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Labor Bureau sends ‘administrative directive’ to Recruit Co. Ltd., company announces

September 11, 2019

Global staffing firm Recruit Co. Ltd. announced last Friday that its Recruit Career Co. Ltd. business in Japan received an “administrative directive” from the Tokyo Labor Bureau that a service provided by the company in Japan was in violation of Japan’s Employment Security Act.

The Japan Times...


US job openings edged down in July for second consecutive month; quits hit series high

September 11, 2019

Job openings were little changed in July from June, according to seasonally adjusted data released Tuesday by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. However, the number of hires edged up and separations increased.

Job openings edged down by 31,000 in July to about 7.2 million, down 0.4% from June; the decrease...


New York governor wants to steer workers away from independent contractor status (Crain’s New York Business)

September 11, 2019

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced a focus on steering workers away from independent contractor status as New York pursues legislation similar to California’s AB 5 that could make human cloud workers, such as drivers for Uber Technologies Inc., employees instead of independent contractors, Crain’s...


Uber lays off 435 in its engineering and production teams (TechCrunch)

September 11, 2019

Uber laid off 435 people in its engineering and production teams, TechCrunch reported. The layoffs represent about 8% of the organization; however, the company lifted the hiring freeze that has been in place on its product and engineering teams that had been in effect since August, TechCrunch reported...


New York governor calls for investigation into payroll company

September 10, 2019

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday called for an investigation into the sudden shutdown of payroll firm MyPayrollHR. Some news reports indicate that temporary staffing firms were affected by the shutdown.

“The sudden and unexplained shutdown of MyPayrollHR in Clifton Park is disturbing and completely...


US hiring outlook strong for Q4, employers remain optimistic: ManpowerGroup

September 10, 2019

The US hiring outlook remains strong as employers are optimistic about hiring in the fourth quarter, according to the Employment Outlook Survey released today by ManpowerGroup (NYSE: MAN).

It found that 22% of employers plan to increase hiring in the fourth quarter while 5% plan a decrease for a net employment...


Contingent worker strategy has to continually evolve: CWS Summit

September 10, 2019

Online staffing and the future of work were topics that got attendees’ attention at Staffing Industry Analysts’ CWS Summit North America conference aimed at contingent workforce managers coming to a close this afternoon in San Diego. Enterprise staffing buyers have concerns with implementing...


Foxconn responds to concerns over temp use at Apple iPhone factory

September 10, 2019

Foxconn Technology Group responded to a report by labor group China Labor Watch alleging that it broke Chinese law by employing too many temporary workers at its Zhengzhou Foxconn iPhone factory in China.

The group said Chinese law stipulates that temporary workers shall not exceed 10% of total employed...


Command Center rebrands as HireQuest Inc., changes ticker symbol

September 10, 2019

Command Center Inc. (NASD: CCNI), a Colorado-based industrial staffing firm, received Nasdaq approval to continue to continue trading on Nasdaq as HireQuest Inc., and to trade its common stock under the new ticker symbol “HQI,” effective Sept. 11.

The company acquired industrial staffing provider...


Word of the Week: Freelancer

September 10, 2019

The human cloud is home to both W-2 employees and independent contractors, which are sometimes known as freelancers and an integral part of the human cloud. This week, the human cloud will come up for much discussion during the Collaboration in the Gig Economy conference which starts today in San Diego....