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Certifications - Medical Staffing Network

November 21, 2008

Medical Staffing Network Holdings Inc. (NYSE: MRN) announced it received certification from The Joint Commission. This is the third consecutive corporate-wide certification Medical Staffing Network has earned since 2005, the company said.

Jury convicts nurse staffing firm operator

November 20, 2008

The operator of a nurse staffing firm was convicted by a federal jury this week for not paying more than $500,000 in federal employment taxes, the U.S. Attorney's Office's Minnesota district reported. The operator, Francis Leroy McLain of Livingston MT, operated Kirpal Nurses which did business a...

Contract watch - Westaff

November 20, 2008

Westaff Inc. (NASD: WSTF) signed a contract to serve as a single source provider of contingent staffing for SIRVA Inc., a Chicago-based moving and relocation company with brands that include Allied and northAmerican International. Westaff will provide office/clerical and information technology wo...

Jobless claims rise to highest since 1992

November 20, 2008

Jobless claims rose to their highest level since July 1992, and the four-week moving average also increased. However, the Associated Press reported the high level of jobless claims partly reflects growth in the labor force, which grew by approximately half since the early 1980s. The advance figur...

Bomb threats and other reasons for missing work

November 20, 2008

One worker called in a bomb threat to avoid going to work. Other workers came up with creative excuses for missing a day. Staffing Industry Report Senior Editor Craig Johnson writes on the subject in The Contingent Blog. For more, click here.

Leading index falls 0.8%

November 20, 2008

The Conference Board's U.S. leading index of economic indicators fell 0.8% in October, and now stands at 99.6 (2004 base level = 100). Weighing down the index were stock prices, building permits, consumer expectations and the index of supplier deliveries. Based on revised data, the index also fel...

Randstad says markets remain weak

November 20, 2008

Markets continue to weaken and revenue per working day fell 9.5% in October at Randstad Holding NV, the company said in an announcement prior to its analyst conference today. The firm, among the largest staffing companies in the world, said the trend has remained the same in early November. Still...

DiverseStaff adds to name, changes ownership

November 19, 2008

DiverseStaff, a Houston-based staffing firm, changed its name to DiverseStaff, a Lane Staffing Company. The addition follows President and CEO Carla Lane's acquisition of full control of the firm from its previous owner. DiverseStaff, a Lane Staffing Company has offices in Houston, Dallas/Ft. Wor...

Contract watch - Heidrick and Yahoo

November 19, 2008

Yahoo Inc. (NASD: YHOO) announced this week that it retained Heidrick & Struggles International Inc. (NASD: HSII) to assist in its search for a new CEO. The company said Monday that its present CEO, company co-founder Jerry Yang, will return to his former role of "chief yahoo" after a new CEO is...

Medfinders strikes $80 million deal

November 19, 2008

Medfinders Inc., an Arlington TX-based healthcare staffing company, said it signed a three-year, $80 million contract with MedStar Health, an operator of eight hospitals in the Maryland and Washington DC area. The deal calls for the hospital network to use Medfinders' SingleSource managed staffin...