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Low growth in worker compensation boosts US manufacturing advantage

December 17, 2014

The Conference Board reported today anemic growth in worker compensation since the start of the decade substantially strengthened the cost advantages of US manufacturing against other mature economies. The finding is based on data from 34 countries released by the International Labor Comparisons...


Senate approves PEO certification bill; buyers would get tax assurance

December 17, 2014

Legislation creating a voluntary certification program for professional employer organizations within the IRS received approval from the US Senate last night, the National Association of Professional Employer Organizations announced. It passed the House two weeks ago.The legislation, the Small Bu...


Florida hotels, staffing firms pay $244,126 in back wages

December 17, 2014

The US Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division recovered $244,126 in back wages for 800 employees of hotels, motels and temporary staffing agencies in Florida. The recoveries were made as part of an enforcement initiative by the Jacksonville, Fla., District Office that began in 2013.In addit...


Supplemental Health Care elects chairman, vice chairman

December 17, 2014

Supplemental Health Care, a Park City, Utah-based healthcare staffing firm, elected Fred Brown as chairman of the firm’s board of directors and Joe O’Neill as vice-chairman.Brown replaces Jim Hoover, who has been chairman since 2000 and is stepping down to pursue other business opportunities...


OSHA cites beer warehouse over perm, temp worker dangers

December 17, 2014

A warehouse for brewer Anheuser-Busch InBev SA was cited for willfully putting permanent and temporary workers at risk of serious injury, the US Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced Thursday. Penalties totaled $162,500.An investigation in June found the company, doing business...


Staffing firm OfficeTeam lists embarrassing job interview mistakes

December 17, 2014

OfficeTeam, a division of Robert Half International Inc. (NYSE: RHI) surveyed more than 600 managers in the US and Canada on the most embarrassing job interview mistakes.Some of their responses included: “The candidate called the interviewer by the wrong name.” “One job seeker had lettuce i...


ManpowerGroup names new board member

December 16, 2014

ManpowerGroup Inc.’s (NYSE: MAN) appointed Paul Read, president and chief operating officer of Ingram Micro Inc., to the company’s board of directors.In his role at Ingram Micro, a technology distributor and supply-chain services provider headquartered in Santa Ana, Calif., Read is responsible fo...


Worker files class action against staffing firm over background check

December 16, 2014

A worker claims Aerotek Inc. and Allegis Group Inc. violated the Fair Credit Reporting Act when they kicked him off the job based on inaccurate information in a background check without first providing the worker with a copy of the report.Michael Craig Mitchell sued Aerotek and Allegis in federal...


Affordable Care Act response — staffing quote of the week

December 16, 2014

“The real culprit is that costs continue to go up; the ACA did nothing to reduce it. So a lot of small business don’t feel very positive about it,” Bill Lindsay, president of Lockton Mountain West Benefit Group, was quoted by the (Boulder, Colo.) Daily Camera newspaper in an article on the Afford...


Ohio staffing firm expands with acquisition

December 16, 2014

Barry Staffing, a staffing firm headquartered in Dayton, Ohio, acquired CS Staffing in Springfield, Ohio. Both firms target light industrial staffing.The transaction will close Jan. 1; terms were not disclosed. CS Staffing owner Cynthia Savage will not remain with the company and the brand will t...