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Comforce revenue falls 6%

March 23, 2010

Comforce Corp. (AMEX: CFS) reported revenue fell 6.4% to $144.4 million in its fourth quarter ended Dec. 27, 2009, from $154.2 million in the year-ago quarter. The Woodbury NY-based staffing firm said fourth-quarter revenue rose 7.4% in its PrO Unlimited division, which provides vendor managemen...


Mass layoffs down 43% in February

March 23, 2010

There were 1,570 mass layoffs in February, down 42.6% from the 2,737 in February 2009 on a seasonally adjusted basis, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Initial claims for unemployment insurance associated with mass layoffs in February totaled 155,718, down 46.1% from the 289,16...


Kelly lands $750 million federal contract

March 22, 2010

Kelly Services Inc. (NASD: KELYA) said it received a five-year contract valued at $750 million from the National Institutes of Health, an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Kelly has worked with the National Institutes of Health for the last five years. However, it repor...


Report: Japan may disallow some temp jobs

March 22, 2010

The Japanese government is at work on legislation that would prohibit manufacturers from using staffing firms to fill short-term jobs, The Japan Times reported. The legislation would also disallow "registered workers" who are employed only when jobs are available, although some categories of wor...


Healthcare bill would bring fees

March 22, 2010

The U.S. House of Representatives approved a healthcare reform package on Sunday that could add fees for employers who don't provide healthcare. The House's vote approved the Senate healthcare reform bill as well as measures to modify that bill. Those changes must still receive approval by the S...


Survey: South Florida tech execs to add staff

March 22, 2010

Thirty-percent of technology executives in South Florida plan to add information technology staff in 2010, and the percentage of temps being used rose to 29% this year from 14% last year, according to a survey by Protech, a Boca Raton FL-based IT staffing firm. Protech's survey included 681 tech...


Administaff to pay $115,000 in EEOC suit

March 17, 2010

  Administaff Inc. (NYSE: ASF), a Houston-based professional employer organization, agreed to pay $115,000 to settle a lawsuit alleging religious bias, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission reported today. According to the EEOC, two brothers at a Maryland office of Conn-X LLC, a forme...


Survey taking staffing's pulse

March 17, 2010

Interested in learning the pulse of the U.S. staffing industry? Participate in Staffing Industry Analysts' Monthly Pulse Survey to receive a 30-page report of sector-by-sector and segment-by-segment revenue trends. There is no cost to participate, but the deadline for this month's survey is 11 a...


Analysts International back in compliance

March 17, 2010

  Analysts International Corp. (NASD: ANLYD) said Tuesday that it's back in compliance with a Nasdaq listing requirement of a minimum per share bid price of $1. Analysts International had announced March 1 that it completed a five-for-one reverse stock split aimed at getting its stock price abov...


Jobs bill includes payroll tax break

March 17, 2010

A jobs bill aimed at spurring hiring, the Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment (HIRE) Act, was signed by President Obama today. Employers will receive a Social Security payroll tax exemption in 2010 for every worker hired who has been unemployed for at least 60 days under the HIRE Act. In ad...