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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.

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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 […]

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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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Dynamex ruling creates seismic shift in California labor law

On April 30th, there was a tectonic shift in California that didn’t involve a major fault line. The California Supreme Court’s heavily-anticipated Dynamex decision resulted in what may become a new legal standard that will be applied, not just to this case, but broadly across the state. Specifically, the court departed from applying the previous […]

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ABC independent contractor test used in Dynamex ruling

The California Supreme Court published their long-awaited Dynamex decision on April 30, 2018. The court had been asked to determine which standards apply when evaluating whether workers are employees or independent contractors under California’s Wage Orders. Wage Orders in California dictate the wage, hour, and working condition requirements for specific industries, including the manufacturing industry, […]

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GOP Makes Tax Cuts

Thanks to big changes in the new federal tax bill, businesses of all stripes will feel the impact of the tax law, including staffing firms. TalentWave CEO, Teresa Creech, along with other industry leaders share their reactions and possible impacts to the staffing industry and independent workers in this article from Staffing Industry Review. Read […]

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Embracing Independent Talent

(Part 2 of a 2-part series on Recalibrating Risk in the Age of the Independent Worker) One third of the American workforce has declared its preference for independent work. In Part 1 of this 2-part series (which you can read here), we saw how this army of freelancers and small business consultants fills a critical […]

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Why Independent Contractors Lack Protection Under Sexual Harassment Laws

A half-century-old policy doesn’t protect ICs – and didn’t see the rise of independent work coming Allegations of sexual harassment against Hollywood execs, politicians, comedians and TV personalities have dominated the news. They’ve prompted a movement to expose sexual offenders beyond powerful public figures and uncover a culture of misconduct that crosses socioeconomic strata – […]

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How the Rise of the Independent Worker Is Transforming the Workplace

(Part 1 of a 2-part series on Recalibrating Risk in the Age of the Independent Worker) When 53 million Americans—one-third of the workforce—have declared their independence from their employers, we can no longer deny the way we work is changing. Much of it is driven by shifting labor demographics—from Millennials avoiding the 9-to-5 life and Boomers who aren’t […]

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Are We Inching Closer to a Definition of an Independent Contractor?

As a brief refresher, worker misclassification is generally “defined” as a worker who is paid on 1099/independent contractor basis (e.g., no taxes withheld) who is, in fact, subject to the same direction and control as a regular W-2 employee. The government takes notice of this misclassification because, among other things, employers are required by law […]

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