News Release Archives - American Staffing Association https://americanstaffing.net Mon, 03 Jun 2019 13:47:21 +0000 en-US hourly 1 ASA Joins National Safety Council in Observing National Safety Month https://americanstaffing.net/posts/2019/06/03/asa-joins-nsc-in-observing-national-safety-month/ Mon, 03 Jun 2019 13:46:07 +0000 https://americanstaffing.net/?p=130292 Campaign Focuses on Hazard Recognition, Fall Prevention, Fatigue, and Impairment

The American Staffing Association is proud to announce that it is partnering with the National Safety Council this year in observing National Safety Month—a nationwide campaign, held annually in June, that focuses on reducing leading causes of injury and death at work, on the road, and in U.S. homes and communities.

Each week during National Safety Month, ASA will communicate with member staffing agencies and other audiences about the staffing and recruiting industry’s commitment to temporary and contract employee safety on the job and will encourage members to also demonstrate their commitment too by taking the NSC SafeAtWork pledge and participating in other activities.

“Protecting the safety, health, and well-being of temporary and contract employees is a top priority for ASA and its member companies,” said Stephen C. Dwyer, Esq., ASA general counsel. “Partnering with NSC on National Safety Month is another means to spotlight the staffing industry’s commitment to worker safety.”

NSC launched National Safety Month in 1996. Each June, NSC provides downloadable resources highlighting a different safety topic for each week. Topics for 2019 are hazard recognition; slips, trips, and falls; fatigue; and impairment.

To learn more about National Safety Month and to access resources, visit nsc.org/nsm.

To learn more about ASA commitment to worker safety, visit americanstaffing.net/safetymatters.

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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 save lives by preventing injuries and 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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Staffing Employment Eases Slightly in First Quarter https://americanstaffing.net/posts/2019/05/30/staffing-employment-eases-slightly-in-first-quarter/ Thu, 30 May 2019 13:28:20 +0000 https://americanstaffing.net/?p=130225 New Data From Quarterly ASA Staffing Employment and Sales Survey

U.S. staffing companies employed an average of 3.1 million temporary and contract workers per week in the first quarter of 2019, according to data released today by the American Staffing Association—remaining above three million for five consecutive years.

Staffing employment eased 1.2% in the first quarter of 2019 compared with the same period in 2018, which was a 13-year high for the first quarter of the year.

“With more than seven million current job openings and fewer than six million unemployed job seekers, shortages of qualified workers continue to constrain growth for staffing agencies and their clients across several sectors,” said Richard Wahlquist, ASA president and chief executive officer. “As labor markets continue to tighten, more employers—including staffing agencies—are developing upskilling and work-based learning programs to meet current and future demand.”

Temporary and contract staffing sales totaled $32.9 billion in the first quarter of 2019, inching just above the same quarter of 2018 (0.1% higher).

On a quarter-to-quarter basis, staffing employment and sales typically peak in the fourth quarter, decline in the first quarter, and grow in subsequent quarters. That seasonal pattern held, with staffing jobs contracting by 9.9% from the fourth quarter of 2018 to the first quarter of 2019, and staffing sales declining by 8.4%.

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.

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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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Elwood Staffing Renews Safety Standard of Excellence Mark https://americanstaffing.net/posts/2019/05/23/elwood-staffing-renews-safety-standard-of-excellence-mark/ Thu, 23 May 2019 14:29:26 +0000 https://americanstaffing.net/?p=130150 Program Aims to Reduce Temporary and Contract Employee Injuries, Illnesses, and Fatalities

Standard of ExcellenceElwood Staffing, a national provider of talent-based solutions and actionable workforce intelligence, recently renewed the Safety Standard of Excellence mark from the American Staffing Association. The program, developed by ASA and the National Safety Council, promotes staffing industry-wide safety standards through a uniform national program.

By participating in the Safety Standard of Excellence program, staffing agencies, their placed employees, and clients can build knowledge and a mutually beneficial relationship to identify and mitigate or even eliminate workplace hazards and exposures, ensure clear communication between the agencies and clients, and clearly delineate responsibilities of each party—all intended to reduce temporary and contract employee injuries, illnesses, and fatalities.

Renewal of the mark involves the successful completion of an assessment process, conducted by NSC, to ensure the staffing agency is continually enhancing its safety program and utilizing industry best practices.

“Elwood Staffing is proud to maintain our status as an ambassador for worker safety,” said John Elwood, Elwood Staffing president. “You can never take workplace safety for granted; it has to be a focus and a priority. Maintaining the Safety Standard of Excellence mark is just one way we demonstrate how seriously we take that commitment.”

Promoting and ensuring temporary and contract employee safety and well-being is the responsibility of every staffing agency. In 2013, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration launched the temporary worker initiative focused on compliance with safety and health requirements when temporary and contract workers are employed under the joint or dual employment of a staffing agency and a host employer. The initiative asserts both host employers and staffing agencies have roles in complying with workplace health and safety requirements and they share responsibility for ensuring worker safety and health.

The Safety Standard of Excellence program is sponsored by World Wide Specialty Programs.

To learn more about the Safety Standard of Excellence program, visit americanstaffing.net/safety.

For more information about Elwood Staffing , visit elwoodstaffing.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 Elwood Staffing

Founded in 1980, Elwood Staffing, a privately owned corporation, is a leading provider of talent-based solutions and actionable workforce intelligence. With offices that span the United States, a broad service portfolio, and a seasoned staff, we support companies through the entire employment life cycle—from attraction to retention.

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Staffing Jobs Edge Up in May https://americanstaffing.net/posts/2019/05/21/staffing-jobs-edge-up-in-may/ Tue, 21 May 2019 13:46:16 +0000 https://americanstaffing.net/?p=130109 ASA Staffing Index Monthly Report, May 2019

Staffing jobs for the week of May 6–12 grew 0.9% from the prior week, according to the ASA Staffing Index, marking the first time the index has registered a rounded value of 95 so far this year. Temporary and contract staffing employment was 2.2% lower than the same week last year, which was an all-time high index reading (97) for the 19th week of the year. Although down from peaks reached around this time last year, the index remains just above the average for the prior four years.

The ASA Staffing Index four-week moving average edged up but held at a rounded figure of 94. Staffing employment for the four weeks ending May 12 was 2.9% lower than the same period in 2018.

This week, containing the 12th day of the month, will be used in the May monthly employment situation report that will be issued by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics on June 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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TOPS Staffing Renews Safety Standard of Excellence Mark https://americanstaffing.net/posts/2019/05/16/tops-staffing-renews-safety-standard-of-excellence-mark/ Thu, 16 May 2019 14:05:32 +0000 https://americanstaffing.net/?p=129999 Program Aims to Reduce Temporary and Contract Employee Injuries, Illnesses, and Fatalities

Standard of ExcellenceTOPS Staffing LLC, a light industrial staffing, recruiting, and workforce solutions company serving the greater Pittsburgh area, recently renewed the Safety Standard of Excellence mark from the American Staffing Association. The program, developed by ASA and the National Safety Council, promotes staffing industry-wide safety standards through a uniform national program.

By participating in the Safety Standard of Excellence program, staffing agencies, their placed employees, and clients can build knowledge and a mutually beneficial relationship to identify and mitigate or even eliminate workplace hazards and exposures, ensure clear communication between the agencies and clients, and clearly delineate responsibilities of each party—all intended to reduce temporary and contract employee injuries, illnesses, and fatalities.

Renewal of the mark involves the successful completion of an assessment process, conducted by NSC, to ensure the staffing agency is continually enhancing its safety program and utilizing industry best practices.

“TOPS Staffing has proudly been in business for 33 years, and we consider earning the Safety Standard of Excellence mark the feather in our cap,” said Joseph Johnston, TOPS Staffing vice president of operations. “We have always taken a proactive stance on worker safety, and the Safety Standard of Excellence mark is the very best way to show our commitment to keeping our workforce safe as well as educating our clients on safety issues in their facilities.”

Promoting and ensuring temporary and contract employee safety and well-being is the responsibility of every staffing agency. In 2013, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration launched the temporary worker initiative focused on compliance with safety and health requirements when temporary and contract workers are employed under the joint or dual employment of a staffing agency and a host employer. The initiative asserts both host employers and staffing agencies have roles in complying with workplace health and safety requirements and they share responsibility for ensuring worker safety and health.

The Safety Standard of Excellence program is sponsored by World Wide Specialty Programs.

To learn more about the Safety Standard of Excellence program, visit americanstaffing.net/safety.

For more information about TOPS Staffing visit topsjobs.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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Staffing Jobs Steady in April https://americanstaffing.net/posts/2019/04/23/staffing-jobs-steady-in-april/ Tue, 23 Apr 2019 14:06:08 +0000 https://americanstaffing.net/?p=128450 ASA Staffing Index Monthly Report, April 2019

Staffing jobs for the week of April 8–14 grew 0.4% to a rounded value of 94—the strongest reading since late January—according to the ASA Staffing Index. Staffing employment was 2.4% lower than the same week in 2018, at which time the index was at 96—a record high for the 15th week of the year. Although down from 2018, the index remains just above the average value seen for this week throughout the five preceding years (2013–17).

ASA Staffing Index four-week moving average held at 93. Temporary and contract staffing employment was 1.8% lower than the same four-week period of 2018—a year-to-year slowdown that coincides with the decelerating economy.

This week, containing the 12th, will be used in the April monthly employment situation report that will be issued by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics on May 3.

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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ASA Staffing Connect: Regional Learning, Networking Event Series for Staffing Professionals Debuts in May https://americanstaffing.net/posts/2019/04/02/asa-staffing-connect/ Tue, 02 Apr 2019 19:03:21 +0000 https://americanstaffing.net/?p=111155 Alabama Staffing Association The American Staffing Association is launching a series of regional networking and educational opportunities for staffing and recruiting agency executives and professionals—ASA Staffing Connect—in May. Two events will be hosted in 2019: ASA Staffing Connect: South, May 1‒3 in Dallas, and ASA Staffing Connect: East, May 15‒17 in Charlotte, NC.

ASA Staffing Connect delivers targeted content in two tracks: one designed specifically for owners and c-suite executives and the other for sales, recruiting, and marketing professionals. The events will offer multiple opportunities for attendees to network with their peers and participate in sessions led by staffing industry, business, and legal experts on hot-button topics, such as effectively recruiting members of the millennial generation, strategies to aid in staffing technology evaluation and adoption, trending issues in employment law, marketing strategies to maximize recruiting and sales results, and more.

Participation in Staffing Connect: East qualifies for 8.25 continuing education (1.25 legal) hours toward maintaining ASA professional certifications (CSP®, TSC®, CSC®, and CHP®) and others from the Society for Human Resource Management and the HR Certification Institute. Participation in Staffing Connect: South qualifies for 9.5 CE (2.25 legal) hours towards maintaining ASA, SHRM, and HRCI certifications.

To learn more about ASA Staffing Connect and other upcoming events, visit americanstaffing.net/asa-events.

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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 Remains Solid https://americanstaffing.net/posts/2019/03/26/staffing-employment-remains-solid/ Tue, 26 Mar 2019 13:50:28 +0000 https://americanstaffing.net/?p=110952 ASA Staffing Index Monthly Report, March 2019

The ASA Staffing Index four-week moving average for Feb. 18–March 17 held at 93, and was 1.5% lower than the same span of weeks in 2018. Staffing employment, similar to overall economy as measured by GDP, trails last year’s pace of growth but remains solid compared with other years. Staffing employment for the four weeks ending March 17 is well above the historical average of 88 for the same period since the inception of the index in 2006.

Staffing jobs for the week of March 11–17 edged up 0.2% for the second consecutive week but remained at a rounded value of 93, according to the ASA Staffing Index. Temporary and contract staffing employment was 1.9% lower 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 5.

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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President of the Adecco Group US Foundation Named to ASA Board of Directors https://americanstaffing.net/posts/2019/03/18/president-of-the-adecco-group-named-asa-board-of-directors/ Mon, 18 Mar 2019 14:00:29 +0000 https://americanstaffing.net/?p=110793 Joyce Russell, president of the Adecco Group US Foundation, was named to the American Staffing Association board of directors at its recent meeting.

Russell replaces Greg Holland, Adecco Group North America senior vice president, general counsel, and secretary, as the company’s representative to the ASA board. Holland joined the ASA board in 2014 and will continue to be actively involved in the association’s leadership. For example, he will serve as a panelist at the 2019 ASA Staffing Law Conference, April 4‒5 in Washington, DC, sharing his insights during the session “Legal Heavy Hitters—In-House Attorneys From the Nation’s Largest Staffing Companies Address Key Issues.”

The Adecco Group US Foundation, launched in January of this year, focuses on upskilling and reskilling American workers, as well as improving work equality for all. Russell most recently was president of Adecco Staffing US from 2004 to 2018, leading the largest business unit of Adecco Group North America. She has been a panelist and participant at the World Economic Forum in Davos and the Fortune Most Powerful Women Summits. Russell is a member of the Committee of 200, a founding member of Paradigm for Parity, and a member of Women Corporate Directors.

View a short bio and download a high-resolution headshot of Russell.

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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 Sets Record High in 2018 https://americanstaffing.net/posts/2019/03/14/staffing-employment-sets-record-high-in-2018/ Thu, 14 Mar 2019 13:49:39 +0000 https://americanstaffing.net/?p=101299 New Data From Quarterly ASA Staffing Employment and Sales Survey

U.S. staffing companies employed an average of 3.23 million temporary and contract workers per week in 2018, up 1.4% from 2017, according to data released today by the American Staffing Association. This is a record high average weekly number of staffing employees for any year since the inception of the ASA Staffing Employment and Sales Survey in 1990.

During all of 2018, staffing companies hired a total of 16.8 million temporary and contract employees. The average length of employment with a staffing company was 10.0 weeks in 2018, slightly shorter than the tenure of 10.7 weeks in 2017.

“Throughout the past year, the staffing industry helped millions of Americans find temporary, long-term contract, and permanent employment,” said Richard Wahlquist, ASA president and chief executive officer. “Job seekers in record numbers are turning to staffing agencies to help them find work that will advance their careers and best match their skills with current market needs.”

In the fourth quarter of 2018, average weekly staffing employment totaled 3.40 million, 2.0% higher than in the fourth quarter of 2017, and the most for any quarter since 2005. On a quarter-to-quarter basis, the average weekly number of temporary and contract staffing jobs increased 5.6% from the third quarter of 2018 to the fourth quarter.

Annual temporary and contract staffing sales in 2018 totaled $138.5 billion, up 3.4% from 2017. Fourth quarter sales grew to $35.9 billion, 2.7% more than in the fourth quarter of 2017, and 2.2% more than in 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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