December 3, 2013 in ASGroup News
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September 10, 2013 in ASGroup News
Dear ASGroup Key Manager/Owner:
Members over the years have always desired to have ASGroup members deliver workshops and/education to our members vs outside consultants since we have much more talent and knowledge. I am reaching out to members who might want to volunteer or volunteer someone with expertise to lead a workshop in any of these topical areas listed below. Or, if you know of any good outside consultant that may be good, please call me.
This is for the New Orleans Agenda. Here are the topics we are searching for workshop leaders in:
Training Topics under Consideration
- Staffing & Sourcing opportunities to support large clients (technology and training)
- Client Solutions that set you above the rest
- Sales training and techniques
- How to establish an executive recruiting presence
- Partnering with sister agencies for referrals
Please Respond to Roy if you can help with a presentation on any of the above topics ASAP.
In an article just published by Staffing Industry Analysts, Protocall Group owner Roy Fazio and Richard Purtell, president and CEO of American Resource Staffing, were interviewed and quoted in an article focusing on the one-year delay in the Affordable Care Act (ACA’s) employer mandate.
The government may have delayed the Affordable Care Act’s employer mandate by one year, but don’t breathe a sigh of relief just yet because other parts of the ACA are still on track — including a notice requirement coming October 1 of this year. This notice will require employers to notify current and new employees about their employers’ health insurance oﬀerings, if any.
The individual mandate has not been delayed (as of right now). People will be required to buy healthcare insurance starting January 1, 2014. The health insurance marketplaces are set to open October 1 to sell coverage that will take effect on January 1, 2014.
Fazio is an owner of The Protocall Group, a staffing provider based in Cherry Hill, N.J. He also serves as chairperson for Affiliated Staffing Group (ASGroup), an organization of non-competing staffing firms formed for the purpose of sharing best practices.
Preparation is key and the members of ASGroup have already been analyzing their workforce to gauge the impact of the ACA and are working on measures they need to take to provide insurance to employees, says Roy Fazio. And ASGroup’s insurance deal is particularly interesting given what appears to be a dearth of offerings for temporary workers.
Each ASGroup member company will have the ability to have their own experience and carve out what risk they wish to take. Almost all ASGroup members are analyzing their workforces to see how many people will be eligible for insurance under the look-back rule. The initial estimates are that approximately 18 cents to 31 cents per hour will be passed on to clients in increased pricing.
American Resource Staffing’s Purtell, who is a board member of ASGroup, says the insurance deal that ASGroup is considering for its temps calls for a self-funded program that includes re-insurance. This will involve another insurance company that will cover costs above a certain level. Getting the re-insurance ﬁrm on board involved the biggest difficulty and included educating the reinsurer on industrial staffing, Purtell says. What helped was the fact that the typical light industrial worker is a male aged 25 to 45 — characteristically a very healthy age group.
Purtell is familiar with healthcare reform, his ﬁrm has offices in New Hampshire as well as Massachusetts, where a law similar to healthcare reform is already in eﬀect.
“I see the value of being in compliance,” Purtell says. The more you are in tune with regulations, the more consultative you get, and the further you are from ﬁrms that compete just on price, he says.
ASGroup has also been working with attorney Alden Bianchi for about a year to get prepared, Fazio says. Bianchi represented the Romney administration in connection with the 2006 Massachusetts healthcare reform act, upon which the ACA was based.
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July 11, 2013 in ASGroup News
ASGroup is happy to announce that we have two new Affiliate Vendor Partners who offer unique and valuable services to the staffing industry. We welcome Prosperity Funding and Mamu Media, LLC to our Affiliate Vendor Partnership.
Prosperity Funding is a leading provider of working capital financing solutions exclusively for the temporary & contract staffing industry. With over 40 years of combined staffing company ownership and operations experience, Prosperity can truly lend from an owner’s perspective. Services include funding with or without back office business processing solutions, sales & marketing support, credit & collections assistance, mergers & acquisitions assistance, and exit strategy planning.
Mamu Media, LLC is a marketing company that leverages branded and custom publications to help our clients stay top of mind both with their current customers and with new business prospects. Our branded publishing service is designed specifically for the staffing industry and consists of a bimonthly magazine (both hard-copy and electronic versions) and a monthly e-newsletter that we create and distribute on your behalf to the contacts you choose. Industry leaders write all of the content, which contains fresh perspectives and plenty of useful information to keep your recipients engaged and informed.
Please read more about our new Partners on the Affiliate Vendor page and check out their special offers for ASGroup.