Alternative Workforce

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    Kansas celebrates older workers. The Kansas Department of Commerce will host the Older Worker Awards Ceremony on April 24 in Topeka. The event honors older workers who are employed in both publicand private-sector jobs and businesses that regularly employ workers who are 55 and older. The department is accepting nominations until March 31, 2014,...
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    Though traditionally associated with labor unions, apprenticeship programs can be implemented in nonunion environments as well. Programs can be small or large, accommodating one to hundreds depending on the employer’s needs. Registered Apprenticeship is a national system that offers on-the-job training in many of today's sought-after...

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    If you're not paying your interns, should you be? With so many variations, including both paid and unpaid opportunities, as well as apprenticeships and co-op learning, employers run the risk of violating a number of laws if they're not up-to-date on the latest regulations about internship classification. Learning how to classify your interns...
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    In today's economic environment, many people are willing to work for free to increase their marketability by gaining important skills and training or simply to avoid gaps in their resums. Are unpaid internship programs legal? On April 7, 2010, the California Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (DLSE) clarified its test for...
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    If you're considering hiring an intern (paid or unpaid) this summer, you don't want to miss this critical new audio conference on how to avoid expensive legal risks associated with internships. Can an intern be classified as an independent contractor? What are the rules every employer MUST follow when using unpaid interns? What are the wage...
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    Car dealership hit with WARN suit. A former employee of Bill Heard Enterprises, Inc., has filed a lawsuit against the car dealership alleging violations of the federal Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act, which requires employers to give at least 60 days' notice before mass layoffs or closures. A...
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    Many employers use contingent workers: independent contractors, leased employees, consultants, and temporary employees. While using an alternative workforce has benefits, it can create legal and practical risks as well. If you use or are considering using contingent workers, here are some benefits and risks to weigh....
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    Wage and hour case settled. Dycom Industries, a Palm Beach Gardens specialty contracting firm, has agreed to settle wage and hour claims against three subsidiaries for $10 million, according to a South Florida Business Journal report. The company expects actual payments to be less than the gross settlement amount. The...
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    Crack dealer loses disability compensation. It took a state supreme court ruling, but a crack dealer has lost his permanent total disability compensation. The court's December decision in State ex rel. Lynch v. Industrial Commission of Ohio upheld a 1998 finding of the state Industrial Commission that Henry Lynch's crack-...
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    Michigan ranks ninth for "insourced" jobs. Some 202,300 Michigan residents work for U.S. subsidiaries of companies headquartered abroad, making the state ninth in the nation in terms of the total number of "insourced" jobs, according to the Organization for International Investment (OFII). Subsidiaries of foreign firms...
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