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Registration Now Open for the 2016 ASA Staffing Law Conference

Make your plans now to visit metro Washington, DC, next spring for the 2016 ASA Staffing Law Conference. The conference will take place April 20–21 at the Gaylord National Harbor Resort & Convention Center—and you can now register online at

Plan to attend this important industry event, where staffing, recruiting, and workforce solutions professionals get timely legal and regulatory updates affecting their businesses.

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As the Gig Economy Changes Work, So Should Rules

Wall Street Journal (12/09/15) Greg Ip

As the sharing economy expands, experts say that U.S. labor law needs to be modified to ensure that workers are protected. One sharing economy company, Uber Technologies, hired 400,000 drivers in four years—and Uber drivers are seeking benefits and protections in their class-action lawsuit in San Francisco. Drivers are considered independent contractors, not employees, but regulators and others believe that these workers are being deprived of benefits and rights they would have as employees, such as vacation pay, health benefits, and the right to form unions.

About 33% of U.S. workers do temporary, part-time, or day-labor work. A new paper from the Hamilton Project says that these workers do not need to be covered by the National Labor Relations Act but should jointly negotiate work conditions through an exemption to antitrust laws. The workers would have to deduct Social Security and Medicare contributions and withhold income tax; would not be covered by federal overtime or minimum wage laws, workers’ compensation, and unemployment insurance; and would be protected by federal antidiscrimination laws.

Jobless Claims in U.S. Rose Last Week to a Five-Month High

Bloomberg (12/10/15) Michelle Jamrisko

The number of people applying for unemployment benefits rose by 13,000 to 282,000 in the week ended Dec. 5, a five-month high, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. Economists polled by Bloomberg had forecast claims of 270,000. The four-week average of claims rose by 1,500 to 270,750.

Free ASA Webinar Today—Effective Hiring and Termination

Don’t miss the ASA webinar “Cover Your Assets—Effective Hiring and Termination.” It takes place today from 3 to 4 p.m. Eastern time. Learn how to implement best practices at the recruitment, hiring, and firing stages and reduce the risk your firm will face costly litigation.

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