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Michael Page names former Microsoft exec as board director

June 26, 2015

Michael Page International plc, a London-based professional staffing firm, appointed Patrick de Smedt as an independent, non-executive board director, effective Aug. 1.A Belgian citizen, de Smedt spent 23 years at Microsoft. He founded the Benelux subsidiaries, led the development of its Western...


Texas firm acquires CGI Staffing Solutions

June 26, 2015

Cotton Holdings Inc. acquired CGI Staffing Solutions Inc., effective immediately. Lake Charles, La.-based CGI is a boutique firm that provides professional-level recruiting and human resources services.Cotton assumed certain of CGI’s outstanding staffing and professional recruiting services contr...


People: B. E. Smith, DISYS and Heidrick

June 26, 2015

Lenexa, Kan.-based B. E. Smith, an executive search firm specializing in healthcare, added Alyson Cutshall as VP of post-acute services. Cutshall previously held leadership positions at Gentiva Health Services, an affiliate of Kindred Healthcare.Digital Intelligence Systems Corp. named Jack Felle...


Supreme Court upholds nationwide ACA subsidies and penalties

June 25, 2015

The US Supreme Court ruled in favor of the government in a decision released today in a closely watched case on the Affordable Care Act.“Today, the United States Supreme Court, in its King v Burwell decision, dashed the hopes of many employers for relief from the Affordable Care Act by upholding...


Randstad fund invests in chat-based engagement platform

June 25, 2015

Randstad Holding nv invested in Brazen through its Randstad Innovation Fund, its fifth investment to date. Brazen’s platform allows organizations to schedule and host chat-based online meetups and events to engage a wide variety of audiences. The Brazen platform has more than 150 customers i...


Robert Half survey finds 29% of lawyers to increase hiring in second half

June 25, 2015

The job market for newly minted associates is heating up, according to a survey released today from Robert Half Legal.Nearly three in 10 lawyers surveyed, 29%, said their law firm or company plans to increase its hiring of entry-level associates in the second half of the year, 2% expect to decrea...


Jobless claims average down, total claims rise 3,000

June 25, 2015

The US four-week moving average of initial claims for unemployment insurance fell by 3,250 last week to a total of 273,750 from the previous week’s upwardly revised average, according to seasonally adjusted numbers released today by the US Department of Labor.The four-week moving average decrease...


NAACP lawsuit claims companies illegally refused to hire ex-cons — Web

June 25, 2015

Reuters reports dozens of companies that use popular recruiting websites violated a New York City law by refusing to hire anyone with a felony record, impacting mostly black people, according to a lawsuit filed today by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. The suit also...


Brand reputation on par with pay, ManpowerGroup report finds

June 25, 2015

Employer brand is just as important as pay in influencing career choices, according to a report from ManpowerGroup Solutions. The report finds one in four job seekers consider company reputation a driving factor when making career decisions.“Employer brand is an increasingly powerful tool for cre...


Clarification: Premier MSP program

June 25, 2015

Strategic Staffing Solutions remains the MSP for Premier Inc.’s internal corporate staffing program, to clarify a story that appeared earlier this week. AMN Healthcare Inc. was awarded a sole-source contract to provide healthcare staffing through Premier’s group purchasing organization program —...