May 21, 2020

Today Is Red Nose Day: Join in the Fun for a Serious Cause

Red Nose Day is today, May 21. ASA has renewed its support for this annual awareness and fundraising campaign, which supports children’s charities in the U.S. and around the globe. The staff at ASA headquarters are participating virtually, and members are encouraged to join in the fun on ASA Central and social media—digital red noses can be purchased this year at

Participate today by posting photos and videos on ASA Central,
Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and
Twitter using the #ASACares hashtag.

The company with the most photos and videos, and highest number of engagements, will earn a donation to Comic Relief in its name and will be spotlighted by ASA. Be sure to use the hashtag, and tag ASA on social media, so that your posts and photos can be tallied.

Jobless Claims Jump in Mid-May
Conference Board Leading Economic Index for the U.S. Down Again in April
Philly Fed: Manufacturing Activity Rose in May; Remains Weak
CDC Issues ‘Decision Tree’ to Assist Employers With Reopening Plans
Court Strikes Down H-1B Visa Limits on Staffing Firms, Again
Employees Cannot Immunize Themselves From Legitimate Termination by Taking FMLA Leave
Reopening California: A Guide for Employers
New York Employers Must Record and Maintain Sick Leave Data
Washington, DC, Will Require Paid Leave and Excused Absences for Voters
Employers Are Ready to Reopen Offices, but Recognize Challenges Lay Ahead
Retailers Pummeled by Covid-19
Retailers Phase Out Coronavirus Hazard Pay for Essential Workers

Upcoming Events

Free ASA Webinar Tomorrow—Managing Talent Remotely

Don’t miss tomorrow’s ASA webinar “The Art of Leading Remote Talent,” 2–3 p.m. Eastern time. Get tips on tailoring communications, improving engagement, and fostering collaboration with remote talent of all types.

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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Deadline Tomorrow—Find Out Where Staffing Employment Is Headed

Don’t miss your chance to get the staffing and recruiting data you need, including projections. The deadline has been extended for the association’s quarterly Staffing Employment and Sales Survey for the first quarter of 2020—now closing tomorrow, May 22. 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. Register to take the survey at

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Deadlines Approaching—Earn Recognition and Differentiate Your Firm

Earn national recognition for your company—ASA is now accepting applications for National Staffing Employee of the Year and ASA Elevate Awards.

The National Staffing Employee of the Year program celebrates temporary and contract employees who are outstanding performers and exemplify the promise of staffing employment. Sponsored by StaffPRO3, a division of PMC Insurance Group. The ASA Elevate Awards honor outstanding, innovative, and effective work-based learning programs that train, reskill, and upskill temporary and contract employees.

The deadline for all ASA award program submissions has been extended to July 1. To learn more and apply, visit

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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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