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On these pages, we’ll be exploring the complex and rapidly evolving business and regulatory conditions surrounding the use or independent contractors, consultants, and 1099s. Companies of all sizes that engage independent contractors are subject to myriad risks and responsibilities for using 1099s.

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Q1 Down: Grading MBO’s 2014 Predictions

by Jay Lash

Just before 2014 kicked off, MBO Partners published this infographic detailing our predictions for the American workforce.

So, with our first quarter down and three to go, how do our predictions look so far?

Prediction 1. From BYOD to BYOW

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Kelly, Odesk and One Big Question

by Dave Putt

Kelly Services and oDesk recently announced an “alliance,” combining a traditional staffing company with an online freelance market for the first time in industry history.

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Why Make IC Engagement Complicated?

by Dave Putt

When you break it down, is contractor engagement really so complicated?

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Does It Really Matter If Your Contractors Are Happy?

by Jay Lash

We all know talent is important – and getting more challenging to find, especially further up the skill ladder. Contract workers are playing an increasingly significant role in covering those gaps in the workforce mix. HR and Talent Acquisition executives are emerging as the strategists seeking solutions to this shortfall, saving companies with stressed full-time workers, missed project deadlines and newer start-up competitors winning market share. 

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Executive Summary: Engaging the 21st Century Independent Professional Workforce

by MBO Partners

This blog is an executive summary of a recent white paper written by Andrew Karpie titled, "Engaging the 21st Century Independent Professional Workforce." 

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Webinar: Sourcing Talent for 2013 and Beyond: Whose Job Is It, Anyway?

by Jay Lash

It is becoming increasingly clear that the talent shortage we experienced prior to the recession is back. A recent report from Staffing Industry Analysts reports that there was a 16% increase in contingent workforce staffing in 2012 – with a 30% increase in the use of independent contractors.

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Recent Reclassification Cases: The 70,000 Pound Gorilla in the Room

by Matt Bender

I recently found myself in front of the TV unable to turn off King Kong. Not the jittery original version or the tedious high-tech bust from a few years ago, but that semi-appealing 70s melodrama that spawned a generation of cheesy pajamas, lunchboxes, and Halloween costumes.

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The State of the Labor Market: 3 Revelations

by Gene Zaino

Jay Lash, VP of Market Strategies at MBO, recently asked me what my big “takeaway” was from the conferences, dinners, and meetings I attended in the summer of 2013. After speaking with leaders in the business community, self-employed workers and the heads of Federal agencies, I saw that there was more going on than what could be expressed in one sound bite.

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The Greatest Myth of Independent Consulting

by Kimball Norup

In case you haven’t seen it, MBO Partners released the third annual State of Independence in America workforce research report. The report contains a wealth of information about this important, and growing, segment of the workforce. You can view the report and associated infographics here.

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3 Big Takeaways from #SIA2013

by Jay Lash

I have been attending SIA conferences for as long as they’ve existed. I can say that in 2013, new ground was broken spreading awareness of the significant shifts in the staffing industry. With more interaction between the experienced professionals and the new faces in the industry, this year’s conference created a perfect atmosphere for the exchange of new ideas.

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