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October 16, 2015

Lofton Staffing & Security Services announced Tom Maupin will manage a new branch office in Little Rock, Ark., Lofton’s first office in the state. Maupin previously held security management positions with AT&T (BellSouth), Coca Cola and Entergy. He is credentialed as a security company manager,...

Oregon official: Uber drivers employees, not independent contractors

October 15, 2015

Uber drivers are employees, not independent contractors, according to an advisory opinion released Wednesday by an Oregon state official.

“Uber suffers or permits drivers to work for the company’s benefits. Further, drivers are economically dependent on Uber pursuant to the ‘economic realities’...

Clean energy jobs in US up 16% over year, organization says

October 15, 2015

Ecotech Institute’s Clean Jobs Index found employment in the renewable energy sector at the end of 2015’s second quarter rose 16% from the same period last year to more than 1.47 million jobs.

The Clean Jobs Index classifies clean energy jobs based on the Bureau of Labor Statistics description, which...

More employees calling in sick when well

October 15, 2015

In the past year, 38% of employees called in to work sick when they were feeling well, up from 28% last year, according to a CareerBuilder survey.

The survey found 52% of employees have a paid time off program that allows them to use their time off however they choose, however, 27% of those workers said...

Recruit joins funding round for online lender

October 15, 2015

Recruit Holdings Co., the world’s sixth-largest staffing firm, joined other investors in the latest round of funding for Atlanta-based Kabbage Inc., an online platform that provides automated lending. The $135 million equity raise was led by Reverence Capital Partners as well as ING, Santander InnoVentures...

Candidate fit? 34% of CFOs say best insight is from temp work

October 15, 2015

A “working interview” may be the key to successful hires, according to a survey released today by Accountemps, a division of Robert Half International Inc. (NYSE: RHI). The survey found more than one-third, 34%, of CFOs said having a candidate work on a temporary basis initially provides the...

Jobless claims average hits lowest level since 1973

October 15, 2015

The US four-week moving average of initial claims for unemployment insurance fell last week to 265,000, the lowest level since December 1973. The moving average fell 2,250 from the previous week’s average, which was revised slightly downward, according to seasonally adjusted numbers released today...

RPO firm adds former Uber exec as executive VP

October 14, 2015

Recruitment process outsourcing provider WilsonHCG added Jesper Bendtsen to its executive team as executive VP of global strategy. Bendtsen most recently was head of global recruiting for Uber. Before that, he was VP of global go-to-market recruiting for salesforce.com. Bendtsen has also served as a...

Either gender not advantage in staffing industry

October 14, 2015

The overwhelming majority of North American staffing company executives — both male and female — feel their gender is neither an advantage nor disadvantage in the working world generally, in the staffing industry in particular, or in their own company, according to a survey recently released by Staffing...

Mexico’s economic growth unlikely to improve this year, indexes say

October 14, 2015

Economic activity is unlikely to improve in Mexico this year, according to The Conference Board.

The Conference Board’s leading economic index for Mexico fell sharply in August for the fifth consecutive month. As a result, the six-month change in the leading economic index remains negative, although...