The Weekly Independent: August 15, 2016

By MBO Partners |

Updated Monday, August 15, 2016


Being a successful independent contractor or a client of choice isn’t just about doing the best work or having the best perks. It also means staying one step ahead of the curve. That’s why each week we bring you The Weekly Independent, a quick-hit digest of news of note from around the web.

  • Any election year marks a chance for change. 2016 has marked a more divisive election cycle than perhaps any in recent memory, and many voters are undecided between what they see as “bad” and “worse.” This week’s MBO Blog takes a dive into the candidates’ positions on issues impacting independents and their clients, such as the economy, jobs, and issues like portable benefits, so that you can make an informed voting decision.
  • The WWE is the latest in a string of high-profile organizations to be sued for misclassification. Lexology has a full look at the results of other recent misclassification issues, including ones involving JC Penney and Uber.
  • Ranstad just bought for a cool $429 million. To some, the acquisition might seem unique, but it has method to the madness. In the words of Ranstad: “The transaction is aligned with our Tech and Touch growth strategy and reflects our commitment to bringing labor supply and demand closer together to better connect the right people to the right jobs.”
  •  Uber uses a technique called algorithmic management to “manage” drivers without “managing” them. The concept is interesting – but the tactic puts the high-profile company in a very grey area with regards to classification.
  • Spend Matters covers DIBS, the new Arizona law that allows independents to declare their self-employed status to businesses. The piece champions DIBS, writing that “it seems to us like the most promising ways to accomplish clarification and legitimization are carve outs or exemptions for specific classes of workers and industries, where an independent contractor status can be reasonably clarified (such has occurred in certain industries before).” We agree – MBO advocated for a similar type of status in our recent Certified Self-Employed proposal.
  • Portable benefits are continuing to gain steam on Capitol Hill, Bloomberg reports. While many are behind the idea in theory, the actual funding and implementation of such a program remains TBD.

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