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Show Your Team You Value Them and Their Career Development

Investing in the career development of your internal team sends a powerful message about your company. Before the year closes, purchase ASA certification packages for your employees to show them you value their future with your company. Plus, through Dec. 31, you can take advantage of the ASA certification sale. You’ll get a 20% discount on certification products—including certification packages, a la carte study materials, exams, lapel pins, certificate frames, and travel mugs and tumblers.

Learn more about the most prestigious certification program in the staffing industry, and then place your order in the ASA store. Use the discount code HOLIDAY22 by Dec. 31 and save 20%.

ASA Advocacy: Enforcement of New York City AI Law Postponed Until April 2023

The New York City Department of Consumer and Worker Protection has announced it will delay enforcing the city’s artificial intelligence law (Local Law 144), which has an effective date of Jan. 1, 2023.

Details from the department’s December 2022 Update include the following: “DCWP is working on rules for Local Law 144 of 2021 (automated employment decision tools). Due to the high volume of public comments, we are planning a second public hearing. In the meantime, we will not enforce Local Law 144 until April 15, 2023.”

ASA, along with the New York Staffing Association and its lobbying firm Constantinople & Vallone Consulting, have engaged with DCWP such that any final rules take into account industry concerns. ASA will continue to work with the agency and will keep members apprised as the rulemaking process continues to unfold.

Free ASA Webinar Tomorrow—Politics in the Workplace

Don’t miss tomorrow’s ASA webinar “Politics in the Workplace—Keeping the Peace, 2–3 p.m. Eastern time. Amid all the recent political turmoil, get insights on how much politics to allow in the workplace, how to navigate sticky situations regarding employee political activity, and how to keep the workplace from becoming toxic.

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

Relaunched for 2023: ASA Staffing Operations Benchmarking Survey Now Open

Participate in the ASA Staffing Operations Benchmarking Survey and gain exclusive online access to a wealth of data and company benchmarks that focus specifically on temporary and contract staffing and direct hire search and placement services. This survey provides an up-to-date collection of indispensable data that informs decision-making so your staffing company can position itself for growth and increased margins. Participating companies receive early access to a discounted, personalized version of the final report.

The survey is based on peer input from staffing companies of varying sizes from across the U.S. and features more than 120 benchmarks for temporary and contract staffing, and direct hire search and placement services. Learn more and register to participate at

NY Court Rules Arbitration Agreement Covers Staffing Agency Client Despite Contractual Disclaimer  

In a favorable ruling for the staffing industry, a New York federal district court ruled that a temporary employee who brought claims against both a staffing agency and its client was compelled to arbitrate those claims against the client, notwithstanding that the staffing agency and its client had a separate agreement stating that neither party had authority to bind or hold itself out as an agent of the other.

The court granted the client’s motion to compel arbitration, noting that the disclaimer of a “general agency relationship” between the staffing agency and client did not prevent the client from benefitting from the staffing agency’s agreements with its employees. Further, the court reasoned that the client might avoid mandatory arbitration if it had itself wanted to litigate the matter, but that the employee could not force the client into litigation.

To read the case, see Jia Deng v. Frequency Electronics Inc., 2022 WL 16923999 (E.D.N.Y. 2022).