January HR To-Do List

By Jenny Sherman, SPHR CCP, Director of HR Services, Trupp HR. Happy New Year! Let’s get the year off to a great start by taking care of these HR related tasks for the month of January. Review Safety for Remote Workers Many employees work alone either off site, or on the road with no supervision. […]

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December HR To-Do List

By Jenny Sherman, SPHR CCP, Director of HR Services, Trupp HR. December has arrived with a flurry of record cold weather! Santa may still have time to check his list to see who’s naughty and nice, but with a shortened time frame between the holidays this year, you’ll want to make sure you check these […]

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Legal Corner – December 2013

By Jenny Sherman, SPHR CCP, Director of HR Services, Trupp HR. Welcome to the Trupp HR Legal Corner designed to keep small business employers informed of critical employment legislation and case law. Changes to commercial driver medical exam rules Occupational health providers, employers with commercial-vehicle operations, and bus and truck drivers need to start preparing […]

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Legal Corner – November 2013

By Jenny Sherman, SPHR CCP, Director of HR Services, Trupp HR. Welcome to the Trupp HR Legal Corner designed to keep small business employers informed of critical employment legislation and case law. Employers’ rights during OSHA inspections While it may not feel like it during an inspection, employers have many rights before, during, and after […]

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November HR To-Do List

By Jenny Sherman, SPHR CCP, Director of HR Services, Trupp HR. With the holidays just around the corner, you’re bound to have a lot on your plate–and we’re not just talkin’ turkey! Check these HR tasks off your list and you’ll be giving thanks long before the end of the month. Prepare for the Winter […]

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Alert! Oregon Employers

Oregon Enacts Required Bereavement Leave By Jenny Sherman, SPHR CCP, Director of HR Services, Trupp HR. Effective January 1, 2014, private sector employers who are covered by the Oregon Family Leave Act must provide up to two weeks of leave for bereavement of the loss of a family member. The leave is per loss, up to […]

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October HR To-Do List

By Jenny Sherman, SPHR CCP, Director of HR Services, Trupp HR. “Love the trees until their leaves fall off, then encourage them to try again next year.” ― Chad Sugg The chill of autumn has set in with a vengeance, a sure sign that October is looming just out of sight. Be sure to get […]

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Compensation and Employee Communications

By Jenny Sherman, SPHR CCP, Director of HR Services, Trupp HR. Once an organization has established a well-rounded compensation and benefits package that aligns with organizational goals, it is essential to develop a communication strategy to build employee understanding. This is important because employees who grasp the values behind an organization’s decision-making process when it […]

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Total Rewards in Today’s Economy

By Jenny Sherman, SPHR CCP, Director of HR Services, Trupp HR. In our previous articles on compensation we’ve discussed Compensation Strategy and 8 Factors that Contribute to Base Pay, outlining the to-dos for building a pay program in your organization. In this article, we discuss aligning your People Strategy with your compensation programs. Whatever an […]

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August HR To-Do List

By Jenny Sherman, SPHR CCP, Director of HR Services, Trupp HR. August has sauntered on the scene continuing one of our best summers ever here in the Pacific Northwest with a continuous stream of warm balmy nights. Before you head off to Costco for another air conditioner, check these August HR tasks off your list […]

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Legal Corner – August 2013

By Jenny Sherman, SPHR CCP, Director of HR Services, Trupp HR. Welcome to the Trupp HR Legal Corner designed to keep small business employers informed of critical employment legislation and case law. The five documents sure to be requested in an employment lawsuit – can yours pass the test? Even though employment lawsuits are based […]

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8 Factors that Contribute to Base Pay

By Jenny Sherman, SPHR CCP, Director of HR Services, Trupp HR. In the feature article of our June newsletter, we outlined the role of a compensation strategy for forecasting and budgeting, attracting and retaining employees, and maintaining a fair pay practice. One of the foundational structures of an effective compensation strategy is to establish the […]

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How Important is a Retirement Savings Plan to Your Employees?

By Jenny Sherman, SPHR CCP, Director of HR Services, Trupp HR. Retirement Savings Myths In a recent article, Four Retirement Savings Myths, by The Partners Group, an insurance and retirement provider serving individuals and employers in the Portland, OR and Seattle, WA regions, the author identified the following myths associated with retirement investment:   Financial […]

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July HR To-Do List

By Jenny Sherman, SPHR CCP, Director of HR Services, Trupp HR. With July knocking at the door and weather foretasted to be in the 90’s, summer is definitely here! Before you zip off to your next BBQ or slather on the sun tan lotion for a day at the beach, check these HR tasks off […]

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Legal Corner – May 2013

By Jenny Sherman, SPHR CCP, Director of HR Services, Trupp HR. Welcome to our new Legal Corner designed to keep small business employers informed of critical employment legislation and case law. House Proposes H.R. 1406, The Working Families Flexibility Act The Working Families Flexibility Act (2013) proposes an extension to private sector workers of the […]

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June HR To-Do List

By Jenny Sherman, SPHR CCP, Director of HR Services, Trupp HR. June is peeking through the clouds ready to pounce on us after the holiday weekend. Don’t get caught off guard; be sure to get these HR related tasks taken care of by the end of the month. Establish Safety Meetings Is your Oregon or Washington company required to […]

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May HR To-Do List

By Jenny Sherman, SPHR CCP, Director of HR Services, Trupp HR. May is just around the corner, and so is the sun! Here are some important HR items to check off your list for the month of May before you start planning your summer vacation getaway! Conduct an Annual Job Audit Employee classification errors can […]

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The Updated I-9 Form is Now Available from the USCIS

By Jenny Sherman, SPHR CCP, Director of HR Services, Trupp HR. The long-awaited revised I-9 form has been published by the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS). Employers should start using the new form immediately and not later than May 7, 2013. The updated form has a new look with additional fields. I-9 Enforcement Increases […]

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April HR To-Do List

By Jenny Sherman, SPHR CCP, Director of HR Services, Trupp HR. April showers may bring May flowers, but all this early April sunshine is just bringing spring fever! Here is this months important HR to-do list to work through before the fever pushes you out the door. File Early for H-1B We mentioned it last […]

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8 steps to more effective meetings

By Jenny Sherman, SPHR CCP, Director of HR Services, Trupp HR. There’s no denying that collaboration in the workplace is a hot topic lately. With technology giants like Yahoo eliminating work-at-home options to encourage an environment of shared ideas and cooperation, headlines are abuzz with controversy. There’s no doubt that meetings with team members help […]

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March HR To-Do List

By Jenny Sherman, SPHR CCP, Director of HR Services, Trupp HR. May the road rise up to meet you, may the wind be always at your back, may the sun shine warm upon your face and the rains fall soft upon your fields. -an old Irish Blessing                 […]

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Healthcare landscape changing for small business

By Jenny Sherman, SPHR CCP, Director of HR Services, Trupp HR. Navigating the Affordable Care Act is tricky business with its rapidly evolving landscape, but part of the healthcare legislation and its support structure aims to ease the journey to compliance. Oregon employers will be pleased to know that because our state is ahead of […]

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Benefits top the list for employed job seekers

By Jenny Sherman, SPHR CCP, Director of HR Services, Trupp HR. Skilled employees are seeking new jobs Employee confidence is up, unemployment rates are lower and employed workers are seeking new jobs. Surveys show that nearly 20% of employees have recently launched a job search and another 30% or more are considering doing so during […]

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February HR To-Do List

By Jenny Sherman, SPHR CCP, Director of HR Services, Trupp HR. February is a short month. Be sure to add the following items to your HR checklist and get a jump start on important considerations for the month. Post OSHA Form 300A The Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses Feb. 1 to April 30. Learn […]

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