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AB 5 is Wrong – Uber and Lyft are Right

Friends, we should spend our time fighting battles that need to be fought, not making a fuss over problems that aren’t really problems.

California enacted AB5 at the beginning of this year.  Basically, this new law would make it impossible for anyone to be considered a 1099 employee (independent contractor) in the State.  To get this done, California has put together a new test of the relationship between a company and a person to determine if they the person should be considerd an employee or not. Let’s skip, quickly, to California’s answer to this test – NOT.

California, you’ve got too much time on your hands.  Seriously, you should consider getting a job driving for Uber or Lyft in your spare time.  You would, at least, be doing something that would be truly helpful for your constituents.  Uber and Lyft provide a very, very valuable service.  Please, let’s not mess with something that is working this well.

The existing independent contractor law has been up and running for decades.  When a person (or class of people) is misclassified as an independent contractor, the existing regulatory agencies and the courts step in to right things. It isn’t a perfect system, but in general, it is working. There is nothing really broken that can’t be properly redressed with existing law on the books.

Uber and Lyft employees are the very definition of independent contractors (1099 employees).  They set their own start and end times.  They decide when they are available.  They buy and bring their own equipment.  They choose the routes they take.

Uber and Lyft merely provide them with customers.  At best, it is a referral/marketing agreement. Uber and Lyft provide referrals and get paid for doing that.

The result – drivers are making the extra money that they need.  Additionally, for those old enough to remember having to wait long periods of time to get a cab, then riding in the back of a dirty vehicle, often in questionable mechanic condition, driven by a smoker, who blasted the radio, while talking on their cell phone, driving too fast and precariously weaving in and out of traffic, you will know that Uber and Lyft have raised competitive standards in the industry.

Word on the street is that there is even a movement to bring AB5 to federal statutes.

Let’s not do that friends, please.  With Covid-19, we have got enough to keep us busy.  We don’t need another big, government caused mess.  Stop and think through the real ramifications to passing a law like this.  Honestly, it is earth shattering.

Just so you know, I consider myself a fiscal conservative and a liberal.  I want a progressive government that does smart things, efficiently and effectively.  Trust me, government has a long, long way to go to fix what it already has on the books. Let’s please not add to the crushing amount of legislation, poorly regulated and enforced, we currently have.

Instead, let’s spend our time and effort ensuring equal representation and fair treatment for all those who reside in the US, without regard to color, race, creed, national origin, etc. Let’s deal with the major issues first California.






What is outplacement answered by one of the best outplacement companies in the USA!

It may seem immodest to for an outplacement agency to name itself as one of the best outplacement companies in the USA.  It isn’t really because we work really hard to truly help those in career transition.  We actually care about those using our outplacement services and go out of our way to help.  We don’t have “office hours”.  Clients don’t have to make “appointments” with us.  We don’t limit the length of our services (we stay with the person in outplacement until after they’ve found their new job). We are there when there is a need – at 3am if that is when they need to talk.  Helping those using our outplacement services both find a job and find support during the process is our mission and passion.

In this time of the Covid-19 pandemic, we believe it is important to really understand “What is outplacement?”  Simply put, outplacement is:

  • A sign that a company values the people that work for it; that the company takes the practice of “corporate responsibility” seriously;
  • A way to show clients, remaining employees and others that you are doing your best to help ex-employee with outplacement services; reducing negative employee morale hits and negative customer reaction;
  • A way to show the exiting employee that you want to help; reducing negative feelings toward you, the chance of litigation, poor social media reviews;
  • A way to help those in outplacement find a new position much more quickly than would normally be possible without outplacement assistance;
  • A way to ensure that those utilizing outplacement services are truly being helped;
  • A way to provide needed career assessment, resume writing, job search strategy, interview training and a wide range of other related services.

Outplacement is the tangible way a company proves it cares.  The good news is that outplacement is very inexpensive.  Most people are surprised at how affordable it is.  When you factor in that people in outplacement normally get back to work much faster than those not provided outplacement services, and the money you save on unemployment taxes, lawyer fees, employee turnover, etc., the ROI of outplacement is very positive.

Again, due to Covid-19, we’ve made a commitment to use video conference technology (Skype, Zoom, etc.) to meet with those in our outplacement services.  We still want to connect.  Surprisingly, we’ve found that this is very, very effective (saves the person in outplacement a lot of time) and feels very “real” to all concerned.  We’ve always been a “high touch” company – now we are using Zoom, Skype, etc. to make those touches.  We have decided to continue you this when the Covid-19 pandemic ends.  This is a wonderful way to help people.


Outplacement services open the door to future career opportunities.

We’d be excited to talk to you about your outplacement needs.  Please do call Rick at 309.310.5982 to find out how we can help.

Hygiene Combats Corona Virus

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Hygiene for Health – Simple Practices to Keep You Safe

There is a lot of concern about Corona virus today.  It is all over the news.

As of today, approximately 1,000 people in the US have tested positive for Corona virus and we’ve had 36 deaths (mostly the elderly and those with compromised health).

So far, 16,000 people have died and 280,000 people have been hospitalized in the US during the 2019-2020 flu season, according to preliminary estimates from the CDC.

I’ve seen many, many potential epidemics come and go over the years – Mad Cow Disease, West Nile Virus, Zika, Ebola, the list goes on.

Please understand, we need to do what we can to stay healthy but not simply because of the Corona virus.

Here are some simple steps you can take to keep yourself and your family safe:

  1. Wash your hands. Believe it or not, this is one of the most important things you can do.  Please use soap, spend one minute washing your palms, the back of your hands, between each finger and around your thumb.  Wash your hands after you use the restroom, before you eat, drink, smoke, sneeze, cough or put your hand anywhere around your eyes, nose or mouth (for any reason).

    I also recommend being careful when you open doors, use faucets, etc. as they often have germs on them.  After I wash my hands, I frequently use a paper towel to clean off the faucet and sink and to let myself out of the door. I then throw the paper towel in a receptacle so no one has to clean up after me.

Please note – If we are out of soap, let your supervisor know so that we can resupply the bathroom with soap and, if needed, paper towels.

I often keep a very small bottle of hand sanitizer in my pocket to use if I sneeze, cough or otherwise need a quick cleanse before I can get to a place where I can wash my hands.

  1. Thoroughly cover your nose if you have to sneeze.

  2. Thoroughly cover your mouth (with the inside of your elbow) if you have to cough.

  3. Avoid close contact with those who are sick.



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Outplacement is a new beginning.

Live Corporate Responsibility!

For years, there has been a lot of buzz about “corporate responsibility” in the United States.  You see the term bandied about everywhere today.  Many organizations are now going beyond the merely legal to reach new heights as truly caring employers and members of their community.

Many companies are now offering employees exiting their your organization involuntarily, whether due to corporate downsizing, a business sale or closing, or termination for cause, corporate outplacement assistance.  These companies are NOT required to do this in most cases; they do it because they want help others when it really counts.

Helping people in career transition with outplacement service assistance is a very meaningful, caring act; but it is also a great business move.  Often the reduction in unemployment payments alone more than pays for the full cost of outplacement services provided.  There are, of course, many, many other positive benefits from providing outplacement services to those exiting your organization – better morale for those remaining with your organization, less potential disturbance to customer relationships, reduced legal exposure, fewer distractions and the full knowledge that you’ve just done something to tangibly help another human being.

Whether you have a need for outplacement services for one executive, an hourly administrative person or your whole business, you have an opportunity to truly help others and demonstrate real corporate responsibility by offering outplacement servicea to your employees.

Outplacement Company Net operates all across the United States.  We invite you to call us or email us today to see how we can help and how truly affordable our services are for your organization.

Dallas 972.391.7220

Chicago 312.880.7741

Central Illinois 309.664.7741


Outplacement services as part of the organizational design process.

Employee Retention is Better than Recruiting 2019

Employee retention is THE key to organizational success today. While a solid overall talent management strategy will include improved recruiting processes, employee recognition, employee training, supervisory training, outplacement services and many other activities, real talent growth starts when a company implements effective employee retention processes.

Many people stress over the tight labor market … and it IS tight.

If you spend a bit more time focusing on how to make the work experience in your organization so welcoming and fulfilling that folks won’t consider leaving you, you will get several big benefits – employee retention and improved production, quality, attendance, creativity, etc.

There are lots of ways to improve your employee retention. It’s time to really to Walk A Mile In Your Employee’s Shoes. A good retention plan starts with a good design – everything from how you recruit, onboarding, train, supervise to how you provide outplacement services for those no longer needed.

Start today … better employee retention is less expensive and stressful than the alternative … you won’t regret it!!!!

PS Employee retention really is neither difficult, nor expensive. To improve your employee retention results all you need is focus and commitment. Once you understand that employee retention has as much value as shipping and receiving, for example, and act accordingly on a daily basis, you will be surprised at how quickly things can turn around. Having said that, there are no “quick fixes” in employee retention – while you will see fast improvements initially in your efforts, unless you truly commit to doing those things that help your employees know that you think THEY are important, you’ll find your long-term employee retention results disappointing.

I recommend that you start your employee retention improvement efforts by doing a “reward audit”. You need to ask your employees how they feel recognized and rewarded for doing their jobs. Most companies are shocked by the paucity of answers they get back. This is where to start … good luck!

Rick Galbreath



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