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Uber to keep classifying drivers as independent contractors even in California in wake of AB 5

September 12, 2019

Uber Technologies Inc. (NYSE: UBER) said it will continue classifying its drivers as independent contractors even after the passage of Assembly Bill 5 in California, which codifies into law the more-strict “ABC” test of determining independent contractor misclassification.

Concerns had arisen that...

Healthcare jobs website Incredible Health announces $15 million funding round

September 12, 2019

Healthcare jobs website Incredible Health announced a $15 million series A funding round today. Incredible Health uses algorithm-based technology to match the needs of hospitals with nurses for permanent jobs.

The San Francisco-based company aims to have hospitals apply to nurses instead of waiting for...

Online jobs index edges up in August

September 12, 2019

The Conference Board’s measure of online job ads edged up in August, the organization reported. Its Help Wanted OnLine index rose to a reading of 103.6 in August (July 2018 = 100) from a reading of 103.2 in July.

The index is up 3.5% compared to a year ago.

Most regions and states showed little change...

Randstad US, Target and UPS announce seasonal hiring plans

September 12, 2019

Holiday season temporary hiring plans are getting underway with Target Corp. and UPS hiring 230,000 between the two. Randstad US also announced seasonal hiring plans.

“Despite potential economic uncertainty ahead, consumers have remained confident and willing to spend this holiday season, which means...

Intermountain Staffing changes name to Ascend Staffing

September 12, 2019

Intermountain Staffing, a company that has been in operation since 1969, announced a name change to Ascend Staffing.

The company was founded in Utah and now operates in eight other states. The company noted the “Intermountain” name did not fit at its locations outside of mountain states. In addition,...

California Senate approves AB 5; gig economy independent contractors may need to be employees

September 11, 2019

The California Senate passed AB 5 which puts in place the more strict “ABC” test for determining independent contractor compliance. This could make it more difficult for human cloud platforms such as Uber Technologies Inc. (NYSE: UBER),  Lyft Inc. (NASDAQ: LYFT) and others to classify their...

SIA gig conference: Intersection of technology and new ways of thinking about work

September 11, 2019

There’s a tsunami of change as technology advances and the gig economy grows, Staffing Industry Analysts’ President Barry Asin said in his keynote speech today at the start of the Collaboration in the Gig Economy Conference in San Diego.

“That intersection of technology and thinking about new ways...

Human cloud spend at $126 billion in US; report lists largest B2B firms

September 11, 2019

Human cloud firms, electronic labor platforms and related business models processed $126.3 billion in spend globally with business-to-consumer focused firms — such as Uber Technologies Inc. (NYSE:  UBER) and Lyft Inc. (NASDAQ: LYFT) — generating the lion’s share of revenue, according to a...

New York staffing firm buys New Jersey-based staffing provider TechLink

September 11, 2019

The Execu|Search Group acquired TechLink, a Upper Saddle River, New Jersey-based provider of IT staffing in the New York tri-state area and nationwide.

TechLink, based in Boston, was founded in 1997. Its IT specialties include staff augmentation as well as end-to-end project management.

“TechLink is...

QPS Employment Group acquires Nebraska staffing firm

September 11, 2019

QPS Employment Group, a staffing firm based in Brookfield, Wisconsin, announced it acquired Staffing Services Inc., or SSI, a staffing firm based in Lincoln, Nebraska, from its owner Steve Dworsky.

SSI had four locations in Nebraska and provided industrial, skilled trades and clerical staffing.