Parallel Employment Makes the Business Journal’s Largest Milwaukee-Area Temporary Staffing Services List – Ninth Year in a Row

Ranked #6

Each year, the Milwaukee Business Journal releases a list of top Milwaukee area businesses by industry. We are pleased to announce that Parallel has ranked as a top contender on the Milwaukee Area Temporary Staffing Services list for the ninth year in a row. The list is ranked by temp hours billed in 2017 and focuses on staffing firms with offices in Milwaukee, Waukesha, Washington, Ozaukee, Walworth, Racine & Kenosha Counties. We are proud of our internal employees for going above and beyond each year to employ quality, hard workers. As the years go on, we will continue to ensure top-notch service to our clients and temporary employees.



To view the full list, click here.

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The IRS encourages employees to review their paycheck due to the recent tax reform bill

As many of you know may know, the recent tax reform bill brings significant tax changes to both corporations and individuals (e.g. standard deduction, personal exemption, tax breaks, penalty eliminations, etc.). One of the more under-discussed topics is how the new tax law affects your paycheck. The IRS has released a new tax withholding calculator for individuals to review their withholdings and update their W-4 as necessary. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is highly encouraging taxpayers to review their paycheck in preparation for their 2018 tax return in 2019.

“Following the major changes in the tax law, the IRS encourages employees to check their paychecks to help ensure they’re having the right amount of tax withheld for their personal situation,” said Acting IRS Commissioner David Kautter.

The IRS lists several tips for using their withholding calculator:

  • Gather your most recent pay stubs.
  • Have your most recent income tax return handy; a copy of your completed Form 1040 will help you estimate your 2018 income and other characteristics and speed the process.
  • Keep in mind that the Calculator’s results will only be as accurate as the information you provide.  If your circumstances change during the year, come back to this Calculator to make sure that your withholding is still correct.
  • The Withholding Calculator does not ask you to provide sensitive personally-identifiable information like your name, Social Security number, address or bank account numbers. The IRS does not save or record the information you enter on the Calculator.

Check out the IRS Withholding Calculator to complete your paycheck checkup.

To learn more about how this affects you, we recommend checking out this informative article that CNBC published about the importance of this tool and what every employee should do in 2018 in response to the recent tax law.

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Racine Branch Celebrates Relocation with a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony


If you haven’t heard the news, our Racine branch moved to a new office on Tuesday, March 6th. We are very excited about our relocation to Green Bay Road, a heavily trafficked area near prime retailers and restaurants.

To celebrate this exciting milestone, we worked closely with the Racine Area Manufacturers and Commerce (RAMAC) to put together a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The ceremony was held on Tuesday, March 27th at 2:00 PM and was attended by RAMAC Staff and Board members, Mt. Pleasant Board of Trustees, Parallel staff and an appearance from Racine County Executive; Jonathan Delagrave. The event included a few words from RAMAC President Matt Montemurro, a speech from Parallel’s Executive Vice President Kirk La Du, light refreshments, a fun prize wheel for attendees to show off their best Vanna White impression and a Jelly Bean contest.

In Kirk La Du’s speech, he stated “We’ve had a very good experience here and we’ve had a lot of fruitful relationships with partners that we continue to have to this day. We’ve been on Main Street; we’ve been on Washington, now we’re here.” Parallel’s relationship with the Racine area has no end in sight and La Du ended his speech by saying, “We look forward to all the new opportunities and the continued growth of Parallel in the Racine Market.”

The event lasted about an hour and was the perfect way to kick off a new start in a new space for our Racine staff. Visit our Facebook page to view the photo gallery.


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We are excited to announce the relocation of our Racine branch. The move was finalized Tuesday, March 6th. The new space is located at 2504 S. Green Bay Road, a heavily trafficked area near prime retailers and restaurants, and is easily accessible and more noticeable.

Success in business has led to a growing team, ultimately needing additional space which will offer benefits for internal staff and job seekers alike. Sitting at approximately 1350 square feet, the new office’s open concept floor plan allows for continual team growth, a more collaborative work environment and consistent person to person interaction.

Having been loyal to the Racine area for many years, Parallel hopes to continue being an asset to the community. After a week of getting settled, our Racine team is already enjoying the change. The new space is ready for visitors; continuing the same business hours Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Come check it out!

View a copy of the official press release here.


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Ninth Annual Driving Fore Cancer Research


The ninth annual golf tournament to support the Stefanie Spielman Fund for Breast Cancer Research will be held on Friday, July 13th, 2018 at the Harvest Hill Golf Course. Cancer is an indiscriminate disease that will affect the majority of the population in some manner, so please join us to help make a difference in the battle.  This event benefits the Spielman Fund in that 100% of the net proceeds are donated to the fund to be used for cancer research. The administrative cost of this event is completely absorbed by Ohio State University, meaning ALL proceeds go directly to cancer research! With your help, we hope to raise over $10,000 to support cancer research through the Spielman Fund this year!

When I reflect on the last eight years, I am always reminded of those that no longer can attend our event because they lost the battle. A good friend of mine, Tim, was diagnosed one month after attending our event. Tim was the first person to sign up eight years ago, bringing multiple golfers to support our cause every year.  As soon as I received word, I reached out to Tim. His spirits were high and very optimistic. The type of cancer Tim was diagnosed with is not very beatable. His optimism gave me hope and encouragement that he could beat it. As the first couple months had passed, it was clear that the cancer was winning. Tim was so full of life and he wanted so badly to see his son grow up, but reality started to sink in. His strength was failing; you could see in his eyes that he knew his fate. He did not want people visiting him because he wanted them to remember him as he used to be and not what the disease was doing to him.

We had a picture of Tim at our event the following year. The number of people that had shared their memories, or as Tim would say it “Suds”, was amazing. Most of us can relate to knowing someone like Tim. He was taken too young, leaving behind a young son without a father. Stories like Tims is another reason why Cancer Research is important. We need to make a difference. To all of the supporters, volunteers, and businesses that have already donated to the cause, I want to say THANK YOU!!

If you are interested in supporting the cause, please feel free to contact John Rosenhahn at 716.462.9660 or visit the Driving Fore Cancer Research Facebook page.

For more information, please check out the 2018 Driving Fore Cancer Research Brochure.

Event Itinerary

10:30 AM – Registration
11:00 AM – Lunch by Rogers Big Green Egg
12:00 PM – Shotgun Start
5:00 PM – Cocktail Hour
6:00 PM – Dinner

To read more on the Stefanie Spielman Fund for Breast Cancer Research, click here.


John Rosenhahn
Regional Manager (NY)
Parallel Employment Group
[email protected]

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Q4 2017 Safety Newsletter

Warehouse Safety

Safety Newsletter

Why Care About Ergonomics?

As you might be aware of, the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration has launched a temporary worker safety initiative to protect the rights, safety, and well-being of temporary workers employed and assigned by staffing firms to clients. This means there are more eyes on temporary worker injuries than in the past. According to the Bureau of labor statistics, Musculoskeletal Disorders accounted for 31 percent of the total cases for all workers that required days away from work, and workers who sustained an MSD required a median of 12 days to recuperate before returning to work. This tells us that not only should you be concerned with temporary worker’s injuries but that you should focus on ergonomics in the workplace. There are several primary ergonomic risk factors.

Primary Risk factors

  • High Task Repetition
  • Repetitive/Sustained Awkward Postures
  • Forceful Exertions
  • Individual

There are three basic controls that can help reduce these type of injuries. Engineering controls, administration-controls and PPE.

Engineering Controls:

  • Workstation Design (ex: lowering a work surface to promote Neutral positioning)
  • Task Design (ex: change the order in which an item is assembled)
  • Product Design (ex: instead of ordering paint in 5-gallon containers use 2.5-gallon containers to reduce the weight)
  • Tool Design (ex: tools that keep the wrist in neutral posture when engaged)
  • Mechanical Lift Assists

Administrative Controls:

  • Work Rotation (through several jobs with different physical demands to reduce the stress on limbs and body regions)
  • Stretching
  • Training and Education (Train for MSDs and instruction in work practices that can ease the task demands or burden)

Personal Protective Equipment

  • Knee pads for kneeling tasks
  • Gloves
  • Proper Shoe Wear
  • Wrist Splints (while engaged in work that requires wrist bending)

Remember: Prepare and prevent don’t repair and repent!

Click here to download our Q4 2017 Safety Newsletter.


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Celebrating a Milestone–30 Years in Business

Celebrating a Milestone

Milwaukee, WI (November 2, 2017) – Parallel Employment Group, Inc., is celebrating 30 years in business.

Recognizing the need for staffing and employment in the Greater Milwaukee area and having a philanthropic heart, Mike Skemp, Parallel’s Owner and President, surrounded himself with a knowledgeable, hard-working support team to make his vision possible. 

The story began in the back of a Milwaukee, WI barbershop as Personnel Alternatives (later to become P.A. Staffing, and most recently Parallel Employment Group). Skemp knew the key to success was to provide more than just labor. He realized his clients needed a true staffing partner.  As a result of Skemp’s vision, Parallel has become a full-service employment company.  Thirty years later, Parallel has worked with over 2,000 clients, grown to 18 branch offices, and 3 divisions. In 2017 alone, Parallel has put over 8,900 people to work and anticipates a continued climb year over year. 

Parallel offers sourcing, recruiting and support for temporary, temp-to-hire and direct hire in clerical, light industrial, professional and skilled industries. At Parallel we want to get to know you and fully understand what kind of employment you are seeking in order to help you reach your goals. Using our wide-reaching and diverse client base, we work tirelessly to find you the position that best matches your interests and skills. Candidates can apply online at or visit a local branch to complete an application. 

After 3 decades of success, Parallel Employment Group continues to prosper and provide customized solutions, services and growth opportunities. “In the last 30 years, Parallel Employment Group has witnessed dramatic changes to our industry & the markets in which we compete,” said Kirk La Du, Executive Vice President, Parallel Employment Group. “Our success has been in great part due to our ability to adapt & change as our clients need.  We are proud of the partnerships we have formed with all of our clients & pledge to continue adapting to their changing needs to ensure we are providing the highest level of service possible.“ We thank our clients, employees, and supporters for their contribution to our continued success. Whether you are looking for a single contractor, complete facility management, a partner in the community, or meaningful employment, Parallel is here working with you!


About Parallel Employment Group 

Since 1987, Parallel Employment Group has been delivering high-performance workforce solutions to industrial and professional clientele.  Parallel services a wide array of company profiles from large, multi-national corporations to local family-owned businesses.

Parallel continues to provide innovative services and leading-edge workforce solutions. Parallel designs customized, partnership-driven programs aimed at decreasing administrative burden, increasing production and keeping employment costs at a minimum. For more information call 414-443-0580 or visit us at

View a copy of the official press release here.

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2017 Parallel Referral Program

Referral ProgramGet Paid to Refer Your Friends!

Parallel Employment Group is always looking for good people, and you can help. Research has shown, and our own experience supports, that new hires who come into a company through employee referrals are excellent contributors, stay with the company longer and are a more cost effective recruit.

That’s where you come in! If you know someone who would be a good addition to Parallel Employment Group and they meet the qualifications for an existing open requisition, you may be awarded $100 (less taxes) if you refer them for employment and they are hired.

Refer candidates who meet the qualifications to Parallel Employment Group using our Candidate Referral Form.

Program Rules:

1. In order to qualify for the bonus the employee referring an individual must be currently placed on assignment through Parallel Employment Group or hired on by client company within the last 6 months.

2. To be eligible for the referral bonus, the referral must first be submitted to a Parallel Employment Representative and must include a Candidate Referral Form.

3. All referral bonus payments will be paid within 15 days following the referred employee reaching 320 work hours. 320 work hours must be reached within 90 calendar days of the referred employee’s 1st day.

4. Candidate referral must be placed on assignment by Parallel Employment within 3 months of initial referral notification.

5. If a candidate is already in Parallel Employment’s database & has had contact within the last 60 days, no bonus will be paid.

6. Any disputes or interpretations of the program will be handled through Human Resources.


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Parallel Employment Makes the Business Journal’s Largest Milwaukee-Area Temporary Staffing Services List!

Ranked #5

Parallel Employment is ranked #5 in the Business Journal’s Largest Milwaukee-Area Temporary Staffing Services List. Each year, the Milwaukee Business Journal releases a list of Top Milwaukee-Area businesses, arranged by industry. The list is ranked by temp hours billed in 2016. This was Parallel Employment Group’s eighth year as a top ten contender.


To view the full list click here.

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February Reports 298,000 Private Sector Job Gains

298,000 Jobs Added to Private Sector in February 2017.

US added 298,000 jobs in February, according to the ADP national employment report. This is a huge jump from what economists estimated would be a gain of 190,000.

ADP and Moody’s analytics reported that job growth leaders were the mining, manufacturing and construction industries. Ahu Yildirmaz of the ADP Research Institute stated, “February proved to be an incredibly strong month for employment with increases we have not seen in years.”

BLS reports showed gains by large businesses of 72,000 jobs, 122,000 jobs by midsize businesses and small businesses added 104,000 jobs.

For the full ADP report, click here

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