January 15, 2020
ASA Staffing Connect events are designed to deliver targeted content and local networking opportunities for the staffing, recruiting, and workforce solutions industry at regional and state levels. Join fellow members at these upcoming events, with sessions organized into a content track for owners and c-suite executives and another content track for sales, recruiting, and marketing professionals. April 22–24—ASA Staffing Connect: East Crowne Plaza Executive Park Charlotte, NC May 13–15—ASA Staffing Connect: South Westin Irving Convention Center at Las Colinas Irving, TX ASA-certified professionals can earn continuing education hours toward maintaining their ASA credential. Visit americanstaffing.net to learn more and to register for an event near you.
AB 51 Update: Court Continues Temporary Restraining Order on California’s Arbitration Statute
Key Employment Law Issues Facing New York Employers in 2020
Ban-the-Box Law Limits Criminal Background Inquiries by Federal Contractors Beginning in December 2021
New York Appellate Court Upholds Department of Labor’s Payroll Card Regulations
National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries Released
Trade War With China Took Toll on U.S., but Not Big One
Kelly Services has acquired Insight, a Cherry Hill, NJ-based education service staffing firm that has partnered with school districts in Illinois, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. Insight will merge with Kelly Education.
PPI Shows Tepid Increase in U.S. Wholesale Inflation at the End of 2019
MarketWatch (01/15/20) Bartash, Jeffry
The wholesale cost of goods and services barely advanced in December, suggesting there was little inflationary pressure building up at the end of 2019. The producer price index edged up 0.1% last month. Economists surveyed by MarketWatch had forecast a 0.2% rise. Wholesale inflation increased just 1.3% in 2019—half as much as it did in 2018.
The cost of goods rose 0.3% in December, with most of the increase linked to higher prices for gasoline. Energy prices increased 3.3% in 2019 but are still fairly low overall. Core PPI, which strips put food and energy, ticked up 0.1% last month. The 12-month core rate rose to 1.5% from 1.3%, but it’s much lower now that it was a year ago.
The Conference Board Help Wanted OnLine Index rose in December and now stands at 102.4, up from 101.7 in November. The index declined 0.3% from the prior month and is down 2.0% from a year ago. The professional occupational category experienced increases in community and social services (2.0%), health care practitioners (1.8%), architecture and engineering (1.0%), and computer and mathematical science (0.7%). The services and production occupational category experienced increases in farming, fishing, and forestry (3.9%), building and grounds (3.6%), health care support (2.5%), and personal care and service (1.4%).
Business activity grew to a small degree in New York State, according to firms responding to the January 2020 Empire State Manufacturing Survey. The headline general business conditions index was little changed at 4.8. New orders and shipments edged higher. Delivery times were somewhat shorter, and inventories held steady. Employment continued to expand, though the average workweek was unchanged. Both input prices and selling prices increased at a significantly faster pace than in December. Optimism about the six-month outlook remained subdued, and capital spending plans remained firm.
Your staffing firm must be prepared to defend itself against phishing and ransomware attacks and to mitigate potential criminal, civil, and regulatory damages if a breach occurs. Find out what you can do to protect your firm during the ASA webinar “Protect Your Firm Against Ransomware and Cyber Attacks.” It takes place Tuesday, Jan. 21, 3–4 p.m. Eastern time. 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 has partnered with Kantola Training Solutions to provide a full-service, cost-effective solution for the harassment prevention training needs of staffing companies. It’s easy to administer and keeps records for you—it can even track the time an employee spends on training. It’s designed to fulfill local and state requirements from New York to California, and more. The training was co-developed with Littler, the world’s largest labor and employment law firm, and is being offered by ASA with support from World Wide Specialty Programs, an ASA corporate partner. Visit americanstaffing.net/harassmentprevention for a preview and to request a quote.
ASA Corporate Partners