We know there are many moving parts in the independent contractor machine. Some move faster than others, but all require maintenance and forethought. The misconception that IC engagement is a helplessly complicated puzzle can make solving it feel like a time-consuming mess. The good news is it’s simpler than you may think. Just like running your errands, one-stop-shopping will save valuable time and money. And, we know it works — we have been using this model at Populus Group for years.
During its first year, the new White House administration is impacting regulations related to independent contractor categorization, as the Populus Group points out in their article “Let it go? DOL withdraws guidance on Independent Contractors and Joint Employment.” The White House will likely have further influence as the President appoints new members to the National Relations Labor Board (NLRB) in 2017/2018.
Managing your contingent workforce is not simply a matter of adjusting your old practices, but truly fostering a paradigm shift in the way you are handling non-employee labor.
With misclassification fines as one of the fastest growing revenue sources for the Federal Government, the Feds are now incentivizing States to help further drive this revenue engine. Working with the various states, Unemployment Insurance (UI) Tax Programs have stepped up audits and increased education programs for companies.