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March 4, 2011 Read time: 1 minutes

As the national unemployment steadily continues to decrease, several states are noting that companies are beginning to transition temporary workers into full-time positions. In Illinois, more than 168,000 temporary workers were employed by payroll outsourcing services in December, the Rockford Register Star reports. There has been growing interest in temporary workers as a means to…

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March 3, 2011 Read time: 1 minutes

The home improvement industry often takes on large numbers of seasonal and temporary workers from spring through Labor Day - its busiest season of the year - and an increasing number of these workers are being offered full-time positions. Home improvement stores across the country are expected to hire more than 100,000 workers during the…

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March 2, 2011 Read time: 1 minutes

HR administrators should educate their organizations' managers about the temporary workforce in order to ensure they are well-treated and respected during their time at the company. Lance Richards, senior director and global practice leader of the human resources consulting practice Kelly Outsourcing and Consulting Group, notes in an article for Human Resource Executive magazine that…

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March 1, 2011 Read time: 1 minutes

Many companies use payrolling services to "try-out" entry-level workers before hiring them full-time. Tim Slattery, founder of Corporate Fulfillment Systems, didn't anticipate the trouble he would face with new hires, some of whom would demonstrate unprofessional behavior that didn't show up during the interview, Human Resource Executive reports. Slattery told the source that he'd have…

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February 28, 2011 Read time: 1 minutes

The Yoh Index of Technology Wages, a benchmark of wages for temporary workers in the information technology, life sciences, engineering, healthcare, aerospace and defense fields, found that wages for temporary workers increased in the fourth quarter of 2010 after a long slump. Hourly wages rose 4.3 percent from November to December following consistent declines throughout…

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February 25, 2011 Read time: 1 minutes

U.S. employers are planning to dole out the largest pay raises since the beginning of the financial crisis, according to several experts' predictions. The consultancy Towers Watson found that companies expect to offer 3 percent merit increases for 2011, up from the 2.7 percent increases awarded to employees on average in 2010. Before the financial…

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February 24, 2011 Read time: 1 minutes

Temporary and contract workers are being hired at increasing rates across the U.S. as more businesses seek the assistance of payroll outsourcing services. Heidi Shierholz, an economist at the Economic Policy Institute, told the Des Moines Register that after a recession, temporary jobs tend to increase first, because they provide businesses the opportunity to "test…

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February 23, 2011 Read time: 1 minutes

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services recently updated the I-9 handbook for employers, which addresses topics that were found confusing in the old version, including how to handle name changes, misspellings and correcting mistakes on I-9 forms. HR administration should take note of new additions to the handbook, including stipulations requiring employers to wait until after…

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February 22, 2011 Read time: 1 minutes

The recession kicked off a lengthy period of high unemployment rates that are not expected to return to normal levels for a few years. The Wall Street Journal polled leading economists, who predict that the unemployment rate at the end of 2011 will be at a historically high rate of 8.6 percent. The strain of…

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February 21, 2011 Read time: 1 minutes

As companies begin to increase hiring and recover from the recession, contract workers are a flexible resource. They are experts in their fields and have low impact on businesses' bottom lines. Staffing agencies handle the salaries and benefits of contract workers, saving the companies that hire them money. Hiring temporary workers on contract also gives…

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