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Industry Advocacy Helps Derail Unnecessary Employer Legislation in Rhode Island

Advocacy by ASA and the Rhode Island Staffing Association, an ASA-affiliated chapter, helped persuade state lawmakers to put legislation on hold that would have imposed new regulatory burdens on businesses that use contract labor.

Rhode Island bill S 139 would make any employer or organization that obtains workers through a subcontractor, staffing organization, or other labor contractor legally liable if that labor contractor violates any of the payment-of-wages laws under Title 28 of the Rhode Island General Laws.

ASA and RISA submitted testimony outlining the staffing industry’s objections to the bill. They argued that the bill was redundant and unnecessary because users of contract labor have long been responsible as joint, special, or secondary employers under a wide range of federal and Rhode Island state labor and employment laws covering every aspect of the employment relationship whenever the user firm directs and controls the work performed by the contract employees.

A coalition of Rhode Island businesses also objected to the bill, arguing that it would penalize users of contract labor even if they had no knowledge of any violation of the wage payment laws.

Faced with unified business opposition, the senate labor committee referred the bill for study, effectively killing it for the year. If lawmakers revisit the subject again during the 2022 legislative session, ASA and RISA will renew their objections.

Get Employees Back to Work Safely

As part of a global endeavor to help employees return safely to work amid the pandemic, ASA has launched the Safely Back to Work initiative to lead efforts in the U.S. The initiative and new website at is based on the association’s work with the World Employment Confederation, Adecco Group, ManpowerGroup, and Randstad NV.

The result is an online collection of safety-focused resources for employers and a high-profile pledge to the safety of all employees who are returning to job sites. ASA urges all of its members to download and use the free resources and take the pledge.

  • Download the ASA Safely Back to Work Best Practice Protocols, which include 77 measures to help further employee safety in different industry sectors and work environments.
  • Download the Covid-19 Safety Checklist, developed specifically for staffing company use by the law firm Seyfarth Shaw.
  • Take the Safely Back to Work Pledge to show your company’s commitment to the health and welfare of your corporate and temporary and contract employees.

Once you submit your pledge to safety, your name and company name will appear in a real-time leaderboard on the page. Share your commitment on social media channels and encourage your colleagues to do the same. The Safely Back to Work site provides a variety of graphics for use on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and ASA Central. Use the hashtag #SafelyBackToWork and tag @StaffingTweets.

ASA Resources Help You Attract Top Talent

Industry research confirms that staffing companies of all sizes continue to struggle with recruiting and retaining internal employees. To address this challenge, the American Staffing Association has developed free resources to help member companies attract talent for their corporate offices and branches.

  • Check out the Promoting the Profession section of the ASA website to find recruiting strategies, tips for developing an internship program at your firm, and tactics for partnering with university career centers.
  • Complete a form to add your company to an online directory of ASA members that want to connect with potential candidates and university career center professionals.
  • Use the Staffing as a Career website to introduce the industry to potential industry professionals. Include links to in your marketing materials and on your website.
  • Embed the Staffing as a Career video on your website and use it in email and social media marketing.
  • Visit the ASA Staffing Promo Tool Kit on for a social media messaging guide to help with your firm’s internal recruiting strategies.

ASA is working to help your company solve its internal talent shortage. Visit the Promoting the Profession page and to get started today.

Welcome New ASA Members

The ASA board of directors and staff welcome the following new members, which joined during the week ending Feb. 21.

Primero Staffing
Virginia Beach, VA
Resourcing HQ
Saint Petersburg, FL
Holden, MA

ASA Publishes CCPA Issue Papers for Staffing Firms and Clients

ASA has published two papers to clarify for staffing firms and clients the applicability of the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 to staffing, direct hire/search, recruitment processing outsourcing (RPO), managed service provider (MSP), and outplacement services. The CCPA affords consumers the right to know about, access, delete, and opt-out of the sharing or selling of their personal information.

The publications include an updated issue paper that details the law’s requirements and takes into consideration recent developments under the General Data Protection Regulation, upon which the CCPA was based, as well as a guide for clients that explains clients’ and staffing firms’ respective obligations under the CCPA.