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ACA Compliance for Clients

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has been a tricky piece of legislation to navigate for staffing firms and the clients that work with them. A recent ruling clarifies guidelines for an unusual circumstance in which the client is determined to be the “common law employer” of temporary staff. In the vast majority of cases the staffing firm is the employer clean and simple.[1] This means that the staffing firm is the only one responsible for tracking eligibility and offering health insurance under the ACA.

Asking Questions in Your Interview

One of the hardest parts of a job interview, especially a first interview, can be that moment near the end when the interviewer says, “Well, that’s all I have. Do you have any questions for me?” Of course you have a question! You want to know if you got the job! But you’re not allowed to ask that. (Unless, of course, you are a high powered sales person who rocks it by breaking rules, in which case: you go girl!)

Dressing for Your Interview

What are you going to wear to your interview?

We’ve all got the short answer to this question memorized: dark blue suit, white shirt, black shoes, and a conservative tie for men. But, ug, how boring is that?! Wouldn’t it be better to express yourself, to wear what you would normally wear on a day to day basis? In a word: no. An interview, especially a first interview, is a special occasion. It is the evening wedding of the business world. It may be perfectly acceptable to wear jeans and a tee shirt when your friend Betty invites you over to her house for an afternoon barbeque; but if Betty invites you to her 5pm wedding, jeans and a tee shirt just aren’t going to cut it.

Preparing for an Interview

I share an office with one of our Clerical Recruiters, Sam Newman, and a few times a day I hear him prepare one of his candidates to go on an interview with one of our clients. This guy gives the best interview advice! He breaks down the interview into totally manageable little chunks and makes the whole process seem significantly less daunting. Of course every interview is going to be different from the last one you went on, but there are some standard themes that usually pop up. Sam’s advice will help you prepare for those standard parts of the interviewing process, leaving you some extra brain power to answer those non-standard questions.