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According to Monster.com, reports show that 46% of recruiters surveyed in the Mid-Southeast stated more than half their openings are difficult to fill. The current economic environment has created additional challenges for employers and recruiters when searching for potential candidates and making hiring decisions.
Augmenting a workforce with independent contractors can be an effective way to rapidly adjust to changing business needs. Not only is this flexible work arrangement beneficial to dynamic organizations, it has become an attractive option for a growing number of talented professionals. You can supplement your team with both independent contractors and W-2 employees, just make sure you follow proper HR compliance.
Recently, the Department of Homeland Security's Immigration and Customs Enforcement unit sent over 650 audit notices to employers for the purpose of auditing I-9 forms. The I-9 form is used by employers to verify the eligibility of employment for employees and is required by law. The failure to properly verify the eligibility of employment can result in large fines, a criminal investigation and potential prosecution. Employers can be fined $1,000 per employee for whom the I-9 form was not properly completed. In an effort to help mitigate your risk, please take some time to consider the following:
This article is based on an interview I had with TiTi McNeill on the topic of leadership. Nearly 20 years in business, TiTi McNeill is founder and CEO of TranTech, an IT solutions and service provider to the federal and commercial sector. When congratulated for successfully growing her company to the level she has achieved, TiTi responded by saying "It's not enough. We can always do more!" After speaking to TiTi for just a few brief moments, one is drawn in by her energy, drive and passion. She is clearly dedicated to growing her business in order to provide ample opportunities for her employees as she ensures her client needs are well addressed When TiTi started her business in 1989, she was motivated by a sense of accomplishment, helping others succeed, and building a growing business. She launched TranTech in a part time capacity while working for her primary employer full time. She continued in this capacity for one year, until she had 6 employees on payroll. These early factors continue to motivate her today. She believes in constantly challenging herself, and those around her.
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Best Practices: RIF Tips for Management Reductions in Force (RIF) usually come at a time when companies can least afford distraction. Operations become significantly harder as you work through the process of notifying workers, supporting current employees, and finding ways to compensate for staffing changes throughout your organization. These changes will take a significant amount of management bandwidth and a thoughtful and well-implemented RIF strategy. Downsizing your workforce may be the most viable solution to counteract decreased revenues and difficult economic challenges, but should never be a "knee jerk" reaction. To ensure that your company will get through the process unscathed, we've compiled a set of Best Practices and Considerations in Conducting a RIF. These include: Get HR Involved at the Beginning Explore Alternatives to Layoffs Consider ALL the Stakeholders Mitigate Legal Risks Don't Focus Solely on the Short Term Tip One: Get HR Involved at the Beginning A successful workforce reduction process requires careful and early planning. Companies that get through the process with minimal difficulties utilize Human Resources as a trusted advisor. Work with your HR department today to develop systematic processes that identify company-wide, department, and individual criteria that will be used for the RIF.