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Register Now for ASA Staffing Connect Events in the South and East Regions

ASA Staffing Connect events are designed to deliver targeted content and local networking opportunities for the staffing, recruiting, and workforce solutions industry at regional and state levels. Join fellow members at these upcoming events, with sessions organized into a content track for owners and c-suite executives and another content track for sales, recruiting, and marketing professionals. April 22–24ASA Staffing Connect: East Crowne Plaza Executive Park Charlotte, NC May 13–15ASA Staffing Connect: South Westin Irving Convention Center at Las Colinas Irving, TX ASA-certified professionals can earn continuing education hours toward maintaining their ASA credential. Visit americanstaffing.net to learn more and to register for an event near you.

Michigan Confirms Temporary Employees Are Not Eligible for Paid Medical Leave

After a lengthy internal review, the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity has determined that the state Paid Medical Leave Act that became effective March 29 last year does not cover employees assigned to staffing firm clients, although staffing agencies may provide the benefit voluntarily. In contrast, staffing agency internal employees are not excluded from coverage and thus are eligible for benefits. The ruling is set forth in a policy update that LEO will provide to interested parties upon request. The ruling confirms the position advocated by ASA in meetings with state regulators.

Kelly Services Acquires Insight

Kelly Services has acquired Insight, a Cherry Hill, NJ-based education service staffing firm that has partnered with school districts in Illinois, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. Insight will merge with Kelly Education.

PPI Shows Tepid Increase in U.S. Wholesale Inflation at the End of 2019

The wholesale cost of goods and services barely advanced in December, suggesting there was little inflationary pressure building up at the end of 2019. The producer price index edged up 0.1% last month. Economists surveyed by MarketWatch had forecast a 0.2% rise. Wholesale inflation increased just 1.3% in 2019—half as much as it did in 2018.

The cost of goods rose 0.3% in December, with most of the increase linked to higher prices for gasoline. Energy prices increased 3.3% in 2019 but are still fairly low overall. Core PPI, which strips put food and energy, ticked up 0.1% last month. The 12-month core rate rose to 1.5% from 1.3%, but it’s much lower now that it was a year ago.

Online Labor Demand Rose in December

The Conference Board Help Wanted OnLine Index rose in December and now stands at 102.4, up from 101.7 in November. The index declined 0.3% from the prior month and is down 2.0% from a year ago. The professional occupational category experienced increases in community and social services (2.0%), health care practitioners (1.8%), architecture and engineering (1.0%), and computer and mathematical science (0.7%). The services and production occupational category experienced increases in farming, fishing, and forestry (3.9%), building and grounds (3.6%), health care support (2.5%), and personal care and service (1.4%).

New York Fed: Manufacturing Activity Little Changed

Business activity grew to a small degree in New York State, according to firms responding to the January 2020 Empire State Manufacturing Survey. The headline general business conditions index was little changed at 4.8. New orders and shipments edged higher. Delivery times were somewhat shorter, and inventories held steady. Employment continued to expand, though the average workweek was unchanged. Both input prices and selling prices increased at a significantly faster pace than in December. Optimism about the six-month outlook remained subdued, and capital spending plans remained firm.

Free ASA Webinar Next Week—Cybersecurity Tips

Your staffing firm must be prepared to defend itself against phishing and ransomware attacks and to mitigate potential criminal, civil, and regulatory damages if a breach occurs. Find out what you can do to protect your firm during the ASA webinar “Protect Your Firm Against Ransomware and Cyber Attacks.” It takes place Tuesday, Jan. 21, 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.

Get Harassment Prevention Training for Temporary Workers

ASA has partnered with Kantola Training Solutions to provide a full-service, cost-effective solution for the harassment prevention training needs of staffing companies. It’s easy to administer and keeps records for you—it can even track the time an employee spends on training. It’s designed to fulfill local and state requirements from New York to California, and more. The training was co-developed with Littler, the world’s largest labor and employment law firm, and is being offered by ASA with support from World Wide Specialty Programs, an ASA corporate partner. Visit americanstaffing.net/harassmentprevention for a preview and to request a quote.