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Worker’s Compensation – Myths, Facts and FAQ’s (Part Three)

January 21st, 2014
Do you know your rights?

Do you know your rights?

In part one and part two of our blog post series, we began delving into the highly confusing topic of worker’s compensation. We introduced basic facts in part one and continued by debunking common myths in part two. Today, in part three, we tackle the topic of frequently asked questions and deliver answers that are sure to aid in creating a strong and cohesive understanding of worker’s compensation.

Common Worker’s Compensation FAQ’s:

What is it?  This may surprise individuals but there are plenty of employees that don’t have any knowledge of the existence of worker’s compensation. Simply stated, worker’s compensation includes a set of compensation benefits that your employer is required to pay if you have an injury or illness that is directly correlated or caused by your work for the company.

What do I do if I get hurt or sick at work? If you have a condition that was caused by your workplace, you must report it to your supervisor right away or as soon as symptoms appear (for a developed disease etc.). When health conditions appear and medical care becomes necessary, prompt reporting will aid in the quick receipt of compensation and medical benefits. When you make a report, you will be given specific claim forms and various other paperwork. Be sure to complete the forms honestly and completely before 30 days have passed. Once 30 days have gone by,an investigation is less effective, and your compensation benefits may lessen or even disappear.

Is there any way to avoid getting hurt? Besides personal responsibility and judgment, every California employer is required by OSHA law to have a program in place for their employees for illness and injury prevention. These programs will vary from one employer to the next but should include ideas for correcting unsafe situations and safety trainings for team members. While the responsibility lies on the shoulders of your employer to create a safe workplace, as a member of that workplace you must share the responsibility in maintaining its safety.  You can do this by being aware of any and all workplace safety guidelines as set forth by OSHA and by gladly complying with those standards at all times.  Following these guidelines are the best way to prevent injury and promote safety.

There are dozens of other questions that are commonly asked in reference to work related illness and injury benefits, and while we may have only covered four questions today, we know the information will help in the development of your basic understanding of the concept. Be sure to check back next week as we wrap up the series with one final post full of even more frequently asked questions.

About Josephine’s Professional Staffing

 Founded in 1988, Josephine’s Professional Staffing has nearly 25 years of business success and is continuously committed to providing superior quality staffing solutions to companies in the Bay Area. We proactively and consistently search for avenues to provide staffing solutions in the field of administrative, accounting, healthcare, light industrial, technical and professional services while taking pride in each of our employees. Josephine’s Professional Staffing is a Certified Small Business Enterprise (SBE), Underutilized Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (UDBE), and Minority Woman-Owned Business Enterprise (MWOBE). We can be reached at jps@jps-inc.com or 408.943.0111 and are located at 2158 Ringwood Avenue, San Jose, CA 95131

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Workers Compensation – Myths, Facts and FAQ’s (Part 2)

January 14th, 2014

glovesIn part one of our blog post series, we conveyed the idea that worker’s compensation remains one of the most misunderstood aspects of employment. We began by introducing four important facts for understanding the concepts associated with worker’s compensation, and today, we uncover four myths that frequently cause confusion among management and employees alike.

The myths are: Read the rest of this entry »

Worker’s Compensation – Myths, Facts and FAQ’s (Part One)

January 7th, 2014
Do you understand worker's compensation claims?

Do you understand worker’s compensation claims?

Worker’s compensation is one of the most misunderstood aspects of employment and here at JPS Inc. we understand how confusing the concepts can be for an employee. In this blog post series, we identify facts, myths and frequently asked questions commonly associated with worker’s compensation. Today, we begin by introducing four facts that will be sure to help any employee get on the road to a better understanding of worker’s comp. Read the rest of this entry »

New Year Resolutions – Tips for Job Hunting in 2014

December 24th, 2013

happyNewYearNew Year resolutions are not limited to losing those extra pounds or stopping a bad habit. In part one of this blog post series, we discussed the idea that the New Year is seen by many as a fresh start, a clean slate and an opportunity for change. Last week, we introduced three basic tips to prepare for job hunting in the New Year. Today, in part two, we continue with our introduction of job hunting tips with three more ideas to aid in finding success with your job related New Year resolutions. Read the rest of this entry »

New Year Resolutions – Tips for Job Hunting in 2014

December 17th, 2013
How will you celebrate the New Year?

How will you celebrate the New Year?

The New Year is upon us and it is seen by many as a fresh start, a clean slate and an opportunity for change. In this two part blog post series, we introduce a handful of ways that any job hunter with New Year resolutions can prepare to turn those resolutions into realities. Today we delve in the first three tips.

They are:

1.   Write down your goals: Goal setting is an essential aspect of any job hunting effort. Just as if you are making your list of New Year resolutions for your personal life, be specific and detailed about these professional priorities.  Read the rest of this entry »

Staffing Agencies – Three Tips for Finding the Perfect Match

December 10th, 2013
What is your perfect staffing match?

What is your perfect staffing match?

Working with staffing agencies like Josephine’s Professional Staffing could be an outstanding career move. Whether you are seeking out permanent employment or temporary placement, staffing agencies place millions of individuals into quality employment opportunities each day. Picking an agency that will fit your needs is especially important after making the positive decision to work with one. In this blog post, we introduce three tips for choosing the perfect staffing agency. Read the rest of this entry »

Nursing Trends in the Workforce

December 3rd, 2013
What nursing trends do you see?

What nursing trends do you see?

Nurses, CNAs and caregivers are at the forefront in caring for patients on a daily basis and are considered the backbone of the healthcare system. Industry experts are predicting a promising decade for those in nursing careers and it’s one trend that’s not expected to go away anytime in the near future. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment for nurses, CNAs and caregivers is expected grow at least 18 percent between now and 2018.

Driving the demand for tens of thousands of nursing jobs are aging baby boomers, who are living longer but not necessarily healthier. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, by 2050 the American population of elderly is expected to grow to 21 percent. Nursing trends show more hospitals are turning to specialized care workers and staffing agencies that employ nurses to maintain nurse-patient ratios. Here are three things that will affect trends in the coming year.

1. CompetitionDespite the need for thousands of jobs, registered nurses fresh from school are meeting resistance from hospitals that don’t want to hire new grads. Many experts say part of the problem is they need seasoned nurses to face the challenges of the hospital world. Mix that with the fact that as the economy continues to improve, and experienced nurses who have been deferring retirement will finally retire from the workplace, it leaves a predicted nursing shortage. On the positive side of this, the competition will ensure that only the best, most qualified people are hired by hospitals, which will benefit the entire healthcare industry. On the negative side, not everyone who wants to be a nurse will be hired due to the increased competition.

2. The Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare) – The Affordable Care Act initiative to make healthcare coverage available to everyone will have a significant effect on the future of providers, not just on nursing trends.  The Affordable Care Act, along with the move away from fee-for-service payment by insurance companies, is fueling reimbursement approaches that emphasize more accountable care. New research indicates that new primary care models using nurse practitioners and physician assistance to reach out to patients could “eliminate” the scarcity of primary-care doctors.

3. Technology – Nursing trends also include the technology boom in hospitals. New gadgets and technologies are being developed that could change the way healthcare staffs work. This can be blessing, but it may make things more challenging for those in the field. Nursing staffs will have to learn how to use the new tools opening up a door for more training.

As the health care industry continues to move forward, nursing trends may be challenging. However, hospitals can meet those challenges head on if we know how things may be trending. This is an opportunity for healthcare workers to continue to improve and provide the best care possible.

Staffing agencies like JPS regularly employ nurses, CNAs, nurse practitioners and other positions in the nursing industry. If you’re an employer needing to hire someone in the nursing profession, or someone who is looking for a job in the nursing industry, contact us today!

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Job Interviews – Four Tips for Improving Assertiveness

November 19th, 2013
How will you assert yourself in an interview?

How will you assert yourself in an interview?

In a job interview, leaving a strong and assertive impression on an employer could make all the difference. A candidate with confidence and clearly defined skill sets is ideal in the workplace, and displaying assertiveness is a sure fire way to convey both traits to a new company. In this blog post, we  share four basic tips for increasing your assertiveness during a job interview.

Tip #1: Have a strong presence: Did you know that a first impression is typically made within the first 6 seconds of interaction?  Your presence is made up of everything you wear, say or do from head to toe. To ensure a strong first impression be sure to dress to the nines, stand extra tall with confident posture, use strong and effective body language, eye contact and walk, stand or sit with purpose.

Tip #2: Interview the interviewer: This is especially important in showing your strength as a candidate. Do not fear taking a bit of control over the direction of the interview. Prior to the interview, consider making a list of questions you have regarding the company, the position and various projects you may become a part of if hired. Asking questions of this nature will convey a true interest in the company and will demonstrate innovative thinking and commitment to being the best you that you can be.  

Tip #3: Contribute to the company: There is no rule that says that you cannot share your valuable ideas before being given a job. Give the hiring manager or interviewer a clear depiction of how you would contribute to the company’s standards of practice. Furthermore, mention specific scenarios or hypothetical situations in which your specific talents and skills could contribute. Share ideas and problem solving skills prior to being hired; it will surely impress.

Tip #4: Know what you want and don’t be afraid to ask for it: Let the interviewer know that you want the positionif you think it will be a good fit. Be sincere in sharing your desire to come on board and reassure the interviewer of the traits and skills that make you a strong and ideal candidate for the job at hand. 

Whether you are aiming to make a more assertive first impression or are hoping to convey a generally heightened sense of confidence, these tips will surely set you on the path for success. Don’t forget that if you are looking for quality job placements or temporary staffing solutions, JPS Inc. can help you find everything you are looking for! Contact us, today!

About Josephine’s Professional Staffing

Founded in 1988, Josephine’s Professional Staffing has nearly 25 years of business success and is continuously committed to providing superior quality staffing solutions to companies in the Bay Area. We proactively and consistently search for avenues to provide staffing solutions in the field of administrative, accounting, healthcare, light industrial, technical and professional services while taking pride in each of our employees. Josephine’s Professional Staffing is a Certified Small Business Enterprise (SBE), Underutilized Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (UDBE), and Minority Woman-Owned Business Enterprise (MWOBE). We can be reached at jps@jps-inc.com or 408.943.0111 and are located at 2158 Ringwood Avenue, San Jose, CA 95131

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1099 Independent Contractor – Misclassification & More

November 12th, 2013
Will you think twice before hiring a 1099 contractor?

Will you think twice before hiring a 1099 contractor?

In our last blog post, we introduced the basics of working with a 1099 independent contractor. In the final part of this two part blog series, we uncover the various risks associated with hiring 1099 contractors. While the concept of hiring 1099 independent contractors may seem initially appealing, it is vital to understand that it does not come without risks. The following are a handful of possible dangers that hiring managers and business owners should keep in mind when working with these contractors.

  • Misclassification: It is not unheard of for a 1099 independent contractor (that you have hired legally) to claim that you have misclassified them as a 1099 employee when they were actually a regular employee. Misclassification of contractors is a serious claim and could result in severe legal action or an IRS investigation.
  • Law Suits: As mentioned in the previous misclassification risk, a 1099 independent contractor could take legal action that could result in a hefty and costly law suit. This legal action typically regards various benefits, disability, insurance and workers compensation claims that wouldn’t otherwise be associated with a 1099 independent contractor.
  • IRS Audits: Audits will likely occur regularly. These audits will be carried out by government organizations varying from the IRS to the Department of Labor and many in between.
  • Additional Tax Payments: The tax payments associated with misclassifying an employee (intended or not) can really break the bank. If the IRS determines that a business owner is responsible for a misclassification, they may be held monetarily responsible for any and all paid and unpaid or withheld taxes with interest. It is also essential to understand that business owners can be held accountable for any unpaid taxes of a 1099 employee (even if they have not been misclassified).
  • Hefty Penalties & Fees: Misclassifying 1099 contractors can result in the payment of back wages or increasingly large sums of uncollected government fees.

Working with 1099 contractors is obviously a risky business, but do not fret; staffing agencies like JPS can help you avoid the multitude of misfortunes that could accompany this kind of employee. If you are seeking out quality temporary staffing solutions, we encourage you to contact the team at Josephine’s Professional Staffing today.

About Josephine’s Professional Staffing

Founded in 1988, Josephine’s Professional Staffing has nearly 25 years of business success and is continuously committed to providing superior quality staffing solutions to companies in the Bay Area. We proactively and consistently search for avenues to provide staffing solutions in the field of administrative, accounting, healthcare, light industrial, technical and professional services while taking pride in each of our employees. Josephine’s Professional Staffing is a Certified Small Business Enterprise (SBE), Underutilized Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (UDBE), and Minority Woman-Owned Business Enterprise (MWOBE). We can be reached at jps@jps-inc.com or 408.943.0111 and are located at 2158 Ringwood Avenue, San Jose, CA 95131.

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1099 Contractors – Getting to Know the Basics

November 5th, 2013
Do you know the basics of 1099 contractors?

Do you know the basics of 1099 contractors?

Understanding the basics of 1099 contractors can be a daunting task. In this two part blog series, we briefly introduce the basics for understanding the concepts associated with 1099 contractors. Today, we will delve into the topic by answering basic questions pertaining to contractors, compensation and taxes.

What is it? A 1099 contractor is a specific type of worker that independently contracts his or her services to a business. 1099 contractors are often referred to as freelance employees and are used across multiple work sectors. The term ‘1099’ refers to the IRS form that a contractor will receive in regards to their rate of income during a specific tax/ fiscal year.

Compensation? A 1099 employee’s or independent contractor’s compensation is not based upon the typical hourly or minimum wage laws. Compensation is based upon the completion of pre-contracted tasks rather than the total hours of work performed. Independent contractors may receive wages below the minimum wage while other skilled contractors use their expertise to receive wages far beyond the minimum.

Taxes? As you can imagine, 1099 contractors who make a specific amount of income per year are issued 1099 tax forms from the business that contracted and compensated them. While both 1099 and regular employees have tax obligations regarding income and social security payments, regular employees do not have to make their own payments, as their withholdings are taken directly from regular paychecks. 1099 contractors are required to make their own tax payments in full.

This basic information will surely give any hiring manager or business owner an idea of what it means to hire a 1099 independent contractor. Be sure to check back next week for part two as we uncover the risks associated with hiring 1099 contractors.

About Josephine’s Professional Staffing

Founded in 1988, Josephine’s Professional Staffing has nearly 25 years of business success and is continuously committed to providing superior quality staffing solutions to companies in the Bay Area. We proactively and consistently search for avenues to provide staffing solutions in the field of administrative, accounting, healthcare, light industrial, technical and professional services while taking pride in each of our employees. Josephine’s Professional Staffing is a Certified Small Business Enterprise (SBE), Underutilized Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (UDBE), and Minority Woman-Owned Business Enterprise (MWOBE). We can be reached at jps@jps-inc.com or 408.943.0111 and are located at 2158 Ringwood Avenue, San Jose, CA 95131

Photo Credit: Victor1558