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Free HR Webinar: Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace

Posted by Christy Putnam on February 6, 2020 at 8:27 AM

“Diversity: the art of thinking independently together.” -Malcolm Forbes

On a scale of 1 to 10, how important is workplace diversity to you? Now on that same scale of 1 to 10, how diverse do you feel your organization is?

What does workplace diversity mean?

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Topics: Human Resources, HR Policies, diversity

New Year, New HR Opportunities

Posted by Christy Putnam on January 10, 2020 at 2:53 PM

Happy New Year! And not only a new year but a new decade. Is anyone else finding it very hard to believe how fast time is flying by? Just a year ago, many of us were saying, “This is going to be the year.” Perhaps it was going to be the year to make big changes, get organized, create efficiencies, focus on learning and education, implement new systems, add additional resources, or just really be on top of things. Congratulations to those who actually made 2019 “The Year”. And for the majority of us who are once again saying, “This! This is going to be the year,” let’s work together to make many of those wonderful things actually happen as the 20s get underway.

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Topics: Information Technology, HR Policies

What potential payroll changes are expected in 2020?

Posted by Christy Putnam on November 22, 2019 at 9:02 AM

With a new year come a lot of new changes and updates to payroll requirements. 2020 is quickly approaching, so - as in the last few years - we compiled the following list of items that may initiate some payroll changes in your organization. You might start thinking about these and take action sooner than later.

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Topics: Payroll

Performance Coaching: What is your style?

Posted by Christy Putnam on October 31, 2019 at 8:11 AM

Fall is here, and so are the world series, football season, and the start of basketball. What does this have to do with our November HR topic, Performance Evaluations & Effective Coaching? Many famous (and maybe not so famous) coaches have spoken words of wisdom over the years that can be applied by any manager leading a team. Take a look and see how these might apply to everyday coaching of your employees:

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Topics: Human Resources

LAST CHANCE! Don’t Miss this Month’s HR Webinar! Taking Care of Business: Employee Handbooks

Posted by Christy Putnam on October 22, 2019 at 1:06 PM

Can you believe we are at the end of October already? The end of the year is a great time to review existing documents, systems, and HR administrative practices. If you are looking for a new HR system, we can help, and we encourage you to reach out to us to find out how. It’s also a good time to review your employee handbook. Here are 8 valuable reasons why:

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Topics: Human Resources, HR Policies

Does Your Business Need an Employee Handbook?

Posted by Christy Putnam on October 14, 2019 at 12:43 PM

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, Benefits

October HR Topic - Taking Care of Business: Employee Handbooks

Posted by Christy Putnam on October 2, 2019 at 2:45 PM

Raise your hand if you have been “taking care of business” by updating your company's employee handbook within the last year? For those of you with your hands down - and we're guessing that's the majority - how many dread this task and wish you could just implement policies like the ones that follow?

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Topics: HR Policies

HR Alert! Overtime Rule Change

Posted by Christy Putnam on September 24, 2019 at 11:57 AM

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued a final ruling today for overtime pay when employees work more than 40 hours in a week. Employees who make less than $35,568 will be eligible for overtime effective January 1, 2020. This is expected to affect approximately 1.3 million American workers.

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Topics: Human Capital Management, Human Resources, Payroll, HR Compliance

The Cost of Employee Terminations and Turnover

Posted by Christy Putnam on September 23, 2019 at 1:38 PM

As an HR professional or manager, employee terminations are something that will need to be addressed, whether frequently or infrequently - and we all hope it end up being less frequent. However often it happens, the resulting turnover can end up being a very costly expense to organizations. A look inside the numbers illustrates how important retention really is.

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Topics: Human Capital Management, Human Resources, Recruiting, Employee Terminations

Helpful Termination Guidance

Posted by Christy Putnam on September 3, 2019 at 9:17 AM

“At-Will” Employment State

Oregon, along with most of the U.S. (with the exception of Montana), is an at-will employment state. At-will employment means employers can terminate employees at any time without reason, explanation, or warning (except for wrongful termination reasons, like race, religion, and disability). It also means an employee can quit at any time for any reason...or no reason at all. Typical exceptions to this include the following: Employment Contracts, Implied Contracts, Good Faith and Fair Dealing (i.e. employers terminating employees to avoid their duties like paying for healthcare, retirement, or commission-based work), and Public Policy.

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Topics: Human Resources, Payroll, HR Compliance

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