Cutting Costs with Staffing

March 20th, 2013

As a strategic tool, staffing can enhance your company’s profitability by controlling employment and hiring expenses.

 

Build a better bottom line

Quote of the Month

March 12th, 2013

You  can’t make positive choices for the rest of your life without an environment  that makes those choices easy, natural, and enjoyable.

Deepak  Chopra

Important Reminder: May 7 Deadline for New I-9 Form!

March 12th, 2013

 

The USCIS recently announced changes to the I-9 form which will take place on May 7, 2013.

Here are some of the changes to the I-9:

  • Form I-9 is now two pages
  • Expanded instructions
  • New fields for email address, phone number and foreign      passport in Section 1

Employers are required to complete Form I-9 for all newly hired employees to verify their identity and authorization to work in the United States.

Click here for more information on these changes.

You can download the new form here.

Heriberto Vale

Jobless Claims Fall as Labor Recovery Grinds On

March 7th, 2013

Wall Street Journal (03/07/13) Jeffrey Sparshott; Sarah Portlock

The number of U.S. workers filing new applications for unemployment benefits unexpectedly fell last week, the latest sign of a slowly improving labor market. The U.S. Department of Labor reported today that initial jobless claims decreased by 7,000 to a seasonally adjusted 340,000 in the week ended March 2. It was the third lowest number of initial claims in five years. Economists surveyed by Dow Jones Newswires had forecast 350,000 new applications for jobless benefits. The average of new claims over the past month, which smoothes out weekly volatility, fell by 7,000 to 348,750, touching its lowest level since March 2008.

Daylight Savings Time

March 7th, 2013

At 2 a.m. on March 10, 2013, groggy Americans will turn their clocks forward one hour, marking the beginning of Daylight Saving Time (DST).

The bad news? Yes, one less hour of sleep this weekend!

The good news? You won’t be driving home from work in the dark anymore!

The very good news? Spring is right around the corner!

Affordable Care Act

March 4th, 2013

In January 2014, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) also referred to as Obamacare will be implemented for all companies including all temporary staffing agencies. This will have an effect on everyone and I want you to know I’m keeping up on educating myself to serve you my valued customers.

Superior Staffing is a member of the American Staffing Association (ASA) who have been conducting an ongoing series of seminars related to ACA. I’ve been attending these along with other information sessions and programs to increase my understanding of the new health care law and its upcoming effect on all of us.

These seminars have revealed that many aspects of the program are still being defined. The general counsel for the American Staffing Association has direct access to the people who actually wrote the bill. This gentleman is than able to provide members of the ASA important information. We’ve learned among other things that ACA Compliance issues will be monitored by the IRS for all companies including arrangements between staffing companies and their customers. There is a wide spectrum of issues some clearer than others at this time including anti-abuse rules strongly in place being fined tuned by the government. It’s my responsibility to continue to fully educate myself to protect your interests in following this closely monitored law.

The cost of this program to us and our customers has not yet been calculated.  Over the next few weeks we will be running an analysis to estimate what these cost may be.  I will be in contact with you to set up a meeting to discuss the findings of the analysis.

Superior Staffing values our partnerships with our customers and challenges will be met successfully by working together. I’ll keep you updated as new information and data is revealed in my usual proactive way.