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Eliassen Group names CFO

June 18, 2010

Eliassen Group, a Wakefield MA-based technology staffing and clinical data management consulting firm, named Anthony Valente as CFO.

Valente replaces Dave MacKeen, who will continue as president of Eliassen's technology staffing division.

Prior to Eliassen, Valente served as financial director for...

Xcel HR announces two acquisitions

June 18, 2010

Xcel HR announced the acquisitions of two providers of professional employer organization and administrative service organization (ASO) services.

Xcel acquired Amsource, a Birmingham AL-based PEO and ASO firm, in late May. It also announced its acquisition of HR America, a Fort Wayne IN-based firm,...

Jobless claims rise by 12,000

June 17, 2010

U.S. initial claims for unemployment insurance for the week ended June 12 rose by 12,000, or 2.6%, to 472,000 from the previous week, the U.S. Department of Labor reported today.

The number of initial claims from the week ended June 5 was increased to 460,000 from the previously reported number of...

Contract watch: TeamStaff, Tapfin

June 17, 2010

TeamStaff Inc. (NASD: TSTF) said it has begun work on a five-year contract valued at $3.3 million to provide healthcare staffing to the Armed Forces Retirement Home in Washington DC. The company had announced the contract in December, but objections to the bidding process prompted a re-bidding with...

Staffing firm to pay $100,000 in disability case

June 17, 2010

A staffing firm will pay $100,000 in a case where a job offer for a recruiter was revoked allegedly because she was blind, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission announced Wednesday.

Balance Staffing owner Robert Feinstein hired Jocelyn Snower as a recruiter to help launch a staffing center...

U.S. leading index rises 0.4%

June 17, 2010

The Conference Board's U.S. leading economic index released today rose 0.4% in May after revised numbers indicated no change in April and a 1.4% rise in March. The index now stands at 109.9 (2004=100).

"The index points to continued, though slower, U.S. growth for the rest of this year," says Bart...

Judge: Illinois drivers not contractors

June 16, 2010

A U.S. district judge issued a summary judgment ruling on May 28 that FedEx Ground and home delivery drivers in Illinois are employees and not independent contractors under the Illinois Wage Act.

It was the first such summary judgment ruling in the complex FedEx Ground litigation over the classification...

Pulse Survey deadline approaches

June 16, 2010

The deadline for taking part in Staffing Industry Analysts' monthly survey to check the pulse of the staffing industry, and to receive a copy of the results, is approaching.

The Pulse Survey closes at 11 a.m. Pacific time on June 23.

If you didn't receive an invitation, you can complete the survey...

Office openings: Nesco Resource, Slate

June 16, 2010

Nesco Resource announced the opening of new engineering and information technology branches in Pittsburgh PA and Lexington KY.

"We are moving forward in response to current client demands to support their professional staffing service needs through additional Nesco Resource business lines in the state...

Hallmark PEO to go public

June 16, 2010

Hallmark Human Resources, a Granbury TX-based PEO, announced a deal that would take the company public.

The professional employer organization said it signed a share exchange agreement to be acquired by Great Spirits Inc. (OTCBB: GSPS.OB), a publicly held shell company. The completed deal would give...