Locums Digest 14: SIA’s 2021 Best Companies, New NALTO Leadership, Icon Medical Acquired, Locums Tax Changes & More

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SIA Announces 2021 Best Companies to Work For

(Edited from SIA 2021 Best Staffing Firms to Work For list, March 2021)

Year after year, companies making Staffing Industry Analysts’ “Best Companies to Work For” list share employee-oriented characteristics like open-door policies, robust training, and career development, and off-the-charts employee engagement. SIA’s 2021 winners have done it all despite a global pandemic that saw the world shelter in place and conduct business virtually.

Putting people first in a virtual environment, the “Best Staffing Firms to Work For” winners found new ways to maintain engagement. Education, training, and entertainment programs were all conducted virtually as teams worked hard placing talent — including for the front lines of fighting COVID-19. Fostering that sense of connection and community while working remotely encouraged staffing firms to host parties, ugly-sweater contests, and games like Family Feud or charades over video connection.

Floyd Lee Named Tops for Temping

Floyd Lee Locums stood out among locum tenens staffing firms as the “Grand Prize Winner” in the “Best Staffing Firms to Temp For” category for the second year running.

Founded four years ago, the 35-employee agency based in Charleston, South Carolina, “staffs physicians, dentists, CRNAs, NPs, PAs and respiratory therapists across all major hospital departments and specialties,” according to SIA.

With decades of experience in nurse staffing, co-founder and CEO Natasha Lee and Chairman Matt Floyd partnered in opening Floyd Lee Locums with the vision of offering a concierge approach to locum tenens staffing. SIA’s profile on the company indicates Floyd Lee Locums offers a “unique, enduring temp experience” that includes “personalized partnerships, tailored support and work experiences, and embracing its healthcare providers as integral team members.”

Congratulations to the 2021 Best (healthcare-staffing-related) Staffing Firms winners listed below. Profiles of grand prize winners* for 2021 are online here.

Firms with 10 to 20 Employees

Aequor Healthcare Services* – Travel Nursing, Austin, Texas
Health Advocates Network INC., Boca Raton, Fla (Nonclinical Healthcare)
Ironside Human Resources, Dallas, Texas (Healthcare Staffing, Permanent Placement, Travel Staffing)
NurseRegistry, Palo Alto, Ca (Per-Diem RN/LVN)

Firms with 21 to 50 Employees

StaffDNA*, Plano, Texas (Healthcare)
Arch Staffing and Consultants LLC, Miami, Ohio (Industrial, IT, Healthcare)
Elevate Healthcare Solutions, Plano, Texas (Healthcare)
Floyd Lee Locums*, Charleston, SC, Healthcare (Physician, NP, PA, Dentist, CRNA, RRT)
FSR, Annapolis, Md (Government, Military and Veteran Healthcare)
Therapy Staff LLC , Austin, Texas (Allied Healthcare, Education Staffing)

Firms with 51 to 200 Employees

LiquidAgents Healthcare*, Plano, Texas (Healthcare)
All Star Healthcare Solutions, Middle Island, NY (Locum tenens & Perm: Physicians and Advanced Practitioners)
American Health Staffing Group Edmond, Okla (Nursing, Allied, Pharmacy, Dialysis, Interim Healthcare Leadership, MSP, Technology)
Emerald Health Services, El Segundo, Ca (Travel Nursing, Travel Allied, Interim & Permanent Placement Healthcare Leadership)
IDR Inc., Alpharetta, Ga (IT, Healthcare)
OneStaff Medical, Omaha, Neb (Travel Nursing, Travel Allied Healthcare, Travel Eldercare)

Firms with 201 to 500

Health Carousel, Cincinnati, Ohio (Healthcare)
Loyal Source Government Services, Orlando, Fla (Healthcare, Technical)
Travel Nurse Across America, North Little Rock, Ark (Healthcare)

Best Staffing Firms to Temp For

Floyd Lee Locums, Charleston, SC (Locum Tenens)

All News Is Locums

Healthcare Staffing Veteran Janet Elkin Acquires Icon Medical Network

(Edited from SIA Daily News)

Healthcare staffing veteran Janet Elkin now owns, and serves as CEO for, national locum tenens provider ICON Medical Network. Terms of the transaction, which closed January 1, were not disclosed.

Launched in 2010 and headquartered in the Portland suburb of Lake Oswego, Ore., ICON will expand through both acquisition and hiring nationally, Elkin told SIA.

Prior ICON Managing Partner Ashley Simpson remains on board as chief development officer, while Tammy Bills, formerly VP and controller at Supplemental Health Care, serves as ICON’s CFO. In addition, Milan Boulette, a longtime locum tenens industry leader who most recently served as VP of managed services at Cross Country Locums, joined ICON as the senior VP of client services.

CompHealth founder Dr. Therus Kolff will join the board as an advisor. One of the first locum tenens companies, CompHealth Inc. now operates as CHG Healthcare Services Inc.

Inducted into SIA’s “Staffing 100 Hall of Fame” in 2017, Elkin made SIA’s “Global Power 50 Women in Staffing” list in 2020. Her nearly-two decades of healthcare staffing industry experience include serving as president and CEO of GHR Healthcare, and in leadership roles at Recruit IQ Staffing and Supplemental Healthcare.

NALTO® Announces New Directors, Selects President-Elect

At its virtual convention earlier last month, the National Association of Locum Tenens Organizations® (NALTO®) introduced new and re-elected directors to its board.

Karen Hayes of Hayes Locums and Jim Chandler of Health Carousel have begun three-year terms on the board. Jarin Dana of Fusion Healthcare Staffing was re-elected for a three-year term and will continue to serve as NALTO® treasurer. In addition, the board named Matt Young of All Star Healthcare Solutions president-elect. Having served on the NALTO® board since 2018, Young will assume the NALTO® presidency in 2022 for a two-year term.

The full list of NALTO® directors includes:

The Healthcare Staffing Story

COVID Relief Bill Changes Tax Rules for Independent-Contractor Gig Workers (Marketwatch)

(Edited from SIA Daily News)

The $1.9-trillion COVID-19 aid package will bring a tax change for independent contractors. Gig economy companies will have to send 1099-K forms to workers who have earned more than $600 in a year on their platforms, MarketWatch reported. This is down from the prior thresholds of $20,000 a year and 200 transactions for gig economy companies; other businesses already had a $600 threshold. The move has been criticized by some, including the US Chamber of Commerce.

Staffing Firm Acquires Digital Wallet Provider

(Edited from SIA Daily News)

Healthcare staffing provider Triage LLC has acquired Kamana, a software platform that enables healthcare professionals to store and share their licensing and credentialing data online via a “digital wallet.”

Kamana will continue to be available to companies outside of Triage as well.

Based in Richmond, Virginia, Kamana was founded in 2019 and works directly with 80 staffing firms.

News to Use

Nominations Open for 2021 SIA “40 Under 40”

(Edited from SIA Daily News) 

Staffing Industry Analysts is accepting nominations for this year’s “40 Under 40” list of up-and-coming staffing industry executives. Submit nominations online through April 23.

Having debuted in 2017, the list recognizes the achievements, ambition and influence of young leaders who are advancing what SIA calls “the workforce solutions ecosystem” positively.

For this year’s nominations, the company will consider professionals born after July 31, 1981, who work in the staffing industry, but not as suppliers. A website will accompany the feature in Staffing Industry Review magazine.

How ‘Bout This?

Companies Increased Use Of Temp Workers In Past Year

(Edited from SIA Daily News

More than half of companies surveyed (52%) have increased their use of temporary workers in the past year, according to a poll by PeopleReady, a division of TrueBlue Inc. (NYSE: TBI). The top reason cited is the need to scale their workforces.

In addition, 65% of workers surveyed said they were considering temporary or part-time work to earn more income amid a rough economy.

Other findings in the report:

  • 74% of hiring managers say the pandemic has changed how they staff their workforces.
  • 53% of companies increased their use of staffing firms during the last year.
  • The overwhelming majority, 77%, of people now know someone who has lost a job in the past year.

The survey of hiring managers and employees was conducted between Dec. 19 and Jan. 2.

80% Satisfied With Remote Work

(Edited from SIA Daily News)

As the COVID-19 lockdown neared the one-year mark, Infosys Ltd. reported a majority of US workers (80%) said they were “very satisfied” or “somewhat satisfied” with remote work, despite higher workloads and a lack of social interaction with colleagues. The information comes from a survey of employees and managers at US-based companies by Infosys and the Milken Institute.

Women (93%) were slightly more satisfied with remote work than men (88%). However, 82% of managers said their employees are working more than they were before the pandemic, with more than half saying that they work “a lot” more.

Income inequality also appears as an issue with remote work. The survey found that 69% of those with an income below $50,000 per year said they saw increased remote work opportunities since COVID-19, compared to 86% of those making more than $75,000 per year.