Reducing Risks Associated With Temporary Staffing Agencies

Source: Zoe J. Bekas, Employee Benefit Plan Review, Vol. 73, No. 1, January 2019
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Staffing agencies may provide the solution to a company’s short-term staffing needs. However, clients should not assume they can avoid liability for workplace issues by using a staffing agency; indeed, in some cases, a client is exposed to liability as a result of using a staffing agency. Engaging a staffing agency provides no protection against employment liability and, in some circumstances, the temporary worker may seek to hold the client liable as if it had hired the temporary worker directly, under a “joint employer” theory.