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New ASA Issue Paper Explains the Vaccine/Safety Mandates for Federal Workers

ASA has published a new issue paper that discusses the recently issued government rules that, with limited exceptions, require employees working “on or in connection with” a federal contract to be vaccinated, wear masks, and maintain physical distance. The paper covers the key provisions and effective dates, and addresses several scenarios staffing agencies likely will face and when the rules are likely to apply. The authors are federal contract experts with the Washington, DC, law firm of Miller & Chevalier, which represents ASA on tax and other complex federal regulatory matters.

OSHA Emergency Temporary Standard Mandating Covid-19 Vaccines or Testing Clears Key Review Step

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s Covid-19 vaccination and testing mandate for employers with 100 or more workers has been cleared by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget’s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs. OMB review generally is the last step in the review process setting the stage for official publication, which could come in days. Business groups, including ASA, have been meeting with the Biden administration to discuss their concerns with the ETS. In its meeting with officials last month, ASA asserted, among other things, that the high turnover of staffing agency temporary employees would impose disproportionately high testing costs and proposed that the ETS exclude employees expected to work fewer than 30 days. Recent reports suggested that the final ETS will allow employers to pass testing costs on to their employees, which would address those concerns. Any rule that is issued is expected to face immediate legal challenges that would almost certainly delay implementation.

Plan for These Free ASA Webinars This Month

The next few weeks will be full of free education from ASA. These upcoming ASA webinars can help you understand pay inequity in the industry, reorganize your financial statements, get insights into President Biden’s tax law proposals, and more.

Nov. 3—”The Expanding Role of Professionals in Office, Clerical, and Administrative Staffing
Hear how the role of office, clerical, and administrative workers has changed over the past few years and how staffing firms can coach their administrative professionals to prepare for the future of the profession in this webinar brought to you by the ASA office–administrative section.

Nov. 4—”Pay Inequity in the Staffing Industry—A Panel Discussion, Part Two
The staffing industry, like many others, faces a challenge: women and people of color generally earn less than white men do for the same work. Hear from a panel of senior executives about how the industry can do better to improve the pay gap in staffing in the second part of a two-part webinar series. Presented in partnership with the Women’s Business Collaborative, Staffing Industry Analysts, TechServe Alliance, and the National Association of Personnel Services.

Nov. 9—”How Advances in Telehealth Are Solving Challenges in Medical Care and Behavioral Health Usage
Understand how reduced use of in-person medical care and increased use of telehealth solutions is leading to adoption of a new wave of telehealth solutions—and how staffing firms can capitalize on the trend—in this program sponsored by Essential StaffCARE.

Nov. 16—”Using the 13-Week Cash Flow Model to Help Your Business Thrive
Find out how to reorganize your finanical statements to see your finances more clearly, evaluate the health of your business, and make the right economic decisions.

Nov. 17—”Turn Exceptional Experiences Into Industry-Leading Growth in a Postpandemic World
Eric Gregg of ClearlyRated, an ASA corporate partner, will share a playbook for amplifying your firm’s growth prospects by improving the customer experience and committing to service excellence in this encore presentation of a session from Staffing World® 2021.

Nov. 30—”What to Expect From the Biden Administration’s Tax Law Proposals
Get insights into which tax proposals have been put forward by President Biden, what changes to tax policy are likely, and what staffing firm owners can do to minimize their tax burden in the future.

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