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Report: Holiday hiring up

BY Dan Berthiaume

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Richmond, Va. – More seasonal jobs will be available this year than last year. Data from the sixth annual seasonal employment survey from Snagajob and Ipsos Public Affairs shows that 69% of hourly hiring managers with responsibility to hire year-end, seasonal workers for the holiday period, will make hires this year, up close to 10% from 63% last year.

Hiring managers, including those not planning to make any hires, expect to hire an average of 7.8 seasonal workers each. This is a 28% improvement from an average of 6.1 seasonal workers last year. When comparing the hiring managers who expect their fourth-quarter sales to be better than last year with those who expect sales to be worse, the survey shows a net score of +28, indicating an expected sales increase. By comparison, this year’s measurement is a 40% improvement from last year’s net score of +20.

“While there have been lackluster gains in the overall job market recently, hourly employers will still have a strong need for seasonal employees,” said Megan Overton, spokesperson for Snagajob. “There has been strength in hiring for retail, restaurants and other customer-service industries, and, according to our Snagajob survey, hiring managers need to staff up to holiday levels, even more so than they did last year.”

In addition, holiday hiring is expected to be earlier this season. Among those who will be hiring, 52% expected to begin hiring by the end of September, if not sooner, compared to 48% last year. The peak for holiday hiring should be October, when 31% of hiring managers will begin their hiring.

More than half of seasonal workers (53%) are expected to be full-time hires. Also, hiring managers who will be making hires expect that 52% of their seasonal hires will be able to stay on after the holidays with a permanent job. The average hourly pay for a seasonal job is expected to be $10.80 an hour, up 10 cents from last year.

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Law firms investigate Lumber Liquidators

BY Dan Berthiaume

New York – At least four law firms have launched investigations of Lumber Liquidators Holdings, Inc. following a raid by federal agencies on Lumber Liquidators’ Virginia offices in connection with the importation of certain wood-flooring products. The law firms of Pomerantz Grossman Hufford Dahlstrom & Gross LLP, Bronstein, Gewirtz & Grossman, LLC, The Shuman Law Firm, and Wohl & Fruchter LLP are all investigating whether Lumber Liquidators has committed federal securities violations.

The authorities were from the Department of Homeland Security’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Lumber Liquidators said that it takes sourcing and compliance very seriously and is cooperating and providing the information that the authorities requested.

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Birks & Mayor to change name to Birks Group

BY Marianne Wilson

Montreal — Luxury jewelry store operator Birks & Mayors Inc. announced that effective Oct. 1, its corporate name will be changed to Birks Group Inc. and its ticker symbol will be changed to BGI.

Jean-Christophe Bédos, president and CEO, commented, "The change in the corporate name to Birks Group Inc. better represents our corporate structure as the companies forming part of the Birks Group carry on business under the retail brands of "Maison Birks" across Canada, "Mayors" in the States of Florida and Georgia, and "Brinkhaus" in Vancouver, British Columbia and Calgary, Alberta. Signage reflecting this new trade name will be changed at our current retail stores over time while signage at our new stores already reflects this change."

Birks & Mayors Inc. is a leading operator of luxury jewelry stores in the United States and Canada. As of September 30, 2013, the company operated 30 stores under the Maison Birks brand in most major metropolitan markets in Canada (signage reflecting this new trade name will be changed at our current retail stores over time while signage at our new stores already reflects this change), 20 stores in the Southeastern U.S. under the Mayors brand, one store under the Rolex brand name and two stores in Calgary and Vancouver under the Brinkhaus brand.

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