Day Labor Hiring

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by mcss, Jul 6, 2011.


Have you ever used a day labor staffing agency?

  1. Yes, I loved the experience

    3 vote(s)
  2. Yes, but I hated the experience

    3 vote(s)
  3. No, but I would try out an online option

    0 vote(s)
  4. No, I would never use day labor staffing

    7 vote(s)
Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. mcss

    mcss LawnSite Member
    Messages: 1

    Have any of you ever used day labor agencies like Labor Ready / Labor Finders / Command Staffing / etc to hire unskilled workers? What is the experience like?

    How "good" are the people you're sent?
    How well does the process work? Love it or hate it?
    Does the agency take care of all administrative paperwork (I9s, W2s, etc), as well as payroll and workers comp for the unskilled workers? How helpful is that?

    I'm trying to understand the the process of hiring unskilled workers better - would love to hear from folks who have hired before from a day labor center / staffing agency.
  2. jvanvliet

    jvanvliet LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,944

    I have used a "temp" agency. Usually I'll bring the prospect to them and they'll process him, I-9, WC, witholding, etc, all of it. Costs vary, but they take care of all the headaches, I pay them and I'm legally seperated from liabilty unless there is gross negligence or breech of contract on my side. I'll use them during the height of the season when I need to beef up the crews. I won't need the "temps" during the off season.

    I've managed to keep the cost to around $13.00 an hour per employee, I don't care what the agency pays the worker - the agency takes care of everything else and I stay legal. Even $15.00 per employee is worth not having to deal with all the book keeping and paperwork.
  3. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,588

    The experience with the guys you get at Home Depo is great. I don't know what you need all these agencies.
  4. jvanvliet

    jvanvliet LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,944

    Great advice, break the law.

    The guys you pick up at the Home Depot are usually illegal

    hack...hack...hack, scuze me I got a cough.:hammerhead:
  5. h2oskier

    h2oskier LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 601

    The only thing Pedro needs to know is, you mow green to make green.
  6. DanManofStihl

    DanManofStihl LawnSite Member
    Messages: 64

    We used to use them all the time at the company I worked at till one of our guys was carrying something with one and he said f&%k this and dropped the 200 pound stick of steel. Our guy was out of work for 6 months and will never be right again. I have little to no trust in those guys now I will use them for the shittest jobs but nothing else. Nothing to where they could get me or any one on my crew hurt.
  7. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,588

    No you pick the legal ones since you seem to know how to determine that!
  8. Agreen-go

    Agreen-go LawnSite Member
    Messages: 119

    Right up untill the time you get one who gets hurt and decides to sue you and the homeowner's insurances.:nono:
  9. jvanvliet

    jvanvliet LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,944

    I don't go to Home Depot's, 7-11's street corners or bus stops and pick up undocumented migrant labor... there are labor halls down here where I can pick up an individual who is LEGAL and willing to work if I need to, which I usually don't.

    I have full time crews I flesh out in season by bringing their referred people (usually friend or family) to a temp agency and having them processed there for hire by me through the agency.

    Run your business legitimately as a business not as a nickle and dime hack mow & blow & go shop.

    My last post on this issue...

    Never engage in an argument with an idiot. He'll only drag you down to his level and beat you with experience.

    IRRITECH LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 999

    I don't either, I go to there casa and pick them up. They are hardworking, conscientious, and honest. They don't whine and complain, my "Pedro" (who actually is Pedro) even insist on cleaning up the inside of my trucks. They don't call in sick, rarely spend time on their cell phones, etc. These guys appreciate a job, unlike your local whiteboys.

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