MS-IL has made a 3 year commitment in helping Let’s Move Salad Bars to MIDWEST Schools. Let’s Move Salad Bars to MIDWEST Schools is a multi-year campaign supporting United’s 2014, 2015 and 2016 conventions, which will be co-located with the Food Marketing Institute conventions in Chicago. The new Midwest campaign builds on the momentum of United’s successful salad bar campaigns in New Orleans, Texas and California that donated salad bars to 50, 100 and 436 schools respectively. The salad bars highlight the produce industry’s commitment to improving child nutrition and combating childhood obesity.
Let’s Move Salad Bars to MIDWEST Schools is a special campaign of the United Fresh Foundation, under the umbrella of the national Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools (LMSB2S) initiative.
LMSB2S supports First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! initiative to end childhood obesity in a generation. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is the lead federal agency for LMSB2S. School salad bars are an effective strategy to increase students’ fruit and vegetable consumption and help them develop healthier eating habits. Salad bars are also an easy way for schools to meet the new nutrition standards for school lunch, which double the amount of fruits and vegetable served and emphasize a colorful variety.Over the last 3 years, salad bars have been donated to over 400 Midwest schools, benefiting more than 150,000 students. Let’s Move Salad Bars to MIDWEST Schools continues the United Fresh Foundation’s tradition of benefiting children and schools in the region of the country hosting our annual convention, which will be in Chicago in 2014-2016. The United Fresh Foundation, a founding partner of the national Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools initiative, works with the produce industry, foundations, allied organizations, and others to support school salad bars.
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Multilayered political issues are not uncommon to the staffing industry. In fact immigration, unemployment, job creation, and health benefits for temporary workers are all hurdles we in the staffing industry have encountered for years. Now that the 2012 Presidential election is over most of the USA can all take a deep breath. Health care has been an ongoing topic of discussion to the majority of Americans for some time now leading into the election. Now that the election is over we are all left wondering when the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act will take effect. The PPACA will affect all U.S. employers; the greatest impression is going to be left on the staffing industry. While beneficial, the act will create the prospect for non-traditional workers to access affordable healthcare for the first time. Inversely, the unique characteristics of covering the cost, important guideline questions, regulation, and complementary industry products that will arise to supplement the temporary workforce with sporadic assignments and highly flexible work schedules will make the act’s implementation a daunting task for staffing firms of all sizes.
The new law clearly states that companies with over 50 full-time employees will have to provide health benefits to all of its employees or pay penalties. What keeps me up at night is when this law takes effect what will happen to MS-IL Staffing. MS-IL sends out over a thousand workers weekly. Currently, those workers are offered health coverage after a 90 day waiting period, but the insurance premium is paid by the worker. In a quick calculation of the cost for my employer to provide the government mandated health insurance to its 1,000 plus temporary workers annually would exceed $3 million.
MS-IL Staffing is just one of hundreds possibly thousands of staffing companies facing the same dilemma the roughly $.80/hour increase per worker based on a 40 hour work week. One answer is simple: transfer all or a significant portion of this cost to the client. A staffing company who just sends out 50-200 people weekly working 40 hours/week is considered to be a large employer by the PPACA, however it couldn’t be further from the truth. It’s fair to say that the majority of every staffing company not sending out a minimum of 1,000 people weekly will immediately go out of business once the law is in effect. How will the industry change as a result? The first visible result will be an enormous reduction in the number of staffing companies.
Where do we buy the insurance? Like most staffing companies that currently offer insurance to their temporary workers MS-IL offers a portable, mini-med program that provides inexpensive, portable, basic coverage. These medical programs do not meet the requirements of the PPACA. The temporary employee market has not ever been attractive enough for the insurance companies to offer insurance. Workers often leave temporary employment, or become the full time employee of the client after only a short period of time. Medical insurance packages offered to temporary employees that meet the required federal coverage levels simply don’t exist, because the temporary staffing workforce is constantly changing.
There is the question of state-run health care exchanges, but the states have not yielded an answer as to whether or not they will provide an exchange. Obviously, this is a question only to be answered by the states themselves. Equally, we must ask ourselves what is going to happen, if a state decides not to participate.
The most glaring procedural question is: When does full-time employment start according to the PPACA? The answer is that we don’t even have an idea when we will find out. From the perspective of a staffing company the ramifications of this question are enormous. For instance if the look-back period is longer, then the less expensive the cost will be for a staffing firm to offer health care. In the same respect the penalties will be fewer as well. If the look back period is shorter it is going to be far more expensive to offer health insurance. Also, the number of penalties will be far more expensive to the employer as well.The exposures to the staffing industry by the PPACA might leave you wondering if the industry will continue. The answer is that staffing will continue to exist, but the face of the industry will be changed forever. The decisions made to reduce the cost and fulfill guideline requirements will forever change the industry as we know it today. Ultimately our conscientious pronouncements will change manufacturing, logistics, insurance, and every blue collar job in America very soon!
Every year the week before Thanksgiving WZPL and the Smiley Morning Show put on a Phonathon for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. If you listen to WZPL 99.5, then most likely you’ve heard the broadcast for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Of all the philanthropies that MS-IL participates in every year the Make-A-Wish Foundation is possibly our favorite. Since its creation in 1980, the Make-A-Wish Foundation has stuck to its core values to improve the lives of children with life threatening medical conditions. The Make-A-Wish foundation reaches more than 250,000 children around the world. To that end, philanthropy is a great part of the MS-IL organization. Originally, I as many of the internal employees of MS-IL were drawn to the MS-IL organization understanding its strong commitment to the charity of others. We at MS-IL are thankful for the Make-A-Wish foundation, and equally thankful to be able to make a life-affirming impact for the lives of children everywhere through great organizations like Make-A-Wish.
Not everyone understands the idea of outsourcing staffing needs, but more and more people are beginning to understand the benefits of saving opportunity cost through outsourcing labor. Rolling out a requirement to a 3rd party isn’t a sign of weakness. It’s a sign that an organization is expanding, or an organization is getting enough projects to increase their manpower. Few people outside of the realm of staffing and recruiting fully understand the industry, but the industry receives widespread criticism even though it is incredibly important to almost all facets of business in America. Manpower is crucial to completing projects and the most important asset a company creates other than its products. I’ve always said, “Do what you do best, and source out the rest.” I accredit that statement with a great degree of the successful projects I have completed on time. The proper staff will always dictate the success of any project, and an understaffed project is destined to fall short.
For Staffing as a whole the economy is simple: In the grand scheme of things, a sales person that cost you $10,000 and carries their target of $4M is worth every penny. Hiring anything less than the best candidate available is a false economy. The same goes for light industrial staffing. If your production lines can’t function, because there aren’t enough workers to staff all three shifts, then you might find yourself standing in the unemployment line when your deliverables are not met.
Positive points to thank about when considering a move to contingent labor are:
When you employ an agency, it – not you – becomes the temp worker’s employer. The agency is responsible for and bears the financial burden of recruiting, screening, testing and hiring workers; payroll expenses and paperwork; payroll and withholding taxes; unemployment and workers’ compensation insurance; and any employee benefits they may wish to provide. Some agencies even provide training such as software application tutorials and orientation. To that end, production is the true cause of business. Every business function needs a plan to be effective. A sourcing plan should include all the possible sources for candidates and indicate where, how, and at what cost those resources will be utilized. The best choice is the most educated choice. If you would like to explore the possibilities of moving to a contingent labor model, then please contact us at 855-243-5562.
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