Save the Date: NOHRC 2016

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Save the Date and register today for NOHRC 2016!  We’re celebrating our 50th birthday with a special “2-day Conference!”

The conference begins as a ½ day workshop on Thursday, March 10th 2016 with the distinguished Val Grubb. Val will lead an in-depth and outcome-focused workshop for HR professionals. Our confirmed Keynote speakers for Friday include Jay Kuhns and Cheryl Cran. Visit www.norhc.org today to review our talented line-up of speakers or explore potential sponsorship opportunities.

Tier 1 registration pricing ends today so hurry now to secure your spot!

March 10-11, 2016 • I-X Center • Cleveland

NOHRC 2016 • Celebrating 5 Decades of Excellence!

Visit www.nohrc.org or call the NOHRC hotline at 440-940-6534 with questions.

5 Essential Year-End HR Activities

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5 Essential Year-End HR Activities

1. Update Job Descriptions

Job descriptions should be "living documents" that are evaluated annually. It's not uncommon for job descriptions to grow outdated or need minor adjustments each year. Job descriptions are generally regarded as legal documents, and are necessary for maintaining compliance with ADA, FLSAFMLA and other employment laws.

They also help managers evaluate performance and set performance criteria or goals, determine compensation or grade level, and help to identify training needs.
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The 5 Ws of Your Company’s Holiday Party

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The 5 Ws of Your Company’s Holiday Party

Every fall ERC surveys Northeast Ohio organizations about a critical part of their workplace practices—their holiday party. Without fail this topic is hugely popular, typically garnering one the largest pools of responses we receive all year.

Whatever the reason may be (Really excited for the holidays? Looking for new creative ideas to implement this year? Tired of being surveyed about more serious issues like comp and benefits and ready for something lighter?) 2015 was no exception. So with the Thanksgiving holiday already in the books and the 24/7 Christmas music radio station playing over your office’s PA system, let’s take a look at what company holiday parties are looking like here in Northeast Ohio this holiday season.
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12 Tested Ways to Manage Time-Off Requests around the Holidays

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12 Tested Ways to Manage Time-Off Requests around the Holidays time off request policy request time off policy

For most HR practitioners, trying to coordinate a pile of time-off requests for the upcoming holiday season is hardly your favorite part of the job. No one really wants to be the one to tell employees that their request to spend time with their families during the holidays is being rejected, but depending on a whole slew of factors—industry, company size, production schedules, client demands, staffing levels, or even job specific duties—sometimes the reality is, the work has to get done.
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What Are Employers Doing to Manage Health Care Costs?

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What Are Employers Doing to Manage Health Care Costs managing healthcare costs health care cost management

According to the 2015 ERC Wellness Practices Survey both the average percent premium increase and the average annual spend on health insurance premiums have declined since the 2013 survey.

This slight downward trend is certainly not the case at every organization and did not occur without significant cost management efforts on the part of both employer and employees. Of course there are variables that no one can control, i.e. unexpected serious illness, aging employee population, etc., but this year’s survey results help illuminate which tactics employers are using (or not using) most effectively to help push the variables that are in their control in the right direction.
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Issue 3: How Would Marijuana Legalization Affect Employers?

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Issue 3: How Would Marijuana Legalization Affect Employers?

On November 3, 2015 Ohioans will make their way to the ballots and have the option to vote yes or no on Issue 3. If passed, Issue 3 would legalize the medical and recreational sale and use of marijuana in the state of Ohio. But what does it mean for employers?

We spoke with Jon Hyman, Partner at Meyers Roman Friedberg and Lewis, and ERC Partner, about what employers should be thinking about in case issue 3 does pass and how to prepare for its arrival.
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Create Professional Looking Illustrations with Ease using SmartArt Graphics

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Create Professional Looking Illustrations with Ease using SmartArt Graphics!

A SmartArt graphic is a visual representation of your information that you can quickly and easily create, choosing from among many different layouts, to effectively communicate your message or ideas. With SmartArt graphics and other features such as themes, you can create designer-quality illustrations with only a few clicks of your mouse. It is much faster to use a SmartArt graphic then to try and use the Drawing tools in Microsoft Office.
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