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Proposed US legislation would raise cost of temps

Legislation that would increase wages for temp workers, require staffing firms to register, limit conversion fees and requiring staffing firms to provide coronavirus sick leave, among other things, was announced in the US House of Representatives last week.

“Every worker in America deserves equal pay for equal work, and the federal government cannot allow temp workers to be an exception,” said Rep. Emanuel Cleaver II, D-Missouri, in a statement. Cleaver announced the legislation with Joe Kennedy III, D-Massachusetts.

The legislation is named the “Restoring Worker Power Act.”

The American Staffing Association, which represents US staffing firm interests, is reviewing the bill, which has not yet been introduced. The bill’s authors have also not been in contact with the ASA.

“If enacted, the bill would the significantly impede the nascent economic recovery by imposing major new burdens on the staffing industry — an industry that has traditionally led the nation out of recession by offering employers the opportunity to test the waters with temporary and contract workers and subsequently offer them permanent employment,” the ASA said in a statement

A separate worker protection bill that was approved by the House in February has not made it past the Senate, The Washington Post reported [1].

According to its sponsors,  the Restoring Worker Power Act would: