Best of the Year: Our Top 7 Blogs of 2020

With 2020 coming to a close, this is a great time to slow down, review the past year, and reflect on what we’ve learned. This year has been tough for recruiters, staffing agencies, and other talent procurement professionals. You’ve faced some big challenges and have had to adapt to quickly changing hiring and employment trends, public health measures, and stay-at-home orders. 

To reflect on the year that has just passed, we dug deep into our data to discover the top People 2.0 blog posts you and other talent procurement professionals were most interested in this year. Here’s a countdown of the top 7 blogs of 2020. 

7. California Payroll Best Practices

It’s no surprise a comprehensive blog featuring California payroll best practices made it on the list. California is known to have some of the most stringent employment regulations regarding payroll processes, reporting, rest breaks, meal breaks, and more. These regulations differ from the requirements of other states, which often makes employing workers here more difficult. It’s all too easy to unintentionally become noncompliant, but you’ll risk facing stiff government penalties and increased financial liabilities if you don’t abide by the regulations.

From employment term notification and time keeping to overtime, breaks, and deductions, we discussed some of the most significant regulations in this blog to help you stay compliant.

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6. EOR Perspective: Telltale Signs Contingent Labor Will Be the Next Thing

The COVID-19 pandemic has turned the business world on its head. While many agencies and their clients are still focusing only on surviving the here and now, others are cautiously looking ahead to determine what the future may hold. 

In this blog, we discussed one of the largest changes that is likely to occur as the economy transitions back to the new normal: that contingent labor will be the next big trend. Why? Contingent labor will enable your clients to meet the new workforce challenges of the future, including a need for greater flexibility in a post-lockdown period, the need to hire on a budget while preventing overstaffing and under-staffing, and the move to remote work.

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5. What Is Considered “Reasonable in the Circumstances” for Proof of Personal Emergency Leave?

For our Canadian readers in Ontario, personal emergency leave (PEL) was a hot topic. Bill 148 introduced changes to personal leave in Ontario in 2018, adding two paid personal emergency leave days with up to 10 available leave days in total. Then, the rules changed again under a new government later that year. Under the new rules, employees were entitled to a total of 10 unpaid days. In the wake of the pandemic, more employees became entitled to personal emergency leave under the Emergency Act, which made PEL a hot topic once again

Specifically, many employers were asking what exactly “reasonable in the circumstances” proof of personal emergency leave meant during the COVID-19 pandemic. In this blog, we discussed qualifying situations for PEL, the emergence of declared emergency leave under the Emergency Act, and what exactly counts as proof to take leave. 

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4. Business Lessons Learned During COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted our collective daily lives and upended countless agencies and their clients’ businesses. The team here at People 2.0 was not left unaffected. During this difficult time, our leaders took a few moments to share the toughest business lessons learned so far since the outbreak. 

Topics included business continuity, the human impacts of the crisis, the importance of supporting employees and clients, and the critical need to adapt during times of unprecedented crisis. 

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3. Five Must Know Trends in Staffing for 2020

Early in 2020, we shared our predictions for the top five trends in staffing for the year ahead. These predictions allowed our readers to consider what they need to do to stay ahead of the competition and how to be proactive in their business planning and strategic decision-making.

While the pandemic became the single biggest disruptor that could not have been predicted, the five trends we discussed in this blog still hold true and should be considered in the new future.

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2. What Is Risk Management

For staffing professionals to effectively manage risk in the workplace, they must proactively understand the physical risks and potential hazards associated with different types of work environments. Risk management best practices are especially critical when your workers are deployed at third-party sites. You need to keep the best interests of your agency, your clients, and your employees in mind when mitigating risks.

In this blog, we discussed the basics of risk management in talent procurement, including insurance, workplace assessments, equipment and safety, and recordkeeping requirements. We also delved into the benefits of leveraging the power of an employer of record like People 2.0 to help absorb risk and ensure compliance. 

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1. FAQs about Payroll for Contract Recruiters

Contract staffing is a lucrative revenue stream, so it’s no surprise that many recruiters are thinking of adding it to their list of services or have done so in the past year. Contract staffing enables you to attract new types of candidates, gain business from new clients, and better serve your existing clients. However, many recruiters get concerned about the payroll complexities surrounding contract staffing payroll. They have many questions, and this blog shared many answers to those FAQs about payroll for contract recruiters.

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The year 2020 will not soon be forgotten in the talent procurement sector. We look forward to sharing more recruiting, staffing, payroll, and HR tips and news for the talent procurement sector in 2021.

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