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Articles by Irwin Speizer

Axiums Collapse Raises Vendor Management Questions

February 7, 2008
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When Axium filed for bankruptcy, staffing companies scrambled to collect outstanding bills that have been estimated at anywhere from $100 million to $300 million. Questions are being raised about vendor management system arrangements in general, and their power to control large numbers of staffing vendors.
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The First 21st Century Strike

January 14, 2008
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To those who look for trends in labor relations, the Writers Guild of America strike may provide some insights into the future of union activities in the U.S., particularly among workers outside traditional strongholds like manufacturing, service industries and government.
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Recognition for the Enduring Work of a Temp

December 6, 2007
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Agapito Soto is the American Staffing Association’s 2007 National Staffing Employee of the Year. In a profession that’s best known for temporary placements, Soto has been on his current assignment for three years.
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African-American Lawyers Working as Temps in Law Firms Signals Possible Trend

September 12, 2007
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High representation in contingent work may be indicative of a broader trend in which African-American lawyers, for various reasons, are opting to work for temporary staffing agencies instead of at law firms. Lack of opportunity could be a factor.
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Temp Lawyers Offering a Permanent Solution

September 12, 2007
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High representation in contingent work may be indicative of a broader trend in which African-American lawyers, for various reasons, are opting to work for temporary staffing agencies instead of at law firms. Lack of opportunity could be a factor.
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Temp-to-Perm Trend Still Strong

August 23, 2007
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The number of temporary workers retained as full-time employees is expected to grow by 15 percent this year. By using the temp-to-hire approach, companies can try out potential permanent hires without the costs associated with an immediate full-time hire.
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The Independent Contractor Question

June 29, 2007
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The use of independent contractors in place of employees has been on the rise in the U.S. for years and continues to stir debate over its impact on worker protections. Congress has recently taken a renewed interest in the subject with the arrival of a Democratic majority, with one representative calling the misclassification of employees as contract workers “a national problem with implications for federal laws and our federal coffers; a problem we must solve.”
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When Temp Jobs Tumble, the Economy Stumbles

June 13, 2007
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The number of temporary jobs in the U.S. declined during the first four months of 2007, the first sign of a possible slowdown in a sector that often serves as an early predictor of the overall health of domestic employment.
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Closing the Skills Gap

May 21, 2007
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Companies like Caterpillar and San Antonio’s University Health System are examples of how organizations are using training and development programs to bridge the space between their employees’ skills and their organizations’ needs.
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Moves to the Middle East, Remote Locales on the Rise

May 18, 2007
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Multinational companies looking for the next opportunity have decided that, despite the political uncertainties, the Middle East is ripe for investment.
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