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February Job Openings Up; Labor Turnover Steady

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (08/08/14)

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, job openings increased from 3.9 million in January to 4.2 million in February, but the 3.3% hires rate and 3.2% separations rate were unchanged. Hires totaled 4.6 million in February, while separations totaled 4.4 million, both of which were little changed from the prior month.

The quits rate held steady at 1.7% for total nonfarm, 1.9% for total private, and 0.6% for government, while the layoffs and discharges rate was unchanged at 1.2% for total nonfarm and little changed at 1.3% for total private and 0.4% for government. For the year-to-year period, there were 54.3 million hires and 52.2 million separations, with a net employment gain of 2.1 million.

Companies Say No to Having an HR Department

Wall Street Journal (04/08/14) Lauren Weber; Rachel Feintzeig

Some companies choose not to have a human resource department, arguing that the traditional HR department curtails innovation and burdens businesses with inefficient policies and procedures. Concurrently, software is making it easier to automate or outsource certain HR tasks.

However, there are downsides to forgoing a traditional HR department. The managers that handle HR on the fly may lack specialized legal knowledge, for example, which can open the business up to lawsuits. Furthermore, if managers don’t know where to find qualified job applicants, they may lose talent to another company.

Register for the ASA Staffing Law Conference—Only 50 Seats Left

Online registration is open for the 2014 ASA Staffing Law Conference, May 21–22 in Washington, DC—the premier program dedicated to the legal issues affecting the staffing and recruiting business. Last year’s conference attracted a sold-out crowd, and there are limited seats remaining for this year’s event.

The conference agenda includes a panel discussion on the Affordable Care Act’s employer mandate, a look at the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s temporary worker safety initiative, and a preview of the upcoming congressional elections. Visit today for session descriptions, travel and hotel details, and to register.

ASA Quarterly Staffing Employment and Sales Survey Now Open

Share your firm’s data with ASA so you can get the staffing industry information you’re looking for. Participate in the association’s quarterly Staffing Employment and Sales Survey by April 30. Staffing firms that complete the survey receive an exclusive report on the results, which includes temporary and contract staffing sales and gross margin data by sector.

The data collected by this survey, conducted by ASA research partner Inavero, are essential to the association’s legal and legislative advocacy efforts on behalf of the staffing industry. Register to take the survey or view a PDF version of the questionnaire at There are no fees to participate.