oDesk Provides Access to Full-time Benefits for Freelance Workers
oDesk, the leading marketplace for online work, today announced the availability of oDesk Staffing , a new option for freelance workers and small businesses that brings together the benefits of full-time employment with the flexibility of freelance work. oDesk Staffing gives U.S.-based freelancers access to a wide range of group health coverage options, retirement plans and education savings accounts, in addition to the automatic billing and guaranteed payment of oDesk. Through the new service, businesses can take advantage of oDesk's guaranteed accurate billing and overall savings on contractor hiring costs, while maintaining compliance with IRS regulations involving a broad range of contract work scenarios.
"Previously, freelancers have not had access to affordable and robust benefits options, including health insurance, " said oDesk CEO Gary Swart. "Today, oDesk Staffing changes that - with benefits packages that are accessible, affordable and comparable to those typically being offered by full-time employers."
oDesk Staffing provides freelancers:
All U.S.-based freelancers can work via oDesk Staffing, and U.S.-based employers can manage staff through the service. Freelancers that average at least 30 hours per week through oDesk Staffing -- whether for one client or multiple companies -- are eligible to participate in the group health plans and other benefits.
"With oDesk Staffing, companies can take advantage of oDesk's unique system to hire, manage and pay across a wider range of work scenarios," continued Swart. "The benefits of oDesk's tools for independent contractors are now available for those hiring under W-2 classification, as well."
For businesses, oDesk Staffing brings:
"oDesk Staffing helps us deal with compliance regulations around contract work, lets us offer benefits to our workers, and also enjoy the active productivity of high-visibility online collaboration," said Jim Abolt, of VP of Human Resources at Trilogy, Inc. "Having the option to manage workers as independent contractors or as leased employees lets us hire on an as-needed basis, no matter what type of work needs to be done."