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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.

More tremors in California: Why you simply can’t ignore the AB5 State Assembly bill as it relates to Dynamex and Independent Contractors

Just one year and one month since the Dynamex decision rocked the pillars of California’s worker classification regime, it’s come to this: On May 29, 2019, the California legislature overwhelmingly passed Assembly Bill 5 (AB5). That bill, which is now off to the State Senate, seeks to codify as law the ABC test as the […]


Consulting firms CAN thrive in an environment of rapid change

In a recent 2018 High Growth Study by Hinge Research Institute, 40% of consulting firms surveyed stated that increased competition is a top threat.  35% said that downward price pressure on services was among their top threats.  These examples just scratch the surface of the complex forces that are confronting consulting firms today, as the […]


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Massachusetts in 2008. New York in 2015. Virginia, New Jersey and Colorado in 2018. Now, Wisconsin.

Concerned about Payroll Fraud and Worker Misclassification? The new Task Force is. States continue to act aggressively on matters of worker misclassification. On April 15, 2019, Wisconsin became the latest state to create a task force to crack down on and collect from businesses who commit worker misclassification. (See full press release and Executive Order). Called […]


DOL’s 4-Factor Test May Help Take the Guesswork out of Joint-Employment
DOL’s 4-Factor Test May Help Take the Guesswork out of Joint-Employment

This week, the Department of Labor (DOL) released a notice of proposed rulemaking in an effort to simplify the often-complicated issue of what a joint-employer is and, more importantly, when your business is at risk of being found to be one. The DOL’s stated goals were to “promote certainty for employers and employees, reduce litigation, […]


2019 Economic Outlook — How It Can Impact Employers
The ECONOMY — It’s in the headlines and bylines

The times… they are a ’changing. On January 28, 2019 the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) – a nonpartisan agency for the U.S. Congress – published their report on The Budget and Economic Outlook: 2019-2029.  There are some not-so-subtle hints of an economic slowdown illustrated by these lowlights extracted from the report*: Revenues and outlays are […]


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2018 CWS Summit Reinforces Labor Market Trends

TalentWave recently participated in and sponsored the 2018 CWS Summit, organized by Staffing Industry Analysts. This event is one of the largest, peer-to-peer industry networking events in North America, and attendees represent the usual demographics from contingent workforce leadership, technology platforms, program management organizations and of course, suppliers.  After many years of participating in this […]


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TalentWave’s Charitable Give-Back Challenge Makes an Impact on Local Communities

Mahatma Gandhi once said, “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” Truer words were never spoken. This summer, teams of cross-functional TalentWave employees raised funds for a set of charities through a program that fostered organization, collaboration and creativity. The project, called the Give-Back Challenge, had four […]


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What does California’s Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) mean to you?

As consumers become hyper focused on their digital footprint and confidentiality, numerous states are passing legislation on consumer privacy. Enter California’s new privacy law, the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA). Enacted on June 28, 2018, CCPA goes into effect January 1, 2020. If you’re just hearing about the law, take note of some key points: […]


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Small Vendor Engagement: Does tail spend have you in a tail spin?

Everyone in business has heard of the Pareto principle, otherwise known as the 80/20 rule. From a procurement perspective, 80% of a company’s business comes from 20% of their suppliers. However, this means the remaining 20% of business comes from 80% of your suppliers. There is a misconception that the result is not worth the […]


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Interns: The Economical, Convenient Solution to Short- and Long-Term Talent

Your organization may be mulling over the value of engaging interns, as they are a quick and easy way to effectively manage your workflow to accomplish immediate business objectives. These temporary workers help your full-time employees be more productive, prevent them from becoming overburdened by side projects and free them up to accomplish more creative […]


BLS Report on Independent Contractors
Bureau of Labor Statistics report on independent contractors: What just happened?

For the last several years, we have been bombarded with industry and academic reports, telling us firmly that the gig/freelance/independent contractor (IC) population is propagating itself at record levels. The numbers (we have been told) of Americans with non-traditional W-2 work arrangements could be as high as 50 million, with the expectations to only increase. […]


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