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US small business hiring flat in August, index finds

September 3, 2014

Small businesses added no new jobs in the U.S. in August following a gain of 7,000 jobs in July, according to the small business and revenue indexes by Intuit Inc.“The labor market for small business is warming,” said Susan Woodward, the economist who works with Intuit to create the indexes. “Tho...


Addison Group acquires West Coast staffing provider

September 2, 2014

Chicago-based professional staffing firm Addison Group acquired CVPartners Inc., a staffing firm with offices in the San Francisco and Seattle markets.The transaction closed Aug. 15; terms were not disclosed.CVPartners will maintain its offices in San Francisco; Mountain View, Calif.; Seattle; an...


S.i. Systems acquires Toronto-based IT staffing firm

September 2, 2014

Canadian IT staffing firm S.i. Systems acquired Redwood Global Inc., a Toronto staffing firm also targeting IT professionals. The transaction closed today; terms were not disclosed.The Redwood Global brand will transition into S.i. Systems over the next 90 days.“This acquisition is very complemen...


Michigan minimum wage rises

September 2, 2014

Michigan’s minimum wage rose to $8.15 per hour effective Monday from the previous rate of $7.40 per hour, the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs announced.It represents the first increase in six years, according to the agency.Yesterday’s increase also marked the first of seve...


Corporate Resource Services receives Nasdaq notice

September 2, 2014

Corporate Resource Services Inc. (NASD: CRRS) on Aug. 27 received notice from Nasdaq stating that it was non-compliant with Listing Rule 5250(b) because the company had not filed Form 10-Q for the period ending July 4, 2014.The company expects to file the form on or before Sept. 29, as stipulated...


Is your client relationship at risk? — Staffing Stream

September 2, 2014

Mike Jacoutot, founder and managing partner of Butler Street, discusses the early warning signs of client defection in The Staffing Stream. To read the post, click here.The Staffing Stream is a blog where issues, trends and views from all corners of the staffing industry are discussed. Our ecosys...


ISM manufacturing index hits three-year high

September 2, 2014

The Institute for Supply Management’s purchasing managers’ index for U.S. manufacturing rose to a reading of 59.0 in August, its highest level since March 2011.Readings above 50 indicated growth. However, the employment portion of the index fell to a reading of 58.1 in August from the July readin...


Quote of the week: California bill threatens temp workforce

September 2, 2014

“This bill threatens our state’s temporary workforce, which has a valid place in our state’s economy. California employers have numerous reasons for making use of temporary workers such as hiring for seasonal work, filling in for unpredictable work schedules, covering other employees on leaves of...


California bill to get tough on staffing buyers now going to governor

August 29, 2014

The California State Assembly approved a bill Thursday that could make staffing buyers liable for staffing firm wage and hour violations. The bill, AB 1897, already received Senate approval. It’s now going to the governor’s desk reported its sponsor, Assemblymember Roger Hernández, D-West Covina....


Massachusetts temp agency owners plead guilty in $25 million scheme

August 29, 2014

Four family members from Lowell, Mass., who operated a temporary employment agency pleaded guilty Thursday in a scheme to hide $25 million in employees’ wages from the U.S. Internal Revenue Service, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.The defendants ran a temporary employment agency prov...