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Amazon's Pa. Warehouse Was Hellish, Workers Say

Temps penalized for collapsing during heatwaves

(Newser) - Former workers at a vast Amazon warehouse in eastern Pennsylvania say the LeHigh "fulfillment center" was a hellish place to work, a lengthy exposé by the Allentown Morning Call finds. Workers—most of whom were employed by a temp agency instead of Amazon itself—say they had to endure... More »

CEOs Say Hiring Not in the Cards Anytime Soon

Demand strong in Asia, but weak in United States

(Newser) - Corporate investment and hiring is up and looking good—in the Asia Pacific. In the United States, not so much, reports the Wall Street Journal . The newspaper scanned the transcripts from 100 earnings conference calls, looking for references to jobs-related keywords. Only half the companies even addressed the subject, and... More »

US Can't Ignore 'Shadow' Labor Market of Freelancers

Even 'independent workers need a net when they fall'

(Newser) - News that more people are choosing to go freelance in the labor market has Derek Thompson a little worried. The flexibility may be appealing, especially to the younger set, but this "freelance market has grown in the last decade into something like a skyscraper built on string and haystacks:... More »

Temp Hiring Is on the Rise

Employers show confidence, but hedged with caution

(Newser) - With the economy on an upswing, employers are feeling a tad more confident—enough to bring on more temporary workers, who can easily be let go if things go south again. Temp hiring has risen for 4 months—longer than the aftermath of previous recessions, when employers started hiring permanent... More »

Temp Firms Keep Hiring Lousy Nurses

They skimp on background checks in lucrative industry

(Newser) - Agencies that supply hospitals with temporary nurses skimp on background checks and allow incompetent workers to move from one facility to the next, reports ProPublica. The reason? The nation's chronic shortage of nurses has created a lucrative $4 billion industry with little oversight. The investigation documents cases of nurses with... More »

Europe's New Temp Worker Class Bears Recession Brunt

(Newser) - The new class of temporary workers created by European labor reform is suffering most in the current wave of job cuts, the Wall Street Journal reports, testing the new policies amid the threat of backlash. Short-term employees—easier and cheaper to fire than permanent ones—also get fewer unemployment benefits,... More »

Watch Out for These Economic Recovery Signs

Keep an eye out for slowing pasta sales

(Newser) - We knew the economy was toast when the GDP dropped 3.8% in the last quarter. But such data lags behind the real economy, writes Dan Kadlec in Time, so watch out for these indicators of a turnaround:
  • Home sales. They started the downturn, so any upswing is a good
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Trampled Worker's Family Sues Wal-Mart

And more lawsuits coming over Black Friday trampling on Long Island

(Newser) - The family of the Wal-Mart temp worker who was trampled to death by a Black Friday stampede has filed a wrongful death lawsuit in New York's state Supreme Court against the retailer and the Long Island mall where the store is located. The family also filed notice that Nassau County,... More »

Temp Workers Get the Ax

Seen a sign of things to come for full-time staffers

(Newser) - Temporary employment in the US has fallen in each of the last six months and in July was 2% down from the start of the year, the Wall Street Journal reports. The rate of temporary employment is often used as a bellwether for the overall employment picture because temporary workers... More »

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