The Global Power 150 — Women in Staffing List now online

The Global Power 150 — Women in Staffing List was officially released today by Staffing Industry Analysts. In its fifth year, the list includes 100 of the staffing industry’s most influential women in the Americas and 50 in the global staffing industry. “The women named to this year’s Global Power 150 list play an important role … Read moreThe Global Power 150 — Women in Staffing List now online

Tech Headlines: Headstart, Jobiak and Fulcrum announce funding rounds; Trigyn reports staff augmentation deal

Headstart, which aims to reduce unconscious bias in hiring, announced a $7 million funding round; Jobiak, which provides a Google for Jobs service, announced a $2.3 million funding round; on-demand staffing platform Fulcrum announced a $1 million funding round; Trigyn Technologies Ltd. reported a staff augmentation contract; and Infosys Ltd. (NYSE: INFY) commemorated construction of … Read moreTech Headlines: Headstart, Jobiak and Fulcrum announce funding rounds; Trigyn reports staff augmentation deal

For employees starting new jobs, tech is top tripping point

While nearly all companies have an onboarding process, that didn’t stop employees from experiencing difficulties when starting new jobs, according to a poll of 1,000 US offices workers by Accountemps, a division of Robert Half International Inc. (NYSE: RHI). Issues with technology not being set up were cited by 39% of respondents; it’s the area … Read moreFor employees starting new jobs, tech is top tripping point

Adecco to pay $49,500 in Pennsylvania discrimination suit

Adecco USA Inc. will pay $49,500 to settle a disability discrimination lawsuit brought by the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the agency announced Friday. An applicant with learning and other mental disabilities was refused placement at a food packaging and distribution center after an official told him he was “too slow” for the job, according … Read moreAdecco to pay $49,500 in Pennsylvania discrimination suit

OSHA releases new temp worker guidance documents (Mondaq)

Two new temporary worker guidance documents were released by the US Occupational Safety and Health Administration, according to a report on Mondaq by law firm Seyfarth Shaw LLP. One is a small, handout card that reminds temporary agency workers that they have the same rights as traditionally hired workers. The other document, which covers safety … Read moreOSHA releases new temp worker guidance documents (Mondaq)

Healthcare hiring to propel US labor market even in case of recession (CNN Business)

Healthcare jobs will keep the US labor market growing even if there’s a recession, according to CNN Business. The US population is aging and living longer, requiring more healthcare services. And demand will continue despite talk of healthcare reform among some presidential candidates. “I don’t worry about [potential] healthcare reform affecting hiring, which is mostly … Read moreHealthcare hiring to propel US labor market even in case of recession (CNN Business)

Economists lower forecasts for US GDP growth, but job gain estimates marginally up: Survey of Professional Forecasters

The outlook for US economic growth over the next four quarters looks weaker now than it did three months ago, according to the new Survey of Professional Forecasters released today by the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia. Forecast growth in real GDP was revised downward in today’s report from last quarter’s survey. Forecasters now expect … Read moreEconomists lower forecasts for US GDP growth, but job gain estimates marginally up: Survey of Professional Forecasters

Economists lower forecasts for US GDP growth, but job gain estimates remain marginally up

The outlook for US economic growth over the next four quarters looks weaker now than it did three months ago, according to the Survey of Professional Forecasters released today by the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia. Forecast growth in real GDP was revised downward in today’s report from last quarter’s survey. Forecasters now expect real … Read moreEconomists lower forecasts for US GDP growth, but job gain estimates remain marginally up

California Trucking Association challenges AB 5 in lawsuit

The California Trucking Association and two California independent owner-operator truck drivers this week filed an amended complaint with the US Southern District Court seeking declaratory and injunctive relief against the employment test codified in California’s Assembly Bill 5, which was signed into law in September. The new test denies a significant segment of the trucking … Read moreCalifornia Trucking Association challenges AB 5 in lawsuit

California Trucking Association lawsuit challenges AB 5

The California Trucking Association and two California independent owner-operator truck drivers this week filed an amended complaint with the US Southern District Court seeking declaratory and injunctive relief against the employment test codified in California’s Assembly Bill 5, which was signed into law in September. The new test denies a significant segment of the trucking … Read moreCalifornia Trucking Association lawsuit challenges AB 5

Companies focus spending on new hires, not existing workers, resulting in historic pay compression

Amid a tight labor market, companies in recent years have committed substantial sums to recruiting new hires; as a result, the wages for younger workers – a proxy for new hires – have risen sharply, according to The Conference Board. An imbalance between spending on new hires and existing workers has resulted in historic pay … Read moreCompanies focus spending on new hires, not existing workers, resulting in historic pay compression

Companies focus spending on new-hires, not existing workers: The Conference Board

Amid a tight labor market, companies in recent year have committed substantial sums to recruiting new hires; as a result, the wages for younger workers – a proxy for new hires – have risen sharply, according to The Conference Board. An imbalance between spending on new hires and existing workers has resulted in historic pay … Read moreCompanies focus spending on new-hires, not existing workers: The Conference Board

US execs less optimistic for 2020; talent acquisition and retention top challenges: Survey

Executives are slightly less optimistic about the business climate in 2020 and concerned about talent acquisition, according to the Employer Associations of America’s 2018 National Business Trends Survey. The majority of respondents, 52%, expect the economy in the next 12 months will stay the same, with only 12% saying the economy would improve and 36% … Read moreUS execs less optimistic for 2020; talent acquisition and retention top challenges: Survey

US executives less optimistic for 2020, talent acquisition a top concern: Employer Associations of America’s

Executives are slightly less optimistic about the business climate in 2020 and concerned about talent acquisition, according to the Employer Associations of America’s 2018 National Business Trends Survey. The majority of respondents, 52%, expect the economy in the next 12 months will stay the same, with only 12% saying the economy would improve and 36% … Read moreUS executives less optimistic for 2020, talent acquisition a top concern: Employer Associations of America’s

University of California workers strike over contract workers (Courthouse News Service)

Thousands of members with the largest union of university employees in California went on statewide strike Wednesday to bring attention to job outsourcing and stalled contract negotiations. Union members allege the University of California has increased job outsourcing to new levels, bringing in outside contract workers who do not receive benefits and threaten job security … Read moreUniversity of California workers strike over contract workers (Courthouse News Service)

Former temp agency owner owes Massachusetts $9 million in taxes (SouthCoastToday)

A man convicted of payroll-tax fraud 11 years ago when he supplied workers to Massachusetts fish houses ranks among the state’s top five delinquent taxpayers, SouthCoastToday reported. Daniel McElroy owes $6.2 million in individual state taxes, plus $3.2 million from his Brockton employment firm, Dan Agency, according to the Massachusetts Department of Revenue. McElroy he … Read moreFormer temp agency owner owes Massachusetts $9 million in taxes (SouthCoastToday)

Fiverr, fourth-largest B2B-focused human cloud platform, reports Q3 revenue up 42%

Online staffing platform Fiverr International Ltd. (NYSE: FVRR) reported third-quarter revenue rose 41.8% year over year, and the number of active buyers on the platform rose 16% to 2.3 million. However, net loss increased and gross margin narrowed. (US$ thousands) Q3 2019 Q3 2018 % change Revenue $27,867 $19,653 41.8% Gross profit $22,004 $15,861 38.7% … Read moreFiverr, fourth-largest B2B-focused human cloud platform, reports Q3 revenue up 42%

ZRG acquires Toft Group, a search firm focused on life science, biotech

Executive search firm ZRG announced today its acquisition of the Toft Group, a search firm focused on early stage life science and biotech recruitment. The deal will add approximately $10 million in annual revenue to ZRG. “Combining their sector expertise with the extensive work ZRG is already doing with our 12 life science consultants creates … Read moreZRG acquires Toft Group, a search firm focused on life science, biotech

Final H-2B rule would no longer require advertising of jobs in newspapers

Companies seeking workers on H-2B visas would no longer have to post advertisements of jobs in print newspapers under a final rule. The US Departments of Labor and Homeland Security announced on Wednesday the final rule changing regulations for H-2B visa temporary nonagricultural labor certification. “The departments are modernizing and improving the labor market test … Read moreFinal H-2B rule would no longer require advertising of jobs in newspapers

Initial jobless claims at highest level since June

US initial jobless claims rose in the week ended Nov. 9 to their highest level — at 225,000 initial claims — since the week ended June 22, according to seasonally adjusted data released today by the US Department of Labor. Reuters reported economists had forecast claims would rise to 215,000; however, it noted claims for … Read moreInitial jobless claims at highest level since June

Uber owes $650 million, New Jersey claims citing misclassification (The Hill)

New Jersey says Uber Technologeis Inc. (NYSE: UBER) owes $650 million in unemployment and disabilities insurance taxes because misclassified workers as independent contractors, The Hill reported. Uber told the publication that it plans to fight the decision, saying drivers are correctly classified as independent contractors. Please follow and like us:

Richard Stenclik, founder of staffing firm Aleron Group, passes away (The Buffalo News)

Richard Stenclik, who founded the staffing firm that eventually became Aleron Group, died on Nov. 9 in his home in Buffalo, New York, The Buffalo News reported. Stenclik founded the firm Superior Design Co. in 1957. The company was built into a staffing firm that today is known as Aleron with brands that include Broadleaf … Read moreRichard Stenclik, founder of staffing firm Aleron Group, passes away (The Buffalo News)

Indeed, Glassdoor help drive Recruit’s revenue growth in fiscal Q2; overseas staffing revenue down

Revenue rose 5% at Recruit Holdings Co. Ltd. in the company’s fiscal second quarter ended Sept. 30 with its HR Technology segment driving growth. The increase was 8% excluding the impact of currencies at the Tokyo-based company. (¥billions) Q2 2019 Q2 2018 % change Q2 2019 (US$millions) Revenue ¥606.7 ¥577.8 5% $5,618.0 Gross margin 53.5% … Read moreIndeed, Glassdoor help drive Recruit’s revenue growth in fiscal Q2; overseas staffing revenue down

Staffing 360 revenue down 6% in Q3 amid loss of client, effects of currency

Staffing 360 Solutions Inc. (NASDAQ: STAF) reported third-quarter revenue fell 5.6% year over year, primarily due to the loss of a low-margin client in the UK and foreign currency translation. Gross margin improved at the New York-based staffing provider thanks to a higher mix of permanent placement revenue. Chairman and CEO Brendan Flood said that … Read moreStaffing 360 revenue down 6% in Q3 amid loss of client, effects of currency

HireQuest revenue rose 44% in Q3, posts loss amid Command Center merger

HireQuest Inc. (NASDAQ: HQI), a provider of back-office and operational support to franchised staffing firms, announced third-quarter revenue rose 44.3% year over year to approximately $3.4 million, but net loss jumped as the company recorded $4.8 million in expenses related to its acquisition by Command Center. The Goose Creek, South Carolina-based company posted a net … Read moreHireQuest revenue rose 44% in Q3, posts loss amid Command Center merger

HireQuest revenue falls 44% in Q3, posts loss amid Command Center merger

HireQuest Inc. (NASDAQ: HQI), a provider of back-office and operational support to franchised staffing firms, announced third-quarter revenue fell 44.3% year over year to approximately $3.4 million, but net loss jumped as the company recorded $4.8 million in expenses related to its acquisition by Command Center. The Goose Creek, South Carolina-based company posted a net … Read moreHireQuest revenue falls 44% in Q3, posts loss amid Command Center merger

TrueBlue’s PeopleReady division gets new leader

TrueBlue Inc. (NYSE: TBI) named Taryn Owen as president of its PeopleReady industrial staffing division effective Dec. 30. Owen had served as executive VP and president of the company’s PeopleScout recruitment process outsourcing group. “Taryn’s disciplined approach, visionary thinking and proven ability to drive growth position her perfectly to lead PeopleReady,” TrueBlue CEO Patrick Beharelle … Read moreTrueBlue’s PeopleReady division gets new leader

Eliassen Group acquires IT staffing provider Webster Consulting Group

IT staffing provider Eliassen Group LLC announced Tuesday that it acquired Webster Consulting Group LLC. Woburn, Massachusetts-based Webster was founded in 2010 by Tim Stone and Paul McMahon, who will remain with Eliassen as principal consultants. Webster provides IT staffing. “This strategic partnership with Webster Consulting Group broadens Eliassen Group’s client base, enabling us to … Read moreEliassen Group acquires IT staffing provider Webster Consulting Group

64% of independent contractors will be employees under California law (Bloomberg Law)

California’s new AB 5 law that codifies the more strict ABC test for determining independent contractors is turning 64% of workers in the state — who work as independent contractors in their main job — into employees, Bloomberg Law reported, citing an analysis by the UC Berkeley Labor Center. This includes workers in occupations such … Read more64% of independent contractors will be employees under California law (Bloomberg Law)

HC Summit: Upbeat + growing with skills shortage, tech advances getting top priority

The ongoing healthcare skills shortage and technological disruption ranked among discussion topics at last week’s 17th annual Healthcare Staffing Summit conference in Las Vegas, produced by Staffing Industry Analysts. But the mood remained upbeat with the healthcare staffing market still in good shape. “We heard lots of evidence of healthcare staffing firms with extremely high … Read moreHC Summit: Upbeat + growing with skills shortage, tech advances getting top priority

Nursing shortage: 52% of US nurses say it’s gotten worse

A majority of US nurses this year say the nursing shortage has gotten worse; however, 81% said they are satisfied with their jobs, according to a survey of 20,000 registered nurses in the US by AMN Healthcare Services Inc. (NYSE: AMN). The survey found that 52% of nurses in 2019 said the nurse shortage has … Read moreNursing shortage: 52% of US nurses say it’s gotten worse

More seniors in US workforce; baby boomers fastest-growing segment

Baby boomers are the fastest-growing segment of the US workforce, according to a report by Glassdoor. The workforce of those born between 1944 and 1964 is expected to grow 61% over the next decade, according to the report. In comparison, the total workforce is expected to grow 5.5%. “They are healthier, work in physically less-demanding … Read moreMore seniors in US workforce; baby boomers fastest-growing segment

Political talk on rise in workplace, expect more disagreements as 2020 election nears

Workplace political discussions are on the rise, and they are causing conflicts, according to data released by the Society for Human Resource Management. The organization’s Politics at Work Survey found that 42% of US employees have experienced political disagreements in the workplace, and 56% said discussion of political issues has become more common in the … Read morePolitical talk on rise in workplace, expect more disagreements as 2020 election nears

Word of the week: Healthcare Staffing Services

Things are still looking upbeat for the healthcare staffing segment, based on the buzz at last week’s Healthcare Staffing Summit in Las Vegas. And this week’s word of the week is healthcare staffing services. Staffing Industry Analysts’ Lexicon defines “healthcare staffing services” as: “Within the temporary help sector, this segment includes supplemental staffing to medical … Read moreWord of the week: Healthcare Staffing Services

National Apprenticeship Week is this week; average starting wage is $70,000

The US Department of Labor announced this week as National Apprenticeship Week. It noted that more than 600,000 new apprentices have been hired across the country since the start of 2017, and the average starting wages for an apprentice is $70,000. “We join with business leaders, educators, state and local governments, and others across the … Read moreNational Apprenticeship Week is this week; average starting wage is $70,000

13% of staffing firms are joining human cloud instead of fighting it

Rather than fight the human cloud — electronically mediated work including online staffing — some traditional staffing firms are joining it. A report by Staffing Industry Analysts found that 13% of staffing firms are either partnering with a human cloud service to go to market or have bought or invested in one. The percentage was … Read more13% of staffing firms are joining human cloud instead of fighting it

BG Staffing transferring to New York Stock Exchange

BG Staffing Inc. (NYSEAMERICAN: BGSF) will be listed on the New York Stock Exchange effective Thursday, the company announced today. The Plano, Texas-based staffing provider currently trades on the NYSE American exchange. Plans call for BG Staffing to continue to use the stock symbol “BGSF.” “We believe as we build on our legacy growth business … Read moreBG Staffing transferring to New York Stock Exchange

Buyers on hook for subcontractor’s $1.6 million in wage violations in California

Two client companies in California are liable for $1.6 million in wage violations caused by a subcontractor, the California Labor Commissioner announced last week. “State law prohibits employers from entering into a contract that does not include sufficient funds to pay required wages,” Labor Commissioner Lilia García-Brower said. “Entities who contract with the lowest bidder … Read moreBuyers on hook for subcontractor’s $1.6 million in wage violations in California

US needs 62% more cybersecurity professionals

The US cybersecurity workforce needs to grow by 62% to close the skills gap, according to research by (ISC)², a nonprofit membership association of cybersecurity professionals. It estimates the US currently has 804,700 cybersecurity professionals, but it needs 498,480 more. “We’ve been evolving our research approach for 15 years to get to this point today, … Read moreUS needs 62% more cybersecurity professionals