When you have to scale your hourly workforce, there’s one solution that always stands out: bringing on temporary workers. They give your team the flexibility you need to adapt as your business needs change while providing the extra hands necessary to reach your goals. But how do you know if W-2 workers or 1099 contractors are the way to go?

Our Bluecrew platform exclusively hires W-2 employees, who then have the ability to accept the jobs they want most. Why? Because we firmly believe that every worker deserves the benefits and protections of W-2 status, as well as the ability to pick shifts that fit their lives. But our system isn’t just beneficial to our Crew Members. 

For employers, there are a number of ways hiring W-2 temporary workers pays off. These are just a few:

1. Compliance

More than ever, compliance and worker classification are front-of-mind for employers. Following the announcement of California’s AB5 in 2019, states have started cracking down on companies that hire misclassified 1099 contractors. Illinois, New York, and New Jersey are already exploring legislation that could ensure hourly workers receive the protections they need. 

What does this mean for employers? First and foremost, you don’t want to be caught with a compliance issue. If there is any doubt about whether or not your workers meet the criteria for contractors, the Uber ruling in New Jersey (a $649 million fine!) proves it’s better to be safe than sorry. 

In addition, W-2 workers like our Crew Members come backed with liability insurance and workers’ compensation, which should give you certainty that no matter what happens, you’re covered. 

2. Worker Quality

In our recent survey, we found that 72% of hourly workers would rather be W-2 employees than 1099 contractors. Workers believe they should receive basic protections and benefits like overtime, sick pay, and workers’ compensation, and high-quality employees aren’t going to settle for less than they deserve. 

1099 staffing companies often reply that top workers prefer the flexibility of gig work. However, an overwhelming 84% of hourly workers think that protections and benefits are as important as or more important than flexibility. Plus, at Bluecrew, we’re proving that flexibility and protections can go hand-in-hand. We offer both. 

3. Peace-of-Mind

There are plenty of things to worry about when you’re managing your team. Your staffing strategy shouldn’t be one of them. 

The definition of a 1099 contractor is someone who can set their own schedule and complete work however they see fit. Does that sound like your business? Then contractors are the route for you. If not - if you want to set designated shifts and have employees execute tasks the way they’re instructed - then W-2 employees are for you. 

At Bluecrew, we’re working every day to give you the peace-of-mind you need. Whether that’s to fill a few personnel gaps or help you scale your workforce as your company grows, we’re here to help. 

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