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Beware of possible payrolling scam
American Staffing Association

ASA has been made aware of an alleged fraudulent payrolling scam being perpetrated on staffing firms with offices in New York and Georgia, and possibly throughout the country.

The alleged scam operates as follows: An individual claiming to be the owner of an enterprise contacts a staffing firm to payroll employees while the enterprise sets up a new office in a nearby city. The enterprise provides fictitious employee information and falsified time cards to the staffing firm, and the staffing firm pays wages to these employees. When it is time for the staffing company to collect payment for services rendered, the business offers new addresses to which invoices should be sent and then stops responding to communications, leaving the staffing firm with payroll paid over several weeks and no way to collect.

Two companies that have been identified as perpetrating the alleged scam are Black Mountain Holdings and A&G Transportation Inc. The Federal Bureau of Investigation and state authorities have reportedly been made aware of the alleged fraud.

Before taking on new payrolling clients, staffing firms are urged to independently verify that any such client is legitimate and has adequate assets or funding to satisfy its debts.
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7 hottest industries for contract staffing in 2012
Top Echelon Contracting
Health care has been a leading industry for contract staffing for years and is only getting stronger as the population continues to age. Health care contractors will likely be even more in demand when the Obamacare "individual mandate" begins requiring individuals to get health care coverage, which will send more consumers to an already overtaxed health care providers.
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The Affordable Care Act Series – session 1
NYSA
Alden Bianchi will give a brief review of the sections of the ACA that go into effect in 2013 and in 2014, including the act's most important provisions affecting employers. These include the "employer shared responsibility" rules, which seriously impact the staffing industry. This session, on Wednesday, Feb. 27, will provide an overview of the definitions, regulations and compliance issues all staffing companies should be aware of before Jan. 1, 2014.
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Staffing suppliers top seven pet peeves
Staffing Industry Analysts
Staffing suppliers like to joke that their clients should run their business, because they are so fond of telling them what to do. All kidding aside, client requests often send suppliers into a tailspin, and as any relationship guru will tell you, you can transform a mediocre relationship into a great one if you treat your partners with consideration. Here are seven common gripes of suppliers.
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Survey: Temporary staff filling multiple needs
Accountemps
Companies are using temporary professionals for a range of roles, from standing in for absent employees to filling skills gaps, a new Accountemps survey finds. Three-quarters (76 percent) of chief financial officers (CFOs) interviewed find it very or somewhat beneficial to use temporary workers during employee absences. Nearly as many (72 percent) survey respondents said contingent staff help their organizations access specialized skills on an as-needed basis. The same percentage cited maintaining productivity when they aren't ready to hire full-time workers as a benefit of using temporary staff.
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What the best recruiters already know that you should too
ERE
As a recruiter, the way you communicate can make or break you. It can keep you employed and keep your candidates loyal to you. You have probably heard the saying, "It's not what you say. It's how you say it." It's wise to follow this advice, but the most successful recruiters need to know what to say and how to say it. Consequently, to be a truly effective oral communicator, it's imperative to be a great listener.
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When being jobless is a barrier to finding a job
The New York Times
New York City appears likely to adopt a law that would allow unsuccessful job applicants to sue businesses who they believe hold their unemployment status against them in making hiring decisions. The measure is widely seen as the toughest step yet in a flurry of recent efforts by the Obama administration and elected officials in at least 18 states, including New York, to help the long-term unemployed.
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How to attract top candidates without posting to job boards
Entrepreneur
Yes, social media can connect you with potential superstars. But don't forget about the face-to-face approach either. Here are a few ways you can find superstar talent offline.
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Square's harassment scandal shows dangers of startup culture, experts say
Reuters via San Jose Mercury News
When Square Chief Operating Officer Keith Rabois left his job last month, citing legal threats from a young colleague with whom he had a two-year relationship, he threw a spotlight on the risks associated with the freewheeling startup culture that many entrepreneurs cherish.
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Download your free copy of the 2013 North American Staffing and Recruiting Trends Report
Bullhorn
In December 2012, Bullhorn conducted its annual trends survey of North American recruiting agency professionals, seeking to assess the state of the staffing industry from the vantage point of business performance, recruiter compensation, recruiting technologies and measurement best practices. Find out how your firm's performance stacks up against its industry peers.
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NYSA partner Access Capital reviews 2012 staffing transactions
Access Capital and NYSA
Access Capital's commitment to the growth of the staffing industry remained stronger than ever throughout 2012. The New York Staffing Association Industry Partner closed several transactions with staffing firms with the goal of providing working capital and advisory services to all these companies to flourish in the years ahead. Here is a list of some the clients we have added in 2012.
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