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ASA Awards Deadline Extended to This Friday

The deadline to submit entries for ASA awards programs has been extended to this Friday, June 16. Submit your entries today for the ASA National Staffing Employee of the Year and Sector All-Stars (which is sponsored by StaffPRO3, a division of PMC Insurance Group), the ASA Elevate Awards, and ASA Care Awards.

The ASA National Staffing Employee of the Year is an outstanding temporary or contract employee who exemplifies the promise of staffing employment. The ASA Elevate Awards recognize outstanding, innovative, and effective work-based learning programs that train, reskill, and upskill temporary and contract employees. The ASA Care Awards honor the most outstanding social responsibility initiatives among ASA members.

Award recipients will be celebrated during Staffing World®, the ASA annual convention and expo, Oct. 3-5 in Charlotte, NC; featured in ASA publications; and spotlighted on the ASA website, in national news media outreach, and in social media campaigns. It’s free to enter.

Free ASA Webinar Tomorrow—Outsourcing Health Care Staffing Functions

Don’t miss tomorrow’s ASA webinar “Outsourcing Various Functions of Health Care Staffing Firms,” 2–3 p.m. Eastern time. As health care staffing companies realize the workflow and financial benefits of using a third party contractor, a growing number of firms are outsourcing their various health care staffing functions. Hear from industry experts Thad Dufelmeier and JoEllen Ryan, from Healthcare Staffing Hire, who leveraged outsourcing to gain a competitive edge. They will provide guidance to help health care staffing firms learn best practices and explore process outsourcing options. Presented by the ASA health care section and sponsored by Bullhorn

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

Plan Your Professional Development at Staffing World—Review the Session Descriptions Online

Staffing World®, the ASA annual convention and expo, will bring together the brightest minds in the staffing community. You’ll find valuable insights, networking opportunities, and inspiration to accelerate your firm’s growth in Charlotte, NC, Oct. 3–5.

Session descriptions are now available online. Visit for details about the learning opportunities—more than 30 sessions in 12 major content categories—and start planning your learning experience.

Staffing World takes place Oct. 3–5 at the Charlotte Convention Center, and the early registration rate has been extended through June 16. Visit for more information and to register at the best available rate. After this Friday, registration packages will increase by at least $200 per person.

IRS Clarifies Status of Fixed-Indemnity Health Plans Claiming Big Tax Savings

In a memorandum dated May 9 and publicly released on Friday, the Office of Chief Counsel of the U.S. Internal Revenue Service has determined that payments made under fixed-indemnity health plans must be treated as wages subject to federal income and payroll tax withholding if the employees have no unreimbursed medical expenses related to the payments. The memorandum supports the ASA view of the tax issues, as presented in a May 19 ASA Staffing Law Conference session and related ASA Issue Paper. Visit for a summary of the IRS memorandum prepared by ASA benefits counsel Alden Bianchi of McDermott Will & Emery LLP and ASA senior counsel Ed Lenz.

California ‘Stop the Shakedowns’ Coalition Seeks Contributions for PAGA Repeal Campaign

In August 2022, the California secretary of state announced the California Fair Pay and Employer Accountability Act will be voted upon by California residents as a ballot proposition in November 2024. The act seeks to repeal California’s Private Attorneys General Act, which allows employees to file lawsuits against employers on behalf of themselves, other employees, and the state of California for labor code violations, potentially creating huge settlements for trial lawyers and minimal payouts for aggrieved employees.

If passed, the Fair Pay and Employer Accountability Act would put California employees’ claims back in the hands of the state, rather than in the control of trial lawyers. The act would also eliminate the stacking of penalties and direct 100% of penalty payments back to any aggrieved employees.

Stop the Shakedowns, a coalition of California-based employer groups and trade associations, is leading the charge to repeal PAGA. According to its website, the coalition engages in public education, legislation, and court cases to achieve PAGA reform.

Currently, Stop the Shakedowns is seeking monetary contributions for its continued and sustained advocacy efforts. Interested employers may visit the coalition’s website and click the “Donate” button to make a contribution.

U.S. Department of Labor Urges Employers to Have a Plan to Protect Outdoor Workers From Hazards Associated With Poor Air QualityM

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