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The staffing industry and telecommuting — Staffing Stream

June 30, 2014

For the staffing industry in particular, it’s important to remain up to speed on employee attitudes toward telecommuting policies in order to understand how these work-from-home options ultimately factor into job placement. And on the flipside, having a grasp on the employer perspective of teleco...

Massachusetts minimum wage rising to $11 per hour

June 27, 2014

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick on Thursday signed into law a measure that raises the state’s the minimum wage to the highest of any U.S. state. The measure, S.2195, raises the minimum wage to $11 per hour over three years. The bill also lowers unemployment insurance costs for employers in M...

Survey reveals Toronto execs’ staffing plans

June 27, 2014

Less than half, 46.5 percent, of companies in the Greater Toronto Area will increase staffing budgets this fiscal year, according to a recent workplace survey generated by Lannick Group of Companies. And 40.8 percent expect no change while 12.7 percent expect a staffing budget decrease.“The surve...

Industrial is top field for Canadians without university degrees

June 27, 2014

Industrial is by far the hottest field for workers in Canada without university degrees, according to a survey by Express Employment Professionals. Ninety-five percent of participants included industrial in their response to the survey. Sales/marketing and office services also garnered significan...

People: Futurestep, SolomonEdwards, On Assignment, Interim, Korn Ferry and more

June 27, 2014

Here are recent promotions, new hires and other personnel announcements. Today’s listings include announcements from Futurestep, SolomonEdwards, On Assignment, Interim HealthCare, Korn Ferry, and The Caldwell Partners.Futurestep, a subsidiary of Korn/Ferry International Inc. (NYSE: KFY), appointe...

Web: If immigration reform is dead, so is raising the H-1B cap

June 27, 2014

Computerworld reports passing comprehensive immigration reform legislation — which is closely linked to the H-1B cap — is unlikely. To read the article, click here.

Temp revenue growth pace remains strong in May, Pulse survey says

June 26, 2014

Temporary staffing median year-over-year revenue growth remained strong at 10 percent in May, the same rate reported each prior month in 2014, according to the latest Pulse Survey Report by Staffing Industry Analysts. The percentage of firms reporting positive year-over-year growth rose to 73 per...

US jobless claims average rises by 2,000

June 26, 2014

The U.S. four-week moving average of initial claims for unemployment insurance rose by 2,000 in the week ended June 21 to 314,250 from the previous week’s revised figure of 312,250, according to seasonally adjusted numbers released today by the U.S. Department of Labor.The four-week moving averag...

Half of employers reject candidates because of social media posts

June 26, 2014

More employers are turning to social networking sites to find additional information on potential candidates — and they’re not entirely impressed with what they’re seeing, according to a new survey from CareerBuilder. The survey found 51 percent of employers who research job candidates on social...

One-third regret not taking enough vacation time, survey finds

June 26, 2014

Thirty-four percent of senior managers say taking too little time off was the biggest mistake they made with their last vacation, according to an OfficeTeam survey released today. Not being able to get their mind off work was next with 25 percent, followed by 22 percent who said checking in with...