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ASA Names Leadership Hall of Fame Class for 2022

Founder and former chairman and chief executive officer of Helpmates Staffing Services, Dan Struve, CSP; and ASA senior counsel Ed Lenz, Esq., are the newest inductees into the ASA Leadership Hall of Fame, the organization announced today.

A visionary and standout leader in staffing for decades, Struve co-founded the Independent Staffing Services Association and was a champion for the ASA certification program. “Dan Struve is a pillar of the staffing and recruiting industry,” said Richard Wahlquist, president and chief executive officer at ASA. “Dan’s commitment as a volunteer to advancing the interests of the staffing industry at the state and national level for more than 40 years is unparalleled. We are all in Dan’s debt for his selfless contributions as a leader, mentor, and advocate.”

Lenz is one of the nation’s leading authorities on the legal and policy aspects of staffing and recruiting and was the industry’s chief legal and legislative strategist. “Ed has dedicated his life to serving the needs of the staffing and recruiting industry,” Wahlquist said. “Ed’s leadership and advocacy on legal and legislative issues has shaped labor and employment laws affecting the industry for decades. We are all delighted that our good friend and colleague has been selected for this well-deserved honor and recognition.”

Created in 1985, the ASA Leadership Hall of Fame recognizes outstanding individual contributions made through dedicated service to ASA and the staffing and recruiting industry. This year’s honorees will be recognized during a ceremony at Staffing World®, Oct. 25–27 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. If you can’t be there in person for the ASA annual convention and expo, you can attend virtually. The ASA Leadership Hall of Fame at Staffing World 2022 is sponsored by Nixer Comp.

ASA, NJSA Advocacy Delays Antistaffing Legislation Vote

In a major win for the staffing industry, the New Jersey State Senate chose earlier this week not to vote on Gov. Murphy’s conditional veto of A 1474, an onerous bill that would make it harder for staffing agencies to do business in the Garden State. ASA; the New Jersey Staffing Alliance, an ASA-affiliated chapter; and staffing agencies engaged in intense advocacy, resulting in the bill being pulled from consideration because the senate did not have enough favorable votes for passage.

A 1474, which applies to construction, light industrial, and other workers—but not professional or clerical workers—would

  • Require staffing agencies to pay at least the average pay and cost equivalent of benefits received by client employees performing the same or substantially similar work
  • Impose a limitation on conversion fees
  • Prohibit agencies from charging a fee for providing transportation

ASA and NJSA engaged in a prolonged grassroots campaign, explaining to senators why the bill is bad for workers and the staffing industry, and were successful in persuading one senator to introduce an alternative, more palatable, bill.

On Oct. 6, Sen. Holly Schepisi introduced S 3182. Modeled after the Massachusetts Temporary Worker Right to Know law, the legislation contains several provisions found in A 1547 that protect temporary employees but presents fewer operational issues for staffing agencies.

The senate’s next scheduled voting session is Monday, Nov. 21, when the body could take up A 1474. Between now and then, ASA and NJSA will continue to meet with senators and urge them to support S 3182 as a compromise bill. ASA also will be reaching out to staffing agencies doing business in New Jersey to ask them to contact their state senators to support S 3182.

Staffing World Is Next Week—Add a Preconvention Program to Your Experience

On Monday, the THRIVE Live preconvention program kicks off Staffing World in Las Vegas. Presented by the ASA Women in Leadership interest group, THRIVE Live (Oct. 24–25) will offer effective growth strategies designed especially for women in staffing.

Another valuable preconvention program is Emerging Leaders: Next-Level Leadership Skills, which takes place Oct. 25. In this session designed for emerging staffing industry leaders, participants will learn how to sharpen and apply leadership skills that will maximize their contributions and take company performance to the next level.

Take advantage of one of these new learning opportunities and then enjoy the full professional development experience at the ASA annual convention and expo, Oct. 25–27 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Preconvention programs require a separate and additional registration purchase. Add the THRIVE Live or the Emerging Leaders program to a full registration package when you register online at

Free ASA Webinar Tomorrow—California Pay Transparency Law

Don’t miss tomorrow’s ASA webinar “California’s New Pay Transparency Law: What Staffing Firms Need to Do NOW,” 2–3 p.m. Eastern time. Find out what preparations your firm should be making to get ready for the new California law that expands the scope of the state’s existing pay transparency laws. The law, which takes effect Jan. 1, will extend pay data reporting requirements to many staffing companies.

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

ASA Needs Volunteers—Sign Up on ASA Central

Are you looking for opportunities to contribute your skills and insights in the staffing industry, and serve as an industry leader? ASA is currently seeking dedicated members to serve on volunteer committees and councils—the deadline to apply is Oct. 31.

Apply for a volunteer opportunity to work directly with other members, learn about workforce trends and best practices, and build on your experience to become a thought leader with the association.