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Weekend Roundup: Independent Contractor vs. Employee, Hiring Process, Labor Shortage

In this week’s Weekend Roundup, we take a look at independent contractors versus employees and the benefits they are eligible for. Next, we will explore open hiring, a hiring process that looks beyond resumes, background checks, drug tests, and degrees for a more inclusive candidate pool. Finally, due to COVID-19, child care issues, and competition from e-commerce warehouses, there is a labor shortage at many factories. Is your business affected? Click the headlines below to learn more.

What’s the Big Difference Between an Independent Contractor and an Employee Anyway?

Sam spent 60 hours working on a project for your company last week, for which the business paid Sam $1,000. The company treated Sam as an independent contractor. But, what if Sam was actually an employee instead? As far as the U.S. Department of Labor is concerned, “misclassified employees often are denied access to critical benefits and protections they are entitled to by law, such as the minimum wage, overtime compensation, family and medical leave, unemployment insurance, and safe workplaces.”

Imagine a Hiring Process Without Resumes

Despite near record unemployment during the Covid-19 recession, plenty of employers will face major challenges in hiring low-skill, entry-level workers when economic conditions improve. This is, in part, because the overall U.S. workforce will grow only 0.4 percent in the next several decades. A big part of the problem of finding low-skill workers is the barriers employers create when they focus on screening people out. Typical staffing processes are costly, time-consuming, and repeated endlessly. Businesses spend about $4,100 per employee processing resumes, then conducting interviews, background checks, and drug tests.

Low on Workers, Manufacturers Recruit Their Executives for the Factory Floor

American manufacturers have gotten better at safeguarding their factory floors and containing infections of Covid-19 in their workforces. Despite the progress, they are still struggling to find enough people to staff their plants. The worker shortages are choking supply chains and delaying delivery of everything from car parts to candles just as demand is picking up.

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