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Canadian leading index rises in June

July 16, 2010

Canada's composite leading index rose 1.0% in June with growth in manufacturing, Statistics Canada reported today.

The agency also revised upward gains in April and May to 1.1% in each month.

New orders for durable goods rose 2.3% in June. Statistics Canada also reported the average workweek in manufacturing...

People: Peoplelink, Heidrick

July 16, 2010

Peoplelink Staffing Solutions, a South Bend IN-based staffing provider, named Jeffrey Miller as VP and controller. Miller has more than 20 years of experience in public accounting, financial management and business development strategy. He most recently served as CEO of ATC Holdings.

Heidrick & Struggles...

U.S. average hourly earnings up over year

July 16, 2010

Average hourly earnings rose to $19.00 in June 2010 from $18.57 in June 2009 for private sector production employees and nonsupervisory employees in service-providing industries, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. On a month-over-month basis, June 2010's earnings were unchanged.


Nextaff acquires PEO, payroll processor

July 16, 2010

Nextaff LLC announced this week it acquired Comprehensive Compensation Management Group of Kansas City MO.

CCMG provides professional employer organization and payroll processing. The acquisition took place in January; terms of the deal were not announced.

CCMG principal Stacy Wheeler and its service...

FedEx to pay $3 million in misclassification

July 16, 2010

The Massachusetts Attorney General's office announced FedEx Ground agreed to pay the state $3 million to settle claims the company misclassified FedEx Ground drivers as independent contractors.

FedEx Ground's misclassification caused it to underpay on payroll taxes, workers' comp and unemployment insurance,...

People: Futurestep, Hays, Manpower

July 15, 2010

Futurestep named Jeanne MacDonald as VP and general manager of its recruitment process outsourcing and recruitment solutions business in the U.S. MacDonald has been with Futurestep since 1998. Futurestep is a division of Korn/Ferry International Inc. (NYSE: KFY).

Hays PLC announced Alan Thomson will...

Unemployment claims fall by 29,000

July 15, 2010

U.S. initial claims for unemployment insurance fell to 429,000 in the week ended July 10 on a seasonally adjusted basis, down 29,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 458,000, the U.S. Department of Labor reported today.

Reuters reported that analyst had anticipated claims would fall only...

Producer Price Index up 1% from 2009

July 15, 2010

The Producer Price Index for the employment services industry rose 1% in June compared with June 2009, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today.

The employment services industry includes employment placement agencies, temporary help services, executive search services and professional employer...

Skilled to mediate $671 million case

July 15, 2010

Skilled Healthcare Group Inc., an operator of long-term care facilities, said today it agreed to go to mediation in an effort to settle a case alleging improper staffing. A jury in Humboldt County CA turned in a verdict of $671 million against the company in the case earlier this month.

The firm said...

SeatonCorp says Q2 revenue jumps

July 15, 2010

SeatonCorp reported second-quarter 2010 revenue rose 45% over the same period a year ago on an organic basis amid several new client signings and increases in scope and volume at existing clients. The company also said it has a 100% client renewal rate over the past 12 months.

SeatonCorp also said...