August 7, 2020

AMN Healthcare Announces Second Quarter 2020 Results
BLS: Staffing Employment Rises in July
About Half of Small Businesses Are Attempting to Hire; Labor Market Remains Weak
Making Employees Sign a Covid-19 Waiver Is a Bad Idea
Seventh Annual National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls Rescheduled for September
Extended Rights for ‘High-Risk’ Employees in Washington State
Wisconsin Employers Must Act Before Aug. 15 to Secure Unemployment Insurance Account Credit Benefits
Wisconsin Issues State-Wide Emergency Face Covering Order
Job Cuts Rise in July to Near-Record Levels
Majority of Organizations Plan to Transition to Remote Work

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ASA Advocates for Business Protection, UI Reform, and PPP Forgiveness

Over the past several months, ASA has advocated for Congress to act aggressively and provide liability protection for businesses, unemployment insurance relief for employers, and PPP loan forgiveness for small businesses.

ASA, along with nearly 500 business groups including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, has urged Congress to pass temporary liability relief provisions in the next Covid-19 relief bill. This effort is crucial to ensuring that staffing firms and other businesses receive protection against unwarranted and inequitable liability lawsuits after they begin to open brick-and-mortar operations.

As businesses continue to deal with the fallout of the pandemic, a top concern for employers is unemployment insurance. ASA has been urging Congress to explore alternatives to the $600 per week in additional benefits awarded and has requested the transfer of federal funds to state unemployment insurance trust funds equal to the amount of benefits paid due to Covid-19.

ASA and nearly 150 other trade associations urged passage of HR 7777, the Paycheck Protection Program Small Business Forgiveness Act. This bipartisan legislation would forgive all PPP loans of less than $150,000 upon the borrower’s submission of a simple document.

Negotiations between the House, Senate, and White House on these issues appear to be at a standstill, but discussions are continuing. Given everything that is at stake, and the fact that there will be an election in less than 100 days, it looks like some agreement will be reached in the coming weeks that will address all three issues. The timing and the total amount of the eventual compromise is still very much in the air.

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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 for a directory of diversity certification organizations, a glossary of common terms, and more.

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Welcome New ASA Members

The ASA board of directors and staff welcome the following new members, which joined during the week ending Aug. 2.

Career Start
Rochester, NY
EnterForce Inc.
Pewaukee, WI
Strategic Healthcare Staffing
Merrillville, IN
Wilton Enterprises
Denver, CO

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