March 14, 2024

ASA Workforce Monitor: Workers Say Age Puts Them at a Disadvantage in Job Searches

A staggering 78% of Baby Boomers (ages 60–78) believe their age would be a contributing factor when being considered for a new position, according to the latest ASA Workforce Monitor® study commissioned by the American Staffing Association and conducted online by The Harris Poll. By comparison, 55% of Gen Z (ages 18–27) feel this way, along with 51% of Gen X (ages 44–59), and 39% of Millennials (ages 28–43). The survey also found that two-thirds of Baby Boomers (68%) believe their age puts them at a disadvantage when finding a new job, compared with 53% of Gen X, 29% of Millennials, and 48% of Gen Z.

“It’s time for a paradigm shift in how the U.S. labor market views older workers,” said Richard Wahlquist, chief executive officer at the American Staffing Association. “Discrimination based on age is illegal and cannot be tolerated. But routing out persistent and growing ageism requires much more than stepped-up legal enforcement. “Policy makers and HR leaders need to work together to correct and overcome the misconceptions, stereotypes, and biases—conscious and unconscious—of the past. Mature workers have the knowledge as well as the workplace skills accumulated over a lifetime that America needs today and will need even more in the future.”

Overall, a majority of Baby Boomers (53%) say their age limits their career opportunities. Employed Baby Boomers are also less likely (42%) to ask for a raise in 2024, compared with their younger employed counterparts: 66% of Gen Z, 67% of Millennials, and 51% of Gen X. The Boomer generation is also far less likely to search for a new job in 2024 (21%) compared with their younger counterparts (Gen Z: 69%; Millennial: 50%; Gen X: 37%).

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Grassroots Effort Defeats Iowa Nurse Agency Rate Cap

Earlier this year, the Iowa House of Representatives introduced HF 2391, a bill aimed at regulating temporary nurse staffing agencies. Among the provisions of the bill was language authorizing the state’s health department to “establish an annual rate schedule that shall be no greater than one hundred fifty percent of the statewide average wage paid in the most recently preceding cost report year by a specific type of health care entity to a nursing services professional, within a specific nursing services professional category.”

Industry representatives led by Iowa lobbyists Bill Dix and Logan Shine; former ASA chair Bob Livonius; and Steve Heeg, chief executive officer of ASA member company Grape Tree Medical Services met with the bill’s sponsor, House Speaker Pat Grassley (R-New Hartford), to express their concerns with the legislation as written.

Although the House passed the bill, when it moved to the Senate, the group intensified its advocacy with key lawmakers. They explained the problems a rate cap system posed to the state’s long-term care community and urged lawmakers to address the nursing shortage instead of imposing rate caps that will exacerbate the shortage and harm patient care.

Yesterday, that hard work paid off when the workforce committee of the Iowa Senate failed to advance the bill to the Senate floor. Although it is possible the rate cap language could be included in another bill, HF 2391 is dead—thanks in large part to the Iowa group that led the opposition effort and to all the health care staffing firms that weighed in with the Senate workforce committee.

Prior to the ASA Staffing Law & Compliance Conference, ASA will host a special compliance preconference program called “Health Care Staffing: Legal and Legislative Updates,” which takes place Wednesday, May 15, 1–5 p.m. at the Westin Washington, DC, Downtown. Separate registration is required, and to register for the preconference program you must register for the Staffing Law & Compliance Conference, which begins at the same location the next day. Early registration rates are available now, but rates will increase after tomorrow. Visit to register for both events.

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Free ASA Webinar Today—Gender Inclusiveness in the Industry

Don’t miss the ASA webinar “Celebrating Women’s History Month: Uniting to Inspire Inclusion.” It takes place today from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Eastern time. ASA, ClearEdge, TechServe Alliance, Staffing Industry Analysts, National Association of Personnel Services, and Women Business Collaborative have teamed up to celebrate Women’s History Month and present a program on gender inclusiveness in the staffing industry. Panelists Eric Gregg of ClearlyRated, the association’s satisfaction survey partner; Francesca Profeta of Staffing Industry Analysts; and Kip Wright of Inspyr Solutions will speak with Leslie Vickrey of ClearEdge Marketing about the challenges women face as they seek gender equity in the industry—including pay equity, self worth, career progression, and more.

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

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Discounts End Tomorrow—Register for the Staffing Law & Compliance Conference

The ASA Staffing Law & Compliance Conference will include sessions presented by subject matter experts on the industry’s most pressing topics—including artificial intelligence, contract negotiations, legislation aimed at the staffing industry, and remote work—and you can save more than $200 if you register by tomorrow, March 15.

This two-day event—which features programming for staffing firm owners and executives, human resource professionals, compliance managers, recruiters, and attorneys—takes place May 16–17 at the Westin Washington, DC, Downtown in Washington, DC. Visit to register today before rates increase.

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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 27,000 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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