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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.

 

 

 

 

 

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.

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Tips for Creating an Engaging Resume.

A good resume represents who you are to a prospective employer. A well craftedresume can be very helpful in your search for “the” job.  A bad resume, on the other hand, can hurt your job search efforts.

Guide to a Stronger Resume.

  • Optimize Your Resume for the ‘Scan’.No matter how impressive your accomplishments might be, if your resume doesn’t have a well-thought format, it can fail the ‘scan’ test. Your resume is rarely read from start to finish by the hiring manager. Generally, hiring managers only have time to take a brief look at the format of what you’ve written. If your resume looks clunky, managers will often not invest time to look deeper; they just go to the next resume.

    Make sure you are using an attractive, easy to figure out and read format for your resume. Leave complex designs, fancy fonts and pictures for another time.  Here are some ideas:

    • Use bullet points to highlight important achievements or responsibilities.
    • Reduce the use of underlying and italics, as these only make your resume harder to read.
    • Use wider margins and plenty of white space to ensure hiring managers can easily read and recognize important information on your resume.
  • Use Proper Spelling, Grammar and Punctuation.

    The use of good spelling, proper punctuation and grammar sends a message that you are careful in your work, that you sweat the details and can follow guidelines. With grammar and spelling checking on most popular word processing software programs today (Word, Google Docs, etc.), there is no reason to have mistakes on your resume. Unfortunately, one missed comma or misspelled word can easily result in you being disqualified for a good job.

A Word About Outplacementcompany.net

Outplacementcompany.net provides corporate outplacement services to organizations located in Chicago, Illinois, downstate Illinois, Dallas, Texas, Indianapolis, Indiana and throughout the rest of the continental United States.  Outplacementcompany.net differs itself our competition because of our unwavering dedication those in career transition.  We recognize that what we do impacts human beings lives and act accordingly.  We are here to help!

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972.391.7220 (Dallas)
312.880.7741 (Chicago)
309.664.7741 (Central Illinois)

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Outplacement services as part of the organizational design process.

What Does A Change in Organization Design Mean for Employees?

Growth is a primary concern for the owner of every organization. Without growth and flexibility as part of its strategy, most organizations will not be able to keep up with market changes.

Even though nearly every organization focuses on growth in one way or another, many business owners and strategists don’t know where to draw the staffing vs. growth line. In an attempt to grow, many organizations expand to the point that it becomes difficult to manage all their operations and employees effectively.

And that’s where good organizational design comes into play.

While growth is important, all of your growth oriented efforts could go down the drain if you’re not smart about your organizational design. Growth, without a proper design and plan in place, increases organizational stress and makes your organization less efficient.

Growth is a primary concern for the owner of every organization. Without growth and flexibility as part of its strategy, most organizations will not be able to keep up with market changes, resulting in shorter- and longer-term business problems.

Even though nearly every organization focuses on growth in one way or another, it’s true that many business owners and strategists don’t know where to draw the staffing vs. growth line. In an attempt to grow, many organizations expand to the point that it becomes difficult to manage all their operations and employees effectively.

And that’s where good organizational design comes into play.

While growth is important, all of your growth oriented efforts could go down the drain if you’re not smart about your organizational design. Growth, without a proper design and plan in place, increases organizational stress and makes your organization less efficient.

What Does Organizational Design Mean for Employees?

A good design will help you improve communications, reduce unnecessary costs and improve your company’s profitability. Often, as a result of your design efforts, you will find out that you need less or different people to do the same or more work. Sometimes, as tough as it is, you need to let people go in order to keep your company strong.

This is a better way of while letting people go as part of the business growth process. By providing terminated employees with outplacement services, you maintain a strong reputation in your industry, with your customers and the employees who remain. Providing outplacement services to those in career transition is a tangible act of true corporate responsibly.

By hiring a Chicago, Dallas and central Illinois outplacement services company that provides career transition services throughout the United States, you can help your ex-employees find new jobs more quickly while doing the right thing as an organization.  By providing outplacement, you show your employees, including the ones that remain with you, that their contributions are valued and appreciated. This expression of corporate loyalty is noted and appreciated.

Seeking outplacement assistance will also help you maintain an employee-friendly reputation in the very tight labor market we find ourselves in today. On top of all this, knowing that you are going to help those leaving your organization by providing outplacement services will help you make the tough decision to terminate excess staff in a timely manner.

Interested in professional outplacement services? We can help!

With years of experience in the field, we at OutplacementCompany.net can help take the outplacement process off your plate, allowing you to focus on flexibility and growth.

Please get in touch today at rick@outplacementcompany.net to find out more about how we can help. We actually care about people in career transition and have a variety of high touch, humane, cost effective programs available to suit every budgetary need.