January 31, 2020

ASA Staffing Law Conference Session Lineup Announced—Register Online Now

The 2020 ASA Staffing Law Conference takes place May 7–8 at the Grand Hyatt Washington in Washington, DC. It is the only event dedicated to the legal and legislative issues affecting the U.S. staffing industry.

Conference sessions will include
  • How the 2020 Elections Could Affect Business“—Charlie Cook, editor and publisher of the Cook Political Report (sponsored by ASA corporate partner Essential StaffCARE)
  • Breaking Bud: Compliance, Safety Issues, and New Business“— Sofia Bowden, director of compliance, ASGN Inc.; Diane J. Geller, partner, Fox Rothschild LLP; and Joanna S. Monroe, president and chief executive officer, Consult JSM
  • Test Your Legal Knowledge: How a Multistate Mishmash Affects Staffing Operations“— Katharine Beattie, member, Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky & Popeo; Jason B. Klimpl, partner, Tannenbaum Helpern Syracuse & Hirschtritt LLP; and Robert T. Szyba, partner, labor and employment, Seyfarth Shaw LLP
  • The Next Big Thing$ You Have to Worry About—Data Breaches and Ransomware“— Devon Ackerman, managing director, cyber risk, and head of incident response, North America, Kroll, a division of Duff & Phelps; Pat Haggerty, partner, BakerHostetler
  • Your Form I-9 Practices Under a Magnifying Glass: Immigration Enforcement and Staffing Companies“—Helen L. Konrad, director, McCandlish Holton PC; and Liza Zamd, senior trial attorney, civil rights division, immigrant and employee rights section, U.S. Department of Justice (sponsored by Maximus)
For a full list of sessions, descriptions, and presenters, visit staffinglawconference.net—and register by March 20 for the best rate available.

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Florida Appellate Court: Presume Irreparable Harm When Construing Noncompete Agreements
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Upcoming Events

 

ManpowerGroup Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2019 Results

ManpowerGroup News Release (01/31/20)
ManpowerGroup reported revenues of $5.20 billion in the fourth quarter of 2019, down 3.6% (down 1.8% in constant currency) from $5.39 billion in the fourth quarter of 2018. Net earnings totaled $138.8 million, down 12.4% (down 10.4% in constant currency) from $158.3 million in the year-ago quarter. U.S. revenue totaled $626.8 million, down 0.9% (down 0.9% in constant currency) from $632.3 million on a year-to-year basis. U.S. operating unit profit fell 12.1% (down 12.1% in constant currency) to $28.8 million in the quarter. Financial results in the quarter were impacted by the stronger U.S. dollar relative to foreign currencies compared with the prior-year period.

For all of 2019, revenue totaled $20.86 billion, down 5.1% (down 0.9% in constant currency) from $21.99 billion in 2018. Net earnings totaled $465.7 million, down 16.4% (down 13.3% in constant currency) from $556.7 million in the prior year. U.S. revenue totaled $2.51 billion, down 0.6% (down 0.6% in constant currency) from $2.52 billion on a year-to-year basis. U.S. operating unit profit fell 13.4% (down 13.4% in constant currency) to $113.2 million for the year.

“We executed well in a slow growth global economy,” said Jonas Prising, chairman and chief executive officer, adding that “we are excited to announce today’s launch of our new brand Talent Solutions, combining three of our current global offerings to leverage our deep expertise in RPO, Tapfin MSP, and Right Management. This is how we will continue to deliver new solutions and create added value that addresses our clients’ complex global workforce needs.”

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Robert Half Reports Fourth-Quarter and Year-End Financial Results

Robert Half International News Release (01/30/20)
Robert Half International reported revenues of $1.54 billion for the fourth quarter of 2019, up from $1.48 billion for the fourth quarter of 2018. Net income totaled $112.8 million, up from $113.6 million in the year-ago quarter. U.S. revenues rose 5.7% in the fourth quarter of 2019 compared with the same period last year, in constant currency and adjusted for billing days. U.S. temporary and consultant staffing revenues grew 3.2%, permanent placement revenues grew 3.2%, and Protiviti revenues grew 17.5%

For all of 2019, revenues totaled $6.07 billion, up from $5.80 billion in 2018. Net income totaled $454.4 million, up from $434.3 million the prior year.

“We ended 2019 with continued strength in the U.S. job market and solid demand for our professional staffing and consulting services,” said M. Keith Waddell, chief executive officer.

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VillageMD Acquires Summit Medical Group of Arizona

PRNewswire (01/30/20)
VillageMD, a national provider of primary care, and its affiliates, have signed an agreement to acquire Summit Medical Group of Arizona. Nearly 50 providers, including primary care physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants, will join VillageMD across six Arizona-based clinics in 2020. The clinics will be transitioned to VillageMD’s primary care Village Medical brand later this year.

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Mountain Ltd., a System One Division, Acquires Level 5 Consulting Engineers

PRWeb (01/28/20)
Pittsburgh-based System One division Mountain Ltd., a global engineering services provider to the telecommunications industry, has acquired Level 5 Consulting Engineers, a wireless telecommunication architecture and engineering services provider. The acquisition enhances Mountain’s core capabilities, adding the ability to deliver structural engineering services with professional engineering licenses nationwide.

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Worker Pay and Benefits No Longer Growing Faster Despite Unemployment at 50-Year Low

MarketWatch (01/31/20) Bartash, Jeffry
Despite the lowest unemployment rate in 50 years, employees aren’t seeing large increases in wages and benefits. The employment cost index advanced 0.7% in the fourth quarter, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. That was in line with the MarketWatch forecast.

The rise in wages and benefits in 2019 slowed to a 2.7% pace from a post 2008 recession high of 2.9% in 2018. Other measures of pay and benefits also indicate that the growth in compensation seems to have peaked.

Wages rose 0.7% in the fourth quarter, while benefits increased 0.5%. Wages and salaries have advanced 2.9% in the past 12 months, down from 3.1% in 2018. The increase in benefits slowed to a 2.2% annual rate from 2.8%.

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ASA Board Names New Officer

At the ASA board of directors meeting on Jan. 19, Joanie Bily Courtney, president of RemX (a division of EmployBridge Holding Co.), was confirmed as secretary. Other officers include chairman Leo Sheridan, chief executive officer and president of the Advanced Group; first vice chairman Joyce Russell, president of the Adecco Group US Foundation; second vice chairman W. Benjamin “Ben” Elliott, U.S. chief financial officer for Randstad North America; and treasurer Threase Baker, TSC, CSP, president and owner of Abbtech Professional Resources Inc.

For brief bios of the association’s board of directors, visit americanstaffing.net.

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Plan for These Free ASA Webinars Next Month

The next few weeks will be full of free education from ASA. These upcoming ASA Webinars can help you learn about worker safety, creatively marketing to candidates, and more.

Feb. 5—”Setting KPIs for Success in Health Care Staffing
New technology means new ways to measure your company’s recruiting targets and set key performance indicators. Learn how to evaluate the metrics you’re using and set KPIs that align with recruitment strategies.

Feb. 13—”OSHA’s Safety and Health in Shipyard Employment Bulletin
Get an overview of the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s guidance on protecting the health and safety of temporary workers in shipyard employment.

Feb. 18—”Traditional MSP Models Are Losing Relevancy—How You Can Step In and Fill the Gap
Find out how to take more market share and add more value for clients by offering creative contingent workforce management solutions.

Feb. 19—”Keeping Your Workers Safe and Your Firm Compliant, Part 2
In the second session of a three-part series on compliance best practices for industrial staffing, find out how to prepare for an inspection by compliance safety and health officers from the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

Feb. 25—”LinkedIn Best Practices: Answering the Top Staffing Questions
Get tips on using LinkedIn to its full extent with tools such as sponsored posts, targeted ads, and live video.

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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Pledge to Get Talent Back to Work

ASA is an inaugural signatory of the “Getting Talent Back to Work” pledge—part of an effort led by the Society for Human Resource Management to help provide employment opportunities to qualified people with criminal backgrounds. The pledge follows congressional passage of the “First Step Act,” a bipartisan criminal justice reform law.

To assist companies making the pledge, SHRM developed the Getting Talent Back to Work Tool Kit, which is designed to help businesses apply evidence-based best practices for hiring applicants with a criminal background, understand the legal factors involved, and get practical guidance from industry leaders on recruiting this diverse group of people. ASA member companies are encouraged to join ASA in signing the pledge.

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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 Jan. 26.

AllCare Medical Services
Hauppage, NY
Health Advocates Network
Boca Raton, FL
IonIdea Inc. dba Talent Tigers
Fairfax, VA
One Stop Staffing Solutions
Fairlawn, OH
Pon Partners
San Rafael, CA

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