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  • Sunday, February 24, 2013 6:20 PM | Diane Lasorda (Administrator)
    See article here!
  • Friday, January 04, 2013 1:34 PM | Diane Lasorda (Administrator)

    The Georgia Staffing Association was honored at Staffing World® 2012, the annual convention and expo of the American Staffing Association, held Oct. 9–11 in Las Vegas. GSA received a Chapter Superior Merit Award for its outstanding programs and chapter efforts, and a Legislative Merit Award for its outstanding legislative efforts during 2011.  Read More!

  • Sunday, January 08, 2012 3:40 PM | Diane Lasorda (Administrator)

    For your review, an article written by Thomas Cox, EpsteinBeckerGreen, a GSA Supplier Member. Thank you.

    ttp://www.washingtonpost.com/business/on-small-business/what-you-need-to-know-about-employee-handbooks/2012/01/04/gIQAJKI6cP_story.html

  • Sunday, January 08, 2012 3:38 PM | Diane Lasorda (Administrator)

    The Georgia Staffing Association was honored at Staffing World® 2011, the annual convention and expo of the American Staffing Association, held Oct. 11–14 in New Orleans. GSA received a Chapter Merit award for its outstanding programs and chapter efforts during 2011.

     

    GSA president, David Webb, accepted the award from ASA chairman, Bill Yoh, TSC, CSP, at a special award ceremony during the convention.

     

    ASA evaluated state associations on their support of the staffing industry through chapter meetings, special events, educational seminars, government relations activities, and community outreach efforts, and honored the chapters with the most outstanding programs with merit awards.

  • Sunday, January 08, 2012 3:30 PM | Diane Lasorda (Administrator)

    GSA Congratulates Cheryl Addison!
    Staffing Employee of the Year 
    Delta Global Staffing

    First Runner Up 
    Janice Taylor, Kelly Services

     

    Second Runner Up
    Diane Forte, Discover Staffing

  • Monday, December 13, 2010 3:45 PM | Diane Lasorda (Administrator)
    Georgia has always been a tough state for non-competition covenants. However, Georgia law was changed dramatically on November 3, 2010, by the enactment of a statute that should bring greater certainty to what will (and will not) be enforceable in future agreements. The new law has safe harbors for reasonability and permits a court to narrow (or "blue pencil") an overly broad covenant to make it reasonable.
     
     

    Update Article--Changes in Georgia Noncompete Law--Effectve Date Issues 11 19 10

  • Monday, June 28, 2010 9:28 AM | Deleted user

    HHS Restricts Annual Dollar Limits on Group Health Plans

    The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, health care reform legislation signed by President Obama earlier this year, makes sweeping changes in the U.S. health care system and group health insurance plans. The law provides that, effective Sept. 23, health insurance plans may not impose lifetime limits on the dollar value of benefits. Annual dollar limits may be imposed until Jan. 1, 2014, but only to the extent allowed under regulations that will be issued by the Secretary of Health and Human Services.

    Because many staffing firms offer "mini-med" plansundefinedgroup limited benefit plans with annual dollar limitsundefinedASA and its allies urged the secretary to exempt those plans from the annual limit restrictions until state health exchanges begin operating in 2014. Undue restrictions on the current dollar limits could increase the cost of coverage beyond the ability of many employees to pay, resulting in a loss of coverage. An estimated 1.5 million workers nationwide have coverage through mini-med plans.

    Last week, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius issued regulations providing guidance on how mini-med plans will be addressed. The regulations suggest that most mini-med plans will be allowed to continue in force until 2014.

    In general, group health plans will be subject to the following annual dollar limits under the regulations:

    • Plan or policy years beginning on or after Sept. 23, 2010, but before Sept. 23, 2011undefined$750,000
    • Plan or policy years beginning on or after Sept. 23, 2011, but before Sept. 23, 2012undefined$1.25 million
    • Plan or policy years beginning on or after Sept. 23, 2012, but before Jan. 1, 2014undefined$2 million

    The regulations state that, with respect to mini-med plans, the government's goal is to ensure "in the vast majority of cases that individuals will continue to have access to needed health care services with a minimal impact on premiums." The regulations provide for the secretary to establish a program under which the annual limit restrictions may be waived if they would result in a significant decrease in access to benefits or a significant increase in premiums.

    Specific guidance regarding the process for applying for a waiver is expected to be issued in the near future, and most mini-med plans are expected to qualify for waivers.
  • Friday, June 18, 2010 11:01 AM | Deleted user

    Health Care Reform Could End Limited Coverage Plans

    The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, a sweeping health care reform law enacted earlier this year, could have implications for staffing firm employees as soon as this autumn. Beginning Sept. 23, the law bars group health plans from having annual dollar limits except as allowed by the Secretary of Health and Human Services. Annual dollar limits will be prohibited totally beginning in 2014. Unless the secretary permits an exception, some staffing firm employees could lose their health insurance coverage.

    Historically, the number of nontraditional workers without health insurance has been highundefinedthe U.S. Department of Labor estimates 30% of part-time workers lack health coverage. However, about 1.4 million workers nationwide have coverage through group limited benefit plans with annual caps on benefits, often referred to as "mini-med" plans. Premiums for

    these plans usually range from $20 to $30 per week, or $1,040 to $1,560 per year. Many of the individuals covered by these plans work for large employers on a part-time, seasonal, or temporary basis, or are waiting to become eligible for an employer's regular health plan. According to data from health insurance company Aetna, 19% of limited benefit plans are sponsored by the staffing industry. Unless Congress or the president acts, these individuals could lose that coverage and be unable to access subsidized coverage until 2014.

    Throughout the health care debate, ASA worked with several members of the National Coalition of Benefits, an organization of companies and trade associations that represent service-sector employers of entry-level, seasonal, and subsidy-eligible workers. Recently, this group drafted a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary

    Kathleen Sebelius and Labor Secretary Hilda Solis asking them to draft regulations that would allow employees covered by mini-med plans to remain covered until 2014, when state exchanges will be operating.

    In the letter, the group says that the PPACA "directs the secretary to establish approved annual dollar limit rules. If these limits are too high or don't provide an exception for limited medical benefit plans, insurance coverage would abruptly end for covered employees and their families beginning later this year.... This would have the effect of undermining coverage for the 1.4 million citizens enrolled in group limited medical benefit plans as of the first plan year after Sept. 23, 2010."

    The letter concludes, "By allowing employees and their families to remain in these plans for the time being, they will be able to transition to other health insurance when it becomes available without experiencing a loss of coverage. We ask that you consider temporarily excluding grandfathered group limited medical benefit plans from the annual benefit limit provision until other provisions of the PPACA increasing the availability of coverage (such as the tax credits through state exchanges) take effect in 2014." ASA and many of its members have signed the letter.

    Next Tuesday, ASA will present the ASAPro

    Webinar "Health Care ReformundefinedWhat Does the Law Mean for Staffing Firms and Their Clients?" Led by ASA senior vice president and general counsel Edward A. Lenz, Esq., and benefits law expert Alden Bianchi, Esq., this interactive program will cover such topics as the new insurance rules that apply to group health plans; the new requirement that employers offer health insurance coverage to their employees or pay penalties; and the question of whether staffing firms will be able to continue to offer "two-tier" health plans that provide lower benefit levels to their assigned employees.

    Because of the importance of this issue, this Webinar is being made available at a special discounted price for ASA members: $89.95 (nonmembers pay $239). The Webinar will take place Tuesday, June 8, 3–4:30 p.m. Eastern time. For more information and to register, visit americanstaffing.net.

     

     

  • Monday, January 04, 2010 5:34 PM | Deleted user
  • Wednesday, December 30, 2009 2:52 PM | Deleted user

    More employers plan to hire in 2010 than 2009, but they remain cautious, according to CareerBuilder's 2010 job forecast survey.

    Twenty percent of employers plan to increase full-time, permanent employees in 2010 -- up from 14% in 2009, according to the survey.

    "Although 20% of employers plan to add headcount in 2010, up from 14% last year, they still remain cautious in regards to their hiring," said CareerBuilder CEO Matt Ferguson. "We're headed in the right direction but should not expect to see actual job growth until at least Q2 2010."  

    Only 9% of employers plan to cut headcount in 2010 compared with 16% in 2009. Another 61% plan no change in staff levels in 2010 and 10% of employers were unsure of their plans.

    In addition, 11% plan to add part-time employees in 2010, up from 9% in 2009.

    The West has the most employers planning to add staff at 24%. The Northeast was second with 21%.

    The information technology industry registered the most employers planning to add staff at 32%. Manufacturers were second at 27%.

    CareerBuilder's survey included 2,700 hiring managers and human resource professionals across the U.S.

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