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Why 'temp' is no longer a 4-letter word
Fast Company
Contract work is popping up in some unlikely places (including startups) as both employers and employees see distinct advantages to short-term employment. No matter how an employment gap occurs, hiring contractors offers several advantages over the standard hiring process associated with full-time workers.
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Amazon accused over temporary workers
The Financial Times
Amazon faced a public outcry in Germany, its biggest overseas market, after a television documentary shone a withering spotlight on the treatment of temporary workers. The film followed a group of seasonal workers bused by staffing agencies from Spain, Poland and other parts of Europe to deal with the Christmas rush at an Amazon parcel center in Germany.
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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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Federal furloughs would hit around April 1
The Wall Street Journal
Federal workers are expected to begin taking unpaid leave by late March or early April if the government absorbs $85 billion in spending cuts set to start March 1, according to estimates from different agencies. Even though the process begins March 1, many federal agencies must notify employees 30 days before beginning furloughs. That means the eventual impact of the cuts at many agencies could be slow-moving and give Congress and the White House more time to negotiate an alternative to the cuts—something both sides say they favor.
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4 steps to getting freelancers on the team
The Street
While 76 percent of CFOs say it's useful to bring contract help in, especially for absent workers, 72 percent say the best benefit in hiring temporary staff is the unique skills they bring to the table. "There is a structural shift occurring in the labor market as businesses rely more heavily on a flexible workforce," says Max Messmer, chairman of Accountemps. "Working with temporary professionals allows companies to be nimble and access specialized expertise when — and for as long as — needed."
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6 ways to solve tech talent crunch
Crain's New York Business
A single stat illustrates the size of the biggest problem facing the U.S.'s burgeoning tech economy: By 2020, there will be 1.4 million computer-specialist job openings, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. But projections show universities are likely to produce only enough qualified graduates to fill about 30 percent of these jobs.
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Restaurants to pay back wages to contract workers
Staffing Industry Analysts
Lyons Group, an operation with 15 Boston-area restaurants, agreed to pay $424,000 in back wages and liquidated damages to 409 employees to resolve allegation the workers were underpaid by the restaurants and a contract labor provider, the U.S. Department of Labor reported. Workers were paid straight time instead of time-and-a-half for hours worked in excess of 40 per week, according to the department. The bulk of the underpayments were paid by Superbrite Professional Cleaning, a separate company later known as Excel Management.
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Unemployed complain they need a job to find a job
The Associated Press via The Daily Journal
Help wanted. Qualifications: Must already have a job. It's a frustrating catch for those out of work in an era of high unemployment: looking for a job, only to find that some employers don't want anyone who doesn't already have one.
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Why some entrepreneurs are abandoning the US to set up shop in Canada
Financial Post
The brain drain is a common complaint in Canada, particularly in regards to entrepreneurs, who often go south of the border to start their businesses because investment is easier to find, and the market is bigger. But the reverse is also happening — some entrepreneurs are finding their way back to Canada, driven by business and living conditions.
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