ERC Partners with ADP

ERC has partnered with ADP, one of the world’s largest providers of business outsourcing solutions, to offer its members significant discounts on ADP’s Workforce Now solution. ERC members will receive the first month at no charge and 50% off implementation fees.

ADP Workforce Now is the premier single-source, integrated solution that offers robust HR, benefits administration, payroll, time and attendance and talent management functionality specifically designed for mid-market organizations with 50 to 999 employees.

“The Workforce Now product is a great fit for many of our members,” said Pat Perry, president of ERC. “With ADP’s services not only do you work with a trusted name, but you can save your organization a lot of time and money.”

About ADP
Automatic Data Processing, Inc. (Nasdaq: ADP), with nearly $9 billion in revenues and about 550,000 clients, is one of the world's largest providers of business outsourcing solutions. Leveraging over 60 years of experience, ADP offers a wide range of HR, payroll, tax and benefits administration solutions from a single source. ADP's easy-to-use solutions for employers provide superior value to companies of all types and sizes. ADP is also a leading provider of integrated computing solutions to auto, truck, motorcycle, marine and recreational vehicle dealers throughout the world. For more information visit www.ADP.com.

Health Care Reform Lunch Forum

The complexities of health care reform and the decisions that will need to be made by legislators, regulators and other policymakers over the next several years are daunting.  Ohio’s policymakers need your insight regarding the important considerations of the employer community regarding how reform will affect the role employers’ play in sponsoring access to health insurance options.

As a result, the State of Ohio has contracted with The Ohio State University’s John Glenn School of Public Affairs to assess the effects of ongoing market forces and federal health reform on Ohio’s trend for employer-sponsored health insurance.  Given the many changes to take place over the next several years, their team cannot simply project future trends based on past experience.  Therefore, they are seeking input from employers to understand what they anticipate doing under different health care reform scenarios, including a lack of change that could occur from the repeal of the legislation.

ERC, the Health Action Council (HAC) and The Council of Smaller Enterprises (COSE), have agreed to co-sponsor an employer forum in Northeast Ohio to solicit employer insights.  This input will assist policymakers better understand the health-related policy actions employers require to support the challenges of offering employer-sponsored health insurance and make Ohio a preferred place to do business.

This forum will take place on May 23rd from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at ERC’s Workplace Center. Please RSVP to Jasmin Denholm at 440-947-1274 or jdenholm@ercnet.org.  There is no cost and seating is limited.

We hope that you can join us for this important discussion—it is an opportunity to directly advise our state’s policymakers on your concerns and ideas related to the implementation of reform.

The 2011 NorthCoast 99 Application is Now Available

In its 13th year of honoring 99 of the best places to work in Northeast Ohio, ERC is excited to announce that the 2011 NorthCoast 99 Application is now available! Applications will be accepted from now until April 29, 2011. Applicants are encouraged to register at www.northcoast99.org/application to begin their organization’s application process.

There is still no cost to apply, and every applicant receives a free benchmark report in September which summarizes how an organization scored relative to the winners and other applicants.

The application process involves the following:

  • Top Performer Workplace Practices Audit - Our comprehensive online questionnaire that asks for detailed information about your organization's policies and practices.
  • Branding and Culture Submission - Applicants submit materials such as employee handbooks, sample job ads and materials shared with job candidates. 
  • Top Performer Engagement Survey - You select a group of top performers within your organization to complete an online survey that measures their engagement with your organization. 
  • New-Hire Assessment - You select three employees hired by your organization in 2010 and employed in Northeast Ohio to complete a short online assessment of your organization. 
  • Special Awards - ERC will recognize select organizations for unique and innovative practices described within the application.

To be recognized as a great place to work during good economic times is certainly a great achievement; however, during tough times the ability to attract, retain, and motivate top performing employees becomes even more critical. For more reasons to apply for NorthCoast 99 this year, please visit: http://www.northcoast99.com/.

The 2011 NorthCoast 99 Award program is sponsored by Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, CareerBoard.com, CareerCurve, Cinecraft Productions, Inc., Cleveland.com, FirstMerit Bank, Frantz Ward, Inside Business Magazine, Oswald Companies, PS Awards, Staffing Solutions Enterprises, and WVIZ/PBS and 90.3 WCPN ideastream. In addition, NorthCoast 99 is endorsed by the Cleveland Society of Human Resource Management (CSHRM), the Northeast Ohio Human Resource Planning Society (NOHRPS) and JumpStart Inc.

For more information please visit www.northcoast99.org.

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