This week's top recruitment stories, in brief

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Some of the past week's biggest stories in recruitment cover: casual class actions; agency profitability; hiring manager buy-in; recruitment awards; contractor claims; video interviewing; employer branding; and more...

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In a landmark decision, the Federal Court has ruled that the funder of two class actions could potentially face a costs order if it loses, and must provide security upfront. The firm says this ruling might affect its "appetite" for funding such actions.

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Seek has announced the recruiters, agencies and RPOs vying for top honours in its 17th annual recruitment awards.

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Only 20% of Australian recruitment businesses recorded a profit increase in FY19, despite strong market conditions, according to new research by Staffing Industry Metrics.

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A contractor has won $25k compensation after his assignment was terminated early, in a case that sends a strong message to recruiters to review contract terms regularly.

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RedEnergy's recruitment team has streamlined its assessment and interview screening by being upfront with hiring managers about their methods and not hiding behind the "process".

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Talk of an employment market crash in 2019 might yet be overblown, but slow decision-making suggests employers are tightening their belts around hiring, says People2people MD Mark Smith.

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Recruiters are wiping as much as 70–80% off their usual hiring time after introducing asynchronous video interviewing, says Alcami Interactive founder and CEO Jane Bianchini.

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Recruitment leaders are overlooking on-hire labour agreements due to their perceived complexity, but these are potentially a lucrative addition to business, says Immigate MD Diana Faraj.

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Aged-care employer SwanCare is pouring resources into branding campaigns as it gears up for industry changes set to squeeze an already challenging recruitment market.

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After acquiring Rubicor's Xpand business, Salt is accelerating its growth plans, says founder and CEO Jacqui Barratt.

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Chandler Macleod Group has made a number of key appointments recently, as it continues its business transformation.

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Robert Walters' ANZ operations have performed well for the group, while PageGroup has found local conditions more challenging.