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As California Warehouses Grow, Labor Issues Are a Concern

New York Times (07/22/12) Jennifer Medina

Community leaders see the warehousing jobs available in California’s Inland Empire as an opportunity for low-skilled workers. However, some of the staffing firms the warehouses use to hire temporary employees have run afoul of labor laws. Often investigations have been stymied, says California labor commissioner Julie A. Su, because so many warehouses use staffing firms, which classify employees as temporary, even though they may work for years in the same building.

Kansas Hospital Warns Patients About Hepatitis C

Associated Press (07/21/12)

About 460 former patients of Hays Medical Center in Kansas might have been exposed to hepatitis C by a traveling hospital technician, said the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. The technician, David Kwiatkowski, allegedly infected patients with the virus by injecting himself with anesthetic drugs and thus contaminating syringes that would later be used on patients. According to U.S. Attorney John Kacavas, Kwiatkowski is a “serial infector” who has worked in at least six states since 2007.

Temporary Worker Hiring Surge Accounts for One-Third of U.S. Job Growth

Dayton Daily News (Ohio) (07/22/12) Cornelius Frolik

Hiring of temporary employees accounted for about one-third of U.S. job gains in June, according to federal labor data. The U.S. staffing industry as a whole has added about 776,000 jobs since 2009, more than most industries.

“It’s generally not cost effective to try to replace a full-time worker—when a company has a full-time need—with a temporary employee, because you will have all the costs associated with the employee that the staffing firm is going to include in its bill rate,” says Richard Wahlquist, president and chief executive of the American Staffing Association. “The principal reasons companies use temporary workers are flexibility and access to talent.”

Now Live: Staffing World® Digital Advance Program

The Staffing World 2012 Advance Program is now live on the ASA Digital platform. The print edition of the Advance Program lands in mailboxes nationwide this week.

The Advance Program includes convenient at-a-glance schedules, workshop descriptions and other executive education details, expo hall information, networking opportunities, and everything you need to start planning your Staffing World experience.

The interactive digital edition also features video footage and offers an easy way to share information via email and social networks. Check out the Advance Program and register for Staffing World, Oct. 9–11, in Las Vegas.

Free Webinar on Staffing Industry Legislative and Regulatory Issues

You won’t want to miss the free Webinar “Staffing Industry Legislative and Regulatory Issues” next Wednesday, Aug. 1, 3:30–4:30 p.m. Eastern time. The ASA legal team will discuss potential lawsuits resulting from government guidance on the use of criminal background checks, mandates related to the health care reform law that are set to take effect in 2014, possible business changes resulting from the November elections, and other pressing issues that can affect your bottom line.

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