How Will The Tax Reform Affect W-2 and 1099 Tax Filings?

  When filing taxes this year, W-2 employees are expected to receive tax cuts based on their adjusted income bracket and higher standard deductions This year, qualifying independent contractors will benefit from the newly placed 20% “pass-through” tax deduction for business owners The Tax Cuts and Jobs (TCJA) which was passed by the U.S. Congress… 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, engineering jobs take the longest time to fill. In… Read more »

Manufacturing Workforce Issue: Boomers Leaving, Millennials Uninterested

October 5, 2018 was Manufacturing Day — a day started by the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) to inspire the younger generation to pursue careers in manufacturing. During this day, 3,000 manufacturers opened their facilities to students of all school ages. These Manufacturing Day “open houses” are conducted in hopes of addressing the upcoming workforce… Read more »

Prepping For The California Independent Contractors “ABC Test”

In a recent court case, the California Supreme Court implemented a new “ABC Test” to determine if a worker qualifies as an independent contractor. Employers from multiple industries are now arguing that the rigidity of the test’s standards is restricting businesses from engaging with independent contractors. BUT WHAT IS THE “ABC TEST”? In the Dynamex… 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, hiring for Engineers is projected to continue rising due to the demand in various industries such as rebuilding… Read more »

California Minimum Wage Changes For 2017

Effective January 1, 2017, California’s minimum wage will increase on a yearly basis until 2022. To learn more about this new legal implementation, here’s a statement from the State of California’s Department of Industrial Relations: From January 1, 2017, to January 1, 2022, the minimum wage will increase for employers employing 26 or more employees…. Read more »

5 Workplace Predictions For 2017

2016 is coming to a close fast so more companies are looking into 2017 and what are the trends that could impact the workplace in the near future. Research Director at Future Workplace and frequent Forbes Contributor Dan Schawbel compiles an annual end-of-the-year trends list on what he predicts could affect business and operations for… Read more »

“Don’t Worry, Be Happy” – How to Pick up a Lagging Company Culture

“Company culture” is more than a buzzword. It’s the ways your employees communicate, work together and function. And its effects are felt in your levels of burnout, absenteeism and turnover – or your lack of them. A lagging company culture creates a noticeable drag on productivity and makes hiring harder. Turning your company’s culture around… Read more »

3 Ways Salary Transparency Helps Business

President Barack Obama proposed new actions and regulations to the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act on January 29, 2016. The additions included requiring businesses with 100 or more employees to submit summary pay data by gender, race, and ethnicity to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). At SoloPoint Solutions, we provide engineering recruitment support to… Read more »