Benefit of Counsel

1605, 2022

Benefit of Counsel: A Successful Exit

By |May 16th, 2022|

There is a well-known business maxim: Start with the end in mind. For most owners of staffing firms, the end is a successful exit. With this touchstone in mind, it becomes easier to distinguish between the important legal and compliance issues (what will impede a successful exit) from the unimportant (i.e., don’t sweat the small […]

2103, 2022

Benefit of Counsel: No More ABCs

By and |March 21st, 2022|

Staffing firms doing business in Massachusetts have long awaited clarification on when they could be held liable for wage act violations as a joint employer when placing independent contractors with clients located in the state. Would the stringent ABC test under the state’s independent contractor law apply, or the more employerfriendly standard under the Fair […]

1402, 2022

Benefit of Counsel: Market Reactions

By |February 14th, 2022|

Recently, several stories have emerged in the media accusing nurse staffing firms of “price gouging,” especially in regard to travel nurses. Those charges are unfounded. As the pandemic continues and demand-driven costs increase, medical facilities, especially nursing homes, are finding it increasingly difficult to hire their own healthcare staff and are having to turn to […]

1511, 2021

Benefit of Counsel: Keeping It Just

By |November 15th, 2021|

Since this issue focuses on women in the industry, it’s fitting to ask: How has the Covid-19 pandemic impacted women in the workplace and women in staffing, and what might it mean for employers and the staffing industry legally?

The biggest change we have seen in the workplace has been the rise of remote work. Pre-Covid, […]

1510, 2021

Benefit of Counsel: Wired to Discriminate?

By |October 15th, 2021|

Artificial intelligence plays an increasingly prominent role in the employment lifecycle from recruiting and onboarding to on-the-job training, personal development and even dismissals. In general, AI has been developed and deployed with very little oversight. However, given its reach and impact, there is a shift toward greater restrictions and regulation globally.

In December 2020, the Labour […]

2007, 2021

Benefit of Counsel: A New Course

By |July 20th, 2021|

Employers and their in-house legal departments faced novel challenges this past year as they navigated the Covid-19 pandemic and a fully remote workforce.

Now, as state and local restrictions ease, employers are once again charting a new course — this time, how to bring employees back into the office safely. Employers must evaluate certain legal considerations […]

2303, 2021

Benefit of Counsel: Enabling Business

By |March 23rd, 2021|

A staffing firm’s legal department is in a unique position to be a strategic, value-add essential with the power to have a direct, positive impact on the bottom line. Unfortunately, often our perception is not that.

If you’ve ever spent any time working within an in-house legal team, you’ll have heard the internal rhetoric that the […]

1602, 2021

Knocking Down Barriers

By |February 16th, 2021|

As we navigate the economic and labor-market fallout from Covid-19, staffing companies and their clients are struggling with an ever-widening talent gap. We need to have the right skillsets to rebuild and accelerate businesses, but qualified people who want to work are hard to find. At the same time, far too many people in America […]

1711, 2020

A Fair Analysis

By |November 17th, 2020|

It ranks among employers’ worst nightmares: You’ve received a harassment complaint from an employee or a temporary worker.

Or perhaps your client company reaches out with a complaint against one of your assigned workers. The cardinal rule is this: you must conduct an investigation.

As an attorney who deals with workplace lawsuits, and who deposes investigators engaged […]

911, 2020

Benefit of Counsel: Footing the Covid Bill

By |November 9th, 2020|

Governments around the world have been throwing money at economies to mitigate the worst social and economic effects of the Covid-19 crisis. When the world regains its footing and is able to get back to business, there will be a bill to pay for this.

Borrowing seems unlikely to be the complete answer, and while many […]