Westaff enters into Three Year Contract with MBI Worldwide and eScreen

February 9, 2006 — Walnut Creek, Calif. --(Business Wire)--

Westaff, Inc. (Nasdaq:WSTF) announced today that it has signed three year contracts with Midwest Backgrounds Inc., dba MBI Worldwide, and eScreen, Inc. MBI Worldwide will be Westaff's pre-employment background screening provider and eScreen will provide state-of-the-art pre-employment drug testing.

Westaff's goal is to increase the speed of the value-added services while maintaining a high level of reliability and quality. "Westaff looks forward to teaming with MBI Worldwide and eScreen to discover potential issues and ensure that the right candidates are sent out for the right jobs," said Westaff's Steve Russo, Senior Vice President, Field Operations.

The agreements give Westaff access to MBI Worldwide's suite of business and public records data information solutions for credit checks, employment and education verification, and criminal record searches by county. eScreen will provide Westaff with its automated drug screening process.

The new partnerships will allow Westaff to service its clients using highly efficient and consistent methods. Because of MBI's cutting-edge technology, the time required for quality background checks is expected to be reduced by as much as half. With eScreen, most drug testing results will be available in as little as ten minutes.

"These partnerships will help us provide our clients with a higher level of customer service and satisfaction," Russo said, "because the faster we get critical background and drug testing information, the faster we can deploy quality candidates to our clients."

About Westaff

Westaff provides staffing services and employment opportunities for businesses in global markets, servicing more than 15,000 client accounts from more than 230 offices located throughout the U.S., the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand. Westaff provides client companies with 150,000 temporary and permanent placement employees annually in the areas of administration, call centers and light industry. For more information, please visit our Web site at www.westaff.com.

About MBI Worldwide

Founded in 1998 by Kandi Chapman, MBI Worldwide excels in meeting the pre-employment and membership background needs of business and nonprofit organizations across the country. With quick delivery, excellent customer service and accurate results, MBI Worldwide is a leader in the background screening industry. MBI has more than 1000 clients whose employees range in number from 100 to more than 250,000.

About eScreen, Inc.

Located in Overland Park, Kansas, eScreen, Inc. was founded by the nation's largest MRO corporation in 1998. eScreen manufactures and markets the first and only automated instant clinic-based rapid drug testing device that takes the paper chase out of pre-employment drug testing. eScreen currently processes millions of healthcare and corporate data transactions a year through the eScreen Occupational Health Network (EOHN).

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