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Minimum wage rising to $7.25

July 17, 2009

The federal minimum wage will rise to $7.25 an hour on July 24. The U.S. Department of Labor reported the increase will take effect in 30 states that either don't have a minimum wage or the state minimum wage is below the new federal level. Presently, the federal minimum wage is $6.55 an hour. Th...


Eight states post jobless rates above 11%

July 17, 2009

Eight states posted unemployment rates above 11.0% in June, with Michigan reporting the highest unemployment rate among all states at 15.2%, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Rhode Island registered the second-highest jobless rate among states in June at 12.4% followed by Orego...


Report: Senators drop card check language

July 17, 2009

Six Senate Democrats agreed to drop a provision of the proposed Employee Free Choice Act that would have required companies to recognize unions without a secret ballot election if a majority of workers signed cards requesting a union, The New York Times reported today. The Employee Free Choice A...


Report: Senators drop card check language

July 17, 2009

Six Senate Democrats agreed to drop a provision of the proposed Employee Free Choice Act that would have required companies to recognize unions without a secret ballot election if a majority of workers signed cards requesting a union, The New York Times reported today. The Employee Free Choice Ac...


Research from Staffing Industry Analysts

July 17, 2009

Here is the latest research from Staffing Industry Analysts: Staffing Industry Report July 2009 *List of fastest-growing U.S. staffing firms *Review of second-quarter mergers & acquisitions *Vacations rank as most common benefit provided temps


AMN announces new CFO

July 16, 2009

AMN Healthcare Services Inc. (NYSE: AHS), the largest U.S. healthcare staffing firm, named Bary Bailey as CFO. Bailey comes to AMN after serving as CFO and executive VP at Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, a specialty pharmaceutical company. Bailey had been at Valeant since 2002. Prior to th...


CIO survey: Trying out workers helpful

July 16, 2009

Almost three-quarters of chief information officers say it's helpful to bring in tech workers on a contract basis before hiring them full time, according to a survey by Robert Half Technology, a division of Robert Half International Inc. (NYSE: RHI). Among the CIOs, 28% said bringing in a worker...


Resources Connection Q4 revenue falls 44%

July 16, 2009

Revenue at Resources Connection Inc. (NASD: RECN) fell 44.2% year-over-year to $132.0 million in its fiscal fourth quarter ended May 30. "Given the global economic climate, this has been the most challenging year in the history of Resources," CEO Thomas Christopoul said. The Irvine CA-based comp...


Research from Staffing Industry Analysts

July 16, 2009

Here is the latest research from Staffing Industry Analysts: INSIGHT - Staffing mergers and acquisitions for 2Q09  *13 acquisitions in 2Q09 *M&A environment still "brutal" *Number of distress sales slowing down


Jobless claims fall 8.3%

July 16, 2009

The number of U.S. initial claims for unemployment benefits fell 8.3% to 522,000 in the week ended July 11 from the previous week's revised number of 569,000, the U.S. Department of Labor reported today. The four-week moving average of claims fell 3.7% to 584,500 from the previous week's revised...