Why Should You Work with a Staffing Company with Industry Association Membership?
Eagle is a strong proponent of participation in associations and memberships within our industry, and we believe that any good corporate citizen really should belong to industry associations. So why is it important to a candidate, independent contractor or temporary employee to choose to work with an association member in lieu of a non-member?
Serious companies recognize the need to support associations. Working with a company that belongs to an industry association means that you are working with a company that is serious about their business.
The association fights for the rights of the members, their employees and their contractors. A by-product of that effort is that they are fighting for the non-contributing companies too. How fair does that sound? If these companies are not fair to their industry association will they be fair to you?
The members are kept abreast of the issues of the day. As an example, each month, the ACSESS Government Relations Report lists its current initiatives. The NACCB lobbying efforts are also continually focused on a couple of big issues.
How do you know your company understands the rules applicable in the staffing industry if they aren’t involved in the associations that help to define it? Anyone can “hang out a shingle” and sound credible, but the rules around deductions for temp versus sole-proprietor, or for independent contractors, can get interesting and change quickly. Associations provide advice on these complex issues and support to their members on how these changes affect their business. The end result is added protection for you.
Industry associations hold their members to a code of conduct and not all companies do! A code of conduct ensures that members remain ethical not only today while you’re working together, but well into the future.
Industry associations will arbitrate and provide expert advice when issues arise. It is easier if the companies involved are dealing with members.
Industry associations provide ongoing guidance and education to ensure that their members are up-to-date on legislative requirements further ensuring the protection of those that work with them.
Here in Canada there are a couple of primary industry associations that represent the staffing industry:
Association of Canadian Search, Employment & Staffing Services (ACSESS) is the largest, representing the industry in general.
National Association of Computer Consulting Businesses (NACCB) is probably the next largest with a mandate of supporting those staffing companies in the IT space specifically.
There are also local associations. For example, CabiNet is a local Ottawa-based organization focused primarily on companies supplying contract services to the Federal Government.
How do you know if they are a member of an industry association? Ask them! If they belong to one of the larger organizations mentioned above, visit the association website. All the members are listed.