News Release Archives - American Staffing Association https://americanstaffing.net Sat, 16 Feb 2019 05:44:45 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.0.3 ASA Is Among First to Sign “Getting Talent Back to Work” Pledge https://americanstaffing.net/posts/2019/01/28/getting-talent-back-to-work/ Mon, 28 Jan 2019 14:51:13 +0000 https://americanstaffing.net/?p=98187 Pledges to Urge Its Members to Consider the Formerly Incarcerated When Hiring

The American Staffing Association is proud to announce it is an inaugural signatory of the “Getting Talent Back to Work” pledge—part of an effort led by the Society for Human Resource Management to help provide employment opportunities to qualified people with criminal backgrounds. The pledge follows congressional passage of bipartisan criminal justice reform, the “First Step Act,” in December 2018.

SHRM handpicked the group of initial trade association signatories—ASA, the National Restaurant Association, the National Retail Federation, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce—because of the sheer number of people each association’s members employ.

Each year in the U.S., more than 650,000 people re-enter society from prison. Too many are deprived of employment opportunities and, in turn, businesses are deprived of qualified workers.

“Now is the time to quash the stigma of incarceration,” said Richard Wahlquist, ASA president and chief executive officer. “Employers need to embrace greater inclusivity when recruiting and hiring and give qualified individuals a second chance at success in life—particularly when the U.S. labor market is the tightest in history.”

Research conducted by SHRM found that a majority of hiring managers believe workers with a criminal history are high-quality employees equal to or even more effective than those without a criminal history.

“This is a group we, as business leaders, cannot afford to overlook, as one in three adults in the U.S. currently has a criminal background,” said Johnny C. Taylor Jr., SHRM-SCP, SHRM president and chief executive officer. “Not only it is the right thing to do—to give a deserving person a second chance—but it is becoming imperative as businesses continue to experience recruiting difficulty at an alarming rate.”

To assist companies making the pledge, SHRM developed the Getting Talent Back to Work Tool Kit, designed to help businesses apply evidence-based best practices for hiring applicants with a criminal background, understand the legal factors involved, and get practical guidance from industry leaders on recruiting this diverse group of people.

Learn more at gettingtalentbacktowork.org.

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About the American Staffing Association

The American Staffing Association is the voice of the U.S. staffing, recruiting, and workforce solutions industry. ASA and its state affiliates advance the interests of the industry across all sectors through advocacy, research, education, and the promotion of high standards of legal, ethical, and professional practices. For more information about ASA, visit americanstaffing.net.

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Automation Personnel Services Earns Safety Standard of Excellence Mark https://americanstaffing.net/posts/2019/01/24/automation-personnel-services-earns-sse-mark/ Thu, 24 Jan 2019 16:00:16 +0000 https://americanstaffing.net/?p=97135 Standard of ExcellenceAutomation Personnel Services Inc., a staffing agency headquartered in Birmingham, AL, has earned the Safety Standard of Excellence® mark from the American Staffing Association. The program, developed by ASA and the National Safety Council, promotes industry-wide safety best practices.

By participating in the Safety Standard of Excellence program, staffing companies, their temporary workers, and host employers can build a mutually beneficial relationship to help identify and mitigate workplace hazards and exposures, ensure clear communication between the staffing firm and host employer, and clearly delineate the safety responsibilities of each party.

“ASA congratulates Automation Personnel Services for its commitment to protecting and enhancing temporary worker safety, and for being among the first to earn the Safety Standard of Excellence mark,” said Stephen C. Dwyer, Esq., ASA general counsel. “Automation Personnel Services has tangibly demonstrated to clients, candidates, and employees its commitment to safety best practices.”

“Companies participating in the Safety Standard of Excellence program are to be commended for taking steps to put their companies’ practices under the microscope and seeking to be the best they can be for their temporary workers,” said Amy Harper, Ph.D., NSC director of workplace strategy and consulting operations. “The commitment to safety demonstrated through Safety Standard of Excellence program participation should speak volumes to the clients with whom these staffing firms do business.”

“The safety of our employees has always been a priority,” said Stephen Nordness, Automation Personnel Services president and chief executive officer. “This designation validates our efforts to provide a safe work environment for all employees.”

For more information about the Safety Standard of Excellence program, visit americanstaffing.net/safety.

For more information about Automation Personnel Services, visit apstemps.com.

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About the American Staffing Association

The American Staffing Association is the voice of the U.S. staffing, recruiting, and workforce solutions industry. ASA and its state affiliates advance the interests of the industry across all sectors through advocacy, research, education, and the promotion of high standards of legal, ethical, and professional practices. For more information about ASA, visit americanstaffing.net.

About The National Safety Council

Founded in 1913 and chartered by Congress, the National Safety Council is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to eliminate preventable deaths at work, in homes and communities, and on the road through leadership, research, education, and advocacy. NSC advances this mission by partnering with businesses, government agencies, elected officials, and the public in areas where it can make the most impact—distracted driving, teen driving, workplace safety, prescription drug overdoses, and safe communities. Safety+Health magazine, the council’s flagship publication, is a leading source of occupational safety and health information.

About Automation Personnel Services

Automation Personnel Services Inc. was founded in 1990 in Birmingham, AL. It has grown to be the largest independently owned staffing company in the state with offices throughout much of the U.S. The company has specialized in providing light industrial employees to a variety of customers for almost three decades. Automation Personnel Services is your “one stop shop” for temporary employees, temp-to-hire associates, executive recruiting, outsourcing, and payroll services Additional information on Automation Personnel Services can be found by visiting apstemps.com.

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Staffing Employment Hits 11-Year High for January https://americanstaffing.net/posts/2019/01/23/staffing-employment-hits-11-year-high-for-january/ Wed, 23 Jan 2019 14:44:44 +0000 https://americanstaffing.net/?p=97120 ASA Staffing Index Monthly Report, January 2019

Staffing employment for the week of Jan. 7–13 grew 4.0% to a rounded value of 94, the strongest reading for the comparable week since 2008, according to the ASA Staffing Index. Temporary and contract staffing employment was 0.3% higher than the same week last year, edging out the prior post-recession high for January.

The ASA Staffing Index four-week moving average decreased from 93 to 91, following the industry’s seasonal pattern. Despite the decline, staffing employment for the four weeks ending Jan. 13 was 1.5% higher than in the same period in 2018.

This week, containing the 12th, will be used in the January monthly employment situation report that will be issued by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics on Feb. 1.

The ASA Staffing Index is reported nine days after each workweek, making it a near real-time measure of staffing employment trends. ASA research shows that staffing employment is a coincident economic indicator.

Reporting of the ASA Staffing Index has been enhanced. For more information, visit americanstaffing.net/index. You can also follow ASA research on Twitter.

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About the American Staffing Association

The American Staffing Association is the voice of the U.S. staffing, recruiting, and workforce solutions industry. ASA and its state affiliates advance the interests of the industry across all sectors through advocacy, research, education, and the promotion of high standards of legal, ethical, and professional practices. For more information about ASA, visit americanstaffing.net.

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2019 ASA Staffing Law Conference Sessions, Speakers Announced https://americanstaffing.net/posts/2019/01/22/2019-slc-sessions-speakers-announced/ Tue, 22 Jan 2019 16:18:02 +0000 https://americanstaffing.net/?p=97084 The American Staffing Association is pleased to announce the educational content and presenter lineup for the 2019 ASA Staffing Law Conference, April 4‒5 at the Grand Hyatt Washington in Washington, DC. This conference is the only event dedicated to the legal and legislative issues affecting the U.S. staffing, recruiting, and workforce solutions industry.

“The 2019 ASA Staffing Law Conference’s content is especially robust—with sessions featuring chief legal officers from some of the industry’s largest staffing agencies and addressing hot-button issues such as marijuana in the workplace, contract negotiations with clients, and more,” said Stephen Dwyer, Esq., ASA general counsel. “The ASA Staffing Law Conference provides unsurpassed legal education headlined by renowned subject matter experts, in addition to opportunities for attendees to connect with industry suppliers and network with fellow staffing professionals.”

The 2019 ASA Staffing Law Conference educational session and speaker lineup is

  • Legal Heavy Hitters-In-House Attorneys From the Nation’s Largest Staffing Companies Address Key Issues
    Jay P. Ferguson Jr., Esq., chief legal officer, Randstad North America
    Greg Holland, Esq., senior vice president, general counsel, and secretary, Adecco Group North America
    Hannah Lim-Johnson, Esq., senior vice president and chief legal officer, Kelly Services
    Richard D. Moore, Esq., general counsel, Allegis Group Inc.
  • Give and Toke: A Conversation About Marijuana and the Workplace
    Eric J. Janson, Esq., partner, labor and employment department, Seyfarth Shaw LLP
    Mark A. Lies II, Esq., partner, Seyfarth Shaw LLP
    Robert Thompson, vice president, World Wide Specialty Programs (ASA corporate partner)
  • The Great Staffing Contract Negotiation
    Joel A. Klarreich, Esq., partner, Tannenbaum Helpern Syracuse & Hirschtritt LLP
    George M. Reardon, Esq., attorney and counselor at law
  • You Be the Judge-Top Staffing Cases From 2018
    Eric H. Rumbaugh, Esq., partner, Michael Best & Friedrich LLP
    Donald W. Schroeder, Esq., partner and labor and employment attorney, Foley & Lardner LLP

  • In the Crosshairs: Immigration Enforcement and Staffing Companies
    Helen L. Konrad, Esq., director, immigration practice group, McCandlish Holton PC
    Robert Y. Maples, director, Greenberg Traurig LLP
  • When Legal Issues Make It Even Harder to Hire and Retain Talent
    Whitney M. Laughlin, deputy general counsel, AMN Healthcare Inc.
    Joanna S. Monroe, Esq., president and chief executive officer, Consult JSM
    Russell C. Lissuzzo II, assistant general counsel and vice president, legal, Express Employment Professionals
  • Health Insurance Update: What’s Ahead for Employers?
    Alden Bianchi, Esq., member, Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky & Popeo PC
    Ed Lenz, Esq., senior counsel, ASA

    Sponsored by ASA corporate partner Essential StaffCARE

To learn more, visit staffinglawconference.net. Attendees should register by Feb. 15 for the best rate available.

Follow ASA on Twitter and Instagram. Monitor the hashtag #StaffingLaw for important conference information and updates.

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About the American Staffing Association

The American Staffing Association is the voice of the U.S. staffing, recruiting, and workforce solutions industry. ASA and its state affiliates advance the interests of the industry across all sectors through advocacy, research, education, and the promotion of high standards of legal, ethical, and professional practices. For more information about ASA, visit americanstaffing.net.

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Why Can’t People Find Work? Lack of Relevant Skills https://americanstaffing.net/posts/2019/01/17/why-cant-people-find-work-lack-of-relevant-skills/ Thu, 17 Jan 2019 15:05:34 +0000 https://americanstaffing.net/?p=94957 More than half of Americans (54%) agree that employable adults aren’t working today because they don’t possess the skills they need for the jobs they want, according to the results of a new American Staffing Association Workforce Monitor® survey conducted online by The Harris Poll.

The other top reasons Americans believe job seekers can’t find employment—or have even entirely stopped looking for work—are:

  • Few jobs are available in their specific field, trade, or skill set (45%)
  • Limited job opportunities exist where they live (33%)
  • They require a job with flexible working hours (26%)
  • They are too discouraged to keep looking (24%)

Americans are divided when asked if they think the U.S. is currently a job seekers’ market or an employers’ market. After being offered definitions, four in 10 (44%) say it is a job seekers’ market—where there are many opportunities available—while a similar proportion (38%) say it is an employers’ market—where opportunities for jobs seekers are limited.

“The ASA Workforce Monitor found that despite the tightest job market in history, the public perceives that many people can’t find work due to a skills gap,” said Richard Wahlquist, ASA president and chief executive officer. “This gap is real, but with close to seven million job openings in America, it’s clearly a job seeker’s market with an abundance of opportunity.”

To learn more about the ASA Workforce Monitor, visit americanstaffing.net/workforcemonitor. You can also follow ASA research on Twitter.

Method

The Harris Poll conducted the survey online within the U.S. on behalf of ASA, Nov. 7–9, 2018, among a total of 2,021 U.S. adults age 18 and older. Results were weighted on age, education, race/ethnicity, household income, and geographic region where necessary to bring them into line with their actual proportions in the U.S. population.

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About the American Staffing Association

The American Staffing Association is the voice of the U.S. staffing, recruiting, and workforce solutions industry. ASA and its state affiliates advance the interests of the industry across all sectors through advocacy, research, education, and the promotion of high standards of legal, ethical, and professional practices. For more information about ASA, visit americanstaffing.net.

About the ASA Workforce Monitor

The ASA Workforce Monitor is a periodic survey commissioned by ASA and conducted online by The Harris Poll among 2,000 or more U.S. adults age 18 and older. The survey series focuses on current workforce trends and issues. For more information about the survey series, visit americanstaffing.net/workforcemonitor.

About The Harris Poll

The Harris Poll is one of the longest running surveys in the U.S. tracking public opinion, motivations and social sentiment since 1963 and is now part of Harris Insights & Analytics, a global consulting and market research firm.

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Staffing Employment Steady in December https://americanstaffing.net/posts/2018/12/27/staffing-employment-steady-in-december/ Thu, 27 Dec 2018 15:02:19 +0000 https://americanstaffing.net/?p=87530 ASA Staffing Index Monthly Report, December 2018

Staffing employment for the week of Dec. 10–16 decreased 0.7% to a value of 102, according to the ASA Staffing Index. Reasons for the week-to-week decline include seasonal business fluctuations, inclement weather, and temporary-to-hire conversions. Despite these factors, the index held strong, growing 3.0% from the same week last year—the fastest pace of growth for the comparable week since 2014.

Staffing employment for the four weeks ending Dec. 16 was unchanged at 101, 2.4% higher than the same span of weeks in 2017.

This week, containing the 12th, will be used in the December monthly employment situation report that will be issued by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics on Jan. 4, 2019.

The ASA Staffing Index is reported nine days after each workweek, making it a near real-time measure of staffing employment trends. ASA research shows that staffing employment is a coincident economic indicator.

Reporting of the ASA Staffing Index has been enhanced. For more information, visit americanstaffing.net/index. You can also follow ASA research on Twitter.

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About the American Staffing Association

The American Staffing Association is the voice of the U.S. staffing, recruiting, and workforce solutions industry. ASA and its state affiliates advance the interests of the industry across all sectors through advocacy, research, education, and the promotion of high standards of legal, ethical, and professional practices. For more information about ASA, visit americanstaffing.net.

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Staffing Employment Steady in Third Quarter https://americanstaffing.net/posts/2018/12/13/staffing-employment-steady-in-third-quarter/ Thu, 13 Dec 2018 15:37:59 +0000 https://americanstaffing.net/?p=78469 New Data From Quarterly ASA Staffing Employment and Sales Survey

U.S. staffing companies employed an average of 3.2 million temporary and contract workers per week in the third quarter of 2018, according to data released today by the American Staffing Association—remaining above three million for four and a half years.

Staffing employment edged up 0.1% in the third quarter of 2018 compared with the same period in 2017.

“In a growing economy and ever-tightening labor market, businesses are placing an even greater premium on staffing companies’ ability to source qualified flexible and permanent talent,” said Richard Wahlquist, ASA president and chief executive officer. “Because job seekers have more options today than at any time in the past decade, employers really need to sharpen their focus on employee engagement in order to attract and retain top talent.”

Temporary and contract staffing sales totaled $35.1 billion in the third quarter of 2018, 4.2% higher than in the same quarter of 2017.

On a quarter-to-quarter basis, staffing employment was up 0.7% from the second quarter to the third quarter of 2018; temporary and contract staffing sales increased 1.5% from the second quarter to the third quarter of 2018.

To learn more about the quarterly ASA Staffing Employment and Sales Survey, visit americanstaffing.net/quarterly-survey. You can also follow ASA research on Twitter.

Interviews with ASA executives are available.

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About the American Staffing Association

The American Staffing Association is the voice of the U.S. staffing, recruiting, and workforce solutions industry. ASA and its state affiliates advance the interests of the industry across all sectors through advocacy, research, education, and the promotion of high standards of legal, ethical, and professional practices. For more information about ASA, visit americanstaffing.net.

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Americans Upbeat About Employment After Midterm Elections https://americanstaffing.net/posts/2018/11/29/americans-upbeat-about-employment-after-midterm-elections/ Thu, 29 Nov 2018 11:20:30 +0000 https://americanstaffing.net/?p=78051 More than half of U.S. adults (56%) agree that the results of the 2018 midterm elections will have a positive impact on employment during the next two years, according to the results of a new American Staffing Association Workforce Monitor® survey conducted online by The Harris Poll. The same majority of Americans think that the job market has improved since the last presidential election.

There are differences in perspective by age, as three in five millennials (aged 18-34) (62%) are optimistic about the effect of the midterm elections on employment—a higher proportion than older U.S. adults who report optimism. Conversely, only two in five millennials (42%) say that the job market improved since the 2016 presidential election, less than any other age group, according to the survey results.

Democratic and Republican voters are split in how they view the state of the job market since the 2016 presidential election. Nearly nine in 10 Republican voters say the job market has improved (86%) compared with only four in 10 Democratic voters (40%). However, there is bipartisan consensus about the future—six in 10 voters from each party (59% of Democratic voters; 57% of Republican voters) believe the 2018 midterm elections will have a positive effect on employment, according to the ASA Workforce Monitor.

“A wave of positivity about employment is rippling across the nation following the historic midterm elections, as underscored by the ASA Workforce Monitor,” said Richard Wahlquist, ASA president and chief executive officer. “However, the skills gap remains a serious challenge, and the administration and new Congress must make narrowing the gap a priority to ensure that America has the qualified talent it needs to continue to support economic growth.”

To learn more about the ASA Workforce Monitor, visit americanstaffing.net/workforcemonitor. You can also follow ASA research on Twitter.

Method

The Harris Poll conducted the survey online within the U.S. on behalf of ASA, Nov. 7–9, 2018, among a total of 2,021 U.S. adults age 18 and older. Results were weighted on age, education, race/ethnicity, household income, and geographic region where necessary to bring them into line with their actual proportions in the U.S. population.

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About the American Staffing Association

The American Staffing Association is the voice of the U.S. staffing, recruiting, and workforce solutions industry. ASA and its state affiliates advance the interests of the industry across all sectors through advocacy, research, education, and the promotion of high standards of legal, ethical, and professional practices. For more information about ASA, visit americanstaffing.net.

About the ASA Workforce Monitor

The ASA Workforce Monitor is a periodic survey commissioned by ASA and conducted online by The Harris Poll among 2,000 or more U.S. adults age 18 and older. The survey series focuses on current workforce trends and issues. For more information about the survey series, visit americanstaffing.net/workforcemonitor.

About The Harris Poll

The Harris Poll is one of the longest running surveys in the U.S. (tracking public opinion, motivations, and social sentiment since 1963) and is now part of Harris Insights & Analytics, a global consulting and market research firm.

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Staffing Employment Holds Strong in November https://americanstaffing.net/posts/2018/11/27/staffing-employment-holds-strong-in-november/ Tue, 27 Nov 2018 14:53:42 +0000 https://americanstaffing.net/?p=77971 ASA Staffing Index Monthly Report, November 2018

Staffing employment for the week of Nov. 11–18 was relatively unchanged (-0.1%), holding at a rounded value of 103 for the fifth consecutive week, according to the ASA Staffing Index. It is the first time since 2014 that the index reading has been this high for the 46th week of the year. Temporary and contract staffing employment was 2.1% higher than the same week last year.

The ASA Staffing Index four-week moving average changed little (103). This reading has only once been higher for the same span of weeks during the past 11 years. Staffing employment for four weeks ending Nov. 18 was 2.8% higher year-to-year.

This week, containing the 12th, will be used in the November monthly employment situation report that will be issued by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics on Dec. 7.

The ASA Staffing Index is reported nine days after each workweek, making it a near real-time measure of staffing employment trends. ASA research shows that staffing employment is a coincident economic indicator.

Reporting of the ASA Staffing Index has been enhanced. For more information, visit americanstaffing.net/index. You can also follow ASA research on Twitter.

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About the American Staffing Association

The American Staffing Association is the voice of the U.S. staffing, recruiting, and workforce solutions industry. ASA and its state affiliates advance the interests of the industry across all sectors through advocacy, research, education, and the promotion of high standards of legal, ethical, and professional practices. For more information about ASA, visit americanstaffing.net.

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BLS: Staffing Employment Steady in October https://americanstaffing.net/posts/2018/11/02/bls-staffing-employment-steady-in-october/ Fri, 02 Nov 2018 14:21:49 +0000 https://americanstaffing.net/?p=77363 Up 2.2% From a Year Ago

Temporary help employment edged up 0.1% from September to October, and was 2.2% higher than in October 2017, according to seasonally adjusted data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Year-to-year staffing job growth has averaged 3.2% per month in the first 10 months of 2018, significantly higher than the average of 2.2% per month for all of 2017.

Initial BLS estimates on seasonally adjusted temporary help services employment data tend to be materially revised the following year, according to an American Staffing Association analysis of BLS data.

Nonseasonally adjusted BLS data, which estimate the actual number of jobs in the economy, indicated that temporary help employment increased 1.7% from September to October. Year to year, unadjusted, there were 2.3% more staffing employees in October than in the same month last year.

Total U.S. nonfarm payroll employment rose by 250,000 jobs in October (seasonally adjusted), BLS reported. Incorporating revisions for August and September, job gains averaged 218,000 per month over the past three months, slightly more than the average of 211,000 per month for the prior 12 months.

The unemployment rate held at 3.7% in October, continuing a 49-year low.

“The labor market is strong and businesses continue to struggle to fill open positions across many sectors,” said Richard Wahlquist, ASA president and chief executive officer. “With close to one million more job openings than unemployed workers to fill them, employers need to reexamine their recruitment, retention, and employee development strategies to remain competitive and support continued growth.”

BLS also released preliminary September employment data for search and placement services, which, seasonally adjusted, increased 0.8% from August. Search and placement jobs totaled 316,300 in September, 5.6% higher than in the same month last year.

For more information, visit americanstaffing.net/bls-data. You can also follow ASA research on Twitter.

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About the American Staffing Association

The American Staffing Association is the voice of the U.S. staffing, recruiting, and workforce solutions industry. ASA and its state affiliates advance the interests of the industry across all sectors through advocacy, research, education, and the promotion of high standards of legal, ethical, and professional practices. For more information about ASA, visit americanstaffing.net.

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