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Optimism up for small businesses despite interest rate hike

December 21, 2015

Optimism among small business owners edged up this month, according to the SurePayroll Small Business Scorecard survey for December released today, with 69% saying  they are optimistic about the small business economy, up from 68%% in November’s survey.

The report also surveyed the small business...

Randstad global worker survey: STEM, sourcing and digitalization

December 18, 2015

Employers still want workers with skills in STEM (science, technology, engineer and math), according to Randstad’s fourth-quarter Workmonitor survey of workers around the globe. The survey also found finding the right talent remains a challenge for employers, and less than a third of workers feel their...

Lawyer’s Staffing says it’s merging with marketing staffing provider

December 18, 2015

Legal staffing provider Lawyer’s Staffing Inc. said it’s merging with Accent Professional Recruiting, a sales and marketing staffing firm.

Lawyer’s Staffing President Steve Barley will head the combined firms. Accent President Angela Furbee will act as a consultant and advisor for the consolidation...

MSP Geometric Results names new sales executive

December 18, 2015

Managed service provider Geometric Results Inc. named James Golden as VP of sales. Golden has more than 10 years of experience across the human capital management industry including MSP, vendor management systems and talent management.

Prior to Geometric Results, Golden was with VMS provider PeopleFluent....

North Dakota’s unemployment rate lowest despite decline in jobs

December 18, 2015

North Dakota posted the lowest jobless rate among all states in November at 2.7%, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. North Dakota’s unemployment rate remained lowest despite the number of jobs in the state falling by 2.9% from November 2014 — the largest year-over-year percentage decrease...

Web: Judge admonishes Uber in IC case

December 18, 2015

Ars Technica reports a federal judge in an independent contractor misclassification case admonished Uber on Thursday for requiring drivers to sign a new labor agreement calling for individual arbitration rather than court cases that could involve class actions.

People: MedSys, Labor SMART, Vaco, Caldwell Partners

December 18, 2015

Healthcare IT staffing firm MedSys Group promoted Ann Bartnik to VP of client services. Bartnik joined MedSys in 2012 and has almost 20 years of industry experience. MedSys is based in Plano, Texas.

Industrial staffing provider Labor SMART Inc. (OTCBB: LTNC) announced a new addition to its advisory board...

Average US weekly wage rises 3% in Q2

December 17, 2015

The US average weekly wage rose 3.0% in the second quarter to $968 when compared with the same quarter in 2014, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Seven of the top 10 counties in terms of percent increase in average weekly wage were in California.

Santa Clara County in California, home...

US Federal Reserve raises interest rates

December 17, 2015

The US Federal Reserve voted Wednesday to increase the federal funds rate to a target range of 0.25% to 0.5%. It’s the first time in almost 10 years the board has raised interest rates.

“The important part of this statement was not the rise in interest rates, which came as a surprise to no one, but...

Parties in contract attorney pay lawsuit eye settlement

December 17, 2015

Parties reached a settlement agreement in a class action lawsuit over a claim of unpaid overtime that arose from an attorney who worked through a staffing firm, according to court records filed Tuesday. The agreement calls for a payment of $75,000 to three plaintiffs and their law firm.

The case was first...