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ASA and Bullhorn Launch Corporate Partnership

The American Staffing Association and Bullhorn, a human-centric customer relationship management (CRM) company that helps businesses proactively manage relationships, recently entered into a corporate partnership to benefit the association, its members, and the staffing industry.

“Bullhorn is a long-term supporter of ASA and the staffing industry, and we are pleased to welcome this leading-edge supplier of cloud-based CRM solutions to our list of corporate partners,” said Richard Wahlquist, president and chief executive officer of the American Staffing Association. “The financial support of corporate partners like Bullhorn enhances the value of membership by improving ASA products and services, and supporting new initiatives that address emerging issues and trends in this fast-paced industry.”

“The American Staffing Association does more to advance the staffing industry from the vantage point of advocacy, education, and research than any other organization,” said Art Papas, founder and CEO of Bullhorn. “As the economy evolves to include more and more staffing company talent, it’s critical that we work together to facilitate the industry’s growth, both through better legislative policies and more intuitive technology. This partnership makes perfect sense, and we’re so excited to help move the staffing industry forward.”

Learn more about the ASA corporate partnership program at Learn more about Bullhorn at

Resources Connection Inc. Reports Second-Quarter Results for Fiscal 2016

Resources Connection Inc. News Release (01/06/16)

Resources Connection Inc. reported revenue of $150.9 million for the second quarter of fiscal 2016, down 0.4% from $151.5 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2015. U.S. revenues rose 0.2% on a year-to-year basis. Net income totaled $8.7 million, up 8.8% from $8 million in the year-ago quarter.

The TemPositions Group of Cos. Acquires Opus Staffing and Opus Scientific

TemPositions News Release (01/04/16)

The New York-based TemPositions Group of Cos. has acquired certain assets of Long Island, NY-based Opus Staffing and Opus Scientific. Opus Staffing specializes in direct hire, temporary, and temporary-to-hire placement of administrative, human resource, accounting and finance, marketing, and creative professionals. Opus Scientific places laboratory technicians, research associates, documentation specialists, biostatisticians, and other professionals in the life sciences, biotech, and related scientific-intensive fields.

U.S. Service Sector Expanded at Slower Pace in December

Wall Street Journal (01/06/16) Josh Mitchell

The U.S. service sector in December grew at the slowest pace in more than a year and a half, although underlying signs suggest stable economic growth, according to the Institute for Supply Management. The ISM’s nonmanufacturing purchasing manager’s index fell from 55.9 in November to 55.3 in December. A reading above 50 signals expansion.

December’s slowdown was likely temporary, reflecting holiday-related factors, says Anthony Nieves, the leader of the ISM survey. One of the key components of the index, supplier deliveries, rose in the fall as service companies prepped for holiday activity, but deliveries declined sharply in December. Other key components of the index—measuring output, new orders, and hiring—all rose in December.

“For the most part it’s been steady, incremental growth, and all indications are it’s going to stay on that path,” Nieves says. Some private-sector economists say the economy grew at about a 1% annual pace in the fourth quarter of 2015, down from 2% in the third quarter.

U.S. Factory Orders, Inventories Fall in November

Reuters (12/06/16) Lucia Mutikani

New orders for manufactured goods declined 0.2% in November after a downwardly revised 1.3% increase in October, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce. Inventories fell for a fifth consecutive month, indicating that economic growth was curtailed in the fourth quarter. Orders excluding transportation declined 0.3% in November after rising 0.1% in October. Orders for nondefense capital goods excluding aircraft declined 0.3% instead of the 0.4% drop reported the previous month.

Applications for Jobless Benefits in U.S. Decreased Last Week

Bloomberg (01/07/16) Shobhana Chandra

The number of people applying for unemployment benefits dropped by 10,000 to 277,000 in the week ended Jan. 2, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. Economists surveyed by Bloomberg had forecast claims of 275,000. The average of new claims over the past month declined by 1,250 to 275,750.

Free ASA Webinar Today—ACA Employer Reporting Rules

Don’t miss the ASA webinar “2015 ACA Employer Reporting—Final Checklist.” It takes place today from 3 to 4 p.m. Eastern time. Learn about your firm’s reporting obligations for 2015 under the Affordable Care Act.

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

Reserve Your Spot at the ASA Staffing Law Conference

The ASA Staffing Law Conference is the only event dedicated exclusively to the legal and regulatory issues facing staffing, recruiting, and workforce solutions companies. This event has reached capacity in recent years—secure your seat today for this year’s conference, April 20–21 at Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in metro Washington, DC.

ASA-certified professionals can earn continuing education hours, including legal CE. Register now at, and watch for additional details in the weeks ahead.