The South Carolina Staffing Association is your voice at the SC State House.

SCSA represents its members and the staffing industry as one voice in our effort to communicate industry matters to legislative and government leaders.

Victories include:

  • SUTA Relief: Led effort to provide $233M in direct appropriations to hundreds of staffing firms to mitigate the state unemployment tax increase.
  • Employment Security Commission Reform: Worked to transform the ESC from a "check-writing" agency, wasting tens of millions of dollars each year, to now the SC Dept. of Employment and Workforce, an agency committed to fully investigating claims and working closely with staffing firms to put people back to work.
  • Defense: SCSA continues to work against unwise policy, such as eliminating South Carolina as a Right-to-Work state, arbitrarily increasing the minimum wage, unnecessary pro-union initiatives, and forcing employers to allow guns at the workplace.
  • Paid Sick Leave: Passed legislation that prohibits local government from handing down ordinances that force employers to provide benefits beyond what is required by state law.
  • Other Important Legislation: Passed bill that restricts seasonal workers from accessing UI benefits; enacted legislation that requires applicants to report back to staffing agency in order to continue receiving UI benefits; reduced UI benefits to 20 weeks from 26; and, allowed staffing companies to go on a payment plan to pay UI taxes.


The government relations team is led by veteran lobbyists John DeWorken and Sunnie Harmon.

Sunnie Harmon

Sunnie is a veteran lobbyist at the SC State House. She is the recipient of the 2011 “Economic Development Lobbyist of the Year Award” and has earned the reputation as one of the very best lobbyists in South Carolina.  Sunnie earned two degrees from Clemson University, a BS in Marketing and a BA in Political Science, and is a four-year varsity letterman for and served twice as captain of the nationally-ranked Clemson University Women’s Tennis Team, where she was named as an Academic All-American.


John DeWorken

John has 20 years of experience working in and around the SC State House.  He served as a legislative director for the SC Senate and held senior positions at the SC Chamber of Commerce, the Greenville Chamber and on a statewide political campaign. The Greenville Magazine twice named John as “The Top 50 Most Influential People in Greenville.” John holds three degrees from Clemson University.