The NYSA News
May. 21, 2013

Big candidate data helps your staffing company win
The Staffing Stream
What exactly does big data mean to staffing companies? Simply put, the ability to manipulate big data — big candidate data, that is — helps you find, manage and reach out to more candidates and companies. Once solely the purview of companies like Google, big data and cloud computing have made true semantic search possible for nearly any type of business seeking any type of information.More

Are job boards still relevant for the future of recruiting?
The main question is not whether job boards are relevant, but whether their search results are relevant for their users. Do job seekers find the job they want, and do employers find the candidates they need? It is a simple equation of attention and relevance, and currently the competition happens to play a better card on both aspects.More

Defining independent contractors in organization staffing
Independent contractors can play a critical role in organizational staffing when hired and handled correctly. The lackluster rise in economic conditions has left in its wake a unique need for contractors. In cases of short-term assignments, especially when unique or specific skill sets are necessary, contractors fill a void that would otherwise entail high overhead costs such as benefits. While these cost savings are the main incentive behind this type of worker, employers should be aware of common mistakes and consequences.More

Raising the stakes of worker misclassification yet again
National Law Review
Most employers are aware by now that state and federal governments are cracking down on worker misclassification. Audits, enforcement actions, and lawsuits focused on the misclassification of workers as independent contractors have become commonplace, and the potential costs of misclassification — back wages, tax liabilities, retroactive exposure for employee benefits, unpaid unemployment insurance contributions, fines, and penalties — can be steep. Those stakes are set to rise again in 2014 as new requirements under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act go into effect.More

Does a bad credit history really make for a bad job candidate?
Staffing Talk
Almost half — or 47 percent — of employers use credit checks in the hiring process according to a 2012 survey by the Society for Human Resource Management, a metric that is actually trending down. About two-thirds of employers who use credit checks allow employees to explain the results of their credit checks before a hiring decision is made. The survey also found credit and criminal background checks are used primarily at the end of the hiring process, with 91 percent of credit checks conducted after a contingent job offer or job interview.More

How to conduct the perfect job interview
Your goal is to hire the best people you possibly can. That means your interview should be the best it possibly can. The stakes are simply too high to do otherwise. Here are 13 steps to ensure you conduct the perfect job interview.More

8 tips for surviving your first week as a temp
In a tough job market, many folks are turning to temporary and contract assignments in order to land work in their fields. This is especially helpful for those who are new college graduates or career changers. Temping also has multiple benefits for job seekers. However, working as a "temp" has its own unique set of challenges that must be overcome in order to be successful.More

Employers eye bare-bones health plans under new law
The Wall Street Journal
Employers are increasingly recognizing they may be able to avoid certain penalties under the federal health law by offering very limited plans that can lack key benefits such as hospital coverage.More

NYS adds 23,800 private sector jobs in April 2013, reaching all-time jobs high
New York State Department of Labor
The New York State economy added 23,800 private sector jobs, for a growth rate of 0.3 percent, in April 2013, according to preliminary figures released today by the State Department of Labor. As a result, New York reached an all-time high private sector job count of 7,452,100 in April 2013. Between March and April 2013, New York State's unemployment rate fell from 8.2 percent to 7.8 percent, its lowest level since March 2009.More

John G. McGraw joins Access Capital as SVP of new business origination and business development
Access Capital
Prior to Access Capital, McGraw spent almost 20 years at Sterling Payroll and its predecessors, rising to the level of group vice president. He led a sales team that provided staffing companies with growth capital and business processing services. His expertise ranges from marketing and leadership to strategic planning and operations. On behalf of Access Capital, Miles M. Stuchin, founder and president, said, "It's a great pleasure to welcome John. We've known him for years and have always had tremendous respect for his passion, his talent and most importantly, his integrity. John shares our vision that the success of Access Capital comes from the success of our clients. We look forward to the contribution that John will make in enabling Access Capital to expand its work doing good business with great people."More