January 23, 2020

Registration Now Open—Come to the ASA Staffing Law Conference

The 2019 ASA Staffing Law Conference takes place May 7–8 at the Grand Hyatt Washington in Washington, DC, and you won’t want to miss it—this is the only event dedicated to the legal and regulatory issues facing staffing companies.

The conference will feature discussions of such topics as immigration enforcement, electronic data security, and marijuana regulations—plus a special session with political analyst Charlie Cook on how the 2020 elections could affect business.

Go to americanstaffing.net and register by March 20 to get the best rate available.

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Upcoming Events


Jobless Claims Rise Slightly in Mid-January

MarketWatch (01/23/20) Bartash, Jeffry

The number of people who applied for unemployment benefits in mid-January edged up, but layoffs remain near a 50-year low and there’s no sign of deterioration in the most robust labor market in decades. Jobless claims rose by 6,000 to 211,000 in the week ended Jan. 18, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. The figures are seasonally adjusted. The monthly average of claims dropped by 3,250 to 213,250.

New unemployment claims are viewed as an approximate measure of how many people are losing their jobs. They briefly dropped below 200,000 last April to a 50-year low and have hovered in the low 200,000s since then.

The economy is growing more slowly, but consumers continue to spend. As a result, companies are under little pressure to cut payrolls with sales still growing and skilled labor in short supply.

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Conference Board U.S. Leading Index

Conference Board News Release (01/23/20)

The Conference Board Leading Economic Index® (LEI)for theU.S. declined 0.3 percent in December to 111.2 (2016 = 100), following a 0.1 percent increase in November, and a 0.2 percent decline in October.

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Free ASA Webinar Today—Keeping Workers Safe

Don’t miss the ASA webinar “Keeping Your Workers Safe and Your Firm Compliant, Part 1.” It takes place today from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Eastern time. Find out how to keep your temporary workers safe during the first session in a three-part webinar series focusing on temporary worker safety and legal compliance.

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.

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Get Free Staffing Employment and Sales Data—Participate in the ASA Quarterly Survey

Don’t miss your chance to get the staffing and recruiting data you need. The association’s quarterly Staffing Employment and Sales Survey for the fourth quarter of 2019 is now open. Participate in the survey and compare how your company is doing with similar-sized companies and firms within your industry sector.

After completing the survey, you will be able to access an exclusive online report archive, which includes benchmarks for the number of direct hire searches and permanent placements, sector-specific gross margin trends, and payroll and productivity metrics by company size. Participate by Feb. 21 to get the staffing industry information you’re looking for.

Register to take the survey at americanstaffing.net/quarterly-survey. There are no fees to participate.

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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.

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