The NYSA News
Jul. 21, 2015

State unemployment rate drops to 5.5 percent, lowest in 7 years
New York State Department of Labor
In June 2015, New York State’s private sector job count climbed by 24,200, or 0.3 percent, to 7,804,200, a new record high, according to preliminary figures released today by the New York State Department of Labor. Over the past two months, the State has added 67,800 private sector jobs. This is the State’s largest two-month jobs gain since February 1999.More

Corporate Fuel releases Human Capital Solutions Industry Quarterly Update
Corporate Fuel
Corporate Fuel Advisors has released its Human Capital Solutions Industry Quarterly Update for 2Q15. The staffing market remained strong during 2Q15, as evidenced by available data, M&A statistics, public company valuations and industry sources. Click here to view the entire document.More

The art of establishing rapport with clients and job seekers
Staffing Talk
The hard skills of staffing are pretty easy to teach and learn – from the very basics like typing, spreadsheets, and reports all the way to the right interview questions to ask, how to properly follow-up with clients, and employee management software. The soft skills, however, are another matter entirely.More

Reach greater profitability in your contingent workforce programs
The Staffing Stream
After one of the largest recessions in U.S. history, we are now in a talent war. We are moving toward utilizing highly skilled, knowledge workers and the use of external workforce (contractors, ICs, consultants) will increase dramatically over the next several years; 33 percent of the average total workforce is contingent and that number is climbing. We are seeing technology changes in procuring this talent; online work platforms, VMS provider evolution, ERP and other system integrations. Clients are pushing to close the gaps around total workforce management. You know what hasn’t changed?More

Beige Book: Employment levels improve, mixed reports from staffing firms
Staffing Industry Analysts
Employment levels picked up in various industries across districts from mid-May through June, according to the Federal Reserve’s Beige Book report. Accounts of sustained labor market tightness spanned several districts, including Boston, Atlanta, Minneapolis and Dallas. Firms from several districts continued to describe shortages for particular types of skilled labor, predominantly in the construction industry.More

The feds' war on employee misclassification
HRE Daily
Seeking to clarify the issue of just what it is that distinguishes an independent contractor from an employee, the Department of Labor has issued its first Administrator’s Interpretation (AI) of the issue as it pertains to the Fair Labor Standards Act.More

Employers are losing more candidates as time to fill continues to grow
It’s taking companies longer than at any time in the last 15 years — maybe even longer than ever — to fill a job, and that languor is losing them candidates. Two recent reports on hiring put the average time from vacancy to offer at more than four weeks. And both studies — one from Glassdoor and the other from career site publisher DHI Group — say the time to fill is getting longer.More

Collaborative hiring: The top 10 reasons why you should switch to it
For hundreds of years, managers have owned the hiring process. However, as more firms learn the benefits of shifting away from top-down decision-making and toward a collaborative model, it's time to rethink the manager’s sole ownership of this critical business process.More

Companies implementing new video recruiting tactics, survey finds
Staffing Industry Analysts
While video interviewing has become commonplace — some 71 percent use real-time video tactics such as Skype for interviewing candidates— many companies now use innovative video tactics to attract the best and brightest, according to a global executive survey by Futurestep, a division of Korn Ferry.More