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Canadian Employment Insurance number falls 6%

March 24, 2010

The number of people receiving Canadian Employment Insurance jobless benefits fell by 47,700, or 6.4%, in January to 698,780 -- the fourth month in a row of decline, Statistics Canada reported today. However, the number is still up 19.8% compared with January 2009. In Ontario, the number of peop...


People: On Assignment, Skilled, TeamStaff, Judge

March 24, 2010

On Assignment Inc. (NASD: ASGN), a Calabasas CA-based staffing firm, announced Katie Hoffman-Abby, executive VP of its Vista Staffing Solutions physician staffing division, will also lead its travel nurse division. Hoffman-Abby has more than 25 years' experience in healthcare staffing. The move...


People: Judge, EmploymentGroup, Pinnacle

March 23, 2010

The Judge Group, a Philadelphia-based staffing firm, promoted Mark DiChiara to managing director of its New York office. DiChiara also oversees Judge's Tampa FL market. EmploymentGroup, a Battle Creek MI-based staffing firm, named Charles "Charlie" Burnham to its board of directors. Burnham foun...


Comforce revenue falls 6%

March 23, 2010

Comforce Corp. (AMEX: CFS) reported revenue fell 6.4% to $144.4 million in its fourth quarter ended Dec. 27, 2009, from $154.2 million in the year-ago quarter. The Woodbury NY-based staffing firm said fourth-quarter revenue rose 7.4% in its PrO Unlimited division, which provides vendor managemen...


Mass layoffs down 43% in February

March 23, 2010

There were 1,570 mass layoffs in February, down 42.6% from the 2,737 in February 2009 on a seasonally adjusted basis, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Initial claims for unemployment insurance associated with mass layoffs in February totaled 155,718, down 46.1% from the 289,16...


Kelly lands $750 million federal contract

March 22, 2010

Kelly Services Inc. (NASD: KELYA) said it received a five-year contract valued at $750 million from the National Institutes of Health, an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Kelly has worked with the National Institutes of Health for the last five years. However, it repor...


Report: Japan may disallow some temp jobs

March 22, 2010

The Japanese government is at work on legislation that would prohibit manufacturers from using staffing firms to fill short-term jobs, The Japan Times reported. The legislation would also disallow "registered workers" who are employed only when jobs are available, although some categories of wor...


Healthcare bill would bring fees

March 22, 2010

The U.S. House of Representatives approved a healthcare reform package on Sunday that could add fees for employers who don't provide healthcare. The House's vote approved the Senate healthcare reform bill as well as measures to modify that bill. Those changes must still receive approval by the S...


Survey: South Florida tech execs to add staff

March 22, 2010

Thirty-percent of technology executives in South Florida plan to add information technology staff in 2010, and the percentage of temps being used rose to 29% this year from 14% last year, according to a survey by Protech, a Boca Raton FL-based IT staffing firm. Protech's survey included 681 tech...


Administaff to pay $115,000 in EEOC suit

March 17, 2010

  Administaff Inc. (NYSE: ASF), a Houston-based professional employer organization, agreed to pay $115,000 to settle a lawsuit alleging religious bias, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission reported today. According to the EEOC, two brothers at a Maryland office of Conn-X LLC, a forme...