Don't Let This Happen to Your Servers

Posted by Dionne on November 18, 2021 at 4:30 PM

You never know when exactly you’ll find out you need to have a Disaster Recovery Plan in place. Last Friday, the Portland area experienced significant rainfall amounts, which caused widespread flooding and damage. Although rain in the Pacific Northwest is rather common, receiving it all at once is not nearly as common.

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Topics: Backups

Windows 11 is here! Now what?

Posted by Tom on October 7, 2021 at 10:55 AM

On October 5th, this newest version will begin coming pre-loaded on new PCs and, much like Windows 10 was for Windows 7 and 8 PCs, it will be available as a free upgrade for Windows 10 PCs. You may not see this update on your PC immediately, since Microsoft usually chooses chunks of devices to roll these major feature and version updates out to in phases. It’s also possible that your IT department or provider may have blocked the update from applying—just to avoid any unexpected incompatibilities from an unforeseen auto-update!

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Topics: Information Technology, Network Security, Technology Services, Windows 11

Why Hosting Your Sage 100 on the Sage Partner Cloud Might Not Be Your Best Option

Posted by Dionne on March 19, 2021 at 1:30 PM

You hear a constant whirring or beeping sound when you walk past the server room that may be just annoying. Or it might indicate that something is failing. Or maybe you’re feeling the pain of having been told that it’s time to upgrade the server again in order to continue running your Sage software, and you ask yourself: “Didn’t we just upgrade that server a few years ago?” There is a chance you have been tempted to move everything to the Cloud, or maybe you’re being forced to because of changes to the work environment. Now is as good a time as any to make the switch for your Sage 100 software. But how do you know where to begin - or whether this solution even makes sense for you?

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Topics: People. Ideas. Technology., Information Technology, Cloud Computing, Sage 100, Cloud ERP, Sage Software, Sage 100Cloud, Technology Services

The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA): Potential Payroll Effects

Posted by Christy Putnam on March 19, 2021 at 7:57 AM

On March 11, the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) of 2021 was passed and signed into law by President Biden. There are several provisions in the law that could have an impact on employers and specifically on their employees' payrolls.

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Topics: Human Resources, Healthcare, Payroll, Family Leave Acts, COVID-19

COVID-19 Vaccinations and Your Workplace

Posted by Christy Putnam on February 11, 2021 at 9:19 AM

Earlier this week, we announced a change in our February HR webinar topic, which will now address the high-demand subject of COVID-19 Vaccinations and Your Workplace. If you or someone you know may benefit from current and critical information relating to the current legality of workplace vaccination mandates, ways to encourage rather than require vaccinations, employees’ rights to speak out against your policies, and much more, we invite you to attend our webinar.

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Topics: Human Resources, HR Policies, COVID-19

How Much Do You Know About Classifying Employees? Let's Find Out!

Posted by Christy Putnam on February 2, 2021 at 1:21 PM

Okay! It is time to mix things up a little in your day. Grab your cup of coffee, tea, water, or beverage of choice, and let’s play a game. This game is designed to test your knowledge of employee classification. It will only take a few minutes, and hopefully you will even learn a thing or two along the way. At the very least, it will be a good refresher.

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Topics: Human Resources, Employee Classifications

The New Normal: Make Working from Home Work

Posted by Christy Putnam on January 20, 2021 at 9:09 AM

In March of 2020, working from home became the new normal for many people. Organizations may not have been prepared for this new normal, but ready or not, the transition needed to be made. Some employers went with the Band-Aid approach of doing what they needed to do to get by temporarily, while others fully embraced the challenge and sought the potential long-term advantages that it offered to employer and employees alike. Most employers did not expect this new normal to last as long as it has, or for it to bring so many unforeseen challenges.

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Topics: Human Resources, HR Compliance, HR Policies, Company Culture, Time & Labor Management, COVID-19

Making Sure Employees See Your Company's Handbook

Posted by James on December 15, 2020 at 9:20 AM

In our recent post addressing the need for and benefits of an employee handbook, we mentioned the importance of having employees sign off on having received and read an organization's employee handbook. This is a vital step in creating and distributing a handbook because it encourages employees to read the document, ask questions about its contents, and signal that they understand the information provided. We also noted that sign-off should occur when each new edition of the handbook is given out.

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Topics: Human Capital Management, Human Resources, HR Policies

Does Your Business Need an Employee Handbook?

Posted by Christy Putnam on December 9, 2020 at 9:18 AM

Are all employers required to have an employee handbook? If you answered "no" to this question, you are technically correct. There are no federal or state laws that specifically require companies to create and maintain employee handbooks. HOWEVER, we strongly suggest doing so since, regardless of your company's size, having an employee handbook is a good business practice. There are many laws requiring employers to notify employees of workplace rights (e.g. EEO, sexual harassment, ADA, FMLA), and this document can help with that. In fact, a well-crafted employee handbook helps protect both employer and employees. Following are five specific reasons why having a handbook might be a good idea for your organization.

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Topics: Human Resources, HR Policies

What Potential Payroll Changes are Expected in 2021?

Posted by Christy Putnam on December 1, 2020 at 4:18 PM

With a new year come a lot of new changes and updates to payroll requirements. 2021 is quickly approaching, so - as in past years - we compiled the following list of items that may initiate some payroll changes in your organization. You might start thinking about these now and take action sooner than later.

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Topics: Payroll, Taxes

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