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Articles by Irwin Speizer

Special Report on Contingent Staffing Time of Uncertainty

October 23, 2008
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A mixed market for temporary employment and an unexpected shakeout from the economic downturn have left staffing firms unsure of what the future holds for their businesses.
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Bumpy Road

October 23, 2008
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Contingent staffing has traditionally served as a shock absorber during economic downturns, allowing companies to reduce staffing levels without firing permanent employees.
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Special Report Employee Relocation—Rolling Through the Downturn

August 7, 2008
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Corporations are adjusting to the weak U.S. real estate market without significantly scaling back on domestic relocations. Meanwhile, international moves are booming, with many employees at global companies bypassing stateside assignments.
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Expat Workers Face Headaches Shipping Goods

August 7, 2008
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In the recent past, a corporate employee relocating to Europe could expect to get household belongings shipped to the new location in about six weeks. But because of a shortage of shipping containers, it takes twice as long these days, and the process can sometimes drag on for up to six months.
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States Not Waiting for U.S. Reform

July 21, 2008
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Arizona is not the only state that's fed up with the glacial pace of immigration reform at the federal level. The National Conference of State Legislatures reports that 41 states enacted 170 immigration related laws in 2007. State legislatures were considering another 1,100 immigration related bills in the first quarter of 2008.
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Arizona's Hard Line on Immigration

July 21, 2008
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All eyes are on the Grand Canyon state as it tries to put new restrictions on employers into action. But the toughest reform law in the nation may raise as many issues as it aims to solve—including whether states should even be taking up immigration legislation in the first place.
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Firms Re-Evaluate Reliability of Vendor Management System Suppliers

April 8, 2008
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The catalyst for the new review of VMS providers is the recent collapse of Ensemble Chimes Global, the largest player in the VMS space.
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Vendor Management Re-evaluated

April 8, 2008
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After the collapse of Ensemble Chimes Global, corporations that use contingent staff are taking a second look at VMS companies, those independent software enterprises that had promised to save them money. The scrutiny may work against independent VMS businesses and in favor of larger, better capitalized companies, particularly large staffing firms that offer their own VMS products.
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Gevity Going Back to Its Roots

March 25, 2008
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It continues to be a rough ride for the Florida company, which said it is getting out of the HR outsourcing business and returning to its core business as a professional employer organization. The company had net income of $301,000 in the fourth quarter of 2007, compared with $10.6 million a year earlier.
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Axium Rode In on Outsourcing, and Out on Scandal

February 7, 2008
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The company began as a Hollywood payroll services firm, but grew quickly by acquisition. Its fall comes with accusations of squandered money and a black eye for the vendor management system industry.
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