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US employers up demand for H-1B workers by 35%

April 14, 2015

The number of petitions for H-1B visas rose 35% this year, exceeding the annual cap on available visas within the first week petitions were accepted, according to numbers released Monday by US Citizenship and Immigration Services.Nearly 233,000 petitions were filed for H-1B visas in the first wee...


Page Group North America gross profit rises 11%

April 14, 2015

Michael Page International Plc, a London-based professional staffing firm, reported first-quarter gross profit in its North America unit rose 10.6% on a constant currency basis year over year.Canada gross profit rose 35%, with a record quarter from the Montreal office. The US grew 7% in constant...


RNnetwork appoints new president

April 14, 2015

RNnetwork, the travel nurse division of CHG Healthcare Services, named Eric Darienzo as its new president. He replaces Bill Heller, who last month was appointed president of Weatherby Healthcare, CHG’s locum tenens division.Darienzo joined CHG in 2007 and most recently served as senior director a...


First Tek acquires IT staffing firm for $7.55 million in bankruptcy auction

April 14, 2015

First Tek Inc. acquired the assets of IT staffing provider Cloudeeva in a bankruptcy auction on April 7 for a winning bid of $7.55 million, according to court records. There were 29 bidders for the company which posted 2013 revenue of approximately $35 million.Cloudeeva filed for Chapter 11 bankr...


CEO dismissals in US at lowest level in a decade

April 14, 2015

The percentage of S&P 500 companies that fired their CEO in 2014 fell to the lowest level since 2005 as the US economy continued to improve, according to the 2015 edition of CEO Succession Practices, a report released today by The Conference Board.The study found less than 16% of all CEO turn...


Getting H1-B took longer than building Instagram — staffing quote of the week

April 14, 2015

“It took less time to build Instagram than it did for me to get my work visa,” BloombergBusiness quoted Instagram co-creator and Brazil native Mike Krieger as saying. He added, “Lotterying it out year after year, basing it on timing — as a software engineer, it feels wrong. It’s like applying a r...


Man sues Amazon, staffing firm over background checks

April 13, 2015

A South Carolina man sued Amazon and staffing provider Staff Management | SMX claiming rejection for a “puller” job at Amazon based on results of a background check despite not receiving a copy of the report or a summary of rights, according to court records. The Fair Credit Reporting Act require...


Chartwell sells M&A unit

April 13, 2015

Chartwell Staffing Solutions, a staffing provider based in Lancaster, Pa., sold its mergers and acquisitions unit, Chartwell Business Advisors, to BCP Ventures Inc.BCP Ventures CEO Betty Pickett made the announcement; details of the transaction were not released.Chartwell in mid-March assumed con...


NY Attorney General requests info about ‘on-call shifts’

April 13, 2015

New York State Office of Attorney General Eric Schneiderman sent a letter Friday to 13 retailers requesting information and documents regarding “on-call shifts.” According to the letter, the Attorney General’s office has received reports that a growing number of employers, particularly in th...


Healthcare staffing firm says medical lab tech is top job searched

April 13, 2015

Medical laboratory technician ranked as the top medical job searched in March on the website of healthcare staffing firm Aureus Medical Group, the company reported.The top medical jobs searched include physical therapy jobs, positions in the medical laboratory, and travel nursing jobs in the oper...