The NYSA News
Jan. 7, 2014

Tarter Krinsky & Drogin named as one of Crain's Best Places To Work 2013
NYSA
Tarter Krinsky & Drogin has been recognized by Crain's New York Business as one of the "Best Places to Work in New York City" in 2013. This is the second time in the past three years that the firm has received this recognition. NYSA would like to congratulate its industry partner, Tarter Krinsky and Drogin, on this amazing accomplishment.

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Gov. Cuomo announces $500,000 in worker training grants still available to businesses
New York State Department of Labor
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced that nearly $500,000 in job training grants is still available to businesses that hire long-term unemployed New Yorkers. This funding is available through the On-the-Job Training National Emergency Grant. This effort is part of a campaign to help individuals who have been out of work for 26 weeks or longer connect to available jobs in their region.More

Small business optimism up sharply but IC hiring slips
Staffing Industry Analysts
Small business owners see a relatively bright future for 2014 after a year of uncertainty over the growth of the economy, health care reform and the government shutdown, according to the SurePayroll Small Business Scorecard for December. The survey found that 70 percent of small business owners were optimistic in December, up from 55 percent a year ago. More

Perfecting the social media balancing act in 2014
By Emma Fitzpatrick
Social media has now been around for years. No matter the industry, you know you have to be on social media — especially in 2014. Managing social media is a fun part of the business, but realistically, it's also one of the hardest. It seems like there's always another social media site popping up, and to stay trendy, you and your business have to be on it. How in the world can one business manage all of these sites? Balancing social media is an act you've got to learn to master quickly, before you burn out.More

Survey says more US employers to hire temps in 2014
Staffing Industry Analysts
More U.S. employers plan to hire temporary workers in 2014 than did in 2013, according to CareerBuilder's job forecast for 2014. The forecast's survey found that 42 percent of employers plan to hire temporary or contract workers in 2014, up from 40 percent in last year's survey. More

Low-wage workers' movement looks to build on banner year
MSNBC
The past four decades have been grim for the American labor movement. The percentage of workers enrolled in unions has been slipping since the 1970s, and it may soon approach the single digits if the trend continues. It remains to be seen whether the country's ailing unions can possibly reverse this decline, or even slow it down; but if a labor resurgence does occur, future historians may label 2013 as the year when it began. More

Health care reform and unemployment is what Americans want the government to focus on
Staffing Talk
The Associated Press and Center for Public Affairs Research came out with a new poll that looks at what Americans most want the government to work on in the coming year. Topping the list are two subjects of prime importance to the staffing industry; health care reform and unemployment. However, 70 percent of those surveyed have no confidence that the federal government "can make progress on the important problems and issues it faces in 2014." More

Buffalo, New York State unemployment rate going down
Buffalo Business First
The jobless rate for the Buffalo-Niagara Falls region was on the decline in November, falling by nearly a full percentage point from a year ago. Unemployment figures from the state Department of Labor put the Buffalo-area rate at 6.7 percent last month compared to 7.8 percent last year. More