Late last week, a revised version of HB 1393 was passed out of the Massachusetts Joint Committee on Labor and Workforce Development.
As originally drafted, HB 1393 would have prohibited staffing firms from charging permanent placement and conversion fees with respect to certain employees, potentially required in-state offices, and potentially prohibited staffing firms from sending candidate résumés to clients for purposes of generating client interest and job orders.
ASA and its affiliated chapter, the Massachusetts Staffing Association, met with the bill’s sponsor and proponents on several occasions, explaining how the original draft would harm the state’s staffing firms. As a result of these efforts, an entirely new bill was passed out of the committee.
Although the revised bill takes into account some of ASA’s and MSA’s concerns, it still would impose a significant administrative burden on law-abiding staffing firms. The revised bill would require staffing firms to provide temporary employees with written notice of wage rates and other information for each new assignment. If this information is first provided to the temporary employee by phone, then the staffing firm would have to provide the written notice within three days of the start of the assignment. The only exception would be for professional employees, for whom written notice would not be required.
ASA and MSA will continue to meet with legislators to explain why the bill would harm staffing firms by imposing burdensome new requirements and detract from their main mission of finding workers jobs.
Stephen C. Dwyer
American Staffing Association
277 S. Washington St., Suite 200
Alexandria, VA 22314-3675
703-253-2020 703-253-2037 direct 703-253-2053 fax