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 ›

Keep an Open Ear

HR Magazine (05/12) Dori Meinert

Employers considering hiring foreign nationals from a temporary staffing firm should first check to see if the organization is a member of the American Staffing Association, says Steven Berchem, the association’s chief operating officer. Association members must agree to a code of ethics, Berchem notes, and many association members also earn individual professional certifications, indicating their interest in learning legal and ethical practices. The association also offers corporate certifications.

Mary Wilson, owner of the Holiday Inn Express and Sleep Inn in Douglas, WY, advises employers that have hired workers through a staffing firm to keep open communications with the workers, even when they are not direct employees. “Listen to the employees and what’s happening to them,” she says. Wilson was approached about hiring Filipino nationals from the Giant Labor Solutions staffing firm to work at her hotels in late 2008. She eventually realized something was wrong when the employees told her they were having trouble getting their visas from Giant Labor Solutions. Wilson tried contacting the firm, but received no response. Eventually Abrorkhodja Askarkhodjaev, an Uzbekistan citizen who led the multinational criminal enterprise that included Giant Labor Solutions, was sentenced to 12 years in prison for trafficking hundreds of foreign nationals in 14 states.