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Jobless claims average up but total claims fall

July 16, 2015

The US four-week moving average of initial claims for unemployment insurance rose by 3,250 last week to a total of  282,500 from the previous week’s downwardly revised average, according to seasonally adjusted numbers released today by the US Department of Labor.The four-week moving average...


SIA names Europe/Asia Pacific director for CW strategies and research

July 16, 2015

Staffing Industry Analysts appointed Peter Reagan as director of contingent workforce strategies and research, responsible for Europe and Asia Pacific regions.Based in London, Reagan will work with Staffing Industry Analysts’ Contingent Workforce Strategies Council members to help them optimize t...


Feds issue interpretation of independent contractor guidelines

July 15, 2015

Misclassification of employees as independent contractors was addressed today by the US Department of Labor. It issued an “administrator’s interpretation” of how the Fair Labor Standards Act’s definition of “employee” guides the determination of employee or contractor status under the “economic r...


Exec search firm Caldwell rejects DHR overture

July 15, 2015

The Caldwell Partners (TSX: CWL) on Tuesday refused to discuss a possible acquisition by fellow executive search firm DHR International Inc.Discussions with DHR are not in the best interest of Caldwell’s shareholders, partners, employees or clients, Caldwell Chairman G. Edmond King wrote in a let...


CFO move lets Command Center elect new director

July 15, 2015

Industrial staffing provider Command Center Inc. (OTCBB: CCNI) elected Richard Finlay to its board effective July 9 after CFO Jeff Wilson stepped down. Wilson will remain CFO; he left the board to allow the company to elect an independent director.Wilson has been a board member at the Coeur D’Ale...


Companies implementing new video recruiting tactics, survey finds

July 15, 2015

While video interviewing has become commonplace — some 71% use real-time video tactics such as Skype for interviewing candidates— many companies now use innovative video tactics to attract the best and brightest, according to a global executive survey by Futurestep, a division of Korn Ferry (NYSE...


Workers lack confidence in job skills, survey finds

July 15, 2015

Nearly one-third of American workers feel they are lagging behind in their job skills and anticipate that this will hinder their career advancement and promotions, according to Spherion Staffing Services’ 2015 Emerging Workforce Study.According to the study, 48% of all employers see finding quali...


ADP Workforce Vitality Index up 4% in Q2

July 15, 2015

The ADP Workforce Vitality Index, a measure of the total wages paid to the US private-sector workforce, rose 4.1% year over year to a level of 108 (3Q2013=100, not seasonally adjusted) in the second quarter of 2015.The quarterly report analyzes the overall vitality of the US labor market based on...


Page Group North America gross profit rises 21%

July 14, 2015

Michael Page International Plc, a London-based professional staffing firm, reported second-quarter gross profit in its North America unit rose 21% year over year on a constant currency basis. The firm cited a record quarter for the US and Canada and exceptional performance from New York.The compa...


Recruit fund invests in tech recruitment platform and code challenge community

July 14, 2015

Recruit Holdings Co., the world’s fifth-largest staffing firm and the largest staffing firm in Japan, invested in HackerRank, a technical recruitment platform and code challenge community owned by Interviewstreet Inc.The investment is the second in the US for the Recruit’s HR Technology Fund, whi...