It is for good reason that the original staffing bill was toned down to arrive at the version of the bill that has passed into law after many sit down meetings of the lawmakers with representatives of staffing agencies and other activists.
The bill requires staffing agencies to disclose the following information to workers and also imposes other restrictions to ensure that the workers get fair pay rates.
The staffing industry – along with unions, activists and lawmakers – is firmly behind the law, as it is passed with the best of intentions and provides real protection to workers from exploitation and certain unscrupulous practices of some temp agencies – especially when they pick workers up at designated points and transport them to work sites.
The American Staffing Association finds that the revised version of this law is much fairer to staffing firms, although it still questions whether stronger enforcement of existing laws would have served the same purpose without passing a new bill. While the bill will impose an additional load of paperwork, and a few other changes on staffing firms but none of the requirements will be drastic or debilitating.
Tarred by the Same Brush:
It is a common experience, for people and companies alike, to be considered worthy of the harshest judgment, even when a minuscule number of their group behave in an unacceptable manner. People who blame all staffing agencies for the troubles faced by temporary workers in specific industries and work profiles may want to consider the following facts about the role of staffing agencies:
A joint survey released in January, 2012 by the American Staffing Association and CareerBuilder indicated that more than a third (35 percent) of American companies are operating with smaller staffs, and turning to staffing and temporary workers. 36% of companies will hire contract or temporary workers in 2012; which is up from 34%t for 2011, 30% for 2010, and 28% for 2009.
Of the companies hiring temporary or contract workers this year, 35 percent have temp-to-hire plans; establishing the indisputable role of temporary work in permanent job creation and economic recovery – which would not have been possible without an active staffing industry.
A temporary work agency, or temp agency or temporary staffing firm finds and retains workers. Other companies, in need of short-term workers, contract with the temp agency to send temporary workers, or temps, on assignment to work at the other companies. Temporary employees are also used in work that has a cyclical nature that requires frequent adjustment of staffing levels.
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