Trupp HR Hires Marguerite McAleer as New HR Business Partner

By Calvin Gower, Marketing Assistant, Trupp HR. Portland, Oregon – April 24, 2015 – Trupp HR, Inc. is pleased to announce the recent hire of Marguerite McAleer, who has joined the Trupp HR team as HR Business Partner. In this role, Marguerite will function as a dedicated HR representative to clients of Trupp’s HR Outsourcing (HRO) services […]

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Training Announcement: May 19, 2015

Unleashing SUPER Supervisors Presented by Jean Roque In many ways, supervisors hold the keys to the success of a business. Supervisors are a key influence on employee productivity and retention. They possess firsthand knowledge of employee performance and perceptions. And, in the eyes of the employee, they are a representation the “company”. The challenges, however, […]

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Do you play favorites?

By Jean Roque, President, Trupp HR. When it comes to playing favorites, I believe managers tend to fall into one of three camps: (1) they work hard to treat their employees fairly; (2) they don’t really think about it much; or, (3) they don’t care what people think because they are “the boss.” Whether you […]

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Legal Corner – March 2015

Welcome to the Trupp HR Legal Corner designed to keep business leaders informed of critical employment legislation and case law. Discrimination risk when transferring employees Most employers have a duty to accommodate an employee with a disability. Be cautious when transferring that employee to a new position to ensure that it is not perceived as discrimination. Learn More >> […]

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April HR To-Do List

Important employment and work place considerations to accomplish for the month of April. Update your employee handbook The NLRB’s recent memo clarifying lawful and unlawful employee handbook policies provides a great opportunity to assess your handbook and make changes where necessary. Consider a third party review of your handbook by Trupp HR to ensure that it’s complete and that […]

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Training Announcement: April 28, 2015

Engaging Employees for Business Success Presented by Jean Roque Employee Engagement is key to succeeding in today’s competitive market for customers and top talent. The shortage of qualified and experienced employees, the ever-increasing expectations of customers, and the dynamic, global business environment are all managed best by companies with Engaged Employees. Engagement can be defined […]

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Bizwomen Mentoring Monday

Join us on March 30th for the Portland session of The Business Journal’s Mentoring Monday held at The Nines Hotel. This is a great opportunity to network with some of the most influential business women in the area and sit down for a one-on-one coaching session or even just a quick five minute conversation. Jean […]

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Training Announcement: April 14, 2015

Creating a Change-Savvy Organization Presented by Jean Roque In spite of good ideas and intentions combined with significant organizational energy and resources, 70% of change initiatives fail. Whether dealing with the anxiety of anticipated change, the frustration of attempting to initiate change, or the daunting task of getting change to stick, each of us has […]

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Training Announcement: March 31, 2015

Mastering the Art of Interviewing Presented by Jean Roque Attracting, selecting and hiring employees presents an even greater challenge for businesses concerned with adding top talent that aligns well with their unique culture, work environment, and job requirements. Throw in the complexities of the regulatory environment, changing workforce and competition for a limited supply of […]

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5 Strategies for Hiring in Today’s Labor Market

By Jean Roque, President, Trupp HR. By the time most employers get around to making a job offer, one-third of offered candidates will have already accepted another job and a quarter of candidates will be disappointed with the salary and benefits offered1. To capture top talent in a candidate-driven labor market, employers need to considerably […]

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Legal Corner – February 2015

Welcome to the Trupp HR Legal Corner designed to keep business leaders informed of critical employment legislation and case law. 2016 DOL budget requests increased employment services 2016 budget request for the Department of Labor (DOL) includes funding to increase employment services for unemployed workers, more registered apprenticeships, helping those with criminal background find work, […]

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March HR To-Do List

Important employment and work place considerations to accomplish for the month of March. Review your wage and hour practices Claims against employers for violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) have been on a constant increase. Make sure to review minimum wage and overtime laws to avoid liability. Learn More >> Submit application for […]

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Training Announcement: March 3, 2015

Employment Law Basics Presented by Christine Thelen Compliance with key employment laws is the foundation upon which many HR policies and procedures are built. Navigating these complicated laws can be tricky but with basic guidance, business leaders can create a work environment that is not only compliant, but also fosters a healthy engaged workforce that […]

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Trupp HR Makes List of Top 50 Women-Owned Businesses

Portland, Oregon – January 29, 2015 – Trupp HR, Inc., a human resources solutions company, is pleased to be placed on the Portland Business Journal’s list of the Top 50 Women-Owned Businesses in the Portland metro area. Since founding the company over four years ago, Jean Roque, President of Trupp HR, has made every effort to build […]

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Game Winning Strategies for 2015

The perfect storm will be converging on employers this year—a shortage of skilled labor available for hire, an aging workforce who will be exiting their jobs, taking with them years of knowledge, and a high percentage of employees who will be leaving their employers for greener pastures.  To add further complexity, the current political environment […]

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Legal Corner – January 2015

Welcome to the Trupp HR Legal Corner designed to keep small business employers informed of critical employment legislation and case law. February deadline set for new overtime expansion regulations The proposed rule to streamline FLSA regulations for “white collar” employees is now expected to be published by the DOL by the end of February. Learn […]

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Trupp HR Has a New Look

We’ve refreshed our website with a cleaner look, streamlined content, and a responsive design that plays well with mobile devices. Our simplified content now allows you to read as little or as much as you want. You can scan our bulleted lists for a brief overview, or toggle the “+” symbols for expanded information. Navigating to find answers to your HR and recruiting needs has […]

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February HR To-Do List

Important employment and work place considerations to accomplish for the month of February. Distribute total rewards statements Creating and distributing total reward statements shows employees that their efforts matter, provides insight into their total compensation, and showcases the benefits and strengths of your company’s compensation plan. Learn More >> Cover all your tax form bases […]

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Preparing for 2015 Expanded ACA Requirements

By Jean Roque, President, Trupp HR. As employers prepare for the coming year, assessing ACA preparedness and compliance should be added to the list. 2015 will welcome in new employer shared responsibility and reporting requirements. Most employers are likely familiar with their responsibility for providing health benefits, but many may be caught off guard by […]

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Trupp HR Hires Tracy Bespflug as Talent Placement Specialist

Portland, Oregon – December 3, 2014 – Trupp HR, Inc. is pleased to announce the recent hire of Tracy Bespflug, who joins the Trupp HR team as a Talent Placement Specialist (Recruiter). In this position, Tracy will be expanding upon a talent acquisition model that’s rooted in Trupp HR’s commitment to be a reliable and trusted […]

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Legal Corner – November 2014

Welcome to the Trupp HR Legal Corner designed to keep small business employers informed of critical employment legislation and case law. IRS announces 2015 pension plan limitations The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has announced the cost-of-living adjustments affecting dollar limitations for retirement related items for the tax year of 2015. Learn More >> Delayed enforcement […]

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December HR To-Do List

Important employment and work place considerations to accomplish for the month of December. Make updates on 2015 limits to 401(k) and pension plans On October 23, the IRS announced the adjustments that affect limitations for pension plans as well as other retirement items for 2015. Make sure to review the changes and make necessary updates. […]

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Training Announcement: December 9, 2014

Effective Employee Performance Management Presented by Christine Thelen & Tom Faricy Performance Management is a key vehicle by which business objectives are successfully carried out. When functioning properly, it motivates employees, helps them succeed, and keeps their performance focused on company goals. Challenges arise, however when performance declines. Effective supervisors act quickly to transform performance issues […]

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E-Cigarettes @ Work

By Jean Roque, President, Trupp HR. To vape or not to vape? It may be time to determine which side of the e-cig fence your company lands. Electronic cigarettes, also known as e-cigarettes or e-cigs, are battery-operated products designed to turn chemicals, including highly addictive nicotine, into an aerosol that is inhaled by the user. […]

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Marijuana and the Workplace

By Jean Roque, President, Trupp HR. While marijuana continues to be federally regulated as a Schedule I controlled substance, today, nearly half of the U.S. has legalized marijuana for medicinal and/or personal use. If pending state laws were to pass, that number would reach 80%. The increasing number of state laws legalizing marijuana, combined with […]

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Training Announcement: November 18, 2014

Making the Transition to Supervisor Presented by Jean Roque & Tom Faricy In many ways, supervisors hold the keys to the success of a business. Supervisors are a key influence on employee productivity and retention. They possess firsthand knowledge of employee performance and perceptions. And, in the eyes of the employee, they are a representation the […]

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November HR To-Do List

Important employment and work place considerations to accomplish for the month of November. Prepare for the Winter Weather Update your inclement weather policy if needed and let employees know what to expect. Learn More >> Plan your holiday party Start your planning now to book a good venue and have a successful holiday party. Prepare […]

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Legal Corner – October 2014

Welcome to the Trupp HR Legal Corner designed to keep small business employers informed of critical employment legislation and case law. Domestic violence victims given leave rights A number of states now require private-sector employers to provide unpaid leave to victims of domestic violence. Is your state on the list? Learn More >> OSHA seeks […]

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Trupp HR Introduces Open Enrollment Outsourcing

Portland, Oregon – October 9, 2014 – Trupp HR, Inc., a human resources solutions company, has announced the release of their new Open Enrollment Outsourcing service designed to lift the administrative burden often associated with the Open Enrollment process. Organizations that choose Trupp HR’s Open Enrollment Outsourcing service enjoy a proven process that streamlines Open Enrollment and […]

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Webinar: October 23, 2014

Worker-Friendly Employee Handbooks that Protect Your Organization and Reflect Your Workplace Culture Presented by Christine Thelen The Employee Handbook can be a company’s best friend or its worst enemy. They are the most important tool an employer can have to protect itself from future liability and can be a great support when orienting and disciplining […]

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Training Announcement: October 21, 2014

Engaging Employees for Business Success Presented by Jean Roque & Tom Faricy Employee Engagement is key to succeeding in today’s competitive market for customers and top talent. The shortage of qualified and experienced employees, the ever-increasing expectations of customers, and the dynamic, global business environment are all managed best by companies with Engaged Employees. Engagement can […]

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Open Enrollment: Avoiding Another Missed Opportunity.

By Jean Roque, President, Trupp HR. Let’s face it. For most organizations, Open Enrollment can be a daunting project. And, the effort quickly becomes consumed with a plethora of time-constrained administrative activities. Proactively approaching Open Enrollment from a strategic perspective, however, can improve your experience by: 1. Define your Objectives Before making choices for the coming plan […]

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October HR To-Do List

Important employment and work place considerations to accomplish for the month of October. Open enrollment and benefits renewal Most employer’s open enrollment and benefits renewals occur in the fall. Schedule your open enrollment and explore the options available to your workforce. Open Enrollment Checklist >> Concerned about the resource strain that Open Enrollment brings each year? […]

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Legal Corner – September 2014

Welcome to the Trupp HR Legal Corner designed to keep small business employers informed of critical employment legislation and case law. Paid sick leave coordination Paid sick leave ordinances have become an increasing trend enacted in two states, Connecticut and recently California; as well as nine cities including Eugene and Portland, Oregon. Learn More >> […]

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Employer Open Enrollment Checklist

Concerned something may fall through the cracks with your upcoming benefits renewal? Simplify your open enrollment with this helpful checklist. Inform Establish an effective communication and educational plan. Understand and educate employees on the scenarios of health care reform. Educate employees on plan changes and the potential impact of those changes. Use open enrollment to […]

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Customer Highlight – Care Partners

Hospice & Palliative Care Partners has once again been selected by Oregon Business Magazine as one of the 100 Best Non-Profits to Work For in Oregon. Trupp HR congratulates Care Partners on this well-deserved achievement, which reflects the progressive steps that have been taken to improve their organization over the last few years. As Care Partner’s […]

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Training Announcement: September 30, 2014

Hiring for Excellence Presented by Jean Roque Attracting, selecting and hiring employees presents an even greater challenge for businesses concerned with adding top talent that aligns well with their unique culture, work environment, and job requirements. Throw in the complexities of the regulatory environment, changing workforce and competition for a limited supply of certain skill sets, […]

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When is the Right Time to Use Leadership Coaching?

By Tom Faricy, SPHR, HR Business Partner, Trupp HR. In a business setting, the word coaching may conjure a number of images, possibly in conjunction with correcting poor performance or inappropriate business behaviors. In reality, its most effective application is for successful business leaders and managers who are driven to achieve a greater level of […]

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Webinar: September 18, 2014

Is HR Outsourcing Right for Your Business? Presented by Jean Roque The Human Resources Outsourcing (HRO) industry continues to be one of the fastest developing outsourcing sectors, just behind IT outsourcing. So, why are more businesses choosing to follow this approach to addressing their HR needs? Whether an organization is reaching the point where HR […]

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September HR To-Do List

Important employment and work place considerations to accomplish for the month of September EEO-1 Report due September 30, 2014 The Employer Information Report EEO-1, or EEO-1 Report, must be filed with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s EEO-1 Joint Reporting Committee by the end of September. Learn More >> Review your finances Find out where […]

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Legal Corner – August 2014

Welcome to the Trupp HR Legal Corner designed to keep small business employers informed of critical employment legislation and case law. Jobs training bill signed into law This new law is designed to help unemployed workers get the skills they need to find jobs by simplifying a very complex system of federal workforce training programs. […]

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LinkedIn takes a $6 million hit for employee pay violations

A U.S. Department of Labor investigation found that 359 former and current employees spanning across multiple LinkedIn office locations had been underpaid due to violations of the overtime and record-keeping provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). This is a cautionary tale for employers of an easily preventable payroll oversight. Under the US FLSA, […]

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Training Announcement: September 16, 2014

Employment Law Basics Presented by Christine Thelen Compliance with key employment laws is the foundation upon which many HR policies and procedures are built. Navigating these complicated laws can be tricky but with basic guidance, business leaders can create a work environment that is not only compliant, but also fosters a healthy engaged workforce that […]

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Is it Time to Give Your Employees a Raise?

By Jean Roque, President, Trupp HR. “Employee turnover is expected to hit 21% in 2014—up four points from 2013.” It’s not easy to loosen the belt after pulling through a recession that may have cut deep into your organization, but as the market continues to recover, it may be wise to extend some of this […]

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Webinar: August 21, 2014

Discrimination, Harassment and Retaliation Training for Supervisors Presented by Christine Thelen As leaders, it is important for all supervisors to understand the basic legal protections against discrimination, harassment and retaliation in the workplace. Even more important, is to understand the steps that can help prevent discrimination, harassment, and retaliation, and what to do when an […]

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Legal Corner – July 2014

Welcome to the Trupp HR Legal Corner designed to keep small business employers informed of critical employment legislation and case law. DOL proposed rule redefining ‘spouse’ A proposed rule has been issued by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) that would change the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) rule’s definition of “spouse”. Spouse would […]

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August HR To-Do List

Important employment and work place considerations to accomplish for the month of August. Assess your compliance with providing benefits notices Insurance companies and group health plans can provide a concise document detailing information about health plan benefits and coverage. A Summary of Benefit Coverages (SBC) lays out an easily understood review for employees and a […]

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Training Announcement: August 12, 2014

Embracing the Undeniable Influence of Leadership Presented by Jean Roque Although most leaders understand their role is one of great importance and responsibility, many underestimate the significance of their role as it relates to employee engagement, including areas such as loyalty, creativity, quality, productivity, wellness, and an overall desire to go above and beyond what […]

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Trupp HR Hires Michael Keep as New HR Business Partner

By Calvin Gower, Marketing Assistant, Trupp HR. Portland, Oregon – July 15, 2014 – Trupp HR, Inc. is pleased to announce the recent hire of Michael Keep, who will join the Trupp HR team as HR Business Partner. In this role, Michael will function as a dedicated HR representative to clients of Trupp’s HR Outsourcing (HRO) […]

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Eugene, Oregon moving forward with sick leave ordinance

Following in the footsteps of its not-so-distant neighbor to the North (Portland, OR), Eugene is now close to the point of implementing a mandatory sick leave ordinance. A task force for this ordinance, including local business owners, industry representatives, Mayor Piercy, along with three Councilors; recently came together to produce a final report to be […]

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Training Announcement: July 24th, 2014

Preparing for the Portland Protected Sick Leave Deadline Presented by Jean Roque BOLI enforcement of the Portland Protected Sick Leave Ordinance begins July 31, 2014. Is your business ready to comply? This training session will walk you through the salient points of the Portland Protected Sick Leave Ordinance, and provide best practices for compliance and […]

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Training Announcement: July 9th, 2014

Effective Employee Performance Management Presented by Christine Thelen & Tom Faricy Performance Management is a key vehicle by which business objectives are successfully carried out. When functioning properly, it motivates employees, helps them succeed, and keeps their performance focused on company goals. This session will educate participants on strategies for effective performance management, tools for conducting […]

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Is HR Outsourcing Right for Your Business?

By Jean Roque, President, Trupp HR. The Human Resources Outsourcing (HRO) industry continues to be one of the fastest developing outsourcing sectors, just behind IT outsourcing. So, why are more businesses choosing to follow this approach to addressing their HR needs? Companies that outsource their HR function gain the advantages of a larger, full-service HR […]

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Seattle Raises Minimum Wage to $15 an Hour

The Seattle City Council has approved the implantation of a $15 minimum wage. Washington currently has the highest pay floor of any state at $9.32 an hour, so it is no surprise that the most significant legislation to raise wages has come from its biggest city. Minimum wage increases will be phased in gradually based […]

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July HR To-Do List

Important employment and work place considerations to accomplish for the month of July. Prepare for shifting health costs Sometimes high-deductible health insurance plans can’t be avoided, but there are certain steps employers can take to reduce the cost and keep up employee morale. Learn More>> Review wage and hour laws With federal wage and hour lawsuits […]

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Legal Corner – June 2014

Welcome to the Trupp HR Legal Corner designed to keep small business employers informed of critical employment legislation and case law. COBRA diminished by enactment of PPACA The usefulness of COBRA has diminished with the enactment of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). At this point there are still circumstances where it proves […]

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Trupp HR adds Pulse Employee Survey as new product

Portland, OR, June 10, 2014– Trupp HR, Inc., a human resources solutions company, has announced the debut of their new Pulse Employee Survey product. The survey is designed to measure workforce engagement and satisfaction, while uncovering areas that could impact employee retention. The survey is tailored to each organization’s objectives and requirements. Employers may choose […]

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Training Announcement: June 18th, 2014

Making the Transition to Supervisor Presented by Jean Roque & Tom Faricy In many ways, supervisors hold the keys to the success of a business. Supervisors are a key influence on employee productivity and retention. They possess firsthand knowledge of employee performance and perceptions. And, in the eyes of the employee, they are a representation […]

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June HR To-Do List

Important employment and work place considerations to accomplish for the month of June. Hire a summer intern For companies that need help with additional tasks or projects around the office, the summer offers a great opportunity to hire an intern or two. This will benefit your business while providing experience for students and recent graduates. […]

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5 Tips for Creating a Great Internship Program

By Jean Roque, President, Trupp HR. Adding an internship program is a great way to tackle some additional projects while providing students or recent college graduates an opportunity to bring their education to life and increase the credibility of their resume. Often times, companies choose to hire employees from their intern pool. At a minimum, […]

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Legal Corner – May 2014

Welcome to the Trupp HR Legal Corner designed to keep small business employers informed of critical employment legislation and case law. Higher HSA limits for 2015 The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has announced higher limits for 2015 on contributions to health savings accounts and for out-of-pocket spending under high-deductible health plans linked to them. Learn […]

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Will PPACA Exchanges Replace COBRA?

On May 2, 2014, the Obama administration proposed regulations to clarify that people leaving a job may choose to purchase health coverage on federal and state marketplaces rather than obtaining it through COBRA. The administration argued that purchasing a private plan on the exchanges may be a cheaper alternative, especially since many of these outgoing […]

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Training Announcement: May 28th, 2014

Engaging Employees for Business Success Presented by Jean Roque & Tom Faricy Employee Engagement is key to succeeding in today’s competitive market for customers and top talent. The shortage of qualified and experienced employees, the ever-increasing expectations of customers, and the dynamic, global business environment are all managed best by companies with Engaged Employees. Engagement […]

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National Small Business Week: May 12-16, 2014

By Jean Roque, President, Trupp HR. Over 50 years ago, President John F. Kennedy kicked off the first National Small Business Week. Since then, the President of the United States has continued this tradition of recognizing the contributions of our country’s entrepreneurs and small business owners. With more than half of Americans owning or working […]

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