News Release Archives - American Staffing Association https://americanstaffing.net Mon, 22 Jan 2018 21:27:42 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.2 Fed: Economic Growth Continued; Staffing Activity Increased https://americanstaffing.net/posts/2018/01/18/fed-economic-growth-continued-staffing-activity-increased/ Thu, 18 Jan 2018 14:59:36 +0000 https://americanstaffing.net/?p=68524 The economy continued to expand from late November through the end of the year, according to the Federal Reserve Board’s latest report on regional economies (known as the “beige book”). Most Federal Reserve districts reported a modest to moderate rate of growth. Employment growth was modest, as labor market tightness spanning skills and sectors constrained gains in some cases. Modest wage growth continued, but some districts saw an increase in the breadth of industries and positions with rising wages. Staffing activity increased in some districts.

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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MAU Workforce Solutions Earns Safety Standard of Excellence Mark https://americanstaffing.net/posts/2018/01/16/mau-workforce-solutions-earns-safety-standard-of-excellence-mark/ Tue, 16 Jan 2018 14:42:44 +0000 https://americanstaffing.net/?p=68423 MAU Workforce Solutions, a family-owned global staffing, recruiting, and outsourcing company based in Augusta, GA, 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 MAU Workforce Solutions 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. “MAU 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.”

“MAU believes in the importance of worker safety and seeks to work with clients that have made the same commitment,” said Randall W. Hatcher, MAU Workforce Solutions president. “MAU is proud to earn the Safety of Standard of Excellence mark and will continue to make peoples’ lives better by holding the company accountable to the highest standards of safety.”

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

For more information about MAU Workforce Solutions, visit mau.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 MAU Workforce Solutions

MAU Workforce Solutions is an independent, family-owned company that since 1973 has provided global staffing, recruiting and outsourcing solutions dedicated to making people’s lives better. For more about MAU, visit mau.com.

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Have an Idea for a Staffing World Workshop? Submit Proposals by Feb. 23 https://americanstaffing.net/posts/2018/01/11/have-an-idea-for-a-staffing-world-workshop/ Thu, 11 Jan 2018 14:46:49 +0000 https://americanstaffing.net/?p=68352 The American Staffing Association is currently seeking presenters for Staffing World® 2018 and webinars throughout the year. Experts in the staffing, recruiting, and workforce solutions industry, as well as professionals in other disciplines pertinent to staffing are encouraged to submit their ideas for presentations.

The deadline for presentation proposals for Staffing World is Feb. 23, and all submitters will be notified of their acceptance status in late March. Webinar proposals will be accepted throughout the year, though earlier submissions are given priority.

Speaking opportunities with ASA provide the opportunity to reach thousands of industry executives, professionals, leaders, and innovators. Staffing World, the largest, most comprehensive convention and expo in the staffing, recruiting, and workforce solutions industry, will take place Oct. 16–18 in metro Washington, DC.

To submit an idea, visit americanstaffing.net/presenters and complete the online form. The form requires contact and personal information, an industry-specific biography, and information about the proposed session. Individuals can enter up to three speaking ideas for consideration.

To learn more about speaking opportunities with ASA and to review full submission guidelines, visit americanstaffing.net/presenters.

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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 Edges Up in December https://americanstaffing.net/posts/2018/01/05/bls-staffing-employment-edges-up-in-december/ Fri, 05 Jan 2018 15:04:51 +0000 https://americanstaffing.net/?p=68160 Up 4.6% From a Year Ago, Pace of Growth Holds Steady

Temporary help employment edged up 0.2% from November to December, and was 4.6% higher than in December 2016, according to seasonally adjusted data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Year-to-year staffing job growth averaged 4.1% per month in 2017, significantly higher than the average of 1.4% for 2016, as reported by BLS 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 declined 0.5% from November to December. Year-to-year, there were 3.9% more staffing employees in December than in the same month last year.

“The demand for temporary and contract staffing employees remained healthy across most sectors throughout 2017,” said Richard Wahlquist, president and chief executive officer of the American Staffing Association. “Job seekers should be very encouraged about opportunities in the year ahead as the labor market continues to tighten in an expanding economy.”

Total U.S. nonfarm payroll employment rose by 148,000 jobs in December (seasonally adjusted), BLS reported. Incorporating revisions for October and November, job gains averaged 204,000 per month over the past three months, significantly more than the average of 172,000 for the prior 12 months.

The December unemployment rate was unchanged at 4.1% for the third consecutive month.

BLS also released preliminary November employment data for search and placement services, which, seasonally adjusted, changed little (0.1%) from October. Search and placement jobs totaled 295,000 in November, essentially unchanged (0.1%) from 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 Staffing Index Holds at 99 in December https://americanstaffing.net/posts/2017/12/27/asa-staffing-index-holds-99-december/ Wed, 27 Dec 2017 15:24:16 +0000 https://americanstaffing.net/?p=68058 ASA Staffing Index Monthly Report, December 2017

Staffing employment for the week of Dec. 11–17 softened to 99.66, but it remained above a value of 99 in eight of the past nine weeks, according to the ASA Staffing Index. Temporary and contract staffing employment was 0.28% lower than the prior week, with survey respondents attributing the decline to seasonal business fluctuations. Staffing employment was 0.41% higher than the same week last year.

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. 5, 2018.

The ASA Staffing Index four-week moving average decreased from 99.14 to 98.85 but remained above a value of 98 for the 11th consecutive four-week period. Staffing employment for the four weeks ending Dec. 17 was 0.42% 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.

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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CoWorx Staffing Services Earns Safety Standard of Excellence Mark https://americanstaffing.net/posts/2017/12/21/coworx-staffing-services-earns-safety-standard-of-excellence-mark/ Thu, 21 Dec 2017 16:15:22 +0000 https://americanstaffing.net/?p=68021 CoWorx Staffing Services, a staffing and recruiting firm headquartered in Watchung, NJ, 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 CoWorx 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. “CoWorx 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.”

CoWorx Staffing Services is extremely proud of this recognition and with the work and dedication of all its team members to the company’s ongoing commitment to workplace safety,” said CoWorx chief executive officer Michael Epstein. “It is CoWorx’s top priority that each and every employee feels safe and supported. Earning this recognition demonstrates to employees and clients that the company puts safety first in everything it does.”

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.

About CoWorx Staffing Services

For over 43 years, CoWorx has had a long and successful history, and is considered to be one of the leading companies in the staffing industry. The company size has increased exponentially through organic growth and strategic acquisitions. Through our workforce solutions, CoWorx services a vast array of disciplines including administrative, professional, manufacturing, and logistics professions. Employing in excess of 60,000 employees, CoWorx continues to increase its U.S. presence. Our mission is simple: “Together We’re Better.” We focus on matching the right jobs with the right people. CoWorx is currently ranked within the top 100 largest staffing firms within the U.S.

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Terra Staffing Group Earns Safety Standard of Excellence Mark https://americanstaffing.net/posts/2017/12/19/terra-staffing-group-earns-safety-standard-of-excellence-mark/ Tue, 19 Dec 2017 15:21:41 +0000 https://americanstaffing.net/?p=67955 Terra Staffing Group, a staffing and recruiting firm headquartered in Everett, WA, 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 Terra Staffing Group 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. “Terra 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.”

“Setting high standards around safety is not simply about compliance, it’s about creating positive outcomes and more success stories for Terra Staffing Group clients and employees,” said Greg Lambert, Terra Staffing Group chief executive officer. “The Terra mission is simple—success stories created daily—and the company’s culture of safety is core to delivering on that promise. Terra is proud to earn this recognition and to contribute to the positive impact the staffing industry makes on the workplace.”

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

For more information about Terra Staffing Group, visit terrastaffinggroup.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 Terra Staffing Group

Terra Staffing Group provides a full range of staffing solutions (contract and temporary, project staffing, contract-to-hire, and direct hire) primarily in light industrial, office and administrative support, management, engineering, and technical staffing. Founded in 1983, the company is a Seattle area success story growing from one office to more than 10 in three major markets (Seattle‒Puget Sound, Portland, and Phoenix). Terra occupies a unique position in the industry by being large enough to offer trusted expertise to clients around regulatory compliance, risk management, and proactive staffing strategy while retaining a focus on the local customer and level of care not typically found in larger, global firms.

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NLRB Joint Employment Decision in Accord With Decades of Legal Precedent https://americanstaffing.net/posts/2017/12/15/nlrb-joint-employment-decision-accord-decades-legal-precedent/ Fri, 15 Dec 2017 20:47:32 +0000 https://americanstaffing.net/?p=67804 The U.S. National Labor Relations Board’s Dec. 14 decision in Hy-Brand Industrial Contractors Ltd. was a welcome return to a joint employer legal standard backed by more than 30 years of legal precedent, according to Stephen Dwyer, American Staffing Association general counsel. The board’s decision to expand the legal standard in Browning-Ferris did not demonstrably result in increased unionization of temporary workers, Dwyer noted, but it nevertheless created uncertainty under the law.

Browning-Ferris did not significantly impact the staffing industry, as most temporary workers already were jointly employed by staffing firms and clients under prior law. However, the board’s decision represented a radical departure from prior decisions,” Dwyer said.

“While the American Staffing Association supported the rights of workers under the National Labor Relations Act in an amicus brief filed in Browning-Ferris, ASA argued that only Congress, not the board, has the legal authority to change the statutory standard,” Dwyer emphasized. “In Hy-Brand Industrial Contractors Ltd, the board agreed, stating that such a change ‘is solely within the province of Congress, not the board.”

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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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Kelly Services Earns Safety Standard of Excellence Mark https://americanstaffing.net/posts/2017/12/14/kelly-services-earns-safety-standard-of-excellence-mark/ Thu, 14 Dec 2017 15:28:06 +0000 https://americanstaffing.net/?p=67736 Kelly Services Inc. 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 Kelly 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. “Kelly 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 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.”

“As a safety solutions leader in the staffing industry, Kelly Services is proud to add the Safety Standard of Excellence Mark to its list of distinguished recognition,” said Gary Pearce, Kelly Services chief risk, compliance, and privacy officer. “Kelly Services has high standards in place for safety compliance not only to minimize risk to company employees, but also to optimize productivity for its clients.”

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

For more information about Kelly Services, visit kellyservices.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 Kelly Services

As a global leader in providing workforce solutions, Kelly Services Inc. and its subsidiaries offer a comprehensive array of outsourcing and consulting services as well as world-class staffing on a temporary, temporary-to-hire, and direct-hire basis. Kelly directly employs nearly 500,000 people around the world in addition to having a role in connecting thousands more with work through its global network of talent suppliers and partners. Revenue in 2016 was $5.3 billion. Visit kellyservices.com.

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Staffing Employment Essentially Flat in Third Quarter https://americanstaffing.net/posts/2017/12/14/staffing-employment-essentially-flat-in-third-quarter/ Thu, 14 Dec 2017 14:54:22 +0000 https://americanstaffing.net/?p=67732 New Data From Quarterly ASA Staffing Employment and Sales Survey

U.S. staffing companies employed an average of 3.22 million temporary and contract workers per week in the third quarter of 2017, according to data released today by the American Staffing Association, remaining above three million for the 14th consecutive quarter.

On a year-to-year basis, staffing employment was essentially flat (-0.7%) in the third quarter of 2017 compared with the same period in 2016.

Temporary and contract staffing sales totaled $33.71 billion in the third quarter of 2017, 4.4% higher than in the same quarter of 2016.

“Staffing companies and their clients continue to report talent shortages across many sectors,” said Richard Wahlquist, ASA president and chief executive officer. “The skills gap is real and growing. The development of new and more effective training, upskilling, and work-based learning programs must be a priority for state and federal government agencies and the business community in the year ahead.”

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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