management, IC compliance, and flexible workforce engagement solutions. We share our thought leadership and proven client best practices on how progressive organizations can safely and cost-effectively leverage the flexible workforce to get vital work done.

Department of Labor Withdraws Recent Independent Contractor Misclassification Guidance

The US Department of Labor issued a news release on June 7, 2017 announcing that it is withdrawing two recent administrative interpretations relating to misclassification of independent contractors and joint employment. These guidelines were widely interpreted as expanding the definition of an employee, thereby increasing the possibility of misclassification cases, and also expanding the concept of joint employment under the Fair Labor Standards Act.


Federal Legislation Introduced to Advance Portable Benefits for Independent Workers

In late May, US Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-Virginia) and US Rep. Suzan DelBene (D-Washington) introduced legislation designed to test and evaluate portable benefit models designed for the independent workforce. The legislation proposes to establish a grant fund to incentivize states, localities and nonprofit organizations to experiment with portable benefits models.


New York City Law Imposes Additional Requirements for Companies That Contract with Freelancers

New York City’s Establishing Protections for Freelance Workers Act, also known as the Freelance Isn’t Free Act, has been widely covered in the media. This law, one of the first in the nation aimed at protecting wage payment rights of freelance workers, became effective May 15, 2017.


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California Supreme Court to Review Case with Significant Impact for Independent Contractors

The California Supreme Court has agreed to review a controversial Court of Appeal decision which, if affirmed, could dramatically expand the definition of an employee in California. The Supreme Court’s opinion is expected to be significant for companies that want to engage independent contractors in California.


Another FedEx Worker Misclassification Case Settled for $227 million

Last week FedEx announced that it had reached a $227 million joint settlement of independent contractor misclassification class action lawsuits across 19 states.


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New Florida Law Will Benefit Gig Economy Companies and Independent Workers

Florida is about to enact revolutionary new legislation that will ensure most ride-sharing drivers are independent contractors and not employees.


Will Artificial Intelligence End the War for Talent or Accelerate It?

Technology has the appealing promise for companies to either replace human workers, or at the very least make workers much more efficient and effective in their jobs. However, these new technologies will be created and maintained by skilled knowledge workers, which begs the question: will artificial intelligence end the war for talent or accelerate it?


The Workforce of the Future: Should You Buy, Rent, or Build?

In today’s complicated workplace companies are challenged by the harsh reality of talent scarcity when trying to fill critical roles in order to execute their strategy. When looking for solutions many organizations are uncertain about the best talent strategy: Is it better to buy, rent, or build talent when riding the waves of talent supply and demand?


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[Infographic] The New Workforce

In today’s uncertain economic conditions and tight labor market, companies are increasingly relying upon a broad mix of traditional and contingent workers to get vital work done. In this infographic, we take a look at the factors driving the growth of the independent workforce, as well as strategies for how organizations can strike the right […]


How HR Can Remain Relevant in the New World of Work

Organizations of all sizes and across all industries are increasingly choosing to engage contingent labor. As this segment of the total workforce grows, and technology continues to remove friction from finding and engaging them, corporate Human Resources professionals have a vital role to play. Here are a few ways HR can remain relevant in this new world of work.


Connecticut Supreme Court Ruling Provides Insight on Independent Contractor Classification

Our legal team is constantly monitoring the legal landscape for new legislation and court rulings which impact the contingent workforce, including a recent case in Connecticut concerning independent contractor classification.


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