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ASA to Address Thursday’s Supreme Court Ruling

On Thursday of this week, the U.S. Supreme Court will announce its decision on the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The ASA legal team will closely examine the ruling and conduct a Webinar for ASA members on July 12, starting at 2 p.m. Eastern time—registration details to be announced—that will explain the implications for the staffing industry. Not a member of ASA? Join today.

Two key issues to be decided are whether Congress can compel individuals to buy health insurance and whether states can be forced to substantially increase their expenditures under the Medicaid program. The court also will decide to what extent these provisions are severable from the rest of the statute or whether they are so interconnected that the entire law must be struck down.

If the court upholds the law in its entirety, nothing will change in the short term, although the fall elections could have a major impact on whether the law is fully implemented or is repealed by a new Congress and administration. If the court strikes down the law, in whole or in part, the picture will be more complicated, both legally and politically.

Chicago Fed’s National Activity Index Slides in May

NASDAQ (06/25/12) Doug Cameron

Production declined sharply in May, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago’s National Activity Index. The overall index fell from a revised 0.08 in April to -0.45 in May. Production-related indicators fell from 0.42 in April to -0.20 in May. Consumption and housing indicators were little changed at -0.25. Negative readings point to below-trend growth.

America: The World’s Least Worst Economy

Business Insider (06/25/12)

Economic data released during the week ended June 22 showed some improvement from the prior week’s reports, with housing permits hitting a more than three-year high, contributing to a jump in the index of Leading Economic Indicators to 0.3. The Philladelphia Fed Index dropped to -16.6, which is an improvement over the -30 reading seen nine months ago. Moreover, the ASA Staffing Index, which leveled off during the past two months, climbed to 93 for June.

Lockheed Martin, Machinists Union Reach Tentative Agreement

Associated Press (06/24/12)

After more than two months on strike and the hiring of temporary workers by Lockheed Martin, the company’s permanent machinists are expected to vote this week on a new labor contract. Company officials announced a tentative deal Saturday with the union representing 3,600 striking workers. In May, the company hired temporary workers at its Fort Worth, TX, aircraft assembly plant.

Check Out the One-Stop Shop for ASA Member Benefits

The benefits of ASA membership cover so many aspects of your business that the association has created a microsite called Membership Matters to give you a quick and comprehensive look at all the resources that could be at your fingertips right now.

Among the top benefits of joining ASA today is getting the member registration rate for Staffing World, Oct. 9–11, in Las Vegas. Join ASA today and register for Staffing World—the can’t-miss event for staffing executives—and save up to $150 per person.

Another Reason to Join ASA: Free Webinars and Archived Courses

ASA membership offers an impressive list of benefits—which is why so many industry professionals turn to ASA for valuable resources and educational opportunities.

Why should you join ASA today? ASA provides free live ASAPro Webinars and more than 150 free courses for your entire staff—and ASAPro Webinars qualify for continuing education hours toward ASA certification renewal.

For additional information, contact ASA at 703-253-2020 or