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Women Remain Underrepresented in Staffing Leadership Roles

Women comprise the majority of internal workforces in U.S. staffing firms, but remain underrepresented at the executive, c-suite, and board levels. This is according to data from the third gender equity benchmark survey led by the Women Business Collaborative with support from ASA, the National Association of Personnel Services, Staffing Industry Analysts, and TechServe Alliance.

“Women need access to more opportunities to thrive in staffing. Conversations like the upcoming webinar are vital to keeping the topic of developing future women leaders in staffing front and center in our industry,” said Joanie Bily, chair of ASA. “I’m proud to serve as chair of the American Staffing Association, an organization whose board has achieved gender parity. ASA will continue to help women staffing leaders receive the support they need to reach their full career potential.”

ASA is hosting industry thought leaders in the ASA webinar “A Panel Discussion on Gender Equity in the Staffing Industry—A Review of the 2023 Women Business Collaborative’s Staffing Industry Benchmark Survey,” Thursday, Dec. 14, 2–3 p.m. Eastern time.

State Legislative Wins: ASA Defeats Effort in Delaware to Create Nurse Rate Cap System

Through the remainder of the year in this space, ASA will recap the association’s efforts in successfully defeating or significantly mitigating proposed legislation that would have harmed the staffing industry.
Earlier this year, the Delaware House of Representatives introduced HB 199, a bill aimed at regulating temporary nurse staffing agencies. Among the provisions of the bill was language authorizing the state’s health department to “establish a maximum rate temporary nurse staffing agencies can charge long-term facilities.”

Working with Delaware lobbyist Ellen Valentino of the Cornerstone Government Affairs Group, ASA met with the bill’s sponsors and House and Senate leadership to express the industry’s concerns with the legislation as written. They discussed the potential problems a rate cap system posed to the state’s long-term care community and urged the legislature to take steps to address the nursing shortage instead of installing rate caps that will just exacerbate the nursing shortage and harm patient care.

When the legislature adjourned for the year at the end of June, no action had taken place on HB 199. Because legislation carries over to the second year of the legislative session, the bill is still active. ASA lobbyists are in the process of scheduling meetings with the bill’s sponsors to see what the future may hold for HB 199 and any other bill affecting temporary nurse staffing.

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This week, take a look at your colleagues’ discussions and some of the blogs they’ve posted on ASA Central:

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