ASA Names 2016 National Staffing Employee of the Year and Sector All-Stars
To kick off National Staffing Employee Week
, ASA today announced that information technology professional and veterans advocate Ben Keen has been named the 2016 National Staffing Employee of the Year.
For the first time, ASA also unveiled National Staffing Employee of the Year All-Stars in five industry sectors—engineering, IT, and scientific; health care; industrial; office–clerical and administrative; and professional–managerial.
Hear what ASA president and chief executive officer Richard Wahlquist
has to say about the National Staffing Employee of the Year.
A veteran of the U.S. Army, Keen turned to staffing for employment after transitioning from military to civilian life. Keen appreciates the flexibility that contract staffing provides. It allows him to serve as a nationally recognized veterans advocate, oversee his organization, and spend valuable time with his young children. Keen currently is an employee of TEKsystems on assignment in Pittsburgh as a technical operations analyst with PNC Bank.
National Staffing Employee Week honors the contributions of the more than three million temporary and contract employees on assignment in support of U.S. businesses and the nation’s economy every day. It isn’t too late to take part in the festivities. Go to americanstaffing.net/NSEW
to download free materials to show appreciation for your employees, thank clients for their business, and help educate the public about the importance of the staffing industry. To learn more about Keen and the sector all-stars, go to americanstaffing.net
Randstad Acquires RiseSmart
Randstad News Release
Randstad Holding has acquired a 100% stake in RiseSmart, a San Jose, CA-based provider of technology-led career transition services. The transaction closed on Sept. 24.
Arevo Group Merges With Renick Group
Arevo Group News Release
The Arevo Group Inc., an executive recruiting firm and affiliate company of WorkForce Unlimited LLC, has merged with Roanoke, VA-based the Renick Group Inc. Terms of the transaction, which closed Sept. 21, were not disclosed.
Striking Warehouse Staff Call on Amazon for Better Pay and Conditions
(09/23/15) Cora Lewis
Temporary workers at a major warehouse serving Amazon and other larger retailers at the Port of Los Angeles went on strike on Sept. 22 to protest unpaid wages and overtime, dangerous conditions, a lack of breaks and water during the summer months, and retaliation by management against their efforts to organize. The warehouse is operated by the distribution company California Cartage, which contracts with staffing firms to provide workers to load and unload containers and trucks.
While Amazon and the other retailers that contract with California Cartage have yet to be found legally responsible for conditions at the warehouse, the precedent now exists for a major corporation to be held accountable due to the U.S. National Labor Relations Board’s recent ruling in Browning-Ferris
that expands the definition of “joint employer.” “This ruling [in Browning-Ferris] simply means that corporations that share control over operations cannot feign ignorance or disclaim responsibility for illegal acts,” says Christine Owens, executive director of the National Employment Law Project. “Especially when those acts flow from the business model the lead company imposes.”
What Industry Information Do You Want From ASA?
To ensure that the American Staffing Association provides its members with the industry information they value most, Readex Research has been commissioned to conduct a publications survey on the association’s behalf.
Check your email on Wednesday for an invite from ASA with your link to a brief survey, which should take less than 10 minutes to complete. Your input is extremely important and will be used to help ASA enhance its publications and other resources for industry information.
Your survey responses will be kept confidential and only reported in aggregate. Participants can choose to enter into a drawing to receive one of three $100 gift cards.
Contact Cynthia Poole, ASA director of research, at 703-253-2048 or firstname.lastname@example.org
with any questions regarding this survey.
Free ASA Webinar Next Week—Improving Diversity in the C-Suite
When one staffing firm’s leaders noticed that some of the company’s top performers were women but that there were disproportionately fewer females than males in top positions, they wanted to find out why. Hear what TrueBlue executives learned from female leaders, and how your firm can improve diversity at the highest levels, during the ASA webinar “Encouraging Women to Lead
.” It takes place Monday, Oct. 5, 3–4 p.m. Eastern time.
All ASA webinars are free for ASA members, and most qualify for continuing education hours toward ASA certification renewal. To learn more and to register, visit americanstaffing.net