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California firm to pay $5 million for misclassifying workers

August 19, 2015

National Consolidated Couriers Inc. agreed to pay $5 million in unpaid wages and damages after misclassifying more than 600 delivery drivers in California as independent contractors, the US Department of Labor announced today.The case is one of two misclassification cases announced by the Departm...


ManpowerGroup CEO joins board of Kohl’s department stores

August 19, 2015

ManpowerGroup Inc. (NYSE: MAN) CEO Jonas Prising was elected to serve on the board of Kohl’s Corporation, the department store operator with net sales of $19.02 billion in 2014. He takes up the role immediately.“Jonas is a great addition to our board,” said Kevin Mansell, Kohl’s chairman, CEO and...


Oregon staffing firm Boly:Welch names new president, CFO

August 19, 2015

Boly:Welch, a Portland, Ore.-based recruiting and consulting firm, named Andrew Welch as company president. The 30-year agency also named Juanita Leard as CFO.Co-founder Diane Boly will remain in a management role as board director. CEO and board director Pat Welch and operations director Karen F...


Canadian staffing index higher over month but downward year-over-year trend continues

August 19, 2015

The Canadian staffing index, a measure of staffing activity in Canada, rose to a reading of 108 in July, up from an index value of 103 in June. However, the index fell 5% year over year from a reading of 113 in July 2015.The index value of 100 corresponds to the size of the industry in July 2008,...


OSHA committee on temp workers schedules monthly meetings

August 19, 2015

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration will hold monthly meetings of the National Advisory Committee on Occupational Safety and Health's Temporary Workers Work Group in Washington, DC. The monthly meetings are scheduled for the following dates in 2015: Aug. 24, Sept. 21, Oct. 16 and No...


Labor SMART revenue edges down in Q2; net loss narrows

August 18, 2015

Labor SMART Inc. (OTCBB: LTNC), a provider of industrial staffing serving the southeastern US, reported second-quarter revenue edged down 1.0% to $6.4 million. The company attributed the decrease to a strategic decision to remove high risk, low margin accounts from its revenue stream during the s...


Online work service firm Zirtual restarts after acquisition

August 18, 2015

Zirtual Inc. resumed service yesterday following its acquisition by startup launch platform Startups.co. Zirtual provides virtual assistance services to executives, but it had abruptly shut down on Aug. 10. Startups.co will purchase the company and all its assets; terms of the all-stock tran...


Zen99 shuts down, had aimed to serve gig economy workers

August 18, 2015

Zen99 will shut down Aug. 25, CEO and Co-founder Tristan Zier announced in a blog post. The San Francisco-based startup provided tax, financial-management and insurance tools to on-demand workers in the gig economy.Zen99 referred users to Quickbooks Self Employed for finances and Stride Health fo...


OSHA fines Texas manufacturer, staffing firm

August 18, 2015

The US Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited staffing buyer Rock Wool Manufacturing Co., for exposing workers to a variety of workplace hazards. C & C Personnel LLC, which provided the manufacturer with temporary employees, was also cited.C & C Personne...


Summer youth employment rises 2.1 million

August 18, 2015

The number of employed youth, those between 16 and 24 years old, rose by 2.1 million to 20.3 million — or 52.7% of the overall youth population — from April to July, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today.Unemployment among youth rose by 654,000 in the same time frame. The youth unemplo...