How our clients can keep closer tabs on open inquiries

Checking the status of your open inquires and getting the most out of your Trüpp experience. By Kylie Artz, Shared Services Manager, Trüpp. In 2016, Trüpp’s Shared Services team implemented a customer service management system to enable our Shared Services team to manage and track client email communication and outstanding tasks more efficiently and provide […]

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Improving internal communication in the workplace

Improving internal communication in the workplace By Calvin Gower, Marketing Coordinator, Trüpp. While many of us work and interact with our colleagues daily, there are always communication aspects that we can improve upon to increase the synergy of our teams. Check out these insightful ideas for communicating more effectively as an individual and an organization, […]

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Tips for increasing employee survey participation

Tips for increasing employee survey participation By Calvin Gower, Marketing Coordinator, Trüpp. So, you’ve designed the perfect survey to get a pulse on your team’s engagement. You know what your objectives are and how you’re going to administer it. Now, how do you optimize employee participation? A voluntary survey may not be the highest item […]

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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 during the summer can be quite complicated. Get ahead of the curve with these seven tips to prevent scheduling nightmares in the upcoming months.     Implement a flexible summer work schedule Being more […]

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Legal Corner – May 2018

Welcome to the Trüpp Legal Corner designed to keep business leaders informed of critical employment legislation and case law. IRS raises HSA contributions for 2019 The IRS has announced its yearly revision to the benefit limits for defined benefits plans. The HSA contribution limit is now set to increase from $3,450 to $3,500 in 2019, […]

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What does an HR Audit do for my business?

What does an HR Audit do for my business? Spring cleaning for your HR program. By Calvin Gower, Trüpp. Let’s face it. It can be difficult to keep your HR department up to par in today’s fast-paced business environment. Employment law is always changing, attracting and retaining top talent is a moving target, and your […]

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Why should we do an Employee Engagement Survey?

Our employee engagement is great, and our employees are happy. Why should we do an Employee Engagement Survey? By Meagan Phillips, HR Analyst, Trüpp. You may be completely in tune with your team, and while they are happy and the business is thriving, having happy employees does not necessarily mean having engaged employees, which are […]

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Focusing on constant development as an organization

Focusing on constant development as an organization By Calvin Gower, Marketing Coordinator, Trüpp. Continual improvement is important in the modern-day business landscape. Focus on efforts to improve culture, management, and employee skill-sets are the cornerstones of an innovative organization. A business that is positioned for success will be focused on giving its people the tools […]

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Legal Corner – April 2018

Welcome to the Trüpp Legal Corner designed to keep business leaders informed of critical employment legislation and case law. ACA reporting for those who missed the deadline ACA forms were due to the IRS electronically by early April making those who failed to meet the deadline vulnerable to substantial financial penalties. For employers that missed […]

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May HR To-Do List

Important employment and workplace considerations to accomplish for the month of May. Conduct an HR audit An HR audit provides a transparent look at your company’s HR health. Identify the key areas of opportunity for your organization to maintain compliance, uncover gaps, and improve efficiency so that you’re on track to accomplish your business goals […]

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How to drive employee engagement

How to drive employee engagement By Calvin Gower, Marketing Coordinator, Trüpp. Behind every successful organization is an engaged team that is committed to helping the company reach its goals. When addressing employee engagement, employers should consider a wide range of solutions. While increasing pay may be the fall-back option, there are several solutions that have […]

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What to do with employee survey results

What to do with employee survey results: 7 steps to maximizing employee engagement By Calvin Gower, Marketing Coordinator, Trüpp. Deploying a survey and collecting results is only the first step in conducting a successful employee engagement survey. Once you have obtained useful feedback from your employees, it’s crucial to act on those results and clearly […]

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April HR To-Do List

Important employment and workplace considerations to accomplish for the month of April. Re-bid your benefits contracts Employers should make it a habit to regularly evaluate the benefits market. Simply renewing your contract each year could result in spending too much and including benefits that employees don’t value. Before your next open enrollment, consider conducting a […]

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Legal Corner – March 2018

Welcome to the Trüpp Legal Corner designed to keep business leaders informed of critical employment legislation and case law. Paid-leave tax credit that could apply to certain employers Under the new section of the Internal Revenue Code, employers that voluntarily offer qualifying employees up to 12 weeks of paid family and medical leave may claim […]

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Retaining a top tier team

Retaining a top tier team By Calvin Gower, Marketing Coordinator, Trüpp. Far too many businesses are unable to hold onto top talent. This often indicates that a more strategic approach is required to equip employees with tools for on-going success. Focusing on the people that drive your company forward will contribute to a more successful […]

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Legal Corner – February 2018

Welcome to the Trüpp Legal Corner designed to keep business leaders informed of critical employment legislation and case law. Increase of Form I-9 worksite enforcement The Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) continues its practice of increasing Form I-9 audits, conducting more workplace raids, and promoting involvement in the government’s voluntary compliance program. Learn More >> […]

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March HR To-Do List

Important employment and workplace considerations to accomplish for the month of March. Submit drug-coverage disclosures by March 1st If you are an employer that provides prescription drug coverage to workers who are eligible for Medicare Part D, you must submit a disclosure by March 1. Submit Disclosure Online >> Submit application for workplace recognition The […]

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Influences on employee handbook updates

Influences on employee handbook updates By Calvin Gower, Marketing Coordinator, Trüpp. Keeping an employee handbook up to date seems simple enough, but far more goes into it than most employers realize. Is your handbook ready to be updated? If you haven’t touched it in the past year, then the answer is a resounding yes! Your handbook […]

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February HR To-Do List

Important employment and workplace considerations to accomplish for the month of February. Prepare for tax season Make sure you have all the required tax forms for your organization and get current on new information to meet the rapidly approaching tax deadline. Below is a checklist for small businesses. View Checklist >> Update your employee handbook […]

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Legal Corner – January 2018

Welcome to the Trüpp Legal Corner designed to keep business leaders informed of critical employment legislation and case law. Expected increase of Form I-9 worksite enforcement The current administration has indicated that the number of Form I-9 employment eligibility verification audits will significantly increase over the course of the next year. All employers are subject […]

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Bizwomen Mentoring Monday

Bizwomen Mentoring Monday The Portland Business Journal is hosting the next annual Bizwomen Mentoring Monday event in Portland on February 12th. This is a great opportunity to come meet with influential business women from the Portland Metro-area and establish beneficial relationships for the years to come. This “speed coaching” event provides a high energy and […]

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How should we handle pre-employment background checks and drug screens?

How should we handle pre-employment background checks and drug screens? By Sally Padrow, HR Business Partner, Trüpp. Companies that require pre-employment background and/or drug screenings do so to ensure that new employees they are hiring have provided truthful information, are not using drugs that could impair their work performance, or do not have a history of […]

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Making the most of your time at work

Making the most of your time at work By Calvin Gower, Marketing Coordinator, Trüpp. For many of us, there seems to never be enough hours in a day to get things done. Fortunately, there are tools and techniques to help us be more productive, stay more engaged, and ultimately get the most out of the […]

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January HR To-Do List

Important employment and workplace considerations to accomplish for the month of January. Post 2018 compliance posters It’s time to put up 2018 Labor Law Posters. Keep in mind that this is not a one-and-done event at the beginning of the New Year. Compliance is only valid until the next revision takes effect. Consider subscribing to […]

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Legal Corner – December 2017

Welcome to the Trüpp Legal Corner designed to keep business leaders informed of critical employment legislation and case law. DOL delays parts of fiduciary rule The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has extended the effective date for “prohibited transaction exemptions” to the retirement plan fiduciary rule to July 1, 2019. The exemptions are related to […]

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Legal Corner – November 2017

Welcome to the Trüpp Legal Corner designed to keep business leaders informed of critical employment legislation and case law. Immigration official announces quadrupled employer compliance audits It’s expected that the rate of immigration compliance audits and investigations will quadruple in the months to come. To avoid potential fines, all employers will need to make sure […]

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December HR To-Do List

Important employment and workplace considerations to accomplish for the month of December. Review and reiterate your anti-harassment policy With the sweeping sexual harassment charges being made across all industries, now is the time to make sure you are doing everything possible to create a respectful workplace where harassment isn’t tolerated. Review your policies, make any […]

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I-9 checklist

I-9 checklist By Christine Thelen, Director of HR Services, Trüpp. Would you be shocked if I told you that immigration is currently a hot button issue? If you’ve had any contact with the outside world recently, your answer is sure to be a resounding no! Unfortunately, this is not just a political debate that can be […]

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Drafting Employee Friendly and Compliant Employee Handbooks

Drafting Employee Friendly and Compliant Employee Handbooks By Christine Thelen, Director of HR Services, Trüpp. If you have an employee, you should have an employee handbook. An employee handbook sets expectations regarding company policy, acts as a resource and guide for managers, and ultimately, when well written, reduces employer risk. But how do you ensure that […]

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OregonSaves Program: Everything you need to know

OregonSaves Program: Everything you need to know By Michael White, HRO Manager, Trüpp. What is it? OregonSaves is a Roth IRA (deductions are not pre-tax) savings program that is required for employers that do not currently offer a qualifying retirement program. Employees are auto-enrolled by their employer in the plan, but are given a 30-day window […]

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Supporting a new generation of employees

Supporting a new generation of employees By Calvin Gower, Marketing Coordinator, Trüpp. Today’s workforce is changing. Retaining great employees and maintaining an engaged workforce doesn’t work the way it used to. Here are some articles we’ve found that offer sage advice for keeping your top talent engaged and productive for years to come. 6 tips […]

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Legal Corner – October 2017

Welcome to the Trüpp Legal Corner designed to keep business leaders informed of critical employment legislation and case law. Court ruling highlights FMLA retaliation and age discrimination An engineer at Verizon recently presented proof of FMLA retaliation and age discrimination in her firing. The case brought up the point that employers must monitor their supervisors […]

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November HR To-Do List

Important employment and workplace considerations to accomplish for the month of November. Prepare for winter weather Winter is coming! It may be helpful to review your inclement weather policy, make any necessary adjustments, and inform your employees of any changes. Prepare for daylight savings Daylight savings time will be ending on November 5th at 2 […]

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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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Trüpp Adds Employee Handbook Subscription Service

Portland, Oregon – September 26, 2017 – Trupp HR, Inc. recently expanded its Employee Handbook services to include a subscription option. The Employee Handbook Subscription enables organizations to keep their handbook continuously up to date. Trüpp’s Handbook Subscription Service is a convenient way for employers to keep their employee handbook current with changing regulations and required policy […]

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October HR To-Do List

Important employment and workplace considerations to accomplish for the month of October. Be prepared for an I-9 compliance audit With the decision to not renew DACA and the recent implementation of the new Form I-9, this is a good time to review your I-9 procedures. With the increased potential for enforcement, businesses should ensure all […]

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Legal Corner – September 2017

Welcome to the Trüpp Legal Corner designed to keep business leaders informed of critical employment legislation and case law. The unwinding of DACA and the effect on employers With the DACA expiration date on the horizon, employers may need to discharge workers unless they’ve found another way to obtain work authorization. This will all depend […]

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Navigating difficult topics at work

By Jean Roque, President & Founder, Trüpp. In the past year, Portland residents have witnessed an increased level of tension and polarization. Regardless of where you fall on the political spectrum, maintaining a workplace rooted in inclusion can be tricky in an environment where emotions and convictions run deep. Here are some techniques for fostering […]

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4 strategies for developing employees on a budget

By Jean Roque, President & Founder, Trüpp. While small businesses may not be able to compete with the resources and career advancement opportunities of larger employers, they shouldn’t underestimate their ability to provide a fulfilling work experience for employees who are hungry to develop and learn. Here are four employee development strategies that can be […]

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Legal Corner – August 2017

Welcome to the Trüpp Legal Corner designed to keep business leaders informed of critical employment legislation and case law. State law trends to watch States and cities continue to go above and beyond federal employment law requirements; here are some of the important trends and states to keep an eye on. Learn More >> Oregon […]

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September HR To-Do List

Important employment and workplace considerations to accomplish for the month of September. Prepare for final quarter With the the year’s final quarter approaching, it’s time to review where you stand with your 2017 revenue and operational goals. If needed, create an action plan to meet expectations by years’ end. Related Article >> Get a free […]

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Oregon revamps overtime rule for manufacturing industry

By Calvin Gower, Marketing Coordinator, Trüpp. Oregon recently passed a law that clears up some confusion in the daily overtime rule. The update addresses non-union employees working in mills, factories, and manufacturing establishments. The main clarification to come out of this revision is that employees who are entitled to both daily and weekly overtime should […]

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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. Proactive employers are getting a head start on the process to make sure all their ducks are in a row. If you don’t have the time or resources to run open […]

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Legal Corner – July 2017

Welcome to the Trüpp Legal Corner designed to keep business leaders informed of critical employment legislation and case law. DOL issues RFI on overtime rule The Department of Labor (DOL) has suggested several alternatives to the original overtime rule changes in a recent request for information (RFI) which includes multiple salary level exemptions that are […]

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Updated Form I-9 is now available

By Calvin Gower, Marketing Coordinator, Trüpp. The USCIS has rolled out a new version of the Form I-9, which will be mandatory for employers to use starting September 18, 2017. Employers can use the new form now or continue to use the Form I-9 with the revision date of 11/14/16 N until the September 18th […]

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Oregon to Enact Predictive Scheduling Law

By Calvin Gower, Marketing Coordinator, Trüpp. Starting July 1, 2018, many part-time employees won’t have to play the guessing game with their schedules any longer. The new predictive scheduling law, expected to be signed by Oregon Governor, Kate Brown, will be establishing requirements on large employers (500 or more employees worldwide) for the retail trade, […]

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July HR To-Do List

Important employment and workplace considerations to accomplish for the month of July. Conduct employee survey It’s important to keep a pulse on your employees. Conduct a mid-summer employee survey to gain insight on your organization and uncover areas that could use attention or improvement. Related Article >> Oregon employers: download and post updated minimum wage […]

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Webinar: Wage & Hour Laws

Wage & Hour Laws: A Crash Course for Managers The news is teeming with stories of innovative and well-known brands whose reputations have been tarnished by wage and hour violations, often leaving an unsubstantiated impression that these organizations are underhanded or don’t care about their employees. Managers are in a prime position to help protect […]

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