How to write a job description

How to write a job description By Kate Reichert, Compensation Consultant, Trüpp. When writing a job description, think first about the duties and responsibilities that are most important and take up the majority of time. If there is a task that is done only about 10% of the time (or 4 hours a week), it […]

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Why are job descriptions such a big deal?

Why are job descriptions such a big deal? By Kate Reichert, Compensation Consultant, Trüpp. Job descriptions tend to be one of those things that end up at the bottom of the priority list. They’re time consuming to write, not to mention there is little guidance around how to write them well. On top of that, […]

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How you can commit your company to equal pay

How you can commit your company to equal pay By Calvin Gower, Trüpp. Like many employers, you may want to commit your organization to equal pay but are unsure of the exact steps to take to put together a long-term strategy. To create a pay equity strategy that builds a foundation for the future, it […]

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What is the Oregon Pay Equity law?

What is the Oregon Pay Equity law? By Michael White, HR Outsourcing Manager, Trüpp. The Oregon Pay Equity law makes it unlawful to: What does work of a “comparable character” mean? Work of a comparable character includes duties that require substantially similar knowledge, skill, effort, responsibility, and take place in similar working conditions. While some […]

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How to handle final paychecks in Oregon

How to handle final paychecks in Oregon By Sally Padrow, HR Business Partner, Trüpp. Employee separations have the potential of a company-wide ripple effect. The leadership team questions what they could have done to see this coming, managers scramble to transition projects, HR begins the process for filling the position, payroll computes final pay and […]

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Title deflation and the new pay equity laws

Title deflation and the new pay equity laws By Kate Reichert, HR Business Partner & Compensation Specialist, Trüpp. One of the biggest banes of my existence as a compensation professional would have to be job titles. A good title, and one that is legally sound, will reflect the actual responsibilities of the role, be tied […]

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Trüpp Launches Pay Equity Services

Portland, Oregon – September 28, 2017 – Trupp HR, Inc. is pleased to announce the recent launch of its Pay Equity Service offering. Trüpp’s Pay Equity Services are designed to help businesses get ahead of the equal pay legislation trend sweeping the country and further develop sound compensation strategies. This set of services ensures that an organization’s […]

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Oregon pay equity bill passes

By Calvin Gower, Marketing Coordinator, Trüpp. The Oregon Equal Pay Act of 2017 (House Bill 2005) has officially been signed into law with the purpose of reducing unfair pay differences and expanding protections for employees susceptible to discriminatory pay practices. Most provisions will not go into effect until January 1, 2019 to give employers time […]

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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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Dealing with uncomfortable employee pay conversations

By Jean Roque, President, Trupp HR. Employee pay can be an extremely challenging topic for business leaders, especially for small to mid-sized organizations where compensation decisions may be more ad hoc. In today’s market, leaders often find themselves making hasty salary decisions to attract or retain top employees while struggling to keep pay within budget and […]

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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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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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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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Differentiate Your Business with a Total Rewards Statement

By Calvin Gower, Marketing Assistant, Trupp HR. Every successful business wants to attract and retain top talent, creating a positive work environment where employees can thrive and effectively contribute to organizational goals. But having competitive benefits and salaries is only the first step for accomplishing this. It is also essential to inform your employees as […]

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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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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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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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Does increased pay lead to increased performance?

By Jean Roque, President, Trupp HR. Looking ahead to the new year, we predict increasing pressure on employers, large and small, to retain and motivate their top talent. Current statistics indicate as much as 50% of your employees may be “considering” leaving your organization. The Role of Compensation While employers naturally turn to pay increases […]

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