U.S. OR CALIFORNIA – Which 1099 Criteria Should Employers Use?

  California’s “ABC Test” and the U.S. Federal Agencies’ “Common Law Rules” have presented employers with conflicting standards on how to engage with workers as independent contractors. To prevent worker misclassification penalties, businesses should supplement their work force by leveraging staffing firms to hire workers as W-2 employees. In 2019, the State of California and… Read more »

How Much Does Your Employee Truly Cost?

Employees can cost a business 18-26% more on top of their base salary in taxes and benefits Last January 31st, employers across the U.S. have distributed their employees’ W-2 form which states their wages and tax withholding. What those W-2 forms don’t show are the employer’s contribution towards taxes and benefits that they pay on… Read more »

Why Is It So Hard To Hire Mechanical Engineers?

  Engineering talents are scarce, yet surprising data shows that hiring Mechanical Engineers takes the longest compared to their counterparts. With unemployment hovering under 4%, hiring in general is difficult – and hiring for Mechanical Engineers is even more challenging. In a study made by Workable.com, engineering jobs take the longest time to fill. In… Read more »

Tight Labor Market = Unconventional Benefits On The Rise

In a historically tight labor market, employers are trying to compete in hiring (and keeping) top talents by offering more unconventional benefits. Multiple studies have confirmed that what drives workers to shift jobs are for benefits that promote a better work-life balance, rather than just for better pay. In a Glassdoor.com survey on the importance… Read more »

Tax Time Scramble: W-2 VS 1099

“Death and Taxes” are said to be the only certainty in this world. This idiom holds true for all of us but at this time of year, the taxes part has our undivided attention. Filing taxes is intimidating enough but in the Contract or Consulting Engineering world where one can be categorized as a W-2… Read more »

January 2018 Adds Most Jobs In 17 Years

As the economy continues to swing upwards in workforce participation, this article from Manufacturing.net discusses the record-high in job vacancies the U.S. is currently experiencing and its effects on businesses’ hiring strategies: U.S. employers sharply ramped up their demand for workers in January, advertising 6.3 million jobs at the end of the month, the most… Read more »

How To Find Passive Engineering Candidates

With the national unemployment hovering at or below 4%, finding passive candidates for technology jobs has become the obvious path among very few options. So how does one go about finding these elusive passive candidates? Understand Motivation Passive candidates are, by definition, not actively looking for a new job. Something has to prompt them or… Read more »

Engineering Hiring and Salaries On The Rise

As the economy continues to trend upward, so has employment outlook and employees’ pay rates. Among the jobs that are projected to go on the rise are multiple engineering professions. According to a recent article by DesignNews.com, hiring for Engineers is projected to continue rising due to the demand in various industries such as rebuilding… Read more »

Why You Should Outsource Your Payroll Administration

Why should you outsource your payroll administration? Because it will save you time, money and manpower, and shift the focus back in growing your business. Take a look at this article from Small Business Computing Magazine on why payroll outsourcing might be a good venture for your business: As your business grows, you may face… Read more »

How Engaging Your Manufacturing Employees Can Prevent Turnovers

Over the last 5 years, manufacturing has seen a steady growth in hiring in the U.S. with unemployment rates going down to 3.9%. With a very hot job market, employers must come up with ways to retain their current workforce and not lose them to their competitors. Neil Pickering, Marketing & Industry Insights Manager at… Read more »