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Employers GPMI Speaks on International Operations at Gig Economy Conference

By Kerry Cole

The gig economy, generally defined as short-term contracts or freelance work as opposed to permanent jobs, is upon us. 

To explore what it means for employers in today’s highly competitive global marketplace, the Global Payroll Management Institute (GPMI) took part in “Gig Economy: Emerging Trends & Keys to Retaining Top Talent,” sponsored by the Global Chamber® San Francisco.

Mary Holland, CPP, GPMI’s Global Director of Strategy, Development, and Training, participated in a panel discussion during the November 14 event in Palo Alto, California. She spoke on “Leading Practices and Approaches for Establishing and Sustaining International Operations and a Globally Distributed Workforce.” 

Holland said she was pleased to represent GPMI at the event and to share her insights.

“The gig economy is here, and the future of work is changing,” Holland said. “Companies around the world will need to look at each country’s employment rules to determine the correct legal classification of their workers and the employer requirements.”

Professor Emeritus William B. Gould IV of Stanford Law School delivered the keynote speech, addressing key distinctions, considerations, and recent legal cases related to the on-demand transportation economy and ongoing efforts to define gig workers particularly as it relates to employer obligations to provide benefits to its workforce.

Global Chamber San Francisco is part of a collaborative community of CEOs, executives, and professionals in more than 500 communities around the world. It leverages technology and business networks to help companies succeed faster and more profitably across borders.



KerryColeKerry Cole is a writer and editor for the American Payroll Association and for the Global Payroll Management Institute. He has more than 25 years of experience in journalism and corporate communications.