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CEOs Literally Can’t Believe They Have to Deal With the Debt Limit Again

Washington Post (09/27/13) Lydia DePillis

In a recent interview, Carl Camden, chief executive officer of Kelly Services, expressed frustration that the nation must once again deal with the debt limit issue and talked about how the current economic climate makes it difficult to grow a business in the U.S. He also discussed changes in the employment model, in which more people become independent contractors and consultants. “We’re quickly drifting back to the way employment has historically been in this country, a nation of craftsmen, tradesmen, independent workers,” Camden said. “Younger people are mostly independent contractors, they work two or three jobs, and they like to.”

Camden added that the Affordable Care Act’s health insurance exchanges, among other things, could “make it easier for temporary workers to overcome the discrimination they face.” However, he is uncertain whether the law will work, because lawmakers have been more focused on defunding it than on trying to fix the flaws.

Health Insurance Exchanges Scramble to Be Ready as Opening Day Nears

New York Times (09/30/13) Abby Goodnough

Oct. 1 marks the launch of new online insurance exchanges enabling Americans to shop for health plans and determine if they qualify for federal subsidies. However, officials nationwide warn that their systems will not be ready for weeks or even months. For example, Nevada’s Spanish-language version of the exchange will not be functional until mid-November, while in Maryland, small businesses will not be able to purchase insurance for their employees through the state exchange until January. Exchanges that are federally run are encountering similar problems.

UAW Denies Charges by Volkswagen Chattanooga Workers

Chattanooga Times Free Press (09/27/13) Mike Pare

The United Auto Workers has denied charges that it misled some Volkswagen employees in Chattanooga, TN, into forfeiting their rights by signing union authorization cards. Lawyers for the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation, which represents the workers, say UAW told the workers that the signatures were to call for a secret-ballot vote.

UAW allegedly wants Volkswagen to allow union representation based on the cards it has collected instead of a secret-ballot vote. The U.S. National Labor Relations Board is investigating.

Free ASAPro Webinar Tomorrow—Learn About the New Staffing World App

Staffing World 2013, the ASA annual convention and expo, takes place next week—Oct. 8–10 in Orlando, FL. With nearly 40 high-caliber education sessions, several networking events, and a sold-out expo hall, you might need help figuring out where to go…and how to get there.

There’s an app for that! This year ASA will offer a new and enhanced mobile device application for convention attendees. Learn how to best use it during the ASAPro webinar “Make the Most of Your Staffing World Experience Using the New Mobile App,” Tuesday, Oct. 1, 3–4 p.m. Eastern time.

All ASAPro webinars are free for ASA members. To learn more and to register, visit And if you’re not registered for Staffing World yet, visit and register today. ASA members receive a discounted registration rate.

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