EMPLOYEE EXPERIENCE

Microsoft, Coding Dojo Partners to Teach In-Demand Cloud Computing Skills to 25 Million Workers

Microsoft | December 02, 2020

Coding Dojo and Microsoft together declared Nov. 24 that Coding Dojo users will have the option to acquire Microsoft Azure certification through the platform as a feature of Microsoft's worldwide skills activity to expertise 25 million workers by the end of 2020.

Students will learn Azure basics and convey projects based on the cloud computing platform. Graduating students would then be able to participate in three separate certification programs and take the end of the year test at a limited value, the declaration said.

"Our vision is a connected system of learning that helps empower everyone to pursue lifelong learning," Microsoft General Manager of Global Technical Learning Alex Payne said in a statement.

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EMPLOYEE BENEFITS

LandrumHR Partners with Instant Financial to Provide Employees Immediate Access to Earned Tips

Landrum HR | January 07, 2022

Comprehensive HR solutions provider LandrumHR announces a strategic partnership and integration with the pioneer of responsible earned wage access (EWA) solutions, Instant Financial, enabling clients to provide employees with on-demand, same-day access to earned tips. Instant Tips is an efficient, convenient, safe and secure digital solution for employees and employers alike, eliminating the need for large amounts of cash on hand for paying out tips to employees. Instant also features reporting tools for employers with back-office solutions to track daily tips, employee lists, reconciliation, and settlement reports. Additionally, the Instant Support team is available 24/7 to help employers and their employees find success with their offerings. Instant Tips marks first phase of LandrumHR's new earned wage access offerings. "We partnered with Instant Financial to enable our worksite employees to cash out tips directly into their accounts, with no fees, immediately after they work, We're very excited to offer this service, as access to earned income has been a pain point for many clients, particularly in the hospitality industry." -LandrumHR President & CEO Britt Landrum III. LandrumHR is already working on expanding its relationship with Instant in 2022 to provide same-day access to hourly and salary wages in advance of scheduled pay periods. The implementation of both Instant Tips and Instant Pay will give small and medium-sized businesses an advantage in attracting and retaining talent in a competitive labor market. "The COVID-19 pandemic sped up an already existing shift toward employee demand for instant access to wages, and we know from recent industry surveys that demand is expected to grow, even post-pandemic, LandrumHR is a leader in providing a full range of HR services for small and medium businesses, and our partnership enables employers to provide workers with immediate access to their tips, aiding with hiring and job loyalty." -Tal Clark, CEO, Instant Financial. Employees who use Instant will gain easy access to their tips via the Instant Visa Card with bank transfers, a network of over 37,000 free ATMs nationwide, and a cashback option that's free with purchase at participating merchants. The Instant app also provides employees with a notification when tips are loaded in their account and ready to access. Instant Tips is the latest addition to LandrumHR's range of PEO services, following recent new offerings like Health Advocate for wide-ranging medical support and LandrumHR Learn for professional development and HR training. Current LandrumHR clients interested in earned wage access can contact their HR Business Partner for more information. Prospective clients are encouraged to reach out at landrumhr.com/contact-us. About LandrumHR LandrumHR is a professional employer organization (PEO) that provides HR services in the local Pensacola area and throughout the Southeast. LandrumHR offers PEO services for benefits, payroll, timekeeping, compliance, risk management and more. LandrumHR also helps make the business of people easier through our workforce management, staffing and HR consulting services through hrQ. To learn more about LandrumHR services, visit landrumhr.com or hrqinc.com. About Instant Financial Instant Financial is leading the charge to provide financial freedom and wellness to millions of workers in the United States through its earned wage access solutions. By enabling employers to allow employees to access their daily wages immediately after their shift, Instant Financial helps organizations improve retention and reduce absenteeism while helping employees take control of their financial freedom by bridging the gap between work day and payday. Learn more about Instant Financial at instant.co.

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HR STRATEGY

Flexible Law Degree Offerings Are Attracting Working Professionals

Faulkner Law | January 05, 2022

A growing number of non-traditional students seeking a law degree are discovering new opportunities to pursue a Juris Doctor (J.D.) through the expansion of distance learning and flexible scheduling options approved by the American Bar Association (ABA). One such offering is the Executive J.D. Schedule at Faulkner University Thomas Goode Jones School of Law in Montgomery, Alabama. Faulkner Law's Executive J.D. Schedule provides part-time students with the same curriculum and services as students in their traditional, Full-time J.D. Schedule, only delivered through blended online and in-person courses spread out over a four-year time commitment. In its second year, the Executive J.D. Schedule has welcomed primarily non-traditional, working professionals with an average incoming age of 35. "For over 70 years, Jones School of Law was a part-time, evening J.D. program, This new age of distance learning and online technologies allows us to refocus on this same commitment to offering a legal degree to those students who require the flexibility of schedule to accommodate their professional and personal lives." - Faulkner Law Dean Charles B. Campbell. The blended learning delivery of the Executive J.D. Schedule is ideally suited to students within a three-to-four hour driving radius from the campus that is conducive to fulfilling the in-person learning obligations scheduled two weekends a month excluding the summer. The part-time schedule appeals to working professionals who may have previously thought about becoming a lawyer but could not afford to forgo employment to do so, including current student Preston Roberts, a government relations professional residing in Montgomery. Without this opportunity, Roberts states he would not have been able to pursue his law degree without leaving his career and interrupting his family life. While he acknowledges that law school requires a substantial commitment, he also believes the rewarding outcome will validate the pursuit. The Executive J.D. Schedule offers parity with Faulkner Law's Full-time J.D. Schedule, including integrating bar exam preparedness, maintaining compliance with ABA Standards, providing student services and academic support, and following established admissions standards. Learn more about the part-time Executive J.D. Schedule at law.faulkner.edu/executiveJD. About Faulkner Law Faulkner University's Thomas Goode Jones School of Law is a private, Christian law school in Montgomery, the capital city of Alabama. As an ABA-accredited school, Faulkner Law provides students a rigorous curriculum and hands-on experience to drive both academic success and community service, and celebrates its students who have a desire to use their legal degree to seek justice and serve their communities — wherever that may be.

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HR PRACTICE

Cynet Systems Earns Supplier Excellence Award from KellyOCG® for Delivering Unrivaled Workforce Solutions

Cynet Systems | June 02, 2022

Cynet Systems was one of 28 suppliers recently recognized at a virtual ceremony by KellyOCG®, the outsourcing and consulting group of Kelly, with a Supplier Excellence Award for providing superior workforce solutions with a focus on service, results, and a strategic partnership that made a significant positive impact on the KellyOCG business. Award winners represent top-performing suppliers across North America, EMEA and APAC and are less than 1% of the total KellyOCG supply chain, which includes 3,000 active partnerships across 140 countries. The tenth annual event celebrated this year's honorees, which included four diversity-owned suppliers within the KellyOCG Supplier Excellence and Going the Extra Mile award categories and a Rookie of the Year award recipient. Cynet Systems was one of 26 Supplier Excellence Award winners. Winners in this category are evaluated on performance across several programs for hires, and response and hit rates, legal compliance, and operational partnerships with Kelly stakeholders. "Our global supplier community is essential to supporting our customers with talent solutions that solve their most challenging workforce needs to move their business forward. We congratulate all our 2021 Supplier Award winners and thank them for their ongoing partnership and support, Cynet Systems is among an elite group of high-performing suppliers who are critical to the work of the future. We're honored to recognize them for their exceptional performance to connect customers with the full spectrum of top talent around the world." -Pam Sands, Vice President of Product Management and Partnerships for Kelly. About Cynet Systems Headquartered in the Washington DC Metro Area, Cynet Systems is one of the most awarded Staffing firms in the US successfully adding value to various Fortune companies as a trusted diversity supplier. Since our humble inception in 2010, Cynet today spans 4 countries and employs over 3000 members. We continue to resolve our valued clients' challenges across technical and engineering disciplines, as well as many professional verticals. At Cynet, we have invested heavily in our tech stack and have implemented data & analytics-driven recruiting strategies, including heat maps and predictive analysis to pipeline effectively, reduce turn-around-time and improve quality. Many of our processes are automated to increase speed, without compromising quality. We are millennial-friendly with 100% digital & mobile-friendly recruitment and onboarding processes. About KellyOCG® KellyOCG connects companies with the talented people they need to fuel and grow their business through our unrivaled global talent supply chain and leading workforce solutions including Managed Service Provider (MSP) and Recruitment Process Outsourcing (RPO). We combine decades of people industry experience with proprietary insights and a continued focus on technology to produce world-class programs that meet an organization's unique workforce needs and can start them on their journey to total talent management. Our ability to anticipate what's next for talent solutions drives us to challenge the status quo making us a trusted partner for our global client portfolio, which spans leading industries across North America, APAC and EMEA.

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TALENT MANAGEMENT

Christian Horizons Partners with DailyPay to Ensure Paychecks are Delivered

Christian Horizons | April 04, 2022

Christian Horizons, in service to older adults throughout the Midwest, was proud to partner with DailyPay, a service that provides access to earned pay for associates, while Christian Horizons' payroll vendor abruptly took its system offline to investigate a ransomware attack last December. Through collaborative efforts, Christian Horizons and DailyPay provided paycheck peace of mind to associates of the senior living and older adult services organization throughout the 2021 holiday season. "We're incredibly grateful for this partnership and proud of the collaboration with DailyPay during this unusual situation, It was vital for us to ensure DailyPay was available as a benefit to our associates, especially over the holidays. We took this opportunity to further strengthen vendor partnerships, like ours with DailyPay, to ensure not only that pay continued to be received, but prioritize other business continuity throughout our communities and service lines, We're appreciative of the collaboration with DailyPay as their services helped us mitigate any potential void as our other vendor worked to recover from the event." -Chuck Schmitz, Christian Horizons' chief financial officer. After first learning of their payroll vendor's outage, Christian Horizons' swiftly enabled its business continuity plan which included solutions for alternative employee timekeeping and payroll distribution. Through Christian Horizons' collaboration with DailyPay, associates were able to access to their earned pay during the five weeks it took the payroll vendor to restore normal services. As a faith-based, not-for-profit organization, Christian Horizons is in service to a mission of honoring God by offering a full continuum of care and support services to older adults. Based in St. Louis, Missouri, the organization owns and operates a portfolio of seven life plan campuses and five stand-alone older adult communities offering a mix of independent, assisted and supportive living; memory support; long-term healthcare centers and short-term rehabilitation. The organization also serves older adults through CareLink Home Care and Safe Haven Hospice in central Illinois, and Senior Care Pharmacy Services.

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A digital-ready workforce is the basis for making innovation possible. In a rapidly changing world the jobs that make up our economy are transforming as fast as the products we use. The majority of children born today will one day pursue careers that do not even exist yet, and many jobs in advanced economies are at risk of being automated within the next 20 years. Digital innovations have completely changed the working environment as we know it.

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