SHRM Supports Newly Introduced Tax-free Education Assistance Amid Pandemic

SHRM | August 12, 2020

The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) is supporting newly introduced legislation that would temporarily increase the amount of tax-free education assistance that employees can receive from their employers, as businesses adjust to economic changes brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic. The legislation also would permanently modernize qualified education assistance to cover expenses for tools and technology required for educational programs. Section 127 of the Internal Revenue Code enables an employee to exclude from income up to $5,250 per year in employer-provided assistance for tuition, fees, books and certain supplies for course instruction or training that improves or develops the employee's capabilities. Employers are not required to provide assistance under Section 127. However, if an employer chooses to do so, the benefit must be offered to all employees on a nondiscriminatory basis that does not favor highly compensated employees.

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People are using data every day in their personal lives to make better decisions from what route to take, to monitoring diet and exercise, and managing the personal budget. Think about that almost everybody uses some kind of data already to gain efficiency, measure progress, and modify behaviors for better individual outcomes, whether they consciously realize it or not. But making data ubiquitous in your organization or team is not so easy. You have to deeply understand where people need data and how they will use it, then make the relevant data accessible at those moments. Everyone says that they would like to be a data-driven organization, but the reality is that most companies are still in the early stages of modern data and analytics adoption.


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HR ANALYTICS, HR STRATEGY

Reejig launches the Reejig Impact Fund at HR Technology Conference and Expo in Las Vegas

Reejig | September 19, 2022

Enterprise-grade workforce intelligence platform Reejig is proud to announce the launch of the Reejig Impact Fund at the HR Technology Conference and Expo in Las Vegas. The Impact Fund is designed to help underrepresented communities unlock career opportunities, growth, and potential. It will donate Reejig's workforce intelligence technology to veterans, skilled refugees and other underrepresented communities, with a goal to reskill, build new capabilities, and remove barriers to career opportunities for all. "Reejig's mission is to create a world with Zero Wasted Potential in business, people, and society. We're not just building technology; we're also creating recurring impact and change for the better. The Reejig Impact Fund is our way of giving back to society by removing barriers to career opportunities for all. When people have fair and equitable access to personally meaningful work no matter their background all of society can reap the benefits" -Siobhan Savage, CEO & Co-Founder of Reejig Reejig is calling on as many people as possible to join the pledge to unlock a world with Zero Wasted Potential. For each pledge, Reejig will gift its workforce intelligence technology to someone from an underrepresented community, giving them access to career opportunities that align to their skills, interests, and potential. The launch of The Impact Fund comes after a huge year of growth for Reejig. The team has grown by over 1000% and opened offices in APAC, NAMER, and the UK. It is rapidly adding to its global enterprise client portfolio with clients such as AWS, KPMG, Woolworths Group, John Holland, and Allianz. Reejig announced last week that it had secured an investment from Salesforce Ventures, adding to its world-class investor portfolio including Skip Capital, headed by Atlassian co-founder Scott Farquhar, Airtree Ventures, and Culture Amp's Didier Elzinga. Siobhan Savage will be speaking at the HR Technology Conference and Expo in Las Vegas, which runs from 13th – 16th September. Siobhan's session, Have you got your Zero Wasted Potential People Strategy? will focus on how HR leaders can create a winning people strategy in this volatile environment. Siobhan Savage, said of being at the conference, We are excited to connect with the world's top people leaders in Vegas this week at HR Tech. We're challenging leaders to approach their people strategy with the same rigor that they would do their supply chain or finances. This starts with knowing who your people are, what skills they have and how you are utilizing them. We created Reejig to give organizations true visibility of their people and their potential, at scale, so they can optimize their workforces and create meaningful careers for everyone involved. About Reejig: Reejig is a leading workforce intelligence platform that enables global organizations to find, retain, and upskill talent at scale. Powered by the world's first independently-audited, ethical AI, Reejig acts as your central nervous system for all talent decisions, enabling zero wasted potential.

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HR STRATEGY

First Advantage Expands Global Footprint, Opens New Office in Kraków, Poland

First Advantage | September 02, 2022

First Advantage Corporation, a leading global provider of HR technology solutions for screening, verifications, safety, and compliance, today announced the opening of a new office in Kraków, Poland. With a reputation as an emerging tech hub in Europe, the expansion into Kraków furthers First Advantage’s commitment to developing and delivering innovative solutions and insights that help customers manage risk and hire the best talent across the globe. To better serve its global client base, First Advantage is currently hiring technology, customer care, and operations positions for the modern facility located in the heart of downtown at High Five Office ul. Pawia 9 Kraków. “We are excited to expand our global footprint and to tap into the vast technology talent in the region, This new facility enables us to continue to deliver a superior customer experience and bring our suite of HR technology solutions to businesses of all sizes. This represents another step in our global strategy to help our clients hire smarter and onboard faster.” -Scott Staples, CEO at First Advantage As one of the largest workplace human resource screening providers in the world, First Advantage has a presence in 19 countries and 29 offices across the globe. About First Advantage First Advantage is a leading global provider of HR technology solutions for screening, verifications, safety, and compliance. The Company delivers innovative solutions and insights that help customers manage risk and hire the best talent. Enabled by its proprietary technology, First Advantage’s products and solutions help companies protect their brands and provide safer environments for their customers and their most important resources: employees, contractors, contingent workers, tenants, and drivers. Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, First Advantage performs screens in over 200 countries and territories on behalf of its more than 33,000 customers.

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WORKFORCE MANAGEMENT

UKG Expands Collaboration with Microsoft to Create Better Technology Experiences at Work

UKG | November 10, 2022

UKG, a leading provider of HR, payroll, and workforce management solutions for all people, today announced it will embed UKG solutions into popular systems of engagement and communication, beginning with Microsoft Teams. This initiative will help reduce the disruptions people regularly experience at work switching between multiple business applications and instead allow them to focus on completing important actions in the moment in the solution they prefer, like Teams. Capitalizing on the highly extensible UKG FleX technology platform, UKG collaborated with Microsoft to develop a single, seamless interface for UKG Dimensions and Shifts, the schedule management application within Teams. Organizations can empower their people to view and accept open shifts, request time off, punch in and out, and complete other workforce management tasks directly from Teams — without ever switching to Dimensions. “Our collaboration with Microsoft is a powerful example of how the world’s leading technology providers are coming together to transform the workplace IT experience in service of people so that everyone can instead focus on more meaningful and purposeful aspects of their role, Our vision to embed UKG into leading systems of engagement will eliminate the need to learn and navigate multiple applications and allow people to achieve more in the flow of work. We are committed to creating the new standard for interoperability in the HCM industry.” -Hugo Sarrazin, chief product and technology officer at UKG The UKG Dimensions integration with the Shifts app in Microsoft Teams helps the workforce simplify scheduling and time management, all on one single, secure pane of glass, With over two billion frontline workers globally, we have a unique opportunity to provide digital solutions to address the needs of this workforce who has been traditionally underserved,said Nicole Herskowitz, vice president of Microsoft Teams and Platform. UKG has a long history of collaborating with Microsoft to help people get more done at work. The two organizations first partnered in 2018 to explore opportunities to help people get faster access to answers through a workforce management chatbot. In 2021, the collaboration expanded to feature a UKG Pro chatbot for Teams, as well as the ability to surface critical updates from Dimensions and Pro to Microsoft’s employee experience platform, Viva. Other projects together have focused on integrating Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) for security and simplifying business insights with Microsoft Dynamics 365. We foresee a future of HR technology where people are able to focus on what they need to achieve and how to make the biggest impact instead of which business application they need to use to complete frequent and routine tasks, By removing this friction from the workplace experience, we’ll help our tens of thousands of customers continue to positively transform work for their people every, single day,said Chris Todd, CEO at UKG. About UKG At UKG, our purpose is people. As strong believers in the power of culture and belonging as the secret to success, we champion great workplaces and build lifelong partnerships with our customers to show what’s possible when businesses invest in their people. Born from a historic merger that created one of the world’s leading HCM cloud companies, our Life-work Technology approach to HR, payroll, and workforce management solutions for all people helps more than 70,000 organizations around the globe and across every industry anticipate and adapt to their employees’ needs beyond just work.

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HR PRACTICE, EMPLOYEE EXPERIENCE

Navigate360 Named Top Workplace, Receives NorthCoast 99 Award for Second Consecutive Year

Navigate360 | September 09, 2022

Navigate360 has been named a 2022 NorthCoast 99 award winner by ERC, the Employers Resource Council. The NorthCoast 99 award honors 99 great Northeast Ohio workplaces for top talent. This is the second time that Navigate360 has received the prestigious award. “Our 2022 NorthCoast 99 recognition is a testament to all of our team members’ hard work and passion for our culture, mission, values, and each other, In addition to our national Great Place to Work® Certification™, the NorthCoast 99 award is another acknowledgment that our organization attracts, develops and retains top performers – people who drive innovation through the pursuit of our mission to end targeted school violence and self-harm and to put school communities on a path to growth and success. Whole-child safety takes the whole community, and it is that shared belief that makes a difference.” -Navigate360 CEO, JP Guilbault NorthCoast 99 winners participated in a rigorous application process that asked for detailed information about how their organizations excel in the areas of organizational strategy, policies and benefits; talent attraction, acquisition and onboarding; employee well-being; employee engagement and talent development; total rewards; and diversity, equity and inclusion. Navigate360 stands for an equitable world and workplace; for inclusivity and respect for people, their views and their practices; for seeing possibilities and building bridges to a world absent of fear; and for kindness, passion and purpose. Without our dedicated employees, none of this is possible. I am humbled and honored every day to be part of this organization, Guilbault continued. It’s no surprise that the 2022 NorthCoast 99 winning organizations are leading our region! These outstanding companies prioritize the employee experience, offering attractive benefits and innovative policies that today’s workforce demands. We are thrilled to recognize the winning companies and look forward to sharing their success stories, said ERC President Kelly Keefe. Maintaining this recognition is not something we take lightly. Our mission and our employee experience go hand in hand, and we make them top priority every single day, We owe our continued success to our dedicated employees. They are the reason for this recognition, and we look forward to attracting, cultivating and maintaining additional talent as we continue to grow our award-winning team. Our world needs Navigate360 and everyone who supports our meaningful initiatives,added Navigate360 Chief Human Resources Officer Alex Teodosio. About Navigate360  Navigate360 is the most widely chosen safety partner in the United States, protecting more than 50,000 districts, schools, law enforcement agencies, businesses and houses of worship nationwide. For more than 20 years, we’ve helped communities mitigate and reduce acts of violence with solutions backed by research and developed by industry experts. Through our complementary and integrated suite of safety and wellness solutions, we enable organizations to enhance their safety plans with threat detection and prevention, mental health and wellness, safety management and preparedness, and active shooter response training. The success of every Navigate360 partner is ensured with world-class, U.S.-based safety consultants who help customize, implement and support our solutions. About ERC For over 100 years, ERC has been a trusted resource for organizations in Northeast Ohio and around the country. ERC helps leaders build great workplaces through thought leadership, comprehensive data and HR solutions that include membership, training and professional development, consultative services, and more. ERC is the founder and producer of the NorthCoast 99 awards program and sponsors the ERC health insurance program for Ohio employers.

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People are using data every day in their personal lives to make better decisions from what route to take, to monitoring diet and exercise, and managing the personal budget. Think about that almost everybody uses some kind of data already to gain efficiency, measure progress, and modify behaviors for better individual outcomes, whether they consciously realize it or not. But making data ubiquitous in your organization or team is not so easy. You have to deeply understand where people need data and how they will use it, then make the relevant data accessible at those moments. Everyone says that they would like to be a data-driven organization, but the reality is that most companies are still in the early stages of modern data and analytics adoption.

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