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Our Contingent Workforce team represents suppliers of contingent labor, not just the companies that use those workers. Our clients include suppliers of temporary W-2 workers (staffing agency model), gig workers and independent contractors; providers of consulting services and outsourced services; and businesses that offer other contingent and nonemployee workers and services. We understand both sides of the issues, which provides an advantage when negotiating terms and anticipating potential disputes.

  • Drafted and negotiated staffing agency agreements for suppliers of labor, including in various capacities such as employer, managed service provider, and contract staffing supplier.
  • Counseled clients on the acquisition of staffing firm assets, including customer contracts with and without a managed service provider or vendor management system involved in the staffing relationship.
  • Negotiated federal government supplier contracts (as a prime and as a subcontractor), in particular with the military but also with other governmental agencies and departments.
  • Created a parent-subsidiary corporate structure for domestic and foreign staffing and alternative workforce providers to maximize tax savings, enhance branding and mitigate compliance/legal exposure.
  • Regularly advise and represent staffing companies in connection with the business and regulatory risks they face when providing employees and non-employee workers to their customers, to manage and minimize the Affordable Care Act, Internal Revenue Code and employee benefit (ERISA) liabilities that such relationships create when a worker’s legal status is unclear, or capable of being disputed.
  • Enabled a public company to assemble and safely contract with a fleet of independent operators, as self-employed entrepreneurs, with access to a free-standing, tax-qualified plan program and a fully insured group health insurance plan.
  • Analyze, provide recommendations and redraft employee benefit plan eligibility terms to protect plans and sponsors from inadvertent but significant exposure to nonemployee worker claims.
  • Defended a full range of audits, from tax to compliance audits and including the Department of Labor, the Internal Revenue Service and many different types of state agencies.
  • Negotiated co-employment settlements and defended suppliers against indemnification claims for on-site claims involving end clients.
  • Advised staffing firms on union issues and union awareness training.
  • Defended nationwide collective and class action wage and hour lawsuits against staffing firms.
  • Advised staffing firms on issues unique to international staffing in the U.S.
  • Counseled staffing firms on compliance with federal export control regulations.
  • Filed amicus brief for national industry group in critical joint employment dispute before the National Labor Relations Board.
  • Defended discrimination and breach of contract claims brought by employees against staffing firms. Represented staffing firms in their defense of employee claims brought against both the staffing company and staffing company clients, including providing counsel that takes into account the underlying business needs and client relationship issues involved.
  • Advised staffing firms on various employee confidentiality issues unique to the staffing company model, including issues relating to I-9’s, criminal background checks, drug testing, and state and federal employee privacy laws.
  • Counseled staffing firms on how to reduce liability for discrimination, wage and hour, and FMLA claims within the staffing company model.
  • Assisted staffing firms in reorganizations and reductions in force.
  • Successfully defended energy industry staffing company in collective action lawsuit alleging that the company’s payment of a day rate violated the Fair Labor Standards Act, in a case that challenged the staffing company’s business model.
  • Secured summary judgment win for staffing company in indemnity action brought by client alleging the staffing company owed an indemnity related to Fair Labor Standards Act claims brought by a worker against the staffing company’s client.
  • Successfully defended staffing company in Fair Labor Standards Act collective action related to staffing company’s payment of per diem.

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