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Feds to move ahead with rule to prevent H-1B spouses from working (The Mercury News)

May 23, 2019

The federal government said it will make public a rule this month to prohibit spouses of H-1B visa holders from the right to work in the US, The (San Jose, California) Mercury News reported. H-1B visas are used to bring in highly skilled workers on a temporary basis; spouses of H-1B workers have been...

Economic value that comes with freedom and flexibility (CNBC)

May 23, 2019

Bill Gurley, a venture capitalist and early investor in Uber, told CNBC there is an “economic value” that comes from the greater flexibility and freedom offered workers by gig economy companies . “You can’t go to [work at] Starbucks Monday, Tuesday and then take four days off,” Gurley told...

US economy shifting to new growth path, subject to shocks

May 22, 2019

The US economy is transitioning to a new growth path, and it is subject to production-level shocks that could derail its momentum, according to an economic forecast released today by Rajeev Dhawan of the Economic Forecasting Center at Georgia State University’s Robinson College of Business.

Dhawan forecast...

Attorneys General in 15 states oppose overtime rule

May 22, 2019

Attorneys General in 15 states sent a letter urging the US Department of Labor to not adopt a proposed overtime rule.

New York Attorney General Letitia James reported the proposed rule would cause more than 8 million workers, including 600,000 workers in New York, to lose overtime protections.


Private equity buys minority stake in on-demand healthcare staffing platform

May 22, 2019

Private equity firm Concord Health Partners announced it invested in Flexwise Health Inc., an on-demand platform that places nurses in per diem and travel roles. Flexwise is based in Brentwood, Tennessee.

The investment is not a majority stake but represents a significant minority position, according...

Uber drivers’ attorney who led misclassification lawsuit now running for US Senate

May 22, 2019

The attorney known for launching class-action lawsuits against Uber Technologies Inc. and other human cloud platform firms over the issue of worker misclassification, Shannon Liss-Riordan, announced Monday that she is running for US Senate to represent Massachusetts.

“This country is stuck because of...

Average weekly wages for US rise 3% in fourth quarter

May 22, 2019

The average weekly wage for the nation rose 3.2% year over year in the fourth quarter to $1,144, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today.

Tippecanoe County in Indiana posted the largest year-over-year increase in average weekly wages in the fourth quarter, an increase of 15.1%. The “professional...

The cannabis conundrum (Staffing Industry Review)

May 22, 2019

States are legalizing marijuana for both medical and recreational use, but this creates a myriad of challenges for employers. Diane Geller, an attorney with the law firm of Fox Rothschild, writes on what employers should consider moving forward in the May/June issue of Staffing Industry Review magazine...

2019 SIA List of Diversity Staffing Firms live

May 21, 2019

SIA’s List of Diversity Staffing Firms, now online, includes 157 staffing providers in the US and Canada that took part in an annual survey of firms. Companies represented all diversity types.

Workforce diversity — including supplier diversity — has become increasingly important as large firms seek...

RPO provider Accolo sells to Orion Novotus

May 21, 2019

Recruitment process outsourcing provider Accolo was acquired by Orion Novotus, according to an announcement by Orion Novotus on Monday.

Accolo was founded in 2000, and is headquartered in Lehi, Utah. It serves small and midsize businesses throughout the US.

Plans call for Accolo to operate as a division...