Staffing Firm Lays Off Nearly 500 Workers in Chicago

Parallel Employment Group, a Milwaukee-based temporary staffing company has laid off nearly 500 employees in Illinois, blaming the high cost of the state’s workers’ compensation system, according to a Chicago Tribune article. Kirk La Du, executive vice president of operations, said the company, which also operates in Wisconsin and New York, incurred 87 percent of its total workers’ […]

Wal-Mart Workers Sue For Unpaid Wages

Illinois warehouse workers have accused two staffing firms of failing to adequately pay them for their hours, according to a recent Crain’s Chicago Business article. The alleged “wage theft” occurred at a Wal-Mart warehouse in suburban Chicago. Eclipse Advantage, the staffing firm that hired the workers, was named in the suit, along with Midwest Temp Group Inc., according to the article. Wal-Mart […]

California Cites Staffing Firm For Violations

California Labor Commissioner Julie A. Su issued additional citations totaling over $600,000 to Premier Warehousing Ventures, LLC for violations discovered during an Oct. 12, 2011 inspection of Schneider Logistics. The citation was issued for Premier Warehousing’s failure to provide employees proper wage statements. California Labor Code 226 requires that employers furnish an accurate itemized statement with employees’ paychecks that includes […]

FTC OKs Internet Background Checks

A potential employee’s Facebook, Twitter, blog and more could now be part of a standard background check when he or she applies for a job. The Federal Trade Commission recently determined Social Intelligence Corp., a background check company that screens job applicants based on their Internet photos and posts, is in compliance with the Fair […]

Legal Field Expects Hiring Increase

Hiring is expected to increase in the legal field in the next three months, according to a survey developed by Robert Half Legal, a legal staffing firm specializing in lawyers, paralegals and other legal professionals. An independent research firm conducted the survey, which is based on telephone interviews with 100 lawyers at law firms with 20 […]

4 Big Mistakes that Could Land your Agency in Hot Water

Are you making mistakes that could cost you dearly? Workers’ comp, client contracts, taxes and more all can be a recipe for disaster if not handled appropriately. Heed the words of a certified public accountant and the president of the American Staffing Association as they identify the four biggest mistakes staffing firms make. 1. Don’t […]