June HR To-Do List

Important employment and workplace considerations to accomplish for the month of June. Plan for summer vacation coverage Managing employee vacation time can be quite complicated, especially around the summer months. Read these 7 tips for taking a strategic approach for employee vacation planning. Related Article >> Implement a flexible summer work schedule Being more flexible […]

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Legal Corner – May 2017

Welcome to the Trüpp Legal Corner designed to keep business leaders informed of critical employment legislation and case law. IRS establishes 2018 HSA contribution limits The annual contribution to health savings accounts (HSAs) will rise $50 for self-only coverage and $150 for family coverage. Learn More >> Comp time bill advances to senate The U.S. […]

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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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Legal Corner – April 2017

Welcome to the Trüpp Legal Corner designed to keep business leaders informed of critical employment legislation and case law. Risks of asking applicants for W-2 Forms Employment attorneys caution against employers asking job applicants for a copy of their W-2 form to verify employment and compensation. While this practice may seem practical in some situations, […]

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May HR To-Do List

Important employment and workplace considerations to accomplish for the month of May. Conduct an annual HR audit An HR audit will give you a clear picture of your company’s HR compliance and effectiveness by identifying key areas of opportunity for your organization to improve compliance, increase efficiency, and ensure that your workforce is on track […]

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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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Oregon Considering “Predictive Scheduling” Law

Oregon legislators are considering a predictive scheduling law that would require employers to pay employees for up to four hours of unworked time if their shift is cancelled or shortened. This proposed law follows Seattle’s Secure Scheduling ordinance and is also similar to the ordinances and laws that San Francisco and New York have in […]

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Manager Reading List

By Jean Roque, President, Trüpp. Whether you’re a seasoned manager or you are just getting started in your new role, it is important to continually look for ways to develop your leadership skills. This manager reading list includes helpful titles that will give you fresh inspiration, new perspectives, and practical techniques for breathing new life into your management style. […]

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Legal Corner – January 2017

Welcome to the Trüpp Legal Corner designed to keep business leaders informed of critical employment legislation and case law. DOL requests extension on overtime rule appeal The Department of Labor has asked for an extension of time to allow “incoming leadership personnel adequate time to consider the issues”, as Trump’s nominee for Secretary of Labor […]

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February HR To-Do List

Important employment and workplace considerations to accomplish for the month of February. Distribute total rewards statements Creating and distributing total rewards statements shows employees that their efforts are appreciated, provides insight into their total compensation, and showcases the benefits and strengths of your company’s compensation plan. Related Article >> Prepare for tax season Make sure you […]

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Onboarding New Managers

By Wayne Smith, Director of Marketing, Trüpp. Every company has that one employee that just gets things done. They consistently perform at the top of their team, require little oversight, and seem to have an innate ability to navigate their priorities with skill and ease. These are typically the employees that we groom for management […]

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EEOC issues guidance with focus on mental health

As part of its’ series of “resource” documents, the EEOC has recently released guidance for medical conditions and work restrictions of employees. This latest piece is titled “Depression, PTSD, and Other Mental Health Conditions in the Workplace: Your Legal Rights.” The intention of this document is to provide a related platform of guidance under the […]

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New trends aimed to protect workers

States and localities across the country are continuing to push forward with measures aimed at protecting workers. As more and more local and state sick-leave and ban-the-box regulations go into effect, states and municipalities are now starting to focus on wage equality, stricter controls for employee scheduling, independent contractor protections, and paid parental leave. Wage […]

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December HR To-Do List

Important employment and workplace considerations to accomplish for the month of December. Make updates on 2016 limits to 401(k) and pension plans Review the released IRS adjustments to dollar limitations for pension plans and other retirement related items. Related Article >> Complete your year-end payroll requirements Organize and plan out your year-end payroll processing. You […]

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Legal Corner – November 2016

Welcome to the Trupp HR Legal Corner designed to keep business leaders informed of critical employment legislation and case law. Federal judge puts temporary injunction on overtime rule With just 10 days left before the implementation of the new overtime rule, a federal judge in Texas puts it on hold. This surprising decision is applicable […]

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Federal judge makes last minute decision to pause overtime rule

By Christine Thelen, Director of HR Services, Trupp HR. With 10 days left before the December 1 implementation deadline, a federal judge unexpectedly placed a hold on the new overtime rule. You’ve been granted a reprieve A Texas federal court issued a temporary injunction delaying the implementation of the new FLSA regulations that raise the salary […]

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New Form I-9 has been published

The new Form I-9 has been released by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) as of November 14, 2016 and will be valid through August 31, 2019. Use of the new form will be required starting January 21, 2017. Once the January deadline has passed, previous versions will be invalid for new hires, re-hires, […]

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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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Legal Corner – October 2016

Welcome to the Trupp HR Legal Corner designed to keep business leaders informed of critical employment legislation and case law. FLSA proposals arise to phase in overtime rule A number of delay or phase-in proposals for the overtime rule have gained momentum in Congress. Many believe that the phase-in bills’ fate may depend on the […]

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November HR To-Do List

Important employment and workplace considerations to accomplish for the month of November. Finalize any last minute changes to comply with new overtime rule The new FLSA overtime rule is coming into effect on December 1st. Most companies plan to put their new compensation plans into effect at least a week in advance. If you need […]

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October HR To-Do List

Important employment and workplace considerations to accomplish for the month of October. Prepare for flu season Stop the flu virus in its tracks at your office. Taking some basic steps and precautions as an employer can go a long way when it comes to sickness spreading in the workplace. Learn More >> Assess the exempt status […]

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Legal Corner – September 2016

Welcome to the Trupp HR Legal Corner designed to keep business leaders informed of critical employment legislation and case law. Current Form I-9 will expire Jan. 21, 2017 The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced that the new version of the Form 1-9 will become available by November 22, 2016. The changes to […]

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Politics may or may not lead to business as usual

With the presidential race heating up, the focus of each candidate on workplace priorities are in the spotlight. Hillary Clinton has made a number of promises regarding employment law during her campaign, with more of a focus on keeping workplace policy moving in the same direction. On the other hand, Trump has taken positions on […]

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Trupp HR Launches Benefits Administration Outsourcing

Portland, Oregon – September 16, 2016 – Trupp HR, Inc. is pleased to announce the recent launch of its Benefits Administration Outsourcing (BAO) service. Trupp HR’s BAO removes the process of benefits management from the customer’s workload, including the ongoing tasks of benefits administration and the open enrollment process. Trupp HR’s Benefits Administration Outsourcing service enables client’s […]

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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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September HR To-Do List

Important employment and workplace considerations to accomplish for the month of September. Review annual goals With the final quarter of the year right around the corner, it’s time to review where you stand with your revenue and operational goals that were set at the beginning of 2016. If needed, create an action plan to meet […]

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Legal Corner – August 2016

Welcome to the Trupp HR Legal Corner designed to keep business leaders informed of critical employment legislation and case law. California proposes a more in depth version of the “ban-the-box” measure California Fair Employment and Housing Council (FEHC) proposes regulations that would prohibit employers from using criminal background reports if members of a particular race […]

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Trupp HR moves to new location in Portland’s Central Eastside

Portland, Oregon – August 25, 2016 – Trupp HR, Inc. has recently moved to the newly developed Framework building, located in the thriving Central Eastside Industrial District of Portland, OR. Only a short drive from their previous location, Trupp HR now occupies the entire third floor of the critically acclaimed building. As one of Portland’s Top 100 Fastest […]

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August HR To-Do List

Important employment and workplace considerations to accomplish for the month of August. Prepare for open enrollment Open enrollment season is right around the corner. Smart employers should get a head start on the process to make sure everything runs smoothly. If you don’t have the time or resources to run open enrollment yourself, consider Benefits Adminstration […]

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Legal Corner – July 2016

Welcome to the Trupp HR Legal Corner designed to keep business leaders informed of critical employment legislation and case law. Classifying employees as exempt vs. non-exempt more complicated than most realize Even with the vast amount of news coverage of the new FLSA rules, overtime exemptions are still broadly misunderstood. When it comes to classifying workers as exempt, […]

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The broad benefits of staff development

By Zach Swanson, HR Business Partner, Trupp HR. If you’ve done any reading about management at all, you’ve probably come across information about the importance of developing staff. Staff development consists of training, delegation, and coaching that provides employees with skills to make a larger contribution to their organization. Typically, staff development is approached at the […]

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Trupp HR Hires Michael White as New HRO Manager

Portland, Oregon – July 18, 2016 – Trupp HR, Inc. is pleased to announce the recent hire of Michael White, who joins the Trupp HR team as an HRO Manager. In this role, Michael will operate as a manager of the HR Business Partners and overall HR Outsourcing (HRO) client relationships. This role comes with the expected […]

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July HR To-Do List

Important employment and workplace considerations to accomplish for the month of July. Review the do’s and don’t of the onboarding process When done well, onboarding leads to increased job satisfaction and lower turnover. These useful tips go a long way to make a welcoming first impression. Learn More >> Double-check that you are meeting EEOC notice-posting requirements Effective July […]

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Legal Corner – June 2016

Welcome to the Trupp HR Legal Corner designed to keep business leaders informed of critical employment legislation and case law. Laying off employees for inability to speak English may be discriminatory While it is recognized by the courts that the ability to speak English can be a justifiable job requirement, employers must be careful when […]

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Take your managers to the next level with our Management 2.0 Workshops

Trupp HR is pleased to introduce our new Management 2.0 Workshop series designed to take your leaders to the next level. Whether or not your team has developed new skills and incorporated tools from our Management 1.0 series, they can still up thier game. Our next training series, Management 2.0, takes a deeper dive exploring strategies to equip […]

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Trupp HR comes in at 43 on the PBJ 100 list

Trupp HR is proud to once again be named among Portland Business Journal’s Fastest Growing Private 100 Companies in Oregon. Trupp HR attended our second annual Portland Business Journal award ceremony for the Fastest Growing Private 100 Companies in Oregon. We are proud to have come in at number 43 this year. This is a step […]

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Trupp HR quoted in recent SHRM HR Magazine cover story

Trupp HR’s Jean Roque has been quoted in the latest issue of SHRM’s HR Magazine. The article, which is featured as the cover story, discusses HR career development. Mark Feffer, the author of the article, reached out to Jean to get her take on maneuvering the HR world and career development for HR professionals. Check out the article below for a good read […]

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Understanding the salary ripple effect of new overtime rules

By Jean Roque, President, Trupp HR. As most employers are aware, the final regulations regarding overtime exemptions under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) have been released by the Department of Labor (DOL). The bottom line of the new ruling is that the minimum salary requirement for non-exempt status has been raised significantly–from $23,660 to $47,476 and […]

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Legal Corner – May 2016

Welcome to the Trupp HR Legal Corner designed to keep business leaders informed of critical employment legislation and case law. Final rule released regarding FLSA overtime regulations With the new overtime rule coming into effect, there are major changes for employers to prepare for. Learn More >> 2017 HSA contribution limits have been set The IRS has provided the updated […]

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June HR To-Do List

Important employment and workplace considerations to accomplish for the month of June. Prepare for the finalized FLSA overtime exemption regulations The final regulations regarding overtime exemptions have been released. Employers need to make sure they are well informed on the changes and prepare for them before they go into effect. Learn More >> Plan ahead for […]

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Final Rule Released Regarding FLSA Overtime Regulations

By Christine Thelen, Director of HR Services, Trupp HR. The long awaited final regulations regarding overtime exemptions under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) have been released by the Department of Labor (DOL). As expected, the biggest change is an increase to the salary threshold for exempt employees.  Exempt employees must earn at least $47,476 per year […]

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Trupp HR Launches Management 2.0 Training Workshop Series

Portland, Oregon – May 23, 2016 – Trupp HR, Inc. is pleased to announce the launch of its new training workshop series, Management 2.0, designed to provide insight and techniques for managers and supervisors to increase employee development and engagement, leverage the skills and personal styles of their team, and encourage a culture of flexibility that empowers […]

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