The trend of banning salary history questions continues

By Calvin Gower, Marketing Coordinator, Trüpp. Whether it should be legal to ask job applicants about their salary history remains a hot topic of debate in today’s labor market. Since we posted our article, Should it be illegal to ask about an applicant’s salary history, which provides details about proposed pay equity laws and their […]

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Top 10 reasons to update your employee handbook

By Jean Roque, President, Trupp HR. When done correctly, an up-to-date employee handbook delivers value to both your organization and your employees. For new hires, your employee handbook is an introduction to company policies, procedures, and culture, providing a first impression of your business. For employees and supervisors, it serves as a basis for understanding and consistently adhering […]

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Should it be illegal to ask about an applicant’s salary history?

By Jean Roque, President, Trupp HR. Many think so. On September 14, 2016—just over a month after Massachusetts passed an equal-pay law that prohibits employers from asking about salary histories during the job interview process—the Pay Equity for All Act of 2016 has been proposed. This bill would amend the Fair Labor Standards Act to make […]

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Trupp HR Hires Jay Aebi as Talent Placement Specialist

Portland, Oregon – January 27, 2016 – Trupp HR, Inc. is pleased to announce the recent hire of Jay Aebi, who joins the the Trupp HR team as a Talent Placement Specialist/Recruiter. In this position, Jay will be expanding upon the talent acquisition model for Trupp Talent, Trupp HR’s recruitment service. Trupp Talent recruiting services is rooted in Trupp HR’s commitment to […]

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Is your business prepared for minimum wage increases?

As increases to federal, state, and local minimum wages march on, considerable energy has been expended debating the social and economic pros and cons. While business leaders may feel as though they have little influence over minimum wage hikes, there remains an obligation of preparedness—where we ensure our businesses are positioned to successfully navigate these […]

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Trupp HR Launches Trupp Talent Recruiting Services

Portland, Oregon – July 30, 2015 – Trupp HR, Inc. is pleased to announce the launch of Trupp Talent Recruiting Services as a dedicated extension of Trupp HR’s suite of HR services. Trupp Talent helps businesses succeed by staffing a workforce that not only delivers on required competencies and performance expectations, but also aligns with the employer’s work […]

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Webinar Announcement: July 23, 2015

Developing a Winning Interview Game Plan Presented by Jean Roque Although it would seem obvious that every company wants to hire great employees, research indicates 80% of employee turnover can be attributed to bad hiring decisions. Why is it so difficult to select “A” players for our teams? This training session will introduce techniques for establishing […]

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Webinar Announcement: July 9, 2015

How to Fire an Employee Presented by Christine Thelen Firing an employee is one of the most stressful and difficult tasks a manager can face. The emotional difficulty, combined with the potential risks a separation creates can be daunting for even the most experienced manager. This session explores best practices for separating an employee, including important […]

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Boost your recruiting ROI with employee referrals

By Jean Roque, President, Trupp HR. Looking for an easy way to ramp up the effectiveness of your company’s hiring activities? Whether managing recruiting in-house, relying on a recruiting agency, or leveraging a recruiting process outsourcing (RPO) firm, an employee referral program is a low-cost, highly impactful method for taking your company’s recruiting to the […]

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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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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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Employment Background Checks: 5 Tips to Protect Your Business

By Christine Thelen, Manager, HR Services, Trupp HR. For many employers, background checks are an essential step in the hiring process.  There are, however, many risks associated with conducting background checks that employers should be aware of when embarking down this path. 1. Understand the regulatory environment Regulatory enforcement and litigation efforts are increasingly focusing […]

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Best Practices for Protecting Your Organization When Hiring New Employees

By Christine Thelen, Manager, HR Services, Trupp HR. In our last article, “4 Tips for Preparing a Legally Sound Offer Letter” we covered important considerations when making an employment offer. Here we will discuss four additional practices that can provide further legal protection when hiring new employees. 1. Create an offer letter template. Developing an […]

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What’s preventing you from getting and keeping the best employees?

By Jean Roque, President, Trupp HR. If your company is like most, the holy grail of attracting, engaging and retaining top talent may still be eluding you.  In my experience of working with small and growing businesses, I have noticed a few common themes. No Curb Appeal Top talent isn’t knocking at your door. In […]

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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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Why do you need a compensation strategy?

By Jean Roque, President, Trupp HR. Your organization doesn’t necessarily need to be a ‘high payer’, but you should know where you are positioned in the market and if your compensation practices align with your organizational strategy. For example, do you know:   Forecasting and budgeting Having an established compensation strategy contributes to your ability […]

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Thinking of Hiring a Summer Intern?

By Tom Faricy, SPHR, HR Business Partner, Trupp HR. The weather is warming up, and there are signs of spring all around. While most of us are eagerly anticipating some long awaited fun-in-the-sun, many small businesses are gearing up for a complex juggling act, trying to distribute workloads among an already stretched workforce as an […]

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Making Great Hiring Decisions

By Jenny Sherman, SPHR CCP, Director of HR Services, Trupp HR. “On average, companies that did a better job of attracting, developing and retaining highly talented managers earned 22% higher return to shareholders.” Given the abundance of highly skilled candidates available in today’s job market, it may be surprising to hear that many employers are […]

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Hiring employee referrals

By Stephanie Gillett, PHR, HR Business Partner, Trupp HR. Are you screening employee referrals adequately? Do you find yourself extending special treatment to job applicants who have been referred by your employees? Sure, you make them fill out an application and do an interview, but it’s easy to bypass important qualifying questions. Without even realizing […]

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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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5 tips for improving your hiring mojo

By Jean Roque, President, Trupp HR. Impress others with your superior hiring mojo. 5 helpful tips for adding top talent Hiring and retaining great employees is one of the most critical contributors to the ongoing success of a business. Yet, for many companies, a successful hiring formula seems elusive at best. By applying a few […]

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