Online Community

ASA Central

A dynamic online community for ASA members to exchange ideas and best practices, and connect with industry peers in their sector. Visit the site ›
Find Goods & Services

ASA Marketplace

This powerful online resource enables staffing companies to find and access industry supplier information, products and services. Visit the site ›
Daily Publication

Staffing Today Newsletter

Your #1 daily source for news about the workforce industry. With versions available to members and nonmembers. Visit the site ›
Health Care Reform

Affordable Care Act Resources for Staffing

Up-to-date news, resources, interactive tools, and more—all focused on helping ASA members comply with the ACA. Visit the site ›
Advertisers & Exhibitors

Staffing Industry Suppliers

ASA has numerous and diverse marketing opportunities available to help you reach the rapidly growing staffing industry. Visit the site ›
Exclusive Products

ASA Store

From certification packages and study guides to marketing tools and data reports, ASA resources add value to your business. Visit the site ›

Kforce Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2011 Results

Kforce News Release (02/07/12)

Kforce Inc., a provider of professional staffing services and solutions, on Feb. 7 announced results for its fourth quarter of 2011. Revenue for the quarter ended Dec. 31, 2011, was $285.6 million compared with $289.0 million for the quarter ended Sept. 30, 2011, a decrease of 1.2%, and compared with $258.5 million for the quarter ended Dec. 31, 2010, an increase of 10.5%. For the quarter ended Dec. 31, 2011, Kforce reported net income of $7.1 million, versus $8.4 million for the quarter ended Sept. 30, 2011.

Kforce reported total revenue for the year ended Dec. 31, 2011, of $1.1 billion as compared with $990.8 million for 2010, an increase of 12.1%. Net income was $27.2 million, versus net income of $20.6 million for 2010.

In a conference call with investors, Kforce chairman and chief executive officer David L. Dunkel said, “Looking back on 2011, we believe that the staffing industry’s performance has been significantly different than in previous economic cycles. We continue to benefit from our clients’ desire for a flexible work force during the slow economic recovery.”

Job Openings on the Rise in First Month of 2012, SimplyHired.com Reports

SimplyHired.com (02/07/12)

SimplyHired.com has released its February 2012 Employment Outlook highlighting national and local markets, as well as industry and employer trends. Nationwide, job openings increased slightly in the first month of 2012, up 1.5% month-over-month and 9.2% year-over-year. “The job market has stabilized a lot compared to a few years ago,” says Gautam Godhwani, chief executive officer of SimplyHired.com. “This month’s immediate increase in job openings following the holidays indicates that 2012 should be a great year for hiring.” Fifteen of 18 industries experienced job growth in January. Industries with significant month-over-month growth include nonprofit (27.9%), hospitality (17.0%), and legal (12.6%).

Team Health Holdings Inc. Announces Fourth Quarter and Fiscal 2011 Financial Results

Team Health News Release (02/07/12)

Team Health Holdings Inc., a supplier of outsourced health care professional staffing and administrative services to hospitals and other health care providers in the U.S., on Feb. 7 announced results for its fourth quarter and full fiscal year 2011. Net revenue less provision for uncollectibles increased 17.4% to $462.0 million from $393.4 million in the fourth quarter of 2010. Acquisitions contributed 7.8%, new contracts, net of terminations contributed 6.1%, and same contract revenue contributed 3.5% of the increase in quarter-over-quarter growth in net revenue less provision. Reported net earnings were $13.3 million in the fourth quarter of 2011, compared with a net loss of $36.0 million in the same period of 2010.

Revenue less provision in the year ended Dec. 31, 2011, increased 14.9% to $1.75 billion from $1.52 billion in fiscal 2010. Same contract revenue contributed 4.0%, acquisitions contributed 5.1%, and new contracts, net of terminations contributed 5.9% of the increase in year-over-year growth in net revenue less provision. Reported net earnings were $65.5 million, compared to $6.8 million in 2010.

Oil and Gas Boom Lifts U.S. Economy

Wall Street Journal (02/08/12) Russell Gold

The U.S. economy is enjoying the fruits of a new energy boom, adding about 158,500 new oil and gas jobs over the past five years, and even more jobs in companies supplying the energy industry and in the broader service industry. The use of new drilling techniques to tap oil and gas in shale rocks far underground has been a major factor in the boom. While lower prices already have slowed new drilling for natural gas, energy companies have shifted their spending to shale wells that will provide oil. Even if gas prices stay low, overall employment is expected to continue rising, says John Larson, an economist with IHS Consulting.

President Barack Obama recently cited an industry study finding that development of shale gas will create more than 100,000 jobs by the end of the decade. For every new job working in the oil and gas sector, another four are supported by the energy supply chain and by workers spending more money on goods and services, says Timothy Considine, an independent economist who has worked on estimating job creation in the natural resources sector.

More Job Openings, But Job Hunters Don’t Have Skills Needed

USA Today (02/08/12) Tim Mullaney

The U.S. Department of Labor recently reported a gain in job openings to 3.4 million at the end of December and a decrease in the unemployment rate to 8.3%. However, experts say the recovery is not as robust or broadly based as previous recoveries, citing figures that 1.1 million workers have stopped looking for employment and the number of people unemployed for more than six months has dropped only to 43% from 44% a year ago. Troy Davig, senior U.S. economist at Barclays Capital, says job opportunities are expanding for workers with particular skills.

There are fewer job openings in construction, manufacturing, and government as these sectors are hiring more slowly than others. In the professional and business services sector, Davig says there is a mismatch between workers seeking employment and the jobs available, as employers are seeking 3.6 workers for every 100 they have now but the number of workers hired fell to 787,000 in December from 845,000 in November. Over 33% of entrepreneurs polled by the National Federation of Independent Business in January said they have not found candidates with the right skills.

Consumer Reports Investigates ‘Junk’ U.S. Health Plans

ABCNews.com (02/07/12) Mikaela Conley

Consumer Reports is warning against “mini-med” health care plans that offer limited benefits. “Mini-meds appeal to large employers in industries such as retail, food service, and temporary staffing,” says Nancy Metcalf, senior program editor at Consumer Reports.

Robert Zirkelbach of America’s Health Insurance Plans, the national trade association representing the health insurance industry, says, “For many seasonal, part-time, and temporary workers, these types of plans are their only source of affordable health care coverage.”

Little Room for New Workers

Wall Street Journal (02/08/12) Ben Casselman

Although the U.S. job market is showing signs of improvement, the churning process has slowed, with a new report showing a drop in the number of workers who quit their jobs in December to fewer than two million from a prerecession level of about three million per month. Churn usually is indicative of a strong economy, with workers leaving their jobs to accept another with higher pay and more responsibilities and allowing a new worker to take their place, but experts say people do not want to take a chance on a new job in the current economy. When employees do quit, companies are worried about the risks of hiring new workers and look first to fill the open positions with existing personnel. This means that new graduates, unemployed workers, and employees from other companies have fewer opportunities for employment, and the economy is less efficient when workers do not move to new jobs that are a better fit.

In the short term, University of Chicago economist Steven Davis says reduced churn will put a damper on the efforts of unemployed workers to find jobs, but the long-term consequences are unknown. However, experts say an improving economy means companies and workers will increase their appetites for risk.

ASAPro Webinar—Learn Best Practices for Drug and Alcohol Testing

Coming up Thursday, Feb. 23, from 3 to 4 p.m. Eastern time is the ASAPro Webinar “Best Practices for Drug and Alcohol Testing—What You Need to Know,” presented by Frederick T. Smith, Esq., partner in the Atlanta office of Seyfarth Shaw LLP.

During this ASAPro Webinar, you will learn the steps to follow when implementing drug testing, common signs and symptoms of illegal drug use, and much more.

ASAPro Webinars are free for ASA members ($295 for nonmembers) and qualify for continuing education hours toward ASA certification renewal. Register online at americanstaffing.net.

Hot Off the Presses: Reduced Price on New 2012 “Why Staffing?” Brochure

Are you looking for an easy-to-understand brochure that effectively explains key staffing industry messages? The attractive, newly updated “Why Staffing?” brochure complements your efforts when communicating with potential clients and candidates.

The new brochure includes data to help you explain key staffing industry messages.
  • Flexibility, training, and choice add up to very high job satisfaction for staffing employees.
  • Staffing firms provide qualified employees who fill a broad range of assignments.
  • Staffing firms fuel the economy with millions of workers who get the job done right, right now.
ASA members can order the “Why Staffing?” brochure—it’s only $39 per 100. Read how you can improve your firm’s marketing efforts at americanstaffing.net.

Get a Model Contract for Professional Staffing

Do you feel pressured to accept clients’ contracts? Are your clients asking to be indemnified against various types of liability? To help ASA members and their attorneys deal with these and other issues, ASA has developed suggested contract language that spells out the staffing firm’s and the client’s responsibilities.

The model contract for professional staffing can be offered in lieu of the client’s standard contract form. It is based on the principle that each party is responsible for the risks associated with its own business, and that each party has a duty to indemnify the other only for those risks.

The model contract for professional staffing is available to ASA members at americanstaffing.net. The document provides suggested language but is not intended as legal advice.

Lawmakers Move to Ban Discrimination Against Unemployed Individuals in Hiring

American Staffing Association (02/08/12) Anne Duffy

Federal and state lawmakers continue to pursue legislation that would declare as unlawful discrimination the use of job advertisements stating that only “currently employed” candidates are eligible to apply for a position. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has held that such practice could violate EEO laws by having a discriminatory disparate impact on protected classes of unemployed individuals.

The Fair Employment Opportunity Act, introduced in August 2011, would make it unlawful for an employment firm to refuse to consider or refer an individual for employment based on the individual’s status as unemployed or to classify individuals in any manner that may limit their access to information about jobs because of their status as unemployed. The bill would also prohibit publishing an advertisement or announcement for any job vacancy that includes any provision indicating that an individual’s status as unemployed disqualifies the individual for a job.

New Jersey is so far the only state to prohibit employers from discriminating against unemployed individuals, but similar bills have been introduced in several states and more are expected to introduce such legislation throughout the year.

IRS Eases Fears About Voluntary Classification Settlement Program

HRMorning.com (02/08/12) Christian Schappel

The U.S. Internal Revenue Service has set out to reassure employers about its Voluntary Classification Settlement Program—the IRS initiative introduced last fall and designed to help businesses clear up their tax problems associated with employee misclassification. Under the VCSP, employers that have misclassified employees as independent contractors can reclassify those workers. However, employers have expressed concerns about whether participation in the VCSP would lead the IRS to share information about a company’s classification practices with the U.S. Department of Labor and state labor agencies. The IRS has now released a statement asserting that it will not share information about VCSP applicants with DOL or state agencies.

Businesses also worried that an employer’s participation in the VCSP would essentially amount to admitting that it misclassified workers. However, the IRS indicates that signing the VCSP closing agreement is not an admission of any liability or wrongdoing for prior years.

Court Allows Employer’s Interference With Prospective Economic Advantage Claims to Survive in Lawsuit Claiming Employee’s Theft of Twitter Account

Seyfarth Shaw (02/07/12)

A California federal district court on Feb. 6 denied a former employee’s motion to dismiss his former employer’s claims for tortious interference with prospective economic advantage and negligent interference with prospective economic advantage in a closely watched lawsuit concerning the interplay between social media, trade secrets, and employee mobility.

E-Verify Ordinance Passes in Springfield, MO

Springfield News-Leader (Missouri) (02/08/12) Valerie Mosley

A controversial ordinance mandating the use of the federal E-Verify program in Springfield, MO, has passed, according to unofficial results from the Feb. 7 vote. The ordinance requires all employers in Springfield to use the federal government’s electronic employment eligibility verification program to check the work authorization of prospective hires—and, critics argue, existing employees. It adds penalties for those that do not and for anyone caught employing someone prohibited from working for any reason.

2012 Salary Guide From Robert Half

Robert Half International (02/07/12)

The 2012 Salary Guide from Robert Half provides average starting salary ranges for a comprehensive range of accounting, finance, and financial services positions, as well as an overview of hiring and management trends. The Salary Guide says “companies positioning themselves for growth are hiring accounting and financing professionals. Employers are refilling positions cut during the recession, adding new ones, and making replacement hires to address attrition and turnover.”

After Increased Web Threats, Cyber Security Hiring Grows Slowly

Wanted Analytics (02/07/12) Abby Lombardi

Demand for workers with cyber security skills rose 12% in 2011 from the previous year, as the number of Web site hackings and other cyber threats increased. Although hiring was slow in the fourth quarter, experts say demand has grown slowly and steadily in recent years. Most job ads in the cyber security field are tech related, with cyber security analysts, cyber security engineers, software engineers, systems engineers, and network engineers among the most commonly advertised job titles.

In the fourth quarter, the industries with the most job ads included computer systems design services; research and development in the physical, engineering, and life sciences, except biotechnology; and engineering services. Despite security breaches, the retail and banking industries were not in the top 30 industries in terms of job ads. Wanted Analytics’ Hiring Scale says cyber security jobs are moderately difficult to recruit, and it could become more difficult if demand for cyber security skills rises this year. In Charleston, SC, for instance, Wanted Analytics says there are just 400 potential candidates, and online job postings are displayed for an average of seven weeks in this area, compared with six weeks nationally.