The NYSA News
Jul. 22, 2014

Why cyber crime is a ticking time bomb for the staffing industry and what to do about it
The Staffing Stream
Cyber crime continues to escalate with new threats arising daily. The encryption security flaw named Heartbleed is now considered one of the biggest vulnerability threats the Internet has ever seen. It refers to a long-standing vulnerability in the servers and browsers that rely on Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) protocol to encrypt private data transfers over the public Internet. What is critical for industry executives to understand is that these risks are is not confined to large companies and popular websites like Target, Facebook, Pinterest, Tumbler, Google, Gmail and Yahoo.More

New York state's economy adds 25,000 private sector jobs in June as unemployment rate drops to 6.6%, lowest level since 2008
New York State Department of Labor
New York State’s private sector job count grew by 25,000, or 0.3 percent, in June 2014, according to preliminary figures released today by the New York State Department of Labor. This latest monthly employment gain raised New York State’s private sector job count to 7,589,600, an all-time high. The state’s unemployment rate decreased from 6.7% to 6.6% in June 2014, reaching its lowest level since November 2008.More

New York region added jobs in June
The Wall Street Journal
Employers around the region continued to add workers at a steady pace in June, with tourism helping to fuel the job growth in New York City and the flow of government aid to superstorm Sandy victims boosting construction projects on Long Island, analysts said. New York City's private-sector employment grew 2.8% from June of last year, rising by 97,700 jobs, according to the New York State Department of Labor.More

How to start planning for recruiting Gen Z
Digital generation. Gen Z. Silent generation. Second generation in the millennial cohort. The "coming demographic tsunami." However you refer to them, Generation Z — born 1995-2010 — is the young, fresh round of talent you'll be recruiting very soon, which will be a different experience than generations before them.More

5 NYC firms agree to report buyers, end discriminatory practices
Staffing Industry Analysts
Five New York City staffing firms agreed to report staffing buyers who make discriminatory requests for job applicants or seek personnel for below minimum-wage jobs, the New York Attorney General’s Office announced Thursday. The reporting agreement came as part of a deal between the staffing firms and the Attorney General’s Office to end discriminatory practices and sending of workers to below minimum-wage jobs.More

Risky business
Human Resources Online
Legal experts have one main thing to say to employers considering using social platforms such as Facebook, Twitter or Instagram as an initial job-candidate screening tool: Don't do it. According to a recent survey from CareerBuilder, more employers are turning to social networking sites to find information on potential candidates. And, CareerBuilder reports, 51 percent of employers who research job candidates on social media say they've found content that led them to not hire the candidate, up from 43 percent last year and 34 percent in 2012. Two employment lawyers who regularly counsel employers say using social media as a first-cut screening tool could not only end up in litigation, but could also result in losing out on a potentially talented worker.More

Hong Kong, US and China top contingent labor index
Staffing Industry Analysts
Hong Kong continues to be the highest-ranked country for contingent workforce operations in 2014, followed closely by the U.S. and China, according to the second contingent workforce index released by ManpowerGroup’s (NYSE: MAN) Tapfin division. Hong Kong and the U.S. are both cost-effective markets, but Hong Kong has the added benefit of higher productivity than the United States, according to the report.More

Bill would bring outsourced jobs back to NY
Troy Record
After some time overseas, jobs may soon be coming back to New York state if Congress says yes to some tax changes. Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., spoke out against outsourcing local jobs and shared his plans on how to end the trend. His plans include the Bring Jobs Home Act, a bill that was up for a vote in the U.S. Senate on Monday. The bill, which Schumer is co-sponsoring, would give 20 percent tax credit to businesses that bring outsourced jobs back to the United States. The changes would incentivize companies to bring outsourced jobs back to New York while making it less attractive for companies to continue to ship jobs overseas by ending currently provided tax perks.More

Payroll-related legislation pending as Congress prepares for summer recess
Bloomberg BNA
As the 113th Congress prepares to take its five-week summer break starting Aug. 2, several proposals affecting payroll practices remain to be addressed for the rest of the session. Additionally, an overhaul of the nation's income tax system would eliminate several payroll-related tax benefits, according to a draft of possible legislation.More