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General Employment deal called off

March 26, 2010

General Employment Enterprises Inc. (AMEX: JOB) said a previously announced acquisition effort did not go through, according to a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

General Employment had announced in December that it struck a deal to acquire a portion of GT Systems Inc., a New...

Congress approves healthcare reform

March 26, 2010

Healthcare reform legislation that received final approval from Congress on Thursday will make many changes. But the biggest impact on the staffing industry will likely be the fees for companies that don't provide healthcare insurance, or whose plans don't meet certain requirements.

Employers could...

VMS/MSP customer satisfaction survey set

March 25, 2010

Staffing Industry Analysts will conduct a survey of staffing firms and buyers of staffing services for a report on vendor management system and managed service provider customer satisfaction. If you are a staffing firm operating within a program that utilizes VMS or MSP or a buyer who is interested...

March issue of Legs and Reg Advisor online

March 25, 2010

Guidelines that restrict staffing firms' ability to bring in H-1B visa holders, initiatives to clamp down on worker misclassification and more are included in the March issue of the Legs & Reg Advisor now available to corporate members of Staffing Industry Analysts.

Legs and Reg Advisor - March 2010...

Jobless claims fall by 14,000

March 25, 2010

The number of U.S. initial claims for unemployment insurance for the week ended March 20 fell by 14,000, or 3.1%, to 442,000 from the previous week's revised number of 456,000, the U.S. Department of Labor reported today.

This week's numbers reflect an annual revision to seasonal adjustment factors....

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,...