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Mitigate Coemployment Risks When Using Staff Augmentation, Contractors or Outsourcing in the U.S.

Published: 21 March 2011

ID: G00210699

Analyst(s): Helen Huntley


Organizations that assume too much employer responsibility for contingent workers, such as IT service provider staff or contractors, expose themselves to potentially costly coemployment liabilities. Use this document to understand and minimize the risks of using contracted labor in the U.S.

Table Of Contents
  • Overview


  • Definition of Coemployment
  • Analysis
  • Understand What Coemployment Means
  • Recognize the Benefits of a Contingent Workforce
  • Know That Coemployment Liability Is Complex
  • Take Early Action to Mitigate Risks
    • Focus on the Legal Aspects From the Outset
    • Establish a Comprehensive Compliance Policy
    • Communicate and Enforce the Policy
    • Manage Relationships With Temporary (Contingent) Workers to Mitigate Coemployment Risk

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