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No escaping Obamacare for staffing agencies
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Do you think you have some ideas about how staffing agencies might circumvent Obamacare once it comes into law? Think again, says the IRS, they're already a couple of steps ahead of you. More

Health scare for small businesses
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During her two-plus years in business, Elizabeth Turley has steadily recruited new employees for her apparel company to keep pace with its rapid growth. But this year could be different. Instead of increasing her staff, she plans to hire independent contractors for tasks that can be outsourced, such as marketing and product development. Her reason? The business is on the cusp of having 50 full-time employees. If the company hits that threshold, it will have to provide health coverage that meets government standards or potentially pay a penalty. More

Job seekers with criminal record face higher hurdles
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When it comes to getting a job, New York leads the country in legal protections for people with criminal records. For nearly 40 years, Corrections Law Article 23-A has required that employers treat each job-seeker as an individual, instead of screening out all applicants that fit a certain profile. The goal was to stop a vicious cycle: People with criminal records find it harder to get a job, but not having a job makes it more likely they will re-offend. More

Maryland posts biggest staffing gain, NY follows
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Maryland posted the biggest year-over-year percentage increase in "employment services" industry jobs in December among 33 states tracked, according to data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. New York registered the second-highest percentage increase in staffing jobs, with employment services industry positions rising 9.9 percent to 153,300. More

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New York adds 34,300 jobs in December; added jobs in 2012 to 123,200
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In December 2012, New York State's economy added 34,300 private sector jobs, the State Department of Labor reported. This addition brings the state's overall year-to-date private sector job gain to 123,200. Additionally, this job growth resulted in New York reaching an all-time high private sector job count of 7,353,000. Between November and December 2012, New York State's unemployment rate fell from 8.3 percent to 8.2 percent. More

Syracuse, Utica-Rome gain private sector jobs
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The private sector job count rose between December 2011 and December 2012 in Syracuse by 900 jobs, or 0.4 percent, and in Utica-Rome by 300 jobs, or 0.3 percent. The Binghamton area lost 200 private sector jobs, a decline of 0.2 percent, according to the Labor Department. More

Rochester area loses jobs in December
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The Rochester-area economy dipped in December, with a year-over-year loss in the number of non-farm and private-sector jobs, the state Department of Labor said. Rochester lost 1,500 non-farm jobs, or 0.3 percent, in December compared with the same month a year ago, while the private sector shed 2,200 jobs, or 0.5 percent. The Rochester area was one of four upstate regions to lose non-farm jobs in December, and one of five to lose private-sector jobs. More

The 7 deadly sins of social media recruiting
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A few years ago, we were still debating whether "social" should be used for business at all. Now there are entire companies out there whose marketing and sales cycle depends heavily on social selling, social service and social media marketing. It's fair to say that we've arrived. But here are some things to avoid. More

Fortune names best companies to work for
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Fortune has released its annual list of the 100 best companies to work for. For the second consecutive year, Internet search giant Google ranks at the top. More

Flu season etiquette: What you need to know about sickness and the office
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Employees who work in close quarters are particularly susceptible to the flu. The CDC says people with the flu can spread it to others up to about six feet away, mainly by droplets made when they cough, sneeze or talk. A person can also get the flu by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it, and then touching their own mouth or nose. The good news is, there are steps you can take at work to help reduce your chances of getting (or spreading) the flu. More

Symphony Technology Group to acquire LexisNexis screening biz
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First Advantage, a provider of talent acquisition solutions and a Symphony Technology Group (STG) company today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the employment and resident-screening business of LexisNexis Risk Solutions, a division of Reed Elsevier for an undisclosed amount. More


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