May 28, 2020

A New Virtual Experience Is Happening in July

ASA Staffing Connect: East and Staffing Connect: South have merged into one virtual event—ASA Staffing Connect. The two-day event will take place July 15–16.

Choose the education track that fits your job level—Executive or Producer—and take part in sessions that address the challenges staffing professionals face right now, such as the rise of virtual teams, selling during and after Covid-19, maintaining a healthy company culture in person and online, and how to effectively communicate in a crisis.

ASA-certified professionals can earn continuing education hours toward their certification renewal. Learn more and register at

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ASA Opposes Colorado Right-to-Know Legislation; Bill Dies in Committee

In Colorado, temporary worker right-to-know legislation that was introduced shortly before the Covid-19 outbreak died when it failed to advance out of the Senate Judiciary Committee earlier this week.

The bill, SB 20-192, required staffing firms to provide temporary employees with written information concerning the terms and conditions of their employment before the end of the first pay period. The legislation also required each staffing firm to annually register and pay a fee to the state’s Division of Labor Standards and Statistics, which would have maintained a list of the registration status of each staffing firm on its website. Staffing clients that use staffing firms would have been required to verify the staffing agency’s registration and would have faced fines for working with an unregistered firm.

ASA and its lobbyists, Hicks & Associates, opposed the bill because it would have imposed onerous administrative burdens on staffing firms. The legislature was forced into recess by the Covid-19 pandemic, and the bill subsequently died when the legislature determined that SB 20-192 was not a priority. However, the legislation may be reintroduced once the 2021 legislative session commences in January, at which time ASA will re-engage in advocacy efforts.

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Free ASA Webinar Today—Conduct Better Video Interviews

Don’t miss the ASA Staffing Tech Insights webinar “Getting the Most Out of Video Interviewing During the Pandemic.” It takes place today from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Eastern time. Find out about the job distribution platforms and programmatic advertising tools available to staffing firms right now, and hear from a staffing company executive about one company’s experience with the technology.

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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Entries Due in a Few Weeks—Earn Recognition and Differentiate Your Firm

There’s still time to earn national recognition for your company by being named as one of the best in the industry—a valuable tool your company can use to sell to clients and engage with talent. ASA is now accepting applications for National Staffing Employee of the Year and ASA Elevate Awards. The deadline for all ASA award program submissions has been extended to July 1.

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

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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