Trupp HR adds Pulse Employee Survey as new product

Portland, OR, June 10, 2014– Trupp HR, Inc., a human resources solutions company, has announced the debut of their new Pulse Employee Survey product. The survey is designed to measure workforce engagement and satisfaction, while uncovering areas that could impact employee retention. The survey is tailored to each organization’s objectives and requirements. Employers may choose […]

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June HR To-Do List

Important employment and work place considerations to accomplish for the month of June. Hire a summer intern For companies that need help with additional tasks or projects around the office, the summer offers a great opportunity to hire an intern or two. This will benefit your business while providing experience for students and recent graduates. […]

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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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Legal Corner – May 2014

Welcome to the Trupp HR Legal Corner designed to keep small business employers informed of critical employment legislation and case law. Higher HSA limits for 2015 The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has announced higher limits for 2015 on contributions to health savings accounts and for out-of-pocket spending under high-deductible health plans linked to them. Learn […]

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National Small Business Week: May 12-16, 2014

By Jean Roque, President, Trupp HR. Over 50 years ago, President John F. Kennedy kicked off the first National Small Business Week. Since then, the President of the United States has continued this tradition of recognizing the contributions of our country’s entrepreneurs and small business owners. With more than half of Americans owning or working […]

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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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May HR To-Do List

By Jean Roque, President, Trupp HR. Important employment and work place considerations to accomplish for the month of May. Conduct an annual HR audit An HR audit is an assessment of your organization’s current HR policies and practices. Audit results are used for creating an effective workforce management plan, making sure your business is in […]

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Legal Corner – April 2014

By Jean Roque, President, Trupp HR. Welcome to the Trupp HR Legal Corner designed to keep small business employers informed of critical employment legislation and case law. Who is responsible for recording temp-worker injuries? OSHA has clarified who is responsible for recording the injuries and illnesses of temporary workers. In most cases the responsibility goes […]

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Whitehouse Directs the DOL to Revise Exempt Status Regulations

President Obama has directed the Department of Labor (DOL) to “modernize and streamline” overtime exemption regulations (29 C.F.R. Part 541) that define the scope of exempt status employees under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FSLA). The primary focus of the White House’s directive concentrates on three areas: Increasing the minimum annual salary level from its […]

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Trupp HR is now an HRCI Approved Provider

Portland, OR, April 18, 2014 – Trupp HR, Inc., a human resources solutions company, announced today that they have been accepted into the HR Certification Institute’s (HRCI) Approved Provider program. Certified HR professionals attending Trupp HR’s training workshops and webinars can now earn re-certification credits. HRCI is a global leader in developing rigorous exams to […]

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April HR To-Do List

By Jean Roque, President, Trupp HR. Important employment and work place considerations to accomplish for the month of April. Implement a document retention policy A document retention and disposal program saves time and money by putting structure around record keeping, making it easier to retrieve important documents, and ensuring that records are not stored longer […]

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Legal Corner – March 2014

By Jean Roque, President, Trupp HR. Welcome to the Trupp HR Legal Corner designed to keep small business employers informed of critical employment legislation and case law. Know your rights in the case of an OSHA workplace-inspection An OSHA letter of interpretation issued in 2013 allows an unspecified number of employees in a nonunion workplace […]

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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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March HR To-Do List

By Jean Roque, President, Trupp HR. Important employment and work place considerations to accomplish for the month of March. Review your wage and hour practices Use this handy checklist to determine if your organization is in compliance. Learn More>> Submit application for workplace recognition The Oregonian’s Top Workplaces program is set up to recognize companies […]

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Legal Corner – February 2014

By Jean Roque, President, Trupp HR. Welcome to the Trupp HR Legal Corner designed to keep small business employers informed of critical employment legislation and case law. WA passes bill for paid sick leave Washington has passed a statewide bill that requires all employers with more than four full-time employees to provide one hour of […]

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Employers Given More Time to Comply with the Affordable Care Act

On February 10, the final regulations and provisions were released for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). The Obama administration will be giving employers more time to comply with the requirement to offer affordable health coverage to full-time employees. What does this mean for your business? SMALL BUSINESSES. Employers with fewer than 50 […]

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Impact NW Benefit

By Calvin Gower, Marketing Assistant, Trupp HR. Trupp HR recently delivered a training session for small employers in the metro area providing insight on implementing the Portland Protected Sick Time ordinance and other recent Oregon leave laws with all proceeds going to Impact NW. This was a great opportunity to not only educate local small businesses […]

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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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Legal Corner – January 2014

By Jean Roque, President, Trupp HR. Welcome to the Trupp HR Legal Corner designed to keep small business employers informed of critical employment legislation and case law. Trends to watch for in 2014 2014 has arrived and it’s a great time to look at employment law hot topics on the horizon. Check out this article […]

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Oregonian Article Features Trupp HR

By Calvin Gower, Marketing Assistant, Trupp HR. Trupp HR was recently featured as an expert resource in an article about the new Portland Protected Sick Leave ordinance, giving insight on the key points, what to look out for, and how to leverage this as new opportunity. Dealing with the new sick leave can be a […]

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February HR To-Do List

By Jean Roque, President, Trupp HR. Important employment and work place considerations to accomplish for the month of February. Distribute total reward statements Benefits are an important part of your attraction and retention program. Keeping employees informed about benefits with a total rewards statement builds awareness of the value you provide as an employer. Learn […]

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January HR To-Do List

By Jenny Sherman, SPHR CCP, Director of HR Services, Trupp HR. Happy New Year! Let’s get the year off to a great start by taking care of these HR related tasks for the month of January. Review Safety for Remote Workers Many employees work alone either off site, or on the road with no supervision. […]

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Minimize the Effects of Flu in the Workplace

By Calvin Gower, Marketing Assistant, Trupp HR. The flu season is upon us and it can have a negative effect on the workplace. Every year, millions of people take time off for themselves, to care for a sick family member, or show up to work with reduced productivity. Here are some tips to minimize the […]

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Portland Protected Sick Time Posters Available

Portland’s Protected Sick Time law goes into effect January 1, 2014. All employers with employees working within the city of Portland will need to comply with the requirements of the Protected Sick Time law. The new law requires employers to display posters and to provide notice to employees of the business policies and procedures regarding […]

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December HR To-Do List

By Jenny Sherman, SPHR CCP, Director of HR Services, Trupp HR. December has arrived with a flurry of record cold weather! Santa may still have time to check his list to see who’s naughty and nice, but with a shortened time frame between the holidays this year, you’ll want to make sure you check these […]

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Top Portland Sick Leave Misunderstandings

By Jean Roque, President, Trupp HR. On January 1 the new Portland Sick Leave ordinance will go into effect. Although we may be somewhat distracted or desensitized from the media noise related to the ACA and state exchange shortcomings, it is important to pay attention to this new requirement that may be a bit trickier […]

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Legal Corner – December 2013

By Jenny Sherman, SPHR CCP, Director of HR Services, Trupp HR. Welcome to the Trupp HR Legal Corner designed to keep small business employers informed of critical employment legislation and case law. Changes to commercial driver medical exam rules Occupational health providers, employers with commercial-vehicle operations, and bus and truck drivers need to start preparing […]

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Legal Corner – November 2013

By Jenny Sherman, SPHR CCP, Director of HR Services, Trupp HR. Welcome to the Trupp HR Legal Corner designed to keep small business employers informed of critical employment legislation and case law. Employers’ rights during OSHA inspections While it may not feel like it during an inspection, employers have many rights before, during, and after […]

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November HR To-Do List

By Jenny Sherman, SPHR CCP, Director of HR Services, Trupp HR. With the holidays just around the corner, you’re bound to have a lot on your plate–and we’re not just talkin’ turkey! Check these HR tasks off your list and you’ll be giving thanks long before the end of the month. Prepare for the Winter […]

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Alert! Oregon Employers

Oregon Enacts Required Bereavement Leave By Jenny Sherman, SPHR CCP, Director of HR Services, Trupp HR. Effective January 1, 2014, private sector employers who are covered by the Oregon Family Leave Act must provide up to two weeks of leave for bereavement of the loss of a family member. The leave is per loss, up to […]

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October HR To-Do List

By Jenny Sherman, SPHR CCP, Director of HR Services, Trupp HR. “Love the trees until their leaves fall off, then encourage them to try again next year.” ― Chad Sugg The chill of autumn has set in with a vengeance, a sure sign that October is looming just out of sight. Be sure to get […]

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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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Trupp HR Aides Small to Midsized Businesses with Affordable Care Act Requirements

by Wayne Smith, Marketing Manager, Trupp HR. Portland, Oregon – September 11, 2013 – Trupp HR, Inc., a human resources solutions company, announced today, the debut of their new suite of health care reform compliance services, designed to simplify the process of complying with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. “Navigating the complexities of […]

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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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August HR To-Do List

By Jenny Sherman, SPHR CCP, Director of HR Services, Trupp HR. August has sauntered on the scene continuing one of our best summers ever here in the Pacific Northwest with a continuous stream of warm balmy nights. Before you head off to Costco for another air conditioner, check these August HR tasks off your list […]

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Legal Corner – August 2013

By Jenny Sherman, SPHR CCP, Director of HR Services, Trupp HR. Welcome to the Trupp HR Legal Corner designed to keep small business employers informed of critical employment legislation and case law. The five documents sure to be requested in an employment lawsuit – can yours pass the test? Even though employment lawsuits are based […]

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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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July HR To-Do List

By Jenny Sherman, SPHR CCP, Director of HR Services, Trupp HR. With July knocking at the door and weather foretasted to be in the 90’s, summer is definitely here! Before you zip off to your next BBQ or slather on the sun tan lotion for a day at the beach, check these HR tasks off […]

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Startup PDX:Challenge Winners Announced

by Wayne Smith, Marketing Manager, Trupp HR. The Portland Development Commission, after reviewing over 240 entries, has announced 6 winners of the Startup PDX:Challenge. Applicants were judged by local investor and startup communities, including the Portland Seed Fund, the Portland Incubator Experiment, Rogue Venture Partners and Voyager Capital. Part of the judging included a public […]

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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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Legal Corner – May 2013

By Jenny Sherman, SPHR CCP, Director of HR Services, Trupp HR. Welcome to our new Legal Corner designed to keep small business employers informed of critical employment legislation and case law. House Proposes H.R. 1406, The Working Families Flexibility Act The Working Families Flexibility Act (2013) proposes an extension to private sector workers of the […]

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June HR To-Do List

By Jenny Sherman, SPHR CCP, Director of HR Services, Trupp HR. June is peeking through the clouds ready to pounce on us after the holiday weekend. Don’t get caught off guard; be sure to get these HR related tasks taken care of by the end of the month. Establish Safety Meetings Is your Oregon or Washington company required to […]

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Startup PDX:Challenge Update

by Wayne Smith, Marketing Manager, Trupp HR. Vote for the Startups you’d like located in Portland Have you ever wished you could choose the kinds of businesses that locate in your city? Maybe you’d select a business that represents your values or choose one that would boost the local economy, creating jobs for generations to […]

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Stay Interviews

Get a Pulse on Employee Satisfaction By Tom Faricy, SPHR, HR Business Partner, Trupp HR. It’s certainly no surprise that the economic downturn and the subsequent high unemployment rates have kept the majority of people from switching jobs over the last few years. As companies have been forced to downsize and “tighten the belt”, many […]

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May HR To-Do List

By Jenny Sherman, SPHR CCP, Director of HR Services, Trupp HR. May is just around the corner, and so is the sun! Here are some important HR items to check off your list for the month of May before you start planning your summer vacation getaway! Conduct an Annual Job Audit Employee classification errors can […]

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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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The Updated I-9 Form is Now Available from the USCIS

By Jenny Sherman, SPHR CCP, Director of HR Services, Trupp HR. The long-awaited revised I-9 form has been published by the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS). Employers should start using the new form immediately and not later than May 7, 2013. The updated form has a new look with additional fields. I-9 Enforcement Increases […]

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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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April HR To-Do List

By Jenny Sherman, SPHR CCP, Director of HR Services, Trupp HR. April showers may bring May flowers, but all this early April sunshine is just bringing spring fever! Here is this months important HR to-do list to work through before the fever pushes you out the door. File Early for H-1B We mentioned it last […]

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Building a Foundation of Success for Employees

By Jean Roque, President, Trupp HR. New employees often enter the ‘honeymoon stage’ full of energy and great ideas. Then, as personalities, management styles, and organizational realities are revealed, the employee’s performance or perceived fit with the company may begin to shift. To break this cycle and avoid blaming another employee departure on a “bad […]

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8 steps to more effective meetings

By Jenny Sherman, SPHR CCP, Director of HR Services, Trupp HR. There’s no denying that collaboration in the workplace is a hot topic lately. With technology giants like Yahoo eliminating work-at-home options to encourage an environment of shared ideas and cooperation, headlines are abuzz with controversy. There’s no doubt that meetings with team members help […]

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March HR To-Do List

By Jenny Sherman, SPHR CCP, Director of HR Services, Trupp HR. May the road rise up to meet you, may the wind be always at your back, may the sun shine warm upon your face and the rains fall soft upon your fields. -an old Irish Blessing                 […]

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Healthcare landscape changing for small business

By Jenny Sherman, SPHR CCP, Director of HR Services, Trupp HR. Navigating the Affordable Care Act is tricky business with its rapidly evolving landscape, but part of the healthcare legislation and its support structure aims to ease the journey to compliance. Oregon employers will be pleased to know that because our state is ahead of […]

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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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February HR To-Do List

By Jenny Sherman, SPHR CCP, Director of HR Services, Trupp HR. February is a short month. Be sure to add the following items to your HR checklist and get a jump start on important considerations for the month. Post OSHA Form 300A The Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses Feb. 1 to April 30. Learn […]

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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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Where are your leadership blind spots?

By Jean Roque, President, Trupp HR. We’ve heard our greatest strength can also be our greatest weakness. Usually it comes into play in our personal relationships. For instance, one of my husband’s strengths I most admire is his tenacity. However, after forging through multiple home improvement projects, I have found this quality exhausting as he […]

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Does your 2013 planning include a people strategy?

By Jean Roque, President, Trupp HR. In today’s competitive marketplace, employers have to play to win. One of the most effective winning strategies is your People Strategy. With 2013 just around the corner, you may already be in the process of defining budgets and strategic objectives for the coming year. But, if your company is […]

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Navigating the Affordable Care Act for Small Employers

By Jean Roque, President, Trupp HR. On June 28, 2012, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the majority of the provisions in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). Ongoing resistance and delays to PPACA have caused many to become complacent about dedicating time and energy toward understanding the impact to our business. Depending on […]

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