News Release Archives - American Staffing Association https://americanstaffing.net Sun, 22 Apr 2018 04:34:30 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.5 ASA Elevate Awards Launched https://americanstaffing.net/posts/2018/04/20/asa-elevate-awards-launched/ Fri, 20 Apr 2018 13:54:23 +0000 https://americanstaffing.net/?p=71588 ASA Elevate Awards

Awards Honor Best Work-Based Learning Programs in Staffing Industry

The American Staffing Association today introduced a professional recognition program for member companies—the ASA Elevate Awards. This new program celebrates the most innovative and effective work-based learning programs designed specifically for temporary and contract employees.

“Addressing the skills gap challenge is a top ASA priority for 2018, and many member staffing firms are offering employee skills enhancement programs developed on their own or in partnerships with clients, government agencies, and educational organizations,” said Richard Wahlquist, ASA president and chief executive officer. “The ASA Elevate Awards will recognize the best of these work-based learning programs and encourage other staffing companies to launch their own programs to help narrow the skills gap in the U.S.”

ASA Elevate Awards will be conferred in four award classes based on company annual sales. ASA member staffing companies must complete an online form and provide supporting digital and/or print materials. There is no fee to enter this awards program. Submissions are due July 1.

Elevate Award honorees will be featured in ASA publications and celebrated at Staffing World 2018, Oct. 16‒18 in metro Washington, DC.

To learn more about and apply for ASA professional awards programs—National Staffing Employee of the Year and sector All-Stars, ASA Elevate Awards, ASA Genius Awards, and ASA Care Awards, visit americanstaffing.net/awards.

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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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Fed: Economic Growth Continued; Challenges Filling Positions https://americanstaffing.net/posts/2018/04/19/fed-economic-growth-continued-challenges-filling-positions/ Thu, 19 Apr 2018 13:27:50 +0000 https://americanstaffing.net/?p=71554 Economic activity continued to expand at a modest to moderate pace in March and early April, according to the Federal Reserve Board’s latest report on regional economies (known as the “beige book”). Employment growth was modest to moderate in most districts, though many employers experienced challenges finding qualified candidates to fill positions. Labor shortages were most often noted in high-skilled positions, including engineering, information technology, and health care, as well as in construction and transportation. Wage growth was modest. Staffing demand held steady or increased, but talent shortages persisted.

View interactive beige book summaries by district, focused on employment, wages, and the staffing industry, at americanstaffing.net/federal-reserve-beige-book.

To learn more about research by the American Staffing Association, visit americanstaffing.net/staffing-research-data. You can also follow ASA 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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Multiplatinum Recording Artist Andy Grammer to Star at Staffing World 2018 Grand Finale https://americanstaffing.net/posts/2018/04/10/andy-grammer-to-star-at-staffing-world-2018-grand-finale/ Tue, 10 Apr 2018 13:31:19 +0000 https://americanstaffing.net/?p=71245 The American Staffing Association today announced that multiplatinum-selling recording artist Andy Grammer will be the headline entertainment for the Grand Finale at Staffing World 2018, Oct. 16–18, at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in the Washington, DC, area.

Grammer is known for his hit singles “Honey, I’m Good,” “Keep Your Head Up,” and “Fine by Me.” His third full-length album, The Good Parts, released in December 2017, includes the hit single “Fresh Eyes.” Staffing professionals who purchase a Staffing World full convention and expo package receive a special VIP pass to this event on Thursday, Oct. 18.

In addition to the exclusive concert by Grammer, the Grand Finale will feature a performance by the musical and political comedy group, the Capitol Steps.

“The Staffing World 2018 Grand Finale will be a night to remember with performances by award-winning singer, songwriter, and record producer Andy Grammer and the legendary Capitol Steps that elevated political satire to an art form long before ‘The Daily Show’ and ‘The Colbert Report,’” said Richard Wahlquist, ASA president and chief executive officer. “The Grand Finale will be the perfect way to wrap up a week of learning and networking, and all attendees are encouraged to attend the staffing industry’s party of the year.”

The Staffing World Grand Finale is sponsored by ASA corporate partners Essential StaffCARE and World Wide Specialty Programs.

Staffing World is the most comprehensive convention and expo in the staffing, recruiting, and workforce solutions industry. For more information, and to register, visit staffingworld.net. You can also follow ASA on Twitter and Instagram.

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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 Essential StaffCARE

Essential StaffCARE is the largest provider of ACA-compliant health plans and supplemental employee benefits to the staffing industry. Serving over 1,700 staffing company clients and enrolling over 750,000 temporary employees annually, ESC offers ACA-compliant MEC plans, fully insured major medical plans, supplemental fixed indemnity plans, comprehensive enrollment, and ACA audit technology solutions. ESC is as ASA corporate partner, and an award-winning member of the National Association of Health Underwriters. Visit us at EssentialStaffCARE.com.

About World Wide Specialty Programs

For 50 years, World Wide Specialty Programs has been the innovative leading staffing insurance provider, and go to resource, for insurance information. World Wide’s commitment is only to the staffing industry and World Wide has taken that commitment to the staffing industry further than most. World Wide develops insurance products that address the needs of staffing firms. As an ASA corporate partner, World Wide shares it’s advanced knowledge, tracking developments and ensuring that the staffing industry understands how to address changes as they arise and what insurance products are needed to help protect them. For more information about World Wide, visit wwspi.com.

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BLS: Staffing Employment Holds Steady in March https://americanstaffing.net/posts/2018/04/06/bls-staffing-employment-holds-steady-in-march/ Fri, 06 Apr 2018 14:05:20 +0000 https://americanstaffing.net/?p=71125 Up 3.8% From a Year Ago

Temporary help employment remained unchanged (0.0%) from February to March, but was 3.8% higher than in March 2017, according to seasonally adjusted data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Year-to-year staffing job growth has averaged 3.7% per month in the first three months of 2018, significantly higher than the average of 2.2% for full year 2017, as reported by BLS earlier this year following a series of downward adjustments.

Nonseasonally adjusted BLS data, which estimate the actual number of jobs in the economy, indicated that temporary help employment increased 0.9% from February to March. Year-to-year, there were 3.8% more staffing employees in March than in the same month last year.

Total U.S. nonfarm payroll employment edged up by 103,000 jobs in March (seasonally adjusted), BLS reported. Incorporating revisions for January and February, job gains averaged 202,000 per month over the past three months, higher than the average of 186,000 for the prior 12 months.

“Although the pace of hiring slowed, March marked the 90th consecutive month of job growth—the longest streak on record,” said Richard Wahlquist, president and chief executive officer of the American Staffing Association. “The labor market looks fully recovered from the Great Recession; however, the supply of qualified workers who are not already employed is not growing fast enough to keep up with increases in demand.”

The March unemployment rate was unchanged at 4.1% for the sixth consecutive month.

BLS also released preliminary February employment data for search and placement services, which, seasonally adjusted, grew 0.8% from January. Search and placement jobs totaled 309,300 in February, 3.7% 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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ASA to Host Symposium for Oregon Staffing Professionals https://americanstaffing.net/posts/2018/04/05/asa-to-host-symposium-for-oregon-staffing-professionals/ Thu, 05 Apr 2018 13:39:43 +0000 https://americanstaffing.net/?p=71085 Staffing, recruiting, and workforce solutions professionals and industry suppliers doing business in Oregon are invited to attend the ASA Oregon Staffing Symposium this month. The event will deliver content focused on emerging industry trends, challenges, and opportunities for staffing companies operating in this region.

Event: ASA Oregon Staffing Symposium
Date: April 26, 2018, 8 a.m.–4:15 p.m. Pacific time
Location: Doubletree by Hilton Portland, 1000 N.E. Multnomah St., Portland, OR 97232

This exclusive staffing event will feature presentations by leading staffing industry experts, including

In addition to the educational sessions, the symposium offers opportunities for attendees to network with their peers and connect with industry suppliers.

The ASA Oregon Staffing Symposium is sponsored at the platinum level by World Wide Specialty Programs and at the silver level by Avionté Staffing Software.

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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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Elections Guru Charlie Cook to Headline 2018 ASA Staffing Law Conference https://americanstaffing.net/posts/2018/03/29/charlie-cook-to-headline-2018-asa-staffing-law-conference/ Thu, 29 Mar 2018 14:14:57 +0000 https://americanstaffing.net/?p=70901 Conference Also to Offer Sessions on Workplace Harassment, Crossroads of Legal and Recruiting, Other Critical Law Topics

Charlie Cook, one of the nation’s leading authorities on the U.S. elections, will speak at the 2018 American Staffing Association Staffing Law Conference, May 10‒11 at the Washington Hilton in Washington, DC.

During the special session “Election Forecasts and the Balance of Power,” Cook will use poll numbers, economic indicators, historical data, and humor to examine the 2018 midterm elections. He will also forecast the fortunes of each party in a balanced, nonpartisan manner, and offer strategic insights on what the outcomes could mean for the 2020 presidential election. This session is sponsored by ASA corporate partner Essential StaffCARE.

“The 2018 midterm elections are right around the corner, and with seats in both the U.S. House and Senate up for grabs, this election promises to be very important,” said Stephen Dwyer, Esq., ASA general counsel. “ASA Staffing Law Conference attendees will get an exclusive glimpse into what to expect and how the election results may affect their businesses by one of the nation’s top election experts—in addition to the conference’s other outstanding educational sessions and networking opportunities.”

Other sessions—all on critical legal issues for the staffing industry—include:

  • Workplace Harassment, Part I—Training and Prevention—and Part II—Investigation and Remediation Measures
    Neil Alexander, Esq., Littler; Katharine Beattie, Esq., Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky, and Popeo PC; and Nina Markey, Esq., Littler
  • You Be the Judge—Top Staffing Cases From 2017
    Panel facilitated by Stephen Dwyer, Esq., ASA; with Eric Rumbaugh, Esq., Michael Best & Friedrich LLP; and Donald Schroeder, Esq., Foley & Lardner LLP
  • Recruiting Issues—Discrimination, Salary History, Criminal Background, and Medical Marijuana, Oh My!
    Pamela Devata, Esq., Seyfarth Shaw LLP; and Joel Klarreich, Esq., Tannenbaum Helpern Syracuse & Hirschtritt LLP
  • Compliant Communications: Unsolicited Texts, Phone Calls, Faxes, and Emails
    Daniel Blynn, Esq., Venable LLP; and Kasper Sorensen, Esq., True Blue Inc.
  • Protecting Your Staffing Firm Through Sound Client Contracts
    George Reardon, Esq., attorney and counselor at law

ASA is also offering a preconference workshop, “The New Language of Staffing,” led by Catherine Farr of maslansky+partners. The session will provide the results of research and analysis to determine the messages that best resonate with job seekers. ASA member staffing firm professionals registered for the conference can attend at no cost. An a la carte option is available for ASA member staffing firm professionals who aren’t registered for the ASA Staffing Law Conference. This session is sponsored by Maximus.

The ASA Staffing Law Conference is the only event dedicated to the legal and regulatory issues affecting the staffing industry. For more information, and to register, visit staffinglawconference.net. You can also follow ASA on Twitter and Instagram.

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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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ASA Texas Council to Host Conference in Dallas for Staffing Professionals https://americanstaffing.net/posts/2018/03/27/asa-texas-council-to-host-in-dallas-for-staffing-professionals/ Tue, 27 Mar 2018 15:15:54 +0000 https://americanstaffing.net/?p=70823 The ASA Texas Council invites representatives of Texas-based staffing companies and industry suppliers to attend the ASA Texas Staffing and Recruiting Conference in April. The three-day event will deliver content focused on emerging industry trends, challenges, and opportunities for staffing, recruiting, and workforce solutions companies operating in this region.

Event: ASA Texas Staffing and Recruiting Conference
Date: April 10–12, 2018
Location: Hyatt Regency Dallas, 300 Reunion Boulevard, Dallas, TX 75207

The ASA Texas Staffing and Recruiting Conference will feature presentations by several leading staffing industry experts:

In addition to educational sessions, the conference offers opportunities for attendees to network with their peers and connect with industry suppliers.

The ASA Texas Staffing and Recruiting Conference is sponsored at the platinum level by Essential StaffCARE, World Wide Specialty Programs, and Kittrell Paycard, and at the silver level by Brown & Brown Insurance, CareerBuilder, and Kronos, MJA & Associates.

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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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ASA Staffing Index Hits a 10-Year High for March https://americanstaffing.net/posts/2018/03/27/asa-staffing-index-hits-a-10-year-high-for-march/ Tue, 27 Mar 2018 14:24:47 +0000 https://americanstaffing.net/?p=70816 ASA Staffing Index Monthly Report, March 2018

Staffing employment for the week of March 12–18 increased 0.7%, growing for the third consecutive week to a rounded value of 95—the best reading for this particular week in 10 years—according to the ASA Staffing Index. Temporary and contract staffing employment was 2.2% higher than the same week last year.

This week, containing the 12th, will be used in the March monthly employment situation report that will be issued by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics on April 6.

The ASA Staffing Index four-week moving average held steady, remaining at a rounded figure of 94—a 10-year high for the same period. Staffing employment for the four weeks ending March 18 was 1.3% higher year-to-year.

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 2017 https://americanstaffing.net/posts/2018/03/22/staffing-employment-steady-in-2017/ Thu, 22 Mar 2018 14:51:50 +0000 https://americanstaffing.net/?p=70716 New Data From Quarterly ASA Staffing Employment and Sales Survey

U.S. staffing companies employed an average of 3.19 million temporary and contract workers per week in 2017, down slightly (-0.6%) from 2016, according to data released today by the American Staffing Association. This is the third-highest number of staffing employees since 2006, just before the Great Recession.

During all of 2017, staffing companies hired a total of 15.49 million temporary and contract employees. The average length of employment with a staffing company was 10.7 weeks in 2017, slightly shorter than the tenure of 11.5 weeks in 2016.

In the fourth quarter of 2017, average weekly staffing employment totaled 3.34 million—3.7% higher than in the third quarter, which is the largest quarter-to-quarter increase since 2014. On a year-to-year basis, the average weekly number of temporary and contract staffing jobs in the fourth quarter of 2017 was unchanged (0.0%) compared with the fourth quarter of 2016.

“During the past year, the staffing industry helped more than 15 million American workers find jobs and advance their careers,” said Richard Wahlquist, ASA president and chief executive officer. “But demand for qualified talent continues to outpace supply. Looking ahead, a top priority and focus must be on training, retraining, and upskilling the current and future American workforce.”

Annual temporary and contract staffing sales in 2017 totaled $133.87 billion, up 4.2% from 2016. Fourth quarter sales grew to $34.93 billion, 3.6% more than in the third quarter of 2017 and 4.6% more than in the fourth quarter of 2016.

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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Diamond ZB Staffing Services Earns Safety Standard of Excellence Mark https://americanstaffing.net/posts/2018/03/15/coworx-staffing-services-earns-safety-standard-of-excellence-mark-2/ Thu, 15 Mar 2018 18:42:13 +0000 https://americanstaffing.net/?p=70473 Diamond ZB Staffing Services LLC, a staffing and recruiting firm headquartered in Irvine, CA, 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 Diamond ZB Staffing 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. “Diamond ZB 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 initiatives and Journey to Safety Excellence. “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.”

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

For more information about CoWorx Staffing Services, visit coworxstaffing.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.

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