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Improve Employees’ Confidence in Benefits Choices: Simplify!

By Doug Stewart, MBA – Senior Total Rewards and HR Consultant | February 24, 2021

You’ve painstakingly completed your most recent benefits enrollment guide/communication materials, which you vetted through colleagues, your team, corporate communications and your leadership. It has taken substantial time and energy ensuring accuracy, readability and finding the right balance between too much/too little information. The finished product is a document that can stand alone, and any employee can read it, understand their options, make informed decisions and enroll.

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The DOL Issues Clarification on Telemedicine and “In-person” Medical Visits Requirement

By Scott D. Macdonald, Esq., SPHR, SHRM-SCP | February 4, 2021

Under the FMLA, eligible employees may take FMLA leave for incapacity from work due to their own serious health condition, or to care for the employee’s parent, spouse or child with serious health condition.

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Today’s Change Management: The Case for HR’s Critical Role

October 12, 2020

Well before COVID-19, McKinsey reported in 2015 that, despite abundant investments in Organizational Change Management [“OCM”], these investments have not been reflected in organizational ROI. In fact, they cited a 70% failure rate to achieve OCM goals.

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U.S. Department Issues Revised FMLA Notices and Certification Forms

News Release – July 22, 2020

The Department of Labor issued new prototype FMLA Notices and Certification Forms on July 16, 2020 after receiving “substantial public input.” Some of the forms were entirely reorganized and revamped, while others received less significant revisions. The DOL revised the introductory statements and instructions on the notices and forms to make them more aligned with the regulations and more consistent with each other, and added certain explanatory information (e.g., definitions of family members). Below is a summary of the more salient changes to each notice and certification form.

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Elevating the Impact of Your Organization’s Total Rewards

By Doug Stewart, Senior Total Rewards & HR Consultant | July 1, 2020

More recently and with increasing numbers, organizations are assessing their Total Rewards. What does Total Rewards mean? How does it differ from separately conducting competitive market studies of their compensation levels and their benefits?

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What Great Leaders Will Focus on Now

By Regan MacBain Traub, Founder and Managing Principal with HR Practice Leaders Robert Fricchione, M.Ed. and Gavin Pommernelle, MBA | April 13, 2020

Around the world, organization leaders are reeling from the sense of drinking through multiple firehoses simultaneously while attempting to figure out how to quickly reposition themselves to weather and emerge from the potentially high impact of COVID-19. Many larger retailers shuttered their brick and mortar operations, laid off or furloughed employees and looked to their online business as a lifeline. The hit to businesses in, and suppliers to, the travel and entertainment industry will be difficult to surmount with slower recovery periods. The economic stimulus package will help some. The path forward will be daunting.

The clock is ticking…
Will your organization be ready to successfully surge or re-emerge?
What will great leaders do differently?

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Paths for Organizational Resilience

By Regan MacBain Traub, CPC | March 23, 2020

On Saturday, our firm ‘celebrated’ its 25 years in business… not with hoopla but, with serious reflection about the current state of organizations across the Northeast. We’ve been renegades, implementing integrated systems in human resource management and organization development since we opened on March 21, 1995.

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High Value, Low Investment: HR as Organizational Value AcceleratorSM

By Regan MacBain Traub, CPC, SPHR

Want to learn about The HRC’s leading-edge methodology that has successfully upgraded HR’s capability? Not only is it efficient and cost-effective, more importantly, it accelerates HR’s value in the eyes of leaders and speeds culture-shifting results in less than 50% of the time.

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Diversity and Inclusion Success: Critical Factors for Effective and Rapid Transformation

By Regan MacBain Traub, CPC, Founder & Managing Principal | March 20, 2020

Organizations have been investing valuable resources in diversity and inclusion initiatives for decades. However, many have not been successful in achieving levels of Acceptance or Inclusion, much less Collaboration. What does it take to make sure your efforts win a meaningful return on investment?

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Non Profit Total Rewards Strategy: Earning Your Return on Investment

By Marc Kroll, Sr. Total Rewards Consultant

Non Profits continue to feel the squeeze of declining governmental funding, pressures to perform to prevail with grantmakers and the fast-rising costs of salaries and benefits in a tightened labor market. How can a nonprofit win in the vicious cycle of making sure funding mechanisms support your needs for the right talent to be in place to deliver the performance you need to earn the grant funding?

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