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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Driving employee engagement through company culture

By Zach Swanson, HR Business Partner, Trupp HR A thriving culture is essential to the success of your business. When your company’s values and business environment line up with your goals, they become a constant source of guidance for how your employees can succeed with your organization. A culture that clearly reflects and values the uniqueness […]

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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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Trüpp Hires Sally Padrow as New HR Business Partner

Portland, Oregon – September 26, 2016 – Trupp HR, Inc. is pleased to announce the recent hire of Sally Padrow, who joins the Trüpp team as an HR Business Partner. In this role, Sally will operate as a dedicated HR representative to clients of Trüpp’s Outsourcing (HRO) services in addition to contributing to numerous HR consulting efforts. […]

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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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Trüpp Hires Amanda Doun as New HR Business Partner

Portland, Oregon – September 21, 2016 – Trupp HR, Inc. is pleased to announce the recent hire of Amanda Doun, who joins the Trüpp team as an HR Business Partner. In this role, Amanda will function as a dedicated HR representative to clients of Trüpp’s HR Outsourcing (HRO) services in addition to contributing to various HR consulting […]

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Trüpp 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. Trüpp’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. Trüpp’s Benefits Administration Outsourcing service enables client’s to save […]

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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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Trüpp 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, Trüpp now occupies the entire third floor of the critically acclaimed building. As one of Portland’s Top 100 Fastest Growing […]

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The trend of using a PTO bank system continues to increase

The current hike in labor demand is contributing to employers increasing the amount of paid time off (PTO) given to employees. With this increase, many employers are looking to shift their PTO program structure. In today’s business landscape, PTO is generally distributed in one of two ways. The traditional approach is to have a separated count […]

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Trupp HR Hires Kate Reichert as New HR Business Partner

Portland, Oregon – July 25, 2016 – Trupp HR, Inc. is pleased to announce the recent hire of Kate Reichert, who joins the Trupp HR team as an HR Business Partner. In this role, Kate will operate as a dedicated HR representative to clients of Trupp’s HR Outsourcing (HRO) services in addition to contributing to numerous HR […]

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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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Oregon hotel tax rises with minimum wage

Oregon transient lodging tax will temporarily increase from 1% to 1.8% beginning July 1, 2016. This temporary lodging tax has been designed to create a $25 million-subsidy, earmarked for the 2021 World Track and Field Championships in Eugene. The tax will take a small drop to 1.5% in four years. This lodging tax increase comes on the heels […]

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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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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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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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Legal Corner – April 2016

Welcome to the Trupp HR Legal Corner designed to keep business leaders informed of critical employment legislation and case law. Potential impacts of proposed updates to overtime rule Critics of the proposed changes to the overtime regulation speculate that employers may look to reduce base salaries, reduce overall compensation, and replace current workers with machines or higher-skilled workers. […]

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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 If you haven’t completed one this year, conduct an HR audit to get a clear picture of your company’s HR compliance and effectiveness. An HR audit will identify areas of opportunity for your organization to improve compliance, increase […]

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HR Outsourcing – delivering unexpected value

By Jean Roque, President, Trupp HR. In a survey of HR Outsourcing habits, the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) found the top three reasons companies choose to outsource HR include: With over 50% of companies outsourcing all or part of the HR function, many organizations are also discovering unanticipated benefits of leveraging HR Outsourcing. Employee […]

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Legal Corner – March 2016

Welcome to the Trupp HR Legal Corner designed to keep business leaders informed of critical employment legislation and case law. NLRB supports employee rights to record conversations The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has actively prohibited employers from enforcing no-recording policies, causing businesses to look for specific situations where this may be allowed. Learn More […]

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April HR To-Do List

Important employment and workplace considerations to accomplish for the month of April. Take Your Child to Work Day – April 28th Take Your Child to Work Day is coming up in April. If you’re thinking about participating, it is worth taking a look at these do’s and don’ts. Learn More >> Simplify your hiring process […]

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Oregon’s One-of-a-Kind Minimum Wage Increase

The State of Oregon will be introducing a minimum wage increase unlike any other state, beginning July 1, 2016. This multi-tiered system will be divided into three geographical regions with corresponding wage rates and increase schedules.This involves an overall state increase, accompanied by an increase for the Portland Urban Growth Boundary (UGB) tier and two […]

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Trupp HR Hires Meagan Phillips as New HR Business Partner

Portland, Oregon – February 29, 2016 – Trupp HR, Inc. is pleased to announce the recent hire of Meagan Phillips, who joins the Trupp HR team as an HR Business Partner. In this role, Meagan will operate as a dedicated HR representative to clients of Trupp’s HR Outsourcing (HRO) service in addition to contributing to numerous HR […]

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March HR To-Do List

Important employment and workplace considerations to accomplish for the month of March. Learn More >>Submit application for workplace recognition The Oregonian’s Top Workplace program recognizes companies that have great workplace environments. Check out the program and sign up by March 21, 2016. File early to meet the H-1B deadline Based on the increased demand over the […]

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Legal Corner – February 2016

Welcome to the Trupp HR Legal Corner designed to keep business leaders informed of critical employment legislation and case law. Proposed overtime rule release date still up in the air The release date of the Department of Labor’s proposed overtime rule remains uncertain; however, employers should consider how they might accommodate the salary threshold increase since there […]

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Winners of the 2015 Startup PDX Challenge

The winners of the 2015 Startup PDX Challenge have officially been announced! The Portland Development Commission’s (PDC) have announced the 2015 Startup PDX Challenge winners. Trupp HR has proudly sponsored the Startup PDX Challenge for the last 3 years. This competition continues to help grow the entrepreneurial community in Portland by supporting businesses for a year during their earliest […]

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5 Signs of Great Supervisors

By Jean Roque, President, Trupp HR. Supervisors can be a company’s greatest asset, but too often these valuable front line managers are not properly equipped to excel in their role. Wondering if it is time to develop your supervisors? The following indicators of a great supervisor provide a valuable benchmark for assessing their effectiveness. Has a […]

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Legal Corner – January 2016

Welcome to the Trupp HR Legal Corner designed to keep business leaders informed of critical employment legislation and case law. Proposed rule increases job flexibility for foreign workers A new proposed rule would protect workers with green card petitions through job changes, establish a longer grace period for those who lost jobs, clarify H-1B status […]

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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 Learn More >> 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. Cover all your tax form bases […]

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Preparing for 2016 Employment Law Changes

By Jean Roque, President, Trupp HR. There are a number of changes anticipated or scheduled to take place in 2016 which will impact employers both small and large. Employers need to monitor changes at local, state, and federal levels that will impact their organization in the coming year. Whether preparing for pending regulations or electing to […]

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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 The IRS has released adjustments to dollar limitations for pension plans and other retirement related items. Learn More >> Complete your year-end payroll requirements Reference our helpful checklist to organize and plan out […]

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Legal Corner – November 2015

Welcome to the Trupp HR Legal Corner designed to keep business leaders informed of critical employment legislation and case law. Ban-the-box mandate limited in reach Questions about criminal history has been banned for federal job application forms, however, the use of such questions has not been banned for federal contractors. Learn More >> Update on […]

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Getting Creative with Employee Benefits

By Jean Roque, President, Trupp HR. The competitive labor market combined with increased benefit costs can make it challenging for employers to maintain a benefit offering that is compelling to both current and potential employees. To make sure you are staying ahead of the curve, consider these strategies to bolster your employee benefit program. Add a […]

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