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Register for Staffing World by Friday for Best Deal

The Staffing World early registration deadline is Friday, May 18, and it’s your very last chance to save up to $400 per person. Register today. Now is also the best time to book your suite at the Venetian Resort Hotel Casino—ask for the special ASA convention group rate.

With nearly 40 executive education sessions and three exciting keynote speakers, Staffing World 2012, Oct. 9–11, in Las Vegas is the can’t-miss event for staffing executives.

Visit to learn more and register. Not feeling the excitement yet? Check out this short video that encapsulates the Staffing World experience.

Economists Forecast Subdued Growth in 2012

Wall Street Journal (05/14/12) Phil Izzo

Economists surveyed by the Wall Street Journal say the economy likely will grow so slowly this year that the unemployment rate will largely be unaffected. The economists predict slow but steady growth and say the economy should add about 185,000 jobs a month over the next year. The jobless rate—at 8.1% in April—will likely end the year at 7.9%. A third of the economists believe political inaction is the biggest risk to growth. “If business anticipates a fiscal shock, investment and hiring may slow later this year,” says Lou Crandall of Wrightson ICAP.

Monster Deal Heats Up, LinkedIn to Pass: Sources

Reuters (05/11/12) Nadia Damouni; Soyoung Kim

Monster Worldwide Inc. has drawn interest from a number of potential buyers, reportedly including private equity firm Silver Lake Partners, although at least one would-be suitor, LinkedIn Corp., has apparently decided not to pursue a deal after an initial look. Monster, which runs and Web sites, said in March it retained Stone Key Partners and Bank of America Merrill Lynch to review strategic alternatives, including selling all or part of the company. The company reportedly plans to send out financial information to interested parties by the end of next week.

The sale talks come as Monster’s model of job ads is facing new competition from social media such as Facebook and LinkedIn. Online jobs firms have been buffeted by broader macro-economic challenges as have traditional staffing companies. The industry has seen a recovery in U.S. demand for workers, but softer staffing markets in Europe.

Thompson Resigns as CEO of Yahoo

Wall Street Journal (05/14/12) Amir Efrati; Joann S. Lublin

Yahoo Inc.’s chief executive has resigned over a misstated academic record. Heidrick & Struggles International provided the company’s board with data that appeared to indicate Scott Thompson years ago knowingly claimed to have a computer-science degree that he did not actually possess. Thompson had claimed that a Heidrick & Struggles employee had altered his biographical material, which the executive-search firm swiftly denied. “Based on information in our possession, this allegation is verifiably not true and we have notified Yahoo to that effect,” L. Kevin Kelly, Heidrick’s chief executive officer, stated in a strongly worded letter to employees late Friday denying Thompson’s allegations.

Free ASAPro Webinar Tomorrow—Dominate Your Niche

Tomorrow afternoon, don’t miss the ASAPro Webinar “Dominate Your Niche—Become a True Market Specialist.” Presented by the ASA search and placement section, this Webinar is for staffing professionals who want to refine niche-focused recruiting skills to demonstrate why clients should partner with their firm. ASA sections are sponsored by RCS Services.

All ASAPro Webinars are free for ASA members. Register online at

Take Part in a Section Forum at Staffing World® 2012

Share your sector-specific expertise by participating in a Section Forum at Staffing World, Oct. 9–11, in Las Vegas. Section Forums provide a rapid-fire learning format during which presenters speak for 10 minutes on a topic of their choice, followed by five minutes of discussion. Staffing World will feature six Section Forums, each representing an industry sector. The deadline to volunteer and submit a proposal is Friday, May 18.

Visit for submission guidelines and timelines. E-mail all materials to

ASA addresses the sector-specific needs of its members through six sections and it’s free for members to enroll in one or more: Health Care; Industrial; Office–Administrative; Professional; Search and Placement; and Technical, IT, and Scientific.

ASA Files Comments With USCIS on Proposed Changes to Form I-9

American Staffing Association (05/14/12) Ed Lenz

On May 10, ASA filed comments with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services addressing proposed changes to the Form I-9, which employers must use to verify an employee’s identity and to establish that the employee is eligible to work in the U.S. The current iteration of the form is set to expire Aug. 31, and final revisions to the form are expected to be issued this fall. ASA filed comments in response to a public request issued by USCIS in March of this year.

The law requires that the Form I-9 be completed on the “date of hire.” The government considers date of hire to be the date an employee accepts a job offer, irrespective of when the employee starts work for pay. Most staffing firms consider “date of hire” to be the time a job candidate consents to be included in the staffing firm’s roster of temporary employees. The government has long recognized this practice.

The employer section (Section 2) of the current Form I-9 refers to the date “the employee began employment” (i.e., date of hire), but the proposed new form refers instead to “the employee’s first day of work for pay”—which would mean staffing firms would have to wait to complete the employer section of the form until an employee actually starts an assignment.

Making Different Severance Benefit Offers to Dismissed Employees May Be Unlawful Discrimination

Lexology (05/01/12) Theodore A. Olsen

Attorneys caution employers against offering different severance benefits to departing employees and recommend that they implement severance pay plans that detail the amount of pay employees can expect. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit ruled in Gerner v. County of Chesterfield that different severance pay amounts could constitute an adverse action under Title VII even when lower amounts are offered after the employee’s employment has been terminated. Employers offering different severance terms can face discrimination liability.

Labor: Retaliation Under the FLSA—Where Do We Stand?

JDSupra (05/09/2012)

In Kasten v. Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics Corp., the U.S. Supreme Court altered how complaints are filed by employees under the Fair Labor Standards Act. Courts previously ruled that statutory language indicates that complaints must be filed in writing for employees to be protected by the law’s antiretaliation provisions, but in this case, the court ruled that oral complaints as part of the company’s internal grievance procedure were considered filed and gave the employee protection against retaliation. Experts say employers must pay close attention to the issue because courts are likely to further broaden the scope of filed complaints.

Why Small-Business Owners Are Hesitant to Hire

Associated Press (05/13/12) Joyce M. Rosenberg

Many small businesses do not plan to hire additional employees because of the uncertain economic picture. The economy is growing, but at a slower rate than was seen late in 2011. Furthermore, the pace of hiring by small companies is slowing, according to ADP. When small businesses begin taking out loans, that could be a sign that hiring will pick up. Currently, however, most small businesses aren’t even tapping their open lines of credit, says Paul Merski, chief economist with the Independent Community Bankers of America.

10 Jobs That Didn’t Exist 10 Years Ago

Forbes (05/11/12) Meghan Casserly

Industries on the rise offer something uniquely appealing to 20-somethings graduating from college and looking for jobs: the opportunity to seize brand new positions where competition has not reached critical mass. Jobs that did not exist a decade ago include app developer; market research data miner; educational or admission consultant; millennial generational expert; social media manager; chief listening officer; cloud computing services professional; sustainability expert; and user experience designer.

Hiring Demand for Civil Engineers Is Growing

Wanted Analytics (05/12/12) Abby Lombardi

There were more than 3,700 online job ads in April for civil engineers, a 45% increase over the same month in 2011. The cities with the most job ads for civil engineers were Houston, Los Angeles, New York, Washington, DC, and Chicago.