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

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

A Good Reminder of How Workers' Compensation Rates Are Calculated

Posted by Christy Putnam on August 16, 2019 at 12:09 PM

People quickly and understandably become very confused when it comes to reviewing Workers' Compensation policies and rates from insurance carriers. At its most basic, the following formula is used to calculate Workers' Compensation premiums:

Payroll (per $100) X Class Code Rate X Experience Modifier (MOD) + State Fees/Surcharges = Premium

Let’s break down each of these elements and explain where the amounts come from.

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Topics: Human Resources, Payroll, HR Compliance, Workers' Compensation

When it comes to Workers' Compensation claims, documentation is key

Posted by James on August 14, 2019 at 10:04 AM

If you are one of the few, select individuals who loves addressing and managing Workers' Compensation issues, then any HR department would be lucky to have you. It probably means you're extremely organized, exceptionally patient, and incredibly resourceful. You probably have the tact of an international diplomat and the steel-trap memory of an elephant.

For all the rest of us less naturally inclined towards this topic...well...we need some extra help.

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Topics: Human Capital Management, Human Resources, HR Compliance, Workers' Compensation

August HR Topic: Demystifying Workers' Compensation

Posted by Christy Putnam on July 31, 2019 at 11:01 AM

In what year did Congress pass the Federal Employers’ Liability Act (FELA), which is believed by many to be the start of the path to Workers’ Compensation?

A. 1959
B. 1970
C. 1908
D. 1942

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Topics: Human Resources, HR Compliance, HR Policies

“Change is Inevitable. Growth is Optional!”

Posted by Christy Putnam on July 16, 2019 at 2:21 PM

It’s that time of year when the impact of the recent Oregon Legislation Session is starting to be realized by employers. Several new laws (and at least one that previously was implemented) are, or will be, affecting employers and employees. Following is a summary of just some of the changes on the horizon.

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Topics: Human Resources, Minimum Wage, Payroll, HR Compliance, Taxes

A New Tool for Your HR Toolbox

Posted by Christy Putnam on June 3, 2019 at 10:23 AM

Our knowledge is your knowledge! That is the common expectation in the HR world, right? It's all about sharing resources, training, updates, and knowledge with employees, clients, and even other human resource professionals in our network. We do it because everyone in this role knows what a constant challenge it can be to keep up with changing legislation, benefit offerings, trends, policies, and compliance requirements. You can never have too many tools in your toolbox of HR information.

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Topics: Human Resources, HR Compliance, Leadership, HR Policies, Company Culture, Benefits, Recruiting

Are you going to meet the EEO-1 reporting deadlines?

Posted by Christy Putnam on May 8, 2019 at 3:49 PM

Two reporting deadlines are quickly approaching. All employers with 100 or more employees, or federal government contractors and first-tier subcontractors with 50 or more employees and at least $50,000 in contracts, must file the EEO-1 survey with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). The purpose of EEO-1 reporting is to identify areas of discrimination in the workplace. Here is what you need to know.

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Topics: Payroll, HR Compliance

Where do you turn for reliable HR answers?

Posted by James on May 7, 2019 at 9:11 AM
  • Can and should we screen social media accounts as part of the hiring process?
  • We have good reason to believe an employee has been stealing from the register. What should we do?
  • How do we keep an employee at-will but require them to give notice before leaving?
  • Can we ask an applicant why they are leaving their current job?

Where do you turn for answers to these and other HR questions? Google? Colleagues? A coin flip?

Businesses spend an average of 25 hours per month trying to understand and resolve HR issues, and in too many cases much of that time is spent guessing or following poor advice. There's a better way to get reliable information faster, and we're inviting you to see how it works.

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Topics: Human Resources, HR Compliance, HR Policies, Benefits, Recruiting

HR Help When You Need It

Posted by Christy Putnam on April 11, 2019 at 8:22 AM

Anybody responsible for HR needs a little help now and then. Sometimes what's needed is just an update on a new labor law or filing deadlines. Sometimes a convenient HR calculator (e.g. Cost Per Hire, Employee Turnover, Absenteeism) would be useful. At other times, bigger questions with potentially bigger consequences arise. How great would it be if you could turn to one source for the information you need?

How confident are you in your answers to these questions:
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Topics: Human Resources, HR Compliance

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