Walmart to dole out third round of bonuses

Walmart | May 13, 2020

Walmart will pay employees another cash bonus to recognize them for their work during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a company press release. The bonus will be available to associates employed as of June 5, and will be paid out June 25. Full-time hourly associates will receive $300, and part-time hourly and temporary associates will receive $150. In total, Walmart will award more than $390 million in special bonuses with the payout. This will be the third round of bonuses the company has given since the coronavirus outbreak, bringing Walmart's total commitment to more than $935 million in bonus pay this year. While some retailers are scaling back bonuses and extra pay as scheduled end dates for the additional compensation come and the country takes steps to reopen, Walmart is renewing its financial commitment to its team.

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NFI’s Melissa Winkleman Promoted to Senior Vice President, Human Resources

NFI | January 04, 2022

NFI, a leading supply chain provider headquartered in Camden, N.J., recently announced the promotion of Melissa (Kosmin) Winkelman, to Senior Vice President, Human Resources. In this role, Winkleman will contribute to the broadening of talent strategies to match NFI's growth. “Our people are central to NFI’s overall strategy, and NFI continues to make it a priority to invest in attracting and retaining the best talent, Melissa has been a true partner in growing the HR function at NFI. She has been instrumental in aligning the HR Operations teams with the field teams, and has had a hand in implementing countless improvements to our programs and policies, Melissa has played a critical role in helping the HR team provide exemplary service, both locally and to the field” - Nancy Stefanowicz, Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resource Officer at NFI. Winkleman started at NFI in 2015 as the Vice President, Human Resource Operations and Compensation, and has helped to support all field-based startups, acquisitions, compensation, talent, and HR operational activities. Winkleman also serves as a Board Member of The Philadelphia Society of People & Strategy (PSPS), the premier senior-level human capital association for exchanging ideas, knowledge, and fellowship among the Greater Philadelphia Region's senior HR and business leaders. Founded in 1932, NFI has more than 15,000 employees spanning 300 locations throughout North America across numerous areas including operations, engineering, sales, transportation, and IT. This past July, the company was recognized as one of the Largest Employers by the Philadelphia Business Journal. In addition, NFI was recognized by Ripplematch as a top workplace for Generation Z: The Next Gen 100 this month. This list identifies organizations that go above and beyond to craft a workplace that empowers their employees to thrive professionally and personally. About NFI NFI is a fully integrated North American supply chain solutions provider headquartered in Camden, N.J. Privately held by the Brown family since its inception in 1932, NFI generates more than $3 billion in annual revenue and employs over 15,000 associates. NFI owns facilities globally and operates more than 60 million square feet of warehouse and distribution space. Its dedicated fleet consists of over 4,600 tractors and 13,00 trailers operated by 3,900 company drivers and leveraging partnerships with 500 independent contractors. NFI has a significant drayage presence at nearly every major U.S. port, leveraging the services of an additional 1,500 independent contractors. The company’s business lines include dedicated transportation, distribution, ecommerce fulfillment, brokerage, transportation management, port drayage, intermodal, global logistics, and real estate.

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HR STRATEGY

Scaled Agile's Spring Launch Reveals Breakthrough Tools and Resources to Help SAFe® Professionals Navigate Digital Disruption

Scaled Agile, Inc. | March 25, 2022

Scaled Agile, Inc., provider of SAFe®, unveiled its Spring Launch with over 20 new features and resources designed to help SAFe professionals successfully transition skills from the classroom to the workplace. Focused on three areas, Lean Portfolio Management, organizing around value, and Release Train Engineer facilitation, the new offering includes workshops, practice and facilitation guides, e-learning, SAFe collaboration templates, and focused community sections. "Applying SAFe in real-world environments can be daunting, These new resources enable SAFe professionals to develop the specific skills needed to help their organizations accelerate digital innovation and achieve business agility. Those leading the adoption of Agile at scale will love the ability to learn what they need at the moment they need it, and business leaders will appreciate knowing that their teams can consistently deliver on the needs of a dynamic business." -Chris James, CEO of Scaled Agile, Inc. Key highlights of the Spring Launch include: Resources for Organizing Around Value: Organizing Around Value Community section, Practice Guide, and Collaborate Templates to get started on the Organizing Around Value journey. Value Stream Mapping Community section and Collaborate Templates to continue the journey. Business Agility Assessments to communicate and plan for success. Resources for Launching a Lean Portfolio: Getting Started Workshop for Lean Portfolio Management (LPM) class participants to prepare for the LPM implementation kickoff with field-tested patterns. LPM Practice Guide with interactive modules and embedded practice resources to ensure a successful Lean portfolio journey. The online resources help change agents align, organize, strategize, operate, govern, and measure a Lean portfolio. Leading in the Digital Age, a cohort-based leadership development program that supports leaders in their Lean-Agile journey. Resources for Release Train Engineers (RTE): Role-based Community section and RTE Essentials e-learning to help gain confidence on day one. Virtual iteration events, custom workshops, and virtual PI Planning with PI Event Facilitator Guides and SAFe collaboration tools. RTE Role-based Assessment and Team and Technical Agility Assessment and Growth Recommendations to measure success. Leading SAFe® is available in Japanese, Simplified Chinese, Korean, and Brazilian Portuguese to support global members of an Agile Release Train. The new resources are available on the SAFe® Community Platform to all SAFe® Program Consultants and SAFe® Enterprise Members. In addition, LPM resources are available to LPM course attendees, and RTE resources are available to those with "RTE" selected as their role in the SAFe® Community Platform. About Scaled Agile, Inc.: Scaled Agile, Inc. is the provider of SAFe®, the world's most trusted system for business agility. Through integrated solutions that help teams unlock better ways of working, Scaled Agile is redefining the way the world's leading organizations identify and deliver customer value, capitalize on emerging opportunities, and improve business outcomes. Over 20,000 businesses and government agencies rely on SAFe and Scaled Agile's Global Partner Network to accelerate digital innovation and compete in a fast-changing marketplace. Scaled Agile is a contributing member of the Pledge 1% corporate philanthropy and community service movement.

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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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PAYROLL

Greenshades Software Announces Strategic Alliance with Lathem Time

Greenshades Software | May 02, 2022

Greenshades Software, a leader in Payroll, HR, and Compliance Solutions for midsized companies, and Lathem Time, a leading provider of employee time and attendance management systems, today announced the signing of a strategic partnership. Through the agreement, the companies will integrate with each other's platforms, creating an advanced end-to-end labor management solution. "At Greenshades, we're always looking for new ways to simplify, streamline, and automate Payroll and HR functions for our clients and the workers they support, For organizations that need more granular control of pay rules and labor schedules or those that require a physical data capture device, Lathem offers an exceptional workforce management platform. We're proud to extend this solution to our 3,800+ clients." -David Rosas, Co-Founder and CEO of Greenshades Software. Rosas stated the decision to formalize a strategic alliance was predicated on strong alignment between the two organization's cultures, a parallel approach to the market, and a shared focus on addressing the rapidly evolving needs of "deskless workers." A sentiment that is echoed by the leadership team at Lathem. "The past couple of years have ushered in tremendous change for all businesses. The technology they use to keep employees safe, focused, and informed needed to evolve to keep pace, From touchless clocks for frontline workers to more robust online solutions for remote workers, Lathem has been on the forefront of innovation. We know David and the Greenshades team are doing the same for Payroll and HR professionals, so we're thrilled for the opportunity this partnership creates for our clients." -Bill Lathem, President and CEO of Lathem Time. Greenshades and Lathem solutions will be featured on each company's online marketplace and fully integrated via API for a seamless experience between the two platforms. About Greenshades Software Since 2002, Greenshades has been singularly devoted to helping hardworking companies fulfill the promises they make to their employees. With intuitive technology and best-in-class customer support, Greenshades empowers Payroll and HR departments to give their teams everything they need to thrive. Delivering accurate payroll, proactive compliance, automated tax calculations, and robust employee engagement through one powerful platform supported by world-class customer care. About Lathem Time Founded in 1919, Lathem is the leading supplier of time and attendance products for businesses in North America. Over 1 million companies have relied on a Lathem solution to track their employees' time for payroll. Lathem offers innovative technology that is easy-to-use, reliable, and designed with over 100 years of industry expertise. From cloud-based software to mobile apps and biometric face recognition technology, every Lathem product is backed by an industry leading US-based customer service team that average an astounding 18 years of service. Many have tenures of more than 30 years. This commitment is evidenced in every product that carries the Lathem name. Family values, pride of craftsmanship and attention to detail are at the core of Lathem's culture.

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