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They share any information that’s available concerning our business or things that might affect our business. And I think they also are very effective in helping you understand why you need to look at things differently if you’re not looking at them the right way.
- Tanya Henry, Executive Director, Milwaukee Careers Cooperative

 

We are constantly on the alert for all the latest industry news, legislative updates, trends and more that could possibly impact your staffing business. Our president and CEO, Julie Ann Blazei, also shares her insights on the staffing industry in her message (link below). And when we don’t see information about a topic we feel is critical for you to know, we create it ourselves to share in our monthly email.

Press Room

Are you using one of the most effective – and least costly – marketing tactics for your staffing company? While traditional direct mail sent through the U.S. Post Office can cost as much as one dollar or more a piece, email can cost as little as pennies, or even a fraction thereof. Email can be an extremely effective tool for reaching prospective employees and customers, as well as help retain existing customers and employees.
 
To say that the Internet has transformed society would be an understatement. It took radio 38 years to reach 50 million users, while it took TV 13 years. For the Internet, it only took 4 years. And Facebook? It added 100 million users in only nine months. That’s what happens when you combine something as powerful as the Internet with people’s interests in learning, sharing and connecting to others. That’s social media.
 
 
We’re now well into 2012 — well, we’re at least past the point of accidentally writing 2011 by mistake. 2011 has come and gone, the numbers are all in, and you should now have a pretty good picture of how your staffing business weathered the year. For most staffing companies, January 2012 started off stronger than January 2011. All indicators show the staffing industry to be fairly strong for the coming year. With spring just around the corner, now is a great time to focus on a little bit of house keeping.
 

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Legislative Updates

 
"...Arizona Revised Statutes § 23-730.01 imposes a Special Assessment (SA) on taxable wages paid in 2011 and 2012. This is necessary to meet federally imposed unemployment trust fund obligations. The Department of Economic Security (DES) Unemployment Insurance (UI) Tax Section is responsible for collecting the SA along with employers’ regular quarterly UI taxes (reported on Line 7, Part C of the Unemployment Tax and Wage Report, form UC-018)..."
 
 
"Like many other states, Wisconsin’s Unemployment Insurance (UI) Reserve Fund had to rely on federal loans to help fund unemployment benefits paid to record numbers of claimants during and following the deep national recession of 2007-09.
 
The federal government began charging states interest on these loans in 2011, and Wisconsin in September 2011 made its first payment, totaling $42.3 million, with funds collected through a special assessment on employers.
 
 
It’s only half as much as the increase this year, but Ohio’s minimum wage will get a boost on Jan. 1, 2013. The minimum wage will rise 15 cents, to $7.85 an hour, in the new year, the Ohio Department of Commerce announced yesterday. For tipped employees, the new minimum will be $3.93 per hour, an increase of 8 cents an hour.
 

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