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Get the Essential Desk Reference for Staffing Professionals

The 14th edition of Employment Law for Staffing Professionals is a must-have resource for navigating the many complex issues regarding the legal relationships between staffing firms, the employees they supply, and the clients that use their services. Help your employees find the information they need to reduce the risk of legal liability for your firm.

Revised in 2019, the book provides clarification on the often confusing and complex laws and regulations governing employment and the staffing industry. Details are provided in an easy-to-use format that can help every staffing professional act in accordance with the law and prevent potentially costly legal mistakes. View the contents and an excerpt online at americanstaffing.net.

Free ASA State of the Industry Webinar Tomorrow

Don’t miss the first ASA State of the Industry webinar of 2020 tomorrow, 3–4 p.m. Eastern time.

How can your firm navigate unforeseen challenges related to the Covid-19 pandemic to maintain operations in the year ahead? ASA and ClearlyRated, the association’s satisfaction survey partner, will share insights into the latest industry research; offer updates on ASA advocacy and Covid-19 legislation; and interview Leo Sheridan, chairman of the ASA board of directors, who will discuss industry challenges and opportunities during these uncertain times.

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 americanstaffing.net.

Welcome New ASA Members

The ASA board of directors and staff welcome the following new members, which joined during the week ending March 22.

Co-Staff
Delavan, WI
FlexProfessionals
Fairfax, VA
Long’s Human Resource Services
Mobile, AL
RRI Personnel Solutions Inc.
Purchase, NY

ASA Staffing Index Offers Weekly Updates on Employment Trends

Looking for real-time data on staffing employment? The ASA Staffing Index reports weekly changes in the number of people employed in temporary and contract work. The data will help your firm evaluate its performance against a national metric on both a weekly and long-term basis.

All staffing firms with U.S. operations are invited to participate in the ASA Staffing Index survey. Every Tuesday, participants receive an email with the results of the weekly survey, including figures by company size, and access to historical data and new dynamic charts. These data, which are not available anywhere else, allow staffing firms to compare how their business is doing on a weekly basis relative to similarly sized firms in the industry. There are no fees to participate in the three-question survey.

Don’t get stuck with outdated or unreliable data—sign up to participate in the ASA Staffing Index and receive the most up-to-date information about the staffing industry. For more information about the index, visit americanstaffing.net/staffing-index.

Resources on Diverse-Owned Businesses Available for ASA Members

Staffing companies—particularly small businesses and minority-, veteran-, LGBT-, and woman-owned businesses—find they may be able to partner with larger companies that have supplier diversity initiatives in place.

The ASA inclusion, diversity, equity, and advocacy (IDEA) group has developed guidance for ASA members interested in partnering with those companies or in becoming a diverse-owned certified business.

Visit americanstaffing.net/diversity for a directory of diversity certification organizations, a glossary of common terms, and more.

The Latest From Your Colleagues on ASA Central

ASA Central—the dynamic online community just for staffing professionals—is home to more than 20,000 staffing professional profiles and countless ongoing industry conversations.

This week, take a look at your colleagues’ discussions and some of the blogs they’ve posted on ASA Central: Get involved with the community—update your profile today so you can network with colleagues, join a section community, recommend and comment on your colleagues’ posts, and share your own blog or discussion post. Log in to ASA Central now.

Seyfarth Publishes Business Continuity Plan

To prepare for a natural or manmade disaster, companies—including staffing firms—should have continuity plans to assist in the continuance of their essential functions. Staffing firms’ continuity plans must also take into account the operation of client sites to which temporary workers are assigned.

To help staffing firms prepare, Seyfarth has developed a sample Pandemic/Public Health Emergency Business Continuity Plan.

The document is one of several new resources available at americanstaffing.net/covid-19, the association’s COVID-19 microsite. The page is continuously being updated with tools staffing companies can use to address the safety of their workforces and find reliable information about the coronavirus.

Are Staffing Firms Considered ‘Essential Businesses’ During the COVID-19 Crisis?

State and local governments across the U.S. are issuing mandatory shutdown orders, “shelter-in-place” orders, and related interpretive guidance—all designed to immediately restrict the congregation and movement of people during the COVID-19 pandemic. These orders vary in substance and specific restrictions, but most exclude from the restrictions “life-sustaining” or “essential businesses” that may keep their brick-and-mortar offices open. Nonessential businesses must close their offices and may engage in remote work.

Many staffing firms provide temporary and contract workers to essential or life-sustaining businesses such as hospitals, pharmacies, and warehouses. Some state orders simply refer to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Guidance, issued by DHS’ Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency on March 19, which identifies workers who should be considered essential to critical infrastructure across many industry sectors. Other orders do not explicitly allow for companies servicing essential businesses to remain open and either omit staffing from their lists of essential businesses or denote employment-related services as nonessential.

Some orders allow businesses that supply essential businesses with essential services to remain open, and ASA believes that a strong argument can be made that staffing firms providing workers to such business provide essential services—and thus should be allowed to keep their offices open and staff them to the extent necessary to provide those services.

Free ASA State of the Industry Webinar Next Week

In a time of uncertainty, how can your firm navigate industry trends to maintain operations in the year ahead? ASA and ClearlyRated, the association’s satisfaction survey partner, will present the first ASA State of the Industry webinar of 2020 Tuesday, March 31, 3–4 p.m. Eastern time. This first session of the year will share insights into the latest industry research and provide legislative updates.

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 americanstaffing.net.

ASA Partners With RILA to Address Critical Need for U.S. Retail Workers During COVID-19 Pandemic

ASA and the Retail Industry Leaders Association are joining forces to offer an innovative solution to address the immediate, acute need to fill openings for retail workers at essential businesses like grocery stores and pharmacies that provide critical services during the course of the COVID-19 pandemic.

ASA now provides an online, searchable directory, at americanstaffing.net/RILA, to connect RILA member retailers to ASA member staffing agencies that can fill high-demand roles like warehouse workers; store clerks for unloading, stocking, cleaning, and sanitizing; cashiers and greeters; forklift selectors and pickers; and delivery drivers.

“The U.S. staffing and recruiting industry is ready to source and deploy talent wherever and whenever it is needed most during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Richard Wahlquist, ASA president and chief executive officer. “ASA is proud to work together with RILA as part of the staffing industry’s commitment to ensuring that America has access to a skilled flexible workforce to support the uninterrupted flow of essential goods and services during this unprecedented time of challenge to our nation and our world.”