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Why Temporary Staffing Firms Are Learning to Love the Affordable Care Act

Time (06/27/13) Christopher Matthews

Staffing firms could benefit from the federal health care law, with companies such as Robert Half International and On Assignment recording significant gains in stock prices since president Obama’s re-election. Tobey Sommer, an analyst at SunTrust Robinson Humphrey, says staffing firms can help small- and medium-sized businesses use temporary workers to stay below the 50-worker threshold and avoid having to offer health insurance to full-time employees or pay a penalty, and they also can position themselves as experts in the law’s labor regulations.

However, Steve Berchem, chief operating officer of the American Staffing Association, says, “It’s a myth that temporary employees are part-time employees.”