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Florida agency rules Uber driver an employee; possible concerns ahead?

May 26, 2015

The San Jose Mercury News reports a Florida agency ruled an Uber driver is an employee in the case of a man who filed for unemployment benefits after the ride-sharing service deactivated his account. Uber can still appeal the decision.Uber along with Lyft and other online firms that use independe...


Houston firm makes first acquisition

May 26, 2015

Houston-based staffing company Murray Resources Ltd. acquired Kingwood Personnel Inc. of Kingwood, Texas.The transaction closed May 20; terms were not disclosed. The Kingwood Personnel brand will remain, and owner Carol McCord will continue with the company for a transitional period.Murray Resour...


Consumer confidence improves in May

May 26, 2015

The Conference Board’s consumer confidence index for the US rose in May to a reading of 95.4 (1985=100), from an April reading of 94.3, The Conference Board announced today.“Consumer confidence improved modestly in May, after declining sharply in April,” said Lynn Franco, director of economic ind...


Staffing firm limits email — staffing quote of the week

May 26, 2015

“There’s a sense of energy when people are talking rather than typing,” Crain’s Chicago Business quoted Tom Gimbel, CEO Chicago staffing firm LaSalle Network, as saying about its policy of occasionally limiting communication to only phone calls and in-person meetings. “It’s a shock to people and...


Judge puts PEO workers’ comp insurance company into rehabilitation

May 22, 2015

Lumbermen’s Underwriting Alliance, which issued large deductible workers’ compensation plans for professional employer organizations among other insurance lines, was put into rehabilitation by a judge, the Missouri Department of Insurance announced.The company faced financial difficulty when one...


New legislation would clarify IC status, group says

May 22, 2015

Legislation to clarify who is an independent contractor was introduced this week by Rep. Erik Paulsen, R-Minn. He believes the legislation will provide direction to employers. The Customized Logistics and Delivery Association is supporting the bill. The association, which represents the US courie...


Randstad Sourceright brings in RPO exec

May 22, 2015

Randstad Sourceright names RPO leader Katie Molloy as VP of client services working in the firm’s RPO operations. Molloy received the “2013 provider superstar” award from HRO Today when she was senior director of recruitment process outsourcing at AMN Healthcare Services Inc. (NYSE: AHS).At Rands...


VMS rolls out Apple Watch app; MBO adds tech execs — Technology

May 22, 2015

PRO Unlimited announced an Apple Watch app for its Wand vendor management system platform. In other tech news, MBO Partners, announced the hiring of two new tech executives, including one former Provade VMS exec. MBO will also bring aboard Provade’s former president as an advisor. Apple Watch VMS...


People: Boyden, TriNet, Korn Ferry and more

May 22, 2015

Executive search firm Boyden announced Jörg Kasten was elected to a two-year term as chairman. Kasten is managing partner of Boyden Germany. In addition, Finn Rants, managing partner of Boyden Denmark, was elected to a first term as director. Also, Kristen Smit and Brent Shervey were re-elected t...


Survey finds 40% of small businesses to add jobs

May 22, 2015

Small business owners continue to reflect the optimism seen in January, but plan to add employees and boost compensation levels, according to a business confidence survey released by professional employer organization Insperity Inc. (NYSE: NSP).The survey found 40% of responding business owners p...