May 6, 2021

Cross Country Healthcare Announces First Quarter 2021 Results
BBSI Reports Strong First Quarter 2021 Financial Results
BGSF Inc. Announces First Quarter 2021 Financial Results
U.S. Unemployment Claims Drop Below 500,000 for First Time Since Pandemic as Hiring Surges
U.S. Labor Productivity Rebounds More Than Expected In Q1
Business Activity Expands at Fastest Pace on Record Amid Marked Uptick in Client Demand
U.S. DOL Issues Guidance to States to Permit Greater Flexibility for Waiving the Recovery of Certain Unemployment Insurance Overpayments
OFCCP Update—Covered Federal Contractors Will Soon Be Required to Certify That They Have an Affirmative Action Plan
Heightened Scrutiny of Noncompete Agreements During the Pandemic Continues
Michigan OSHA Extends Covid-19 Temporary Emergency Rules
Millions Are Unemployed. Why Can’t Companies Find Workers?

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The Law and You—FLSA Overtime Exemption and Staffing

In a major win for the staffing industry, the U.S. Department of Labor recently published an opinion letter clarifying the Fair Labor Standards Act’s “retail or service establishment” overtime exemption. The letter, issued at the American Staffing Association’s request, affirms that the exemption can apply to staffing firms, a departure from the agency’s prior position that staffing firms categorically could not qualify for the exemption under any circumstance. In the latest issue of Staffing Success magazine, ASA senior vice president and chief legal and operating officer Stephen C. Dwyer looks at the history and implications of the DOL opinion.

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The Latest From Your Colleagues on ASA Central

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