The Oregon Equal Pay Act: What Employers Need to Know

Oregon’s Equal Pay Act, which takes effect in October 2017, expands the state’s laws regarding wage disparities among employees. It also changes several rules for employers. Here, we cover some of the key points of the law. What’s Changing? The…

How to Increase the Speed of Hiring Without Sacrificing Quality

Every day a position remains vacant in your organization, the company loses money. Work goes unfinished, and other people on the team sacrifice tasks they would have completed to “pitch in” on the essentials. Hire too quickly, however, and you…

5 Tips for Managing Temporary Employees

Temporary staff can be ideal for tackling a specialized project or addressing a seasonal rush. But if you’re not managing your temporary employees effectively, you’re not reaping the full benefit of the staffing relationship. Here is a quick-start guide to…

Simplify it to: 4 Ways to Maximize Your Relationship with Your Recruiter

Many companies turn to staffing firms when they need help finding better talent or shortening the time to hire. However, companies who seek their help don’t always know how to maximize the value of their relationship with their recruiter. Here…

6 Steps to Creating a Top-Notch Training Program

Many companies have abandoned on-the-job training due to its perceived high costs and low returns.  After all, why train people when you can hire staff with the requisite skills? But in reality, a well-designed training program can give your company results…

Unlimited Vacation Policy: Should Your Company Adopt It?

Companies throughout major markets like Seattle and Phoenix are adopting policies that offer unlimited, spur-of-the-moment or otherwise flexible vacation policies. This trend is becoming more and more popular. Does offering unlimited vacation time make sense for your business? Here are…

Cracking the Code to Talent Retention

Developing a plan to retain your best talent is one of the most productive things you can do for your company. It reduces the cost of hiring, eliminates talent gaps and improves morale. And all you have to do is…

What Are the Fastest-Growing Jobs?

The job growth numbers have been climbing steadily throughout 2014 as the economy comes roaring back. Nevertheless, jobs are growing faster in some industries than in others. While the average rate of job growth nationwide is 10.8 percent for all…

International Trade Jobs Increase in Portland: What Does This Mean For Retention and Recruiting?

Booming international trade is creating a spike in new jobs in Portland, Oregon. Opportunities increase for job seekers as a result, but employers will face stiff competition for top talent. What does this opportunity mean to Portland and your business?…

5 Keys to Getting The Truth on Your Next Reference Check

The need for reference checks isn’t exactly news for most hiring managers.  Nearly all HR professionals know that they should use reference checks and that such checks can uncover valuable information that may not appear in the candidate’s resume or…