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Is Your Independent Contractor Misclassified?

Working with independent contractors is nothing new. In fact, cities throughout the region including Austin, Houston, Plano and Oklahoma City are considered some of the top places to find freelancers (who often classify themselves as independent contractors for IRS purposes).

4 Ways to Keep Light Industrial Temps Safe

The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) is coming down hard on both light industrial host employers and their staffing firms when it comes to the safety of temporary staff. This is happening for several reasons. First, temporary workers are more likely to be hurt on the job than their full-time counterparts.

Why Employee Referral Programs Should Lead Recruiting Efforts

It’s strange for a job placement agency to tout the benefits of an employee referral program. But hear us out: There’s certainly a place for both within your recruiting efforts.

Best, Worst and Weirdest Interview Questions of 2015

The questions you ask job candidates during the interview process can make or break your chances of landing exactly who you want. Hedge your bets by focusing on the good and cutting out the bad. And don’t rule out weird interview questions. Take a look below at some that have been asked recently (and who asked them).

Why Pleasing the Millennial Generation Can Benefit Everyone

Hiring Millennials and keeping them happy has been a perplexing endeavor for years. Are Millennials in the workforce truly lazy? Entitled? Hard to please? Are these just excuses older generations have come up with to explain their distinctly different work styles?

BuildASign.com: An HTG Staffing & Recruiting Spotlight

To the Austin business community, BuildASign.com isn’t just an e-commerce site. It’s an innovative business culture that has been imitated often but never duplicated. It’s true that BuildASign.com is a leading online custom printing provider of signage and home decor items. Products include signs, canvas, apparel, business cards, car wraps and more.

BIG RED DOG: An HTG Staffing & Recruiting Spotlight

If you do business in Texas and haven’t heard of BIG RED DOG, you may be living under a rock. The Texas-based civil and Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing (MEP) engineering firm with offices in Austin, Houston and San Antonio has its feet on the ground floor of some of the most talked-about building projects across Central, South and Southeast Texas.

Job Recruiting Socially: Are You Doing It Right?

SXSW Interactive will kick off in just a few short days, which means an influx of digital mavens, web geeks, coding ninjas and job recruiters will descend upon Austin to network and learn. Job recruiters?  It’s true: Now is the time of year in which tech recruiters from all over the country come to town to whisk homegrown and visiting talent away.

Employees and Vacation Time: A Shocking Snapshot

According to Oxford Economics, employees with paid time off (PTO) leave 3.2 days unused. That’s a total of 429 million days of unused PTO.  Ironically, the employers rewarding the time off may be to blame for employees not taking their due breaks.

EEOC’s Current Stand on Discrimination and Harassment: What You Should Know

We recently told you about the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (EEOC’s) increasingly aggressive position on severance agreements and those it views as “overly broad.” As it turns out, severance agreements aren’t the only sticking points the EEOC is cracking down on.