DHS Raises H-2B Visa Cap

SHRM | March 10, 2020

An extra 35,000 H-2B temporary-worker visas will be made available to employers for the second half of fiscal year (FY) 2020, according to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The H-2B guest-worker program, capped annually at 66,000 visas split evenly between the fall/winter and spring/summer seasons, is relied upon by the landscaping, hospitality and construction industries, among others. This marks the fourth year in a row that DHS has released additional H-2B visas in response to pressure from seasonal employers and lawmakers. The Trump administration released an extra 15,000 visas in both 2017 and 2018, and 30,000 additional visas in 2019. The visas will be released in two batches this year—20,000 for start dates beginning April 1, and 15,000 for start dates beginning May 15.

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Office Evolution's Flexible Workspaces Helps Connect Northern Virginia and Washington DC Area Businesses

Office Evolution's Flexible Workspaces | May 19, 2022

While companies throughout the Washington, D.C. area look for new ways to maintain productivity, innovation, and connection in remote work settings, Office Evolution provides them with the perfect solution. The coworking provider is continuing to address demand and help both small businesses and entrepreneurs in Virginia by offering them affordable coworking spaces close to home. According to fairfaxcountyeda.org, more than 90 percent of local businesses in Northern Virginia are small ones, showcasing how important having flexible workspaces closer to home is for the area. The brand currently has four local Virginia locations in key business hubs, including Herndon, Tysons Corner, Fairfax, and Arlington-Rosslyn. "In northern Virginia, we make it convenient for local, small businesses to easily find office space, With locations throughout the area, businesses can easily tap into our flexible workspace options and secure the space they need to be successful. Each one of our franchise owners and Office Evolution members are a part of our Ohana – Hawaiian for family, That means we work together to collaborate and help support each other. Washington, D.C., and surrounding suburbs benefit from our collaborative community of entrepreneurs who have found a space where they can connect and thrive." -Mark Hemmeter, Founder and CEO of Office Evolution. Members benefit from being part of a nation-wide network of coworking locations where they have access to 73 other business locations in 25 states when travelling. Office Evolution is part of United Franchise Group's Coworks division which provides the largest privately owned affiliated coworking network of flexible office space franchises in the world. Office Evolution's network of locally operated locations provides remote workers and business owners with access to affordable workspace close to home with flexible terms. These spaces are where innovation happens and business performance is enhanced. Businesses of all sizes are shifting their focus towards flexible workspaces to get out of the home while avoiding the expenses and restrictions inherent in traditional office space. This transition from traditional workspaces to more flexible options in suburban markets has positioned Office Evolution perfectly for growth. "Office Evolution is the ideal solution for companies and entrepreneurs alike, People are looking for the amenities of a downtown office but want to work close to home. Now that travel for business is back, having access to a large network of flexible office space is a strategic advantage, especially in influential areas like Virginia and Washington DC." -Jason Anderson, President of Coworks. About Office Evolution Office Evolution® (OE), a shared workspace – coworking environment, cultivated on the principles of 'Ohana', the Hawaiian tradition referencing family working towards a common goal. OE was founded in 2003 in Boulder, Colorado by Mark Hemmeter a lifelong entrepreneur and real estate enthusiast from Hawaii. In 2022, Office Evolution joined Coworks™ the largest privately held affiliated coworking franchise network on the planet, associated with United Franchise Group™ (UFG), a successful community of affiliated brands and consultants. Office Evolution is serious about supporting small business owners – the Dreamers, Risk-Takers and Doers who dare to chase their passions. About Coworks Coworks™ specializes in franchising within the coworking industry, offering solutions, expertise, and shared service options within the flexible workspace franchise community. Part of the United Franchise Group™ (UFG) family of affiliated brands and consultants, Coworks was founded in 2021 by Ray Titus, founder and CEO of United Franchise Group, with the express intention of building a framework to connect a variety of coworking brands, services, and amenities within the coworking industry, providing the largest privately owned affiliated franchise network of flexible, professional, and shared office space options on the planet.

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RECRUITMENT & RETENTION

TeleTech Selected as Recruitment Team of the Year by the HRO Today Association for the APAC Region

TeleTech | January 19, 2022

TTEC Holdings (NASDAQ: TTEC), one of the largest global customer experience (CX) technology and services innovators for end-to-end digital CX solutions, announced that TeleTech has been selected as the Recruitment Team of the Year for the APAC Region by the HRO Today Association. The HRO Today Association Awards is an annual program that highlights the essential work HR professionals do every day, recognizing leadership, collaboration, innovation, hard work, and commitment to people and process improvement. This award recognizes the Recruitment Team that demonstrated significant success and/or growth in the sourcing, candidate experience, employer branding, candidate selection, interviewing, offer process, and onboarding processes for its company. "Our commitment to deliver humanity to business requires hiring top talent. Our recruitment team reaches for amazing every day, providing a world-class candidate experience from talent attraction to welcoming new hires during the onboarding process, We're honored that HRO Today Association selected our talent acquisition team for this award." -David Bernal, executive director, TeleTech. "The overall quality of the nominations received this year was exceptional, The inspirational and innovative stories told by the award submissions highlighted how committed the nominees are to creating positive change within HR." -Renée Preston, Global Executive Director of the HRO Today Association. About TTEC TTEC Holdings, Inc.(NASDAQ: TTEC) is one of the largest global CX (customer experience) technology and services innovators for end-to-end, digital CX solutions. The Company delivers leading CX technology and operational CX orchestration at scale through its proprietary cloud-based CXaaS (Customer Experience as a Service) platform. Serving iconic and disruptive brands, TTEC's outcome-based solutions span the entire enterprise, touch every virtual interaction channel, and improve each step the customer journey. Leveraging next-gen digital and cognitive technology, the Company's Digital business designs, builds, and operates omnichannel contact center technology, conversational messaging, CRM, automation (AI / ML and RPA), and analytics solutions. The Company's Engage business delivers digital customer engagement, customer acquisition & growth, content moderation, fraud prevention, and data annotation solutions. Founded in 1982, the Company's singular obsession with CX excellence has earned it leading client NPS scores across the globe. The Company's nearly 62,300 employees operate on six continents and bring technology and humanity together to deliver happy customers and differentiated business results.

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TALENT MANAGEMENT

CSC Las Vegas Selected by The New Dollar Loan Center to Provide Staffing Services

Contemporary Services Corporation | January 23, 2022

Contemporary Services Corporation (CSC), The Leader in Crowd Management & Employee Owned, is proud to announce a new partnership with The Dollar Loan Center located in Henderson, Nevada. The Dollar Loan Center is a 6,000 seat, world-class multi-purpose venue that was built on the site of the former Henderson Pavilion and is the home of the Henderson Silver Knights of the American Hockey League, the Vegas Knight Hawks of the Indoor Football League, and the Southern Nevada Sports Hall of Fame. In addition to hockey & football, The Dollar Loan Center will host a variety of events year-round, including but not limited to festivals, conventions, concerts and performing arts productions, high school and higher education graduations and events, community and civic events, and sporting events of all kinds with the Big West Basketball Championship being the first scheduled event March 8-12, 2022. CSC Las Vegas will be providing crowd management & security services under the direction of Jomo Henry, Director of Security and ticket takers, ushers, & guest services under the direction of Joseph Ralston, Director Guest Services. "our team is honored to be selected to join The Dollar Loan Center TEAM and as a team, we look forward to creating both a memorable & positive experience for all the fans, families, and guests who attend our events at The Dollar Loan Center." -Jay Purves, CSC Vice President of Nevada About Contemporary Services Corporation (CSC) - Contemporary Services Corporation (CSC) is recognized worldwide as the pioneer and expert in the crowd management field. CSC developed the concept of peer group security techniques, and through nearly five decades of continual refinement and evolution, CSC has successfully remained the leader in the crowd management and event security industry. Established in 1967, CSC currently operates over 50 branch offices throughout the United States and Canada. Experience includes crowd management services for over 150 stadiums, amphitheaters, and arenas, as well as nearly 100 universities, 45 convention centers, 9 NFL teams, 6 MLB teams, 7 MLS teams, 5 NHL teams, and 4 NBA teams. CSC has provided services for every type of entertainment and sporting event, including 31 Super Bowls, 6 World Series, 2 MLB All-Star Games, 7 NCAA Men's Final Four, 10 annual College Bowl Games, 5 NBA Finals, 10 Olympic Games, 5 Presidential Inaugurations, 4 Papal Visits, and 2 FIFA World Cups. Other relevant experience includes national music concert tours such as: U2, Beyonce, One Direction, Guns 'n Roses, Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, The PGA Championship, Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, the US Open Tennis Championships, and the Indianapolis 500.

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PAYROLL

Greenshades Software Announces Strategic Alliance with Lathem Time

Greenshades Software | May 02, 2022

Greenshades Software, a leader in Payroll, HR, and Compliance Solutions for midsized companies, and Lathem Time, a leading provider of employee time and attendance management systems, today announced the signing of a strategic partnership. Through the agreement, the companies will integrate with each other's platforms, creating an advanced end-to-end labor management solution. "At Greenshades, we're always looking for new ways to simplify, streamline, and automate Payroll and HR functions for our clients and the workers they support, For organizations that need more granular control of pay rules and labor schedules or those that require a physical data capture device, Lathem offers an exceptional workforce management platform. We're proud to extend this solution to our 3,800+ clients." -David Rosas, Co-Founder and CEO of Greenshades Software. Rosas stated the decision to formalize a strategic alliance was predicated on strong alignment between the two organization's cultures, a parallel approach to the market, and a shared focus on addressing the rapidly evolving needs of "deskless workers." A sentiment that is echoed by the leadership team at Lathem. "The past couple of years have ushered in tremendous change for all businesses. The technology they use to keep employees safe, focused, and informed needed to evolve to keep pace, From touchless clocks for frontline workers to more robust online solutions for remote workers, Lathem has been on the forefront of innovation. We know David and the Greenshades team are doing the same for Payroll and HR professionals, so we're thrilled for the opportunity this partnership creates for our clients." -Bill Lathem, President and CEO of Lathem Time. Greenshades and Lathem solutions will be featured on each company's online marketplace and fully integrated via API for a seamless experience between the two platforms. About Greenshades Software Since 2002, Greenshades has been singularly devoted to helping hardworking companies fulfill the promises they make to their employees. With intuitive technology and best-in-class customer support, Greenshades empowers Payroll and HR departments to give their teams everything they need to thrive. Delivering accurate payroll, proactive compliance, automated tax calculations, and robust employee engagement through one powerful platform supported by world-class customer care. About Lathem Time Founded in 1919, Lathem is the leading supplier of time and attendance products for businesses in North America. Over 1 million companies have relied on a Lathem solution to track their employees' time for payroll. Lathem offers innovative technology that is easy-to-use, reliable, and designed with over 100 years of industry expertise. From cloud-based software to mobile apps and biometric face recognition technology, every Lathem product is backed by an industry leading US-based customer service team that average an astounding 18 years of service. Many have tenures of more than 30 years. This commitment is evidenced in every product that carries the Lathem name. Family values, pride of craftsmanship and attention to detail are at the core of Lathem's culture.

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