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Under the Watchful Eye: FTC, the New Regulatory Player

Tracz Consulting's Insights


As the regulatory landscape surrounding workforce management continues to evolve, organizations must keep up with changes to ensure compliance and efficiency. Traditionally, businesses focused on adhering to regulations from entities like the US Department of Labor, the IRS, and state agencies. But wait, there's a new player in town! Enter the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), shaking things up in worker classification. Don't fret—Tracz Consulting, the Sherlock Holmes of contingent workforce management, is here to guide you through this topsy-turvy terrain confidently.


The Evolving Whodunit of Worker Classification:


Deciphering the correct classification of workers has always been a head-scratcher for businesses. It's like solving a mystery while juggling tax forms and labor laws! The distinction between employees and independent contractors has added a new complexity, especially in the gig economy era. Employers now find themselves in a real-life game of Clue, trying to accurately classify workers amidst the gig economy's fluid nature and ever-changing regulations.


Historically, worker classification enforcement was like a game of tag between the Department of Labor and the IRS. But hold onto your hats, folks, because there's a plot twist! The FTC has now joined the party, and they're playing hardball. Commissioner Alvaro M. Bedoya leads the charge, advocating for challenging worker misclassification under the FTC Act. Commissioner Bedoya laid out the case in his February 2, 2024 keynote, highlighting the dire consequences of worker misclassification and competition in labor markets.


In response to this regulatory whodunit, businesses face a real brain-teaser in managing their extended or contingent workforce practices. It's like trying to solve a Rubik's Cube blindfolded! This calls for serious sleuthing—a comprehensive review of current practices to ensure compliance and mitigate risks.


Tracz Consulting: Your Partner in Puzzling Out Contingent Workforce Management:

In today's crazy business world, organizations need more than just a compass—they need a seasoned guide to navigate the maze of worker classification. Tracz Consulting understands the ins and outs of this wacky world and offers tailored solutions to help you crack the case.


Our crack team of professionals provides various services, from compliance assessments to worker classification audits and contingent workforce management solutions. We're like the Scooby-Doo gang, solving mysteries and unmasking compliance risks one clue at a time.


1. Independent Contractor Classification: 

Getting the proper classification for your workers is like finding the missing piece of the puzzle. Tracz Consulting is here to help businesses navigate the labyrinth of regulatory criteria and ensure accurate classification, minimizing the risk of misclassification mishaps.


2. Strategic Partnerships: 

We don't just solve mysteries; we also forge alliances. Tracz Consulting works closely with organizations to identify partners and implement programs supporting the compliant engagement of independent contractors. It's like teaming up with Batman to fight crime!


3. Contingent Workforce Consulting: 

Managing a contingent workforce is like herding cats, but fear not! Tracz Consulting offers expert guidance on contract negotiations, compliance monitoring, and risk mitigation strategies. We're your trusty sidekick, keeping the chaos at bay and ensuring smooth sailing.


Join Tracz Consulting at ProcureCon:

We invite you to attend our session at ProcureCon on April 3, 2024, with a Tracz Consulting client and the excellent partner selected to manage their IC population. Learn how our innovative solutions can help you solve the case and emerge victorious in the crazy world of worker classification.



As the regulatory maze grows ever more labyrinthine, organizations need a trusty guide to help them navigate the twists and turns of worker classification. Tracz Consulting provides comprehensive guidance and tailored solutions to ensure compliance and mitigate risk. Partner with us, and together, we'll solve the mystery of worker classification and unlock the hidden treasures of your workforce.

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