Businesses in nearly every industry have come to rely on contingent talent as specialists and flexible experts rather than temps who fill vacant seats during absences, seasonal demands or personnel transitions. With increasing frequency, we’re integrating these skilled contractors into our primary workforces. Yet, we still haven’t integrated them into our internal knowledge systems. And that’s a missed opportunity to tap into their intelligence and ideas, especially as the sharing economy’s[...]
The first presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump wrapped up Monday night. During the sometimes fraught 90-minute discussion, the candidates attempted to address the gamut of issues facing the country: immigration, cyber security, foreign policy, the economy and employment. Although many of these topics have become polarizing, the focus on jobs seems to be unifying. Gallup’s Election Benchmark Survey shows that 88 percent of Democrats and 80 percent of Republicans agree that employment is one of the most fundamental factors that must be addressed. Regardless of party affiliations, beliefs or political persuasion, one of the two candidates will become president. Their policies will influence and shape matters that affect our industry. So let’s take an objective look at each campaign’s stance on the job market.
The Republican National Convention just came to a close, and the predominant theme of the event (though it was often derailed by other issues) was “Making America Work Again” -- work in the sense of jobs, not necessarily governance. The economy’s recovery from the crippling recession of eight years ago has been anemic. Presidential candidates in both parties are putting the challenges of employment at the forefront of their presentations. The future of gig talent is a pronounced topic of discussion. Yet there remain countless questions that must be addressed. Despite anecdotal cases, labor regulators and economists can’t agree on how to define the gig economy. They cite the absence of systematic evidence to show the true number of participants and how they perceive their jobs. The most pressing matter for legislators centers around independent contractor compliance. Let’s look at each candidate’s position on this new workforce arrangement and the influential role MSPs could play.