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Opinion: Where the Jobs Are—and How to Get One

Wall Street Journal (09/20/13) Stephen Moore

In this opinion piece, Stephen Moore of the Journal’s editorial board interviews Bob Funk, president and founder of Express Employment Services and a member of the ASA board of directors, about the federal health care law. “Our franchises across the country are seeing a definite demand for more part-time workers,” he says, and the law is pushing the country closer to the 30-hour workweek. Funk says American companies will have a hard time competing against businesses in Asia, where employees typically work upwards of 60 hours per week. Research released today by Express outlines three trends that have emerged as full implementation of the Affordable Care Act approaches.

Funk believes that many young Millennials view paychecks as something they are entitled to rather than something to be earned. To help lower the unemployment rate, Funk suggests shrinking “social welfare state programs” like food stamps, and closing the skills gap. Funk says Express has as many as 20,000 jobs the company can’t fill because workers don’t have the skills required. He says younger people seeking solid careers should obtain training in accounting, information technology, manufacturing-robotics programming, welding, and engineering.

Staffing World Hotel Sold Out—Alternate Hotel Is Available

Staffing World, the ASA annual convention and expo, starts two weeks from tomorrow at the Marriott Orlando World Center Resort and Convention Center. There are no more rooms available at the Marriott World Center during Staffing World, but ASA has secured a block of rooms at Caribe Royale, 8101 World Center Dr., Orlando, FL (about one mile from the Marriott World Center).

To make a reservation, call 888-258-7501 and ask for the ASA Staffing World 2013 convention rate. This rate applies for reservations made by Sept. 27, subject to room availability. After Sept. 27, reservations may be accepted at the hotel’s prevailing rate.

Staffing World will feature nearly 40 high-caliber education sessions, several networking events, and a sold-out expo hall. If you’re not registered yet, visit and register today. ASA members receive a discounted registration rate.

Free ASAPro Webinar Tomorrow—Cut Workers’ Compensation-Related Costs

Rising workers’ compensation costs are among staffing firm owners’ greatest concerns, but there are ways to control these costs. Find out how during tomorrow’s ASAPro webinar “Best Practices for Reducing Workers’ Compensation-Related Costs,” Sept. 24, 3–4 p.m. Eastern time.

ASAPro webinars are free for ASA members and qualify for continuing education hours toward ASA certification renewal. To learn more and to register, visit