Recent Updates

Courts at Odds Over Arbitration Agreement Ruling

April 2, 2014

The U.S. Supreme Court held that arbitration agreements that bar class claims are valid, and that federal law preempts state laws that bar class action waiver agreements. However, further court rulings don't apply this ruling evenly.


Taking the Pulse of Contingent Labor

April 2, 2014

Knowing the pulse of the staffing industry can help you prepare for the ebbs and flows in contingent labor demand from your various departments.


Large U.S. Staffing Firm Files Pre-Packaged Chapter 11

April 2, 2014

It’s important to be mindful of your staffing firms’ finances, because an unexpected bankruptcy filing could be a huge disruption. While a supplier’s filing this week should pose no problems for the buyers involved, it serves as a wake-up call to ensure your suppliers are solvent.


Fieldglass Acquisition: A Crystal Ball

April 2, 2014

The news last week of SAP’s intention to buy Fieldglass led our director of contingent workforce strategies and research in Europe to reflect on his own experiences merging the companies’ two technologies. He also speculates on what the future has in store. Read more in The Contingent Blog.


Subcontractor Pays $277,000 in Misclassification Case

April 2, 2014

Empire Janitorial Sales and Services Inc. has paid $277,565 in overtime back wages to 233 current and former janitorial service workers employed by Acadian Payroll Services LLC. Additionally, Acadian was found to have failed to establish a seven-day workweek and maintain proper records of weekly hours... More


California Bill Would Make Buyer Responsible for Suppliers’ Violations

April 2, 2014

ProPublica reports California could become one of the first states in the nation to hold companies legally responsible for wage and safety violations by their subcontractors and temp agencies if a bill proposed Friday becomes law. To read the story, click here.


SIA Research: Industry’s Reponse to Online Staffing

April 2, 2014

Online staffing and human cloud platforms have become a focus of much interest. This report, available to corporate and CWS Council members, shows how some staffing firms are dealing with the developing market.


4Q13 Gross Margins For Public Staffing Companies

April 1, 2014

  • In a set of sixteen public companies, almost two thirds reported a y/y increase in gross margin percentage in 4Q13.
  • Gross margins among the sixteen companies declined as a result of the 2008-2009 recession and have remained flat since that time.
  • PPI data suggests that office/clerical rates continue... More

North America News Report March 2014

April 1, 2014

  • Missed the news last month? Here is a quick overview of what happened in the staffing industry and the labor markets in North America.
  • Browse news by category and keep up to date with the latest financial reports, market trends, and employment data.

Online Staffing and Human Cloud Platforms: Staffing Firms' Response and Engagement

March 31, 2014

  • Online Staffing and Human Cloud platforms have become a focus of much interest for many staffing firms since 2012 and some staffing firms are beginning to engage with these platforms actively in productive and innovative ways.
  • Data show that staffing firm awareness, business interest in, and actual... More