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Choosing the Cheaper 1099 Staffing Option – why risk it?

July 11, 2016  |  Leave a comment

Hiring 1099 Event Staff is cheaper… but you usually get what you pay for.

Let’s be honest… you’re not going to spend more and hire Fusion Event Staffing just because we are a W2 certified agency – but you’ll sure be glad you did if/when you get a call from the Department of Labor.

Why you should be concerned

Today, many event staffing agencies are fighting unemployment claims with the Dept. of Labor – and that’s not cheap either! President of the US Staffing Association and member of the White House Business Forum, Crystal Blackwell shared “Many firms placing 1099 IC’s are being hit with some hefty fines for misclassification, and the DOL is now going back to their clients and may hit them with charges as well.”

23 Years of Experience to help you!

Clients trust in Fusion Event Staffing because we provide experienced, reliable Brand Ambassadors. We hired 1099 contractors for 20 years – then in 2012, due to the increasing industry-wide risk of co-employment, stress, and costs required to fight unemployment claims, we decided to provide W2 Employees for your programs – which took our agency partners and clients out of an unnecessary position of risk.


According to Employment Law specialist, Mr. John Sparks, Partner at Austin & Sparks, “The IRS Code provides a safe harbor to employers who misclassify their employees as ‘independent contractors’. However, should the employer fail to prove it acted in good faith, the safe harbor provision offers no protection.” See In re: Arndt, 201 B.R. 853.

Don’t Risk It.

Seriously, you are taking risky steps if you are hiring 1099 Independent Contractors for your promotional events. The stress and costs associated with fighting the co-employment & unemployment claims are expensive and time-consuming. It’s obvious that saving a little cash on the front end can not only cost you more money in the long run, but also waste valuable hours of your time.

We can help.

You can trust in Fusion as an experienced, certified and compliant Event Staffing partner who will present W2 Employees for your experiential programs.

Save money. Save time. Avoid the headache.

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