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US immigration plan likely won’t up staffing H-1B availability, challenges foreseen

November 25, 2014

President Obama’s immigration reforms announced last week likely won’t increase the availability of H-1B visas used by some staffing firms for highly skilled temporary foreign workers such as IT professionals. The president’s announcement did not include plans to raise the 85,000-person annual ca...


Feds take another step to close ACA loophole — Web

November 25, 2014

Kaiser Health News reports the Obama administration took another step last Friday to prevent employers from offering health plans without hospitalization benefits to avoid penalties under the Affordable Care Act. To read the story, click here.


US raises GDP estimate for Q3, but consumer confidence slips

November 25, 2014

US real gross domestic product increased at an annual rate of 3.9 percent in the third quarter, according to the second estimate released today by the US Department of Commerce. The growth rate is up from a previous estimate of 3.5 percent. In the second quarter, real GDP increased 4.6 percent. B...


Elance-oDesk gets $30 million in new funding

November 25, 2014

Online staffing firm Elance-oDesk announced a $30 million over-subscribed round of funding led by venture capital firm Benchmark Capital, with participation from additional existing major shareholders including T. Rowe Price, FirstMark, Sigma West, NEA and the Stripes Group.“We first invested in...


ASA staffing index hits record high

November 25, 2014

The American Staffing Association’s index measuring employment in the US staffing industry rose 3.17 percent for the week of Nov. 10 to Nov. 16 compared with the same week last year. The index value rose to 105.84, the highest value since the index’s inception in June 2006.


Tight holiday market for employers — staffing quote of the week

November 25, 2014

“The past four or five years it’s been easy to get people and we’ve hired some really outstanding people the past couple of years. Now, it’s becoming a lot harder,” CBS Minnesota quotes business owner Trent Johnson in a story about holiday employment. “I can definitely feel it’s tightening up and...


Growth stories from the fastest-growing staffing firms

November 24, 2014

This year’s list of fastest-growing staffing firms released earlier this year uncovered staffing and recruitment firms with impressive growth. But what are these firms like? What fuels their growth?We spoke to executives at the three of the fastest-growing firms in a new article in Staffing Indus...


Small businesses hiring again, half plan bonuses, survey says

November 24, 2014

Small businesses began hiring again for the first time since August while maintaining the same amount of holiday or year-end bonuses as one year ago, according to the SurePayroll Small Business Scorecard survey for November.Hiring edged up 0.1 percent in November from October; however, hiring fel...


Staffing firm Randstad discusses how to engage Gen Z

November 24, 2014

Randstad, one of the world’s largest staffing providers, recently released results of a global survey on Gen Z — those born between 1994 and 2010. The generation currently ranges from approximately 5 to 20 years of age and currently are in high school or have recently entered college or the workf...


Canada: Employees emotionally connected to their work

November 24, 2014

The majority of employed Canadians are emotionally connected to their work and most believe that a current or previous job has changed their life, according to a survey released today by Monster Canada. However, a large pool of employees haven’t yet identified a career path that they feel will le...