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Use of Independent Contractors Presents Significant Legal and Business Risks

The benefits to businesses of classifying workers as independent contractors (and not employees) are many: lower taxes, greater freedom from government regulation, exemption from many laws governing the workplace, and potentially lower labor costs. The border between contractors and employees is blurry, however, and businesses must be careful to avoid misclassification, as significant liabilities may arise from getting it wrong: unpaid wages, liquidated damages, back taxes, disqualification of benefit plans, overtime liability, contributions to retirement plans, social security and FICA payments, and even criminal penalties (in rare circumstances).

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A Look at Walmart’s HR Strategy From the Inside Out: Would it Work for Your Company?

One of the nation’s toughest jobs in human resources has got to be heading up Walmart’s workforce of 1.3 million people, America’s largest roster of commercial workers. But as executive vice president of people for the vast chain, Kristin Oliver is focusing on the new opportunities inherent in a culture-driven transformation of the giant retailer rather than by the struggles of the past.

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Talent Development Lessons From Dubai: the Most Diverse Place on Earth

We tend to think of the United States as being rather culturally diverse. But American culture (especially its business culture) is very old and complex. Despite the unique melting pot of the American cultural landscape, American pluralism cannot begin to compete on the diversity scale with what’s arising in a few centers of international business outside the Western world, in places like Dubai. These four lessons I learned doing business there will help any CEO build effective teams.

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