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Employers: Health benefits costs to rise 9%

August 19, 2010

Large employers estimate their healthcare benefit costs will rise by an average of 8.9% next year compared with an average increase of 7% this year, according to a survey 72 large firms by the National Business Group on Health.

To combat the increases, 63% of employers planned to increase the percentage...

IT services firm to pay $1 million

August 19, 2010

Smartsoft International Inc. agreed to pay almost $1 million in back wages and interest to 135 workers the company hired using the H-1B program, the U.S. Department of Labor announced Wednesday. In a statement, Smartsoft said the settlement was not an admission of wrongdoing but was determined to be...

Jobless claims rise by 12,000

August 19, 2010

U.S. initial claims for unemployment insurance rose to 500,000 in the week ended Aug. 14 -- an increase of 12,000, or 2.5%, from the previous week, according to seasonally adjusted numbers released today by the U.S. Department of Labor.

Also, the number of initial claims for the previous week ended...

Leading index points to slow expansion

August 19, 2010

The Conference Board's U.S. leading economic index released today rose 0.1% in July to a level of 109.8. July's gain follows a 0.3% decline in June and 0.5% increase in May.

"The indicators point to a slow expansion through the end of the year," said Ken Goldstein, economist at The Conference Board....

Staffing firm to pay $35,000 in EEOC settlement

August 18, 2010

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission reported that Axiom Staffing Group of Virginia Inc. will pay $35,000 to settle a disability discrimination lawsuit.

According to the commission, the company refused to place Deborah Reynolds through its Hagerstown MD office because of her back impairment...

Canadian staffing index falls one point

August 18, 2010

The Canadian staffing index, a measure of temporary staffing in Canada, fell one point to a reading of 85 in July following six months of growth, the Association of Canadian Search, Employment and Staffing Services (ACSESS) announced. The index's benchmark of 100 was set in July 2008.

July's decline...

Mattson acquires industrial staffing firm

August 18, 2010

Mattson Resources LLC acquired Manufacturing Pros LLC, a Los Alamitos CA industrial staffing firm. Terms of the transaction were not announced.

Manufacturing Pros was founded in 2001 by Frank Alonzo, who will remain with the company as president of Manufacturing Pros.

Mattson is a Costa Mesa CA-based...

Canadian employment insurance rises 1%

August 18, 2010

The number of people receiving Canadian employment insurance benefits rose to 691,600 in June, up 1.2% from May, Statistics Canada reported today.

Still, the number of people receiving employment insurance is down 16.6% from its peak in June 2009.

Ontario was the only province to report a decline in...

Staffing Industry Monthly Pulse Survey now open

August 17, 2010

Staffing Industry Analysts' monthly pulse survey tracks revenue in the U.S. staffing industry by staffing sector and by temp help segment. You can complete this confidential and anonymous survey in less than 15-minutes. In return for your time, you'll receive a 30-page report on the current pulse...

Producer Price Index up 1.5% from 2009

August 17, 2010

The Producer Price Index for the employment services industry rose 1.5% in July compared with July 2009, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today.
The employment services industry includes employment placement agencies, temporary help services, executive search services and professional...