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Staffing firm claims victory in $800,000 settlement over EEOC discrimination claims

May 12, 2015

A Chicago-area staffing agency settled under a consent decree two lawsuits filed by the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission for $800,000 under a consent decree, the federal agency announced. The EEOC reports $70,000 will go to the sexual harassment and retaliation victims and remaining $73...


US job openings fall in March but hiring edges up

May 12, 2015

The number of US job openings in March fell 2.9% from February to almost 5.0 million, according to seasonally adjusted numbers released today by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. February had the highest level of job openings since January 2001.Job openings decreased in healthcare and social ass...


Survey finds college grads feel prepared for workforce but expect training

May 12, 2015

The vast majority of 2015 US college graduates are confident about their working future, with eight in 10 reporting their education prepared them well for the workforce, according to research from Accenture (NYSE: ACN).This contrasts starkly with 2013 and 2014 graduates, 49% of whom consider them...


Employers seeking out autistic workers — staffing quote of the week

May 12, 2015

“It’s simple, Microsoft is stronger when we expand opportunity and we have a diverse workforce that represents our customers,” The Daily Beast quoted Mary Ellen Smith, a corporate vice president with Microsoft, as saying in a story about employers seeking out autistic workers. “People with autism...


On Assignment buys marketing staffing firm for $570 million

May 11, 2015

On Assignment Inc. (NYSE: ASGN) agreed to acquire privately held Creative Circle LLC from Morgan Stanley Global Private Equity for $570 million in cash and equity, and up to an additional $30 million if performance targets for 2015 are achieved.Creative Circle was founded in 2002 and provides dig...


Hudson sells Americas IT staffing business and Dutch operations

May 11, 2015

Hudson Global Inc. (NASD: HSON), a New York-based staffing provider, will sell its Americas IT staffing business to Mastech Holdings Inc. (NYSE MKT: MHH) and, separately, announced it sold its Netherlands business to InterBalance Group B.V.Terms for the sale of the Americas IT staffing busin...


Hudson Q1 revenue falls, reports restructuring and sales of operations

May 11, 2015

Hudson Global Inc. (NASD: HSON) first-quarter revenue fell 3.3% in constant currency to $124.3 million. It also reported sales of business lines, cessation of some European operations and restructuring charges.The New York-based professional staffing provider recorded a restructuring charge of $1...


US employment index bounces back in April

May 11, 2015

The Conference Board’s US employment trends index ticked up in April to a reading of 128.22 from March’s downwardly revised reading of 127.15. The April reading is up 5.8% from the same month a year ago.“April’s bounceback in the employment trends index is somewhat reassuring, but expectations re...


Mastech Q1 revenue down 6%, announces acquisition

May 11, 2015

Pittsburgh-based IT staffing firm Mastech Holdings Inc. (NYSE MKT: MHH) reported first-quarter revenue fell 5.7% to $27.1 million. The company also today announced plans to purchase the Americas IT staffing business of Hudson Global.Demand for staffing services was solid for much of the quarter a...


Human cloud is not death knell for staffing — Staffing Stream

May 11, 2015

Recruit Holdings, a Japanese conglomerate with a variety of global HR businesses, recently announced a string of investments into online crowdsourcing businesses. David Francis, research associate at Staffing Industry Analysts, writes about why Recruit made these investments and what the implicat...