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BUSINESS
January 13, 2004 | From Associated Press
Adecco, the world's largest employment agency, said it couldn't close its books for 2003 because of possible accounting problems, causing its stock to plummet Monday. The Swiss company could not predict when its 2003 results would be available. That sent frightened investors rushing to sell. Analysts lowered their recommendations amid fears of an accounting scandal like the one that has enveloped Italian food group Parmalat. Shares of Adecco closed down 35% on the Zurich, Switzerland, exchange.
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NATIONAL
February 26, 2003 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A man looking for work opened fire at a temporary employment agency in Huntsville during an argument over a compact disc player, killing four fellow job-seekers and wounding a fifth, police said. The suspect, Emanuel Burl Patterson, surrendered after a standoff at his apartment, where police tracked him down using the address he put on his job applications. Police said he shot at officers early in the standoff.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 29, 2002 | Zeke Minaya, Times Staff Writer
Los Angeles County auditors are searching for nearly $1 million that appears to be missing from the tangled records of a San Gabriel Valley employment agency that closed recently because of alleged mismanagement. County officials have hired an independent accounting firm to review the records of the Mid San Gabriel Valley Consortium and determine what happened to the money. A final report is not expected before February, officials said.
BUSINESS
November 9, 2001 | STUART SILVERSTEIN and LISA GIRION and MARLA DICKERSON, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
State employment offices and private-sector employment firms are being swamped by a surge of recently fired California workers seeking new jobs. The downbeat trend is apparent everywhere from crowded job fairs to the jammed phone lines at the state's call-in service for people seeking unemployment benefits. California's rise in layoffs was underscored Thursday by a government report showing that initial claims for unemployment benefits totaled 62,619 in the last week of October.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 2, 2001
Robert Half, 82, the founder of the staffing company Robert Half International, died Friday in Palm Beach, Fla., after an extended illness, the company announced Saturday. A graduate of New York University, Half was a certified public accountant. In 1948, he and his wife Maxine founded the Robert Half Personnel Agency, an employment agency for accountants. He also created Accountemps to supply temporary accountants. These two businesses were among the first of their kind in the field.
BUSINESS
January 18, 2001 | BONNIE HARRIS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
RemedyTemp Inc., a national temporary-staffing firm, said Wednesday it expects to take a charge of about $2 million for the last quarter because of unpaid invoices by the struggling online company EToys Inc. The one-time charge would represent nearly a third of RemedyTemp's expected pre-tax profit for its fiscal first quarter ended Dec. 31. And it reflects how the fallout of the dot-com industry has trickled down to suppliers and service providers like RemedyTemp, which is based in Aliso Viejo.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 13, 2000 | IRENE GARCIA
An organization that fosters opportunities in the entertainment business for people with disabilities will open an office today on Lankershim Boulevard. The Media Access Office, which will open with a 1 p.m. ceremony followed by an open house, will provide a professional platform for performers with disabilities, including casting services, classes and workshops that build competitive skills and offer career guidance.
BUSINESS
July 23, 2000 | SUSAN VAUGHN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Peg Heglund, a 67-year-old retired nurse and mother of eight, says she's grown tired of all the leisure at Leisure World Seal Beach. She wants to come out of retirement and be of service to her senior peers who, she says, complain that they're as restless as she is. But how can she help them? Heglund admits that, for the last several months, she's been unable to answer this question.
BUSINESS
May 10, 2000 | Indraneel Sur
Recruiting giant TMP Worldwide said it has signed a letter of intent to acquire Rollo Associates, a Los Angeles executive search firm. Terms of the pooling-of-interest merger, in which shares of the acquiring firm are exchanged for all outstanding shares of the target, were not disclosed. All nine Rollo employees will be retained by TMP, founder Bob Rollo said, adding that the purchase would nearly triple TMP's Los Angeles revenue.
BUSINESS
April 11, 2000 | Bloomberg News
LeadersOnline Inc., an online executive and professional search and placement business based in Irvine, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission for a $75-million initial stock sale. LeadersOnline is owned by Heidrick & Struggles International Inc. of Chicago, one of the largest executive search firms, which itself went public last April at $14 a share. Heidrick will continue to control the company after the IPO, the filing said. Heidrick's shares rose 13 cents to close at $36.
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