June 4, 2021

BLS: Staffing Employment Changed Little in May
EmployBridge to be Acquired by Apollo Funds
Vaco Continues Expansion, Acquires Alluvion
Nearly Half of Small Businesses Unable to Fill Job Openings
Business Activity Growth Rate Accelerates to Record High in May
ISM: Services Activity Grows in May
Reverse Discrimination Risks to Consider in Managing ESG Aspirations
Filipino Nurses Win $1.56 Million in Trafficking Victims Case
Washington Staffing Firms and Work Site Employers Must Now Train Temporary Employees on Workplace Safety Hazards
Returning to In-Person Work: What California Employers Need to Know
Challenger: Job Cuts Remain Low As Summer Starts; Hiring Announcements Fall
Conference Board: U.S. Businesses Face Historic Difficulty Finding Qualified Workers

Upcoming Events

ASA and Industry Advocacy Thwart Two California Bills Affecting Staffing

As the California legislature approached its deadline for moving bills from the house of origin to the second house, advocacy efforts led by ASA, its affiliated chapter California Staffing Professionals, and California lobbyist Mike Robson of Edelstein Gilbert Robson & Smith LLC were instrumental in derailing two California bills that would have had a major negative impact on the staffing industry.

AB 650 would have required covered employers, including health care staffing agencies, to pay hazard pay retention bonuses in 2022. AB 1192 would have required large employers to annually collect and submit wage and other worker-related statistics to the Labor and Workforce Development Agency.

The staffing industry worked with several business groups and trade associations, including the California Hospital Association, in opposing AB 650, urging lawmakers to reject the bill due to its cost implications. Regarding AB 1192, ASA and CSP argued that, given the varying nature of temporary assignments, temporary worker wage and other metrics submitted by staffing agencies would be misleading.

Following weeks of discussions and negotiations, both AB 650 and AB 1192 were moved to the inactive file, meaning they will not be taken up this year. Both bills can be reconsidered during the 2022 legislative session and ASA will re-engage if necessary next year.

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Free ASA Webinar on June 18—Digital Marketing Trends

With nearly everything happening virtually in the past year, prospective clients are looking online to validate (or discredit) their decision to partner with you. Does your online presence help or hurt you? Learn how building your brand credibility, online visibility, and lead generation will help you come out of Covid-19 stronger during the first session in a two-part webinar series on digital marketing trends for 2021: “The Proven Process: How Marketing Can Help You Come Out of Covid-19 Stronger.” It takes place Friday, June 18, 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.

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ASA Staffing Index Offers Up-to-Date View of Staffing Employment

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, now including Staffing Starts (new assignments). 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 five-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.

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Welcome New Members

The ASA board of directors and staff welcome the following new members, which joined during the week ending May 30.

Atlas MedStaff LLC
Omaha, NE

Employ Partners
Marietta, GA

NRS Staffing LLC
Fredericksburg, VA

PIL&M Inc.
North Highlands, CA

Victory Agency
Fort Myers, FL

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