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Maximize Your Staffing World Experience—Add a Preconvention Program

Are you ready for Staffing World®, the industry’s biggest event? The ASA annual convention and expo, Oct. 3–5 at the Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, NC, will give you the chance to choose among more than 30 learning sessions in 12 major content categories—including business development, talent management, technology, and more.

Among the new learning opportunities this year are preconvention programs that will take place before the convention begins:

  • THRIVE Live (presented by the ASA women in leadership interest group)
  • Staffing Firm Owners Masterclass
  • Recruiting Masterclass

These preconvention programs take place Monday, Oct. 2, and Tuesday, Oct. 3; separate registration is required. Visit to learn more and register.

Free ASA Webinar Today—Improve Client and Talent Interactions

Don’t miss the ASA webinar “Unlocking ROI: Maximizing Your Client and Talent Experience Initiatives.” takes place today from 2 to 3 p.m. Eastern time. Eric Gregg of ClearlyRated, an ASA corporate partner, will speak with panelists representing Best of Staffing award-winning firms—they’ll discuss the lessons they learned while implementing client and talent experience initiatives. Sponsored by ClearlyRated.

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

Network in Your Niche During ASA Virtual Networking Calls Starting This Month

As your staffing firm faces evolving challenges and tries to answer unexpected questions, are you dealing with questions that are specific to your sector of the staffing industry? Get insight from industry peers during a peer networking call where you can discuss top-of-mind challenges and devise solutions. Calls are facilitated by volunteers from ASA (participants will not receive official legal updates or guidance regarding Covid-19).

Get the full schedule and register at

  • Office–administrative section: Tuesday, Aug. 22, 1–2 p.m. Eastern time
  • Direct hire section: Wednesday, Aug. 23, 1–2 p.m. Eastern time
  • Engineering, IT, and scientific section: Thursday, Aug. 24, 1–2 p.m. Eastern time
  • Industrial section: Tuesday, Sept. 19, 1–2 p.m. Eastern time
  • Professional–managerial section: Wednesday, Sept. 20, 1–2 p.m. Eastern time
  • Technology disruptions in health care staffing discussion: Thursday, Sept. 21, 1–2 p.m. Eastern time
  • Hospitality staffing: Tuesday, Sept. 26, 1–2 p.m. Eastern time

Networking calls are open to ASA members and members of ASA sections, which are sector-specific communities that provide resources, webinars, town hall forums, and sector-specific news for member companies and their employees. To join a section, update your profile on ASA Central.

Illinois Department of Labor Issues Emergency Day and Temporary Labor Services Act Regulations

On Aug. 7, the Illinois Department of Labor filed emergency rules and proposed permanent rules to implement HB 2862/PA 103-437. The law, which amends the state’s Day and Temporary Labor Services Act—applicable to industrial laborers—became effective Aug. 4. The act does not apply to professional and clerical workers.

The emergency rules designate certain provisions of the proposed permanent rules as effective Aug. 7. The remainder of the proposed rules will be published Aug. 18, subject to a 45-day (minimum) public comment period.

The provisions covered by the emergency rules include safety hazard assessment and training; client obligations; equal pay after 90 days; disclosure of placement fees; the right to refuse assignment to labor disputes; and enforcement. The Emergency Rules also include a complete description of the subjects and issues involved, including definitions for new terms—including “benefits,” “hazard,” “interested party,” “labor dispute,” “right to sue letter,” and several terms necessary to assess what constitutes “equal work.”

The emergency rules make clear that the provision allowing a 90-day waiting period before the equal pay mandate applies is not retroactive. Rather, the provision applies only to employees who have worked 90 days after the Aug. 4 effective date of the amendments to the act.

The emergency rules will expire in 150 days or upon adoption of permanent rules, whichever comes first. Information and questions regarding this emergency rule should be directed to Anna Koeppel, the legislative and policy director at the Illinois Department of Labor, at