Richard Wahlquist

President and CEO, American Staffing Association

Richard Wahlquist is president and CEO of the American Staffing Association, the voice of the U.S. staffing, recruiting, and workforce solutions industry. ASA promotes the interests of the industry across all sectors through advocacy, research, education, and the promotion of high standards of legal, ethical, and professional practices.

Wahlquist is a frequently interviewed spokesperson on industry issues and trends by major networks and news outlets. He speaks regularly before business and government organizations on labor market issues and trends in the United States and internationally.

Wahlquist is a member of the board of directors of the World Employment Confederation, representing the employment industry at the global level, and Jobs for America’s Graduates, a national organization that has helped more than one million at-risk students graduate and go on to success in careers and in their lives.

Wahlquist is part of Staffing Industry Analysts’ Hall of Fame. He has been recognized by SIA as one of the top 100 staffing industry leaders, Human Resources Outsourcing Today magazine as one of the 100 Superstars of HR Outsourcing, and by Recruiter magazine as one of the 100 most influential individuals in the staffing and recruiting industry.

Speaker Sessions

Fighting Legal Battles for Staffing in the Time of COVID-19 – What Staffing Executives and their Clients Need to Know Now

COVID-19, which shuttered many staffing firms’ brick and mortar operations, has presented the greatest legal and legislative challenge for the staffing industry since the Affordable Care Act. Developments have been rapid and unprecedented, implicating anti-discrimination, workplace safety, financial assistance, and other laws. In this timely and important session, you will get an insider’s perspective from the nation’s leading employment law experts and advocates on breaking developments as well as a high-level overview of some of the top legal and legislative issues facing you and your clients in 2020.