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Wage and hour suits make headlines, staffing firms face special issues

December 30, 2014

Wage and hour lawsuits against employers are making headlines. Staffing firms, which can face special issues, are frequently in the crosshairs.Apple Computer Inc. and its staffing firm were sued this month alleging workers weren’t paid for all hours worked. Google and its staffing provider were a...


Consumer confidence rebounds in December

December 30, 2014

The Conference Board’s consumer confidence index for the US, which had declined in November, rose in December to a reading of 92.6 (1985=100) from 91.0 in the previous month.“Consumer confidence rebounded modestly in December, propelled by a considerably more favorable assessment of current econo...


College students list most popular employers

December 30, 2014

College students and recent graduates in the US listed their most-desirable employers in the 2014 employer popularity index released by AfterCollege, which provides entry-level job and internship resources.Some of the top firms included Google, Intel, Boeing and Kaiser Permanente.“The key to a su...


People: Judge, AtWork, Murray Resources

December 30, 2014

The Judge Group, a Philadelphia-based staffing provider, appointed Vince Riggs as director of Judge’s Detroit location. Riggs has more than 10 years of experience in the staffing industry.AtWork Group franchisee Jonathan Jenswold will open five new branches of AtWork Personnel Services in Fort Wo...


Southern California area posts highest jobless rate

December 30, 2014

The Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario area in Southern California posted the highest unemployment rate in November, 8.2 percent, among all large metropolitan areas with populations of 1 million or more, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today.The lowest jobless rate among large metropolit...


Staffing firm can’t stop ex-employees from telling where they worked — Web

December 30, 2014

Eric Goldman, a contributor to Forbes, writes about a court ruling against Robert Half International Inc. (NYSE: RHI) over an employment contract clause that prohibited former employees from advertising or otherwise indicating in business materials they are former Robert Half employees. For the s...


Affordable Care Act regs ‘perplexing’ — staffing quote of the week

December 30, 2014

“It's a challenge for every company, but it's really perplexing for our industry, because our workforce is so fluid,” insurancenewsnet.com quoted Jim Carchidi, executive VP of JFC Staffing Cos., as saying in a story about Affordable Care Act regulations and the staffing industry. “Just when you t...


Willis Group names CIO, exec vice presidents of sales, delivery

December 29, 2014

Willis Group, a Houston-based staffing provider, appointed Chris Garner as chief information officer and executive VP of shared services for Willis Group of Companies, Matt Eckert as executive VP of sales and Michelle Wren as executive VP of delivery. Both Eckert and Wren previously served in pos...


Staffing buyer Sony to pay $85,000 in discrimination case

December 29, 2014

Sony Electronics Inc. will pay $85,000 under a consent decree entered in federal court to end a disability discrimination lawsuit brought by the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The lawsuit alleged Sony violated the Americans with Disabilities Act when it brought about the termination...


Report projects Edmonton to lead Canadian metros in job growth

December 29, 2014

Edmonton ranks as the top Canadian metropolitan area for job growth between 2014 and 2020 when ranked among the most populous metro areas, according to research from CareerBuilder and Economic Modeling Specialists International.Edmonton leads with 8 percent projected job growth from 2014 to 2020....