As organizations continue to scrutinize operating costs and look for areas to drive efficiencies, shared services centers (SSCs) are a no-brainer. The concept of a multi-function SSC has been around for decades, but the strategic significance of consolidating resources such as accounts payable, HR, procurement and IT to lower costs, align skillsets, institute best practices, and drive economies of scale is still being realized by many expanding businesses.
The days of sitting day in and day out in a single office location are increasingly behind us. Faster mobile technologies, a new generation of employees who demand a better work/life balance, and stiff competition to identify the best talent – regardless of where they live – means teleworking has become the norm across all business sizes and industries.
It’s a scenario in every professional services firm across the globe. Managers review how consultants have spent their time over the last workweek or month, so that they can approve the time and expenses, understand project profitability and process the invoice to the client.
West Marine Products, which operates a chain of retail stores across the United States specializing in boating supply and fishing equipment, recently settled a class action lawsuit involving 707 former non-exempt employees. Over a five-year period, the company underpaid employees by a total of $18, 828. The settlement amount: $435,000!
The on-demand economy has just had its first employee classification casualty.
On-demand cleaning services company
Homejoy will shut its doors for good at the end of this month. And the media were quick to swoop on the fact that a deciding factor was Homejoy’s pending lawsuits over its classification of workers as independent contractors.
The Secretary at the US Department of Labor, Tom Perez, has said that the US is “distressingly behind the curve” on paid sick leave, vacation leave and parental leave. It’s certainly been no secret that the US is the world’s only wealthy nation that does not mandate a minimum for taking time off - almost four out of 10 private sector workers (or 43.5 million workers) across the country have no sick leave at all.
With summer at our doorstep, graduates are actively seeking to get their foot in the door in the corporate world, and businesses are looking to recruit interns to support their learning and career development, as well as possibly hire employees longer term.
Most organizations have recognized that we have been in the midst of an accelerating – and evolving – mobile transformation in the workplace for some time. While Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) programs were all the rage a few years ago, analyst firm
Gartner predicts that by 2016, 38 percent of companies will stop providing devices to workers and by 2017, half of employers will require employees to supply their own device for work purposes.
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