Co-employment is defined as the affiliation between an employer and either a Professional Employer Organization or a firm that specializes in employee leasing, both of which share responsibility and liability of the workforce. One of the reasons a company might consider co-employment is to ensure it has workers with nuanced skills, to make it easier to hire industry experts and to replenish a dwindling workforces. Disadvantages of the practice include the potential for an increase in unemployment due to a lowered need for labor, confusion between two companies working with the same employee and employees being unsure of whom they should speak to when a problem arises.
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