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Columbia Books & Information Services Acquires Texas-Based Employment Law Publisher, The Personnel Advisor

Contact: Brittany Carter
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BETHESDA, MD (October 6, 2015) — Columbia Books & Information Services (CBIS) today announced that it has acquired The Personnel Advisor, a leading state and federal employment law compliance and HR resource provider with offerings for employers in California, Illinois, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Texas.

The addition of The Personnel Advisor’s line of loose-leaf compliance manuals and digital resource continues CBIS’ seven-year expansion in the compliance information and training services arena. This acquisition, in tandem with the earlier acquisitions of Thompson Information Services and Practical Business Training, will enable CBIS to further expand its reach in the HR, employment law, and employee benefits industry. 

“It was a natural fit with our already robust federal employment law and benefits compliance publications.” stated Joel Poznansky, CEO and president of Columbia Books. “The Personnel Advisor’s easy-to use, state-specific employment law guidance and HR resources is exactly what so many of our small to mid-sized customers need. We’re very pleased to expand our offerings in this space.”  

“I founded The Personnel Advisor thirty years ago to provide Texas businesses with straightforward guidance on employment law. It’s been a pleasure seeing the company grow and expand over the years to cover California, Illinois, Ohio, and Pennsylvania.” stated Bob Moeser, founder of The Personnel Advisor. “I look forward to seeing the company and its services expand even further with the same mission in mind.” 

The Personnel Advisor will merge its base of operations with Thompson Information Services’ Austin, Texas office.  

About The Personnel Advisor
The Personnel Advisor has been serving employers and human resource professionals since 1985 by providing the necessary tools to help business professionals avoid personnel problems and expensive, time-consuming legal liabilities. Resources are currently available for employers in California, Illinois, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Texas.

About Columbia Books & Information Services
Since 1966 Columbia Books & Information Services has provided users with information on and for the association, government relations, and other professional communities. As a publisher of compliance information, directories, subscription databases, newsletters, live training and webinars, Columbia Books & Information Services has extensive experience capturing and delivering relevant, timely and accurate information in whatever form the customer wants. 

The Columbia Books & Information Services family of brands includes Thompson Information Services,, the Original US Congress Handbook, the Almanac of American Politics, Association TRENDS, Facility Care and Practical Business Training.