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ClearPoint to cease trading on OTC

March 25, 2010

ClearPoint Business Resources Inc. announced that it plans to no longer be quoted on the OTC Bulletin Board.

The company said it will continue to be quoted on the Pink Sheets and will make financial information available to stockholders upon request.

Last month ClearPoint reported that a senior secured...

Anti-staffing H-1B memo to get another meeting

March 24, 2010

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has scheduled another public meeting on Friday over a memo that restricts staffing firms from bringing in foreign workers on H-1B visas.

The meeting scheduled for Friday appears to focus on how the memo impacts healthcare staffing firms. Concerns were raised...

ASA staffing index up almost 4%

March 24, 2010

The American Staffing Association's staffing index rose to a level of 83 in March from a level of 80 in February, indicating staffing employment increased almost 4%.

The index measures changes in the number of temporary and contract workers, both weekly and monthly. The monthly measure is taken from...

MSN says bankruptcy possible

March 24, 2010

Medical Staffing Network Holdings Inc. (OTCBB: MNSW.PK), one of the largest healthcare staffing firms, said it's continuing discussions with lenders over a default, but said it could file for bankruptcy protection, according to a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Tuesday.


Health workers' disciplinary actions in data bank

March 24, 2010

Healthcare staffing firms may qualify for access to the National Practitioner Data Bank, a national database with information on disciplinary actions and other matters taken against doctors, nurses and other healthcare providers.

Information includes medical malpractice payments, license revocations,...

Canadian Employment Insurance number falls 6%

March 24, 2010

The number of people receiving Canadian Employment Insurance jobless benefits fell by 47,700, or 6.4%, in January to 698,780 -- the fourth month in a row of decline, Statistics Canada reported today. However, the number is still up 19.8% compared with January 2009.

In Ontario, the number of people receiving...

People: On Assignment, Skilled, TeamStaff, Judge

March 24, 2010

On Assignment Inc. (NASD: ASGN), a Calabasas CA-based staffing firm, announced Katie Hoffman-Abby, executive VP of its Vista Staffing Solutions physician staffing division, will also lead its travel nurse division. Hoffman-Abby has more than 25 years' experience in healthcare staffing. The move is intended...

People: Judge, EmploymentGroup, Pinnacle

March 23, 2010

The Judge Group, a Philadelphia-based staffing firm, promoted Mark DiChiara to managing director of its New York office. DiChiara also oversees Judge's Tampa FL market.

EmploymentGroup, a Battle Creek MI-based staffing firm, named Charles "Charlie" Burnham to its board of directors. Burnham founded...

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 management and...

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 289,162 initial...