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Court Orders Look at Health Care Challenge

Associated Press (11/27/12) Mark Sherman

The U.S. Supreme Court has ordered the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit to reconsider Lynchburg, VA-based Liberty University’s challenge to the federal health care law in light of the high court’s decision to uphold the law. The university says the law violates its religious freedoms, and it is specifically challenging a requirement that most employers provide health coverage to workers. Experts say the appeals court will decide on issues it chose not to rule on previously and address issues not addressed by the high court.

Daley, ASA Board Member, Will Retire from Volt Information Sciences

Business Wire (11/26/12)

ASA board member Tom Daley—president of Volt Workforce Solutions, the staffing business unit of Volt Information Sciences—has decided to retire on Dec. 31. Daley served on the ASA membership committee from 2001 to 2004 and as vice chairman of the StaffingPAC from 2005 to 2008, and he is currently the second vice chairman of the association.

“Tom has been an influential leader through a period of remarkable growth in the company’s staffing business. The company is grateful for his innumerable contributions to the company during his distinguished tenure,” says Ron Kochman, president and chief executive officer of Volt. Daley’s service to Volt culminated with his current position in which he has been responsible for Volt’s global staffing services operations in North America, Europe, South America, and Southeast Asia.

U.S. Durable-Goods Orders Unchanged in October

Reuters (11/27/12)

Orders for big-ticket U.S. goods were essentially flat in October, as declines in defense and transportation offset increases in metals, machinery, and electrical equipment, the U.S. Department of Commerce reported today. Economists surveyed by Reuters had expected orders for durable goods to drop 0.6%. Orders for core capital goods excluding defense and transportation, a key barometer of broad U.S. business spending, jumped 1.7% last month, the biggest increase since May. Economists had expected core capital goods orders to fall 0.5%. So far in 2012, orders for overall durable goods have risen 4.9%.

IT Staffing Firm Optomi Launches With $8 Million in Initial Backing (11/27/12)

With $8 million in initial backing, Optomi is building an information technology-focused staffing firm. Led by co-founders Michael Winwood (formerly president and chief operating officer of Technisource) and Todd Black (formerly senior vice president of Technisource), the company is launching this week in the Atlanta and Chicago markets. Optomi has plans for additional market expansions in 2013.

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