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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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Engaging Independent Contractors for Staffing and Consulting Firms

by Dave Putt

There has always been an uneasy yet symbiotic relationship between independent consultants (ICs) and the staffing and consulting firms that use them. Most ICs would prefer to have “direct” relationships with end customers, but must rely on middle men like staffing and consulting firms to help find work. Staffing firms commonly promote the idea that they will place candidates of any profession, level or rate, but in general they tend to steer clear of ICs due to risk, control and competition issues.

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Building a Bench of Cloud Based Talent: The New Talent Management Imperative

by Jay Lash

Building a deep bench of talent is integral to being a best-in- class organization. Yet many companies continue to rely on traditional methods that do not embrace the 21st century work landscape.

As work arrangements have shifted to include both traditional and independent work, so too should talent recruitment and engagement methods.

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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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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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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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