They share any information that’s available concerning our business or things that might affect our business. And I think they also are very effective in helping you understand why you need to look at things differently if you’re not looking at them the right way.
- Tanya Henry, Executive Director, Milwaukee Careers Cooperative


We are constantly on the alert for all the latest industry news, legislative updates, trends and more that could possibly impact your staffing business. Our president and CEO, Julie Ann Blazei, also shares her insights on the staffing industry in her message (link below). And when we don’t see information about a topic we feel is critical for you to know, we create it ourselves to share in our monthly email.

Press Room

Paycards have been in the news a lot lately. The stories aren’t good: workers (many of whom already don’t make much in wages) are “forced” to pay substantial paycard fees to access their earnings. 

While the headlines grab attention and encourage click-throughs, the stories don’t always show the complete picture when it comes to the benefits paycards provide to both employers and their employees. 

In the staffing business, it may seem like you’re required to fill out dozens of forms with each new hire. It can be a lot to keep track of, and it can be a big headache if a form is incomplete or filled out incorrectly. 

One form that has been the source of confusion for some has been the I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification. The US Federal Government requires the I-9 to be used to verify the identity and employment authorization of every individual you hire to work in the United States. This includes citizens and non-citizens. 

Why it’s important to get involved in the American Staffing Association (ASA) 



Legislative Updates

"ASBURY PARK, N.J. -- New Jersey voters overwhelmingly approved a constitutional amendment Tuesday to raise the minimum wage by $1, to $8.25 an hour, and add automatic cost-of-living increases each year.
The vote was a victory for Democrats in the state Legislature, who put Public Question 2 on the ballot to achieve through referendum what they were blocked from doing by Gov. Chris Christie. He vetoed a bill last year that would have raised the minimum wage to $8.50 an hour with annual inflation adjustments."
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From the East Valley Tribune:

"Come January, Arizona's minimum wage workers will be able to afford an extra Big Mac a week.
But not if they want fries and a drink with it.
The state Industrial Commission voted Wednesday for a 10-cent-an-hour hike in the state minimum wage. That will bring the figure to $7.90 an hour..."

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