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  • 10 May 2023 3:47 PM | Courtney Klow (Administrator)

    The Minnesota Senate passed a plan for paid family and medical leave on Monday May 8th, 2023. 

    Governor Walz tweeted "Paid family and medical leave will make it a whole lot easier to raise a child or care for a relative without losing a paycheck.

    When the bill reaches my desk, I'm ready to sign it into law - and show the country what it takes to be a state that works for everyone." 

    For more details and to view the full article visit: Minnesota Senate passes paid family and medical leave - WDIO.com – With you for life

  • 16 Oct 2020 1:04 PM | Kate Nolin-Smith

    SHRM Foundation’s Team Empower – Turning obstacles into opportunities takes teamwork...join us to make a difference!

    Team Empower is a special group of passionate individuals who are dedicated to helping empower HR professionals to build inclusive organizations. Established in 2017, Team Empower is the SHRM Foundation's most accessible giving circle.

    Your annual donation of $30 or more will automatically add you to the team.

    All members of Team Empower will:

    ·         Receive an official Team Empower ribbon to display proudly at SHRM conferences and local events.

    ·         Receive a digital badge to display on personal websites, social media or LinkedIn.

    ·         Be recognized by the SHRM Foundation throughout the year for their support and dedication.

    ·         Receive access to Team Empower’s exclusive LinkedIn networking group.

    Here is the link https://shrm.org/foundation/getinvolved/donate/join-team-empower/Pages/default.aspx

  • 15 Jun 2020 11:34 PM | Kate Nolin-Smith

    Report unemployment insurance fraud

    The Minnesota Unemployment Insurance (UI) Program operates a continuous investigation program to detect and prevent administrative errors, benefit overpayments, and tax irregularities. These activities protect the UI trust fund by ensuring that all employers are assessed the proper tax rate and all benefits are paid only to eligible applicants as defined by Minnesota law. Violations by applicants and employers may be criminally prosecuted as felony theft under the fraud provisions of the law.

    You can help prevent fraud by reporting potential violations to the UI Program by using the online Fraud Report. When completing the Fraud Report:

    • Provide as much information on the form as possible.
    • Your contact information can be helpful in the investigation; however, you are not required to provide it.
    • To remain anonymous, simply do not enter your name and contact information in the Fraud Report.
    • Be aware that you will not be updated on the status of the investigation.

    Applicant Fraud: An Unemployment Insurance Specialist will follow up on all potential violations from the public. An example of a potential violation is an individual that is working and not reporting hours or earnings during the same period of time he/she is receiving unemployment insurance benefits.

    Employer Fraud: An Unemployment Insurance Specialist will investigate potential tax avoidance schemes. Common schemes include the designation of employees as independent contractors and the creation of shell corporations.

    Detecting and Recovering Benefit Overpayments: The Minnesota Unemployment Insurance (UI) Program actively pursues collection efforts based on the amount of debt owed.

    Remaining Anonymous: Anonymous reports can be harder for us to act upon if we need more information. If you do choose to provide your name and contact information, we may have to provide that information to involved parties in the event that there is legal action taken regarding the fraud.

    If you have questions about reporting fraud, please call us at 651-296-8715

    Visit the website at https://www.uimn.org/employers/contact-us/ui-fraud.jsp 

  • 12 Jun 2020 6:55 PM | Kate Nolin-Smith

    In our commitment to serving the HR community, we would like to address the issue of recent fraudulent Unemployment Insurance claims. Unfortunately, with so many layoffs occurring, this is a prime opportunity for scammers to submit fraudulent claims.

    It is highly recommend logging in to your employer UI portal to make sure no one has made a fraudulent claim. If there is a fraudulent UI claim, any business or employee who has been affected can contact Unemployment Insurance by phone at:

    Toll Free: 1-877-898-9090

    Local: 651-296-3644

    Web address: www.uimn.org

    Understanding that wait times are long to talk with a UI representative, if the fraudulent claim is a matter that requires a quicker response, please email deed.dw@state.mn.us and provide a brief synopsis of the issue. If needed, employers can also email jason.wadell@state.mn.us

  • 05 Jun 2020 10:55 AM | Kate Nolin-Smith

    NHRA is committed to supporting our HR community during this rapidly changing time.

    If you are an HR professional in transition, NHRA would like to extend a FREE membership through DECEMBER 31ST 2020. We know this is a challenging time. Education and support can go a long way. Join NHRA and come network with people who want to help YOU and continue to see our community grow!


    To Register for your FREE membership, please reach out to Amanda Goodman at amanda.goodman@nm.com

  • 27 May 2020 11:32 AM | Kate Nolin-Smith

    We are honored to announce that SHRM (the Society for Human Resource Management) recently awarded the Northland Human Resource Association (NHRA) its prestigious EXCEL Platinum Award for the NHRA’s accomplishments in 2018.

    The EXCEL award aligns individual chapters’ and state councils’ activities with SHRM’s aspirations for the HR profession. The award recognizes major accomplishments, strategic activities, and tactical initiatives that elevate the profession of human resources.  

    Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., SHRM-SCP, president and chief executive officer of SHRM, said, “So much of SHRM’s success in shaping better workplaces—where employers and employees can thrive together— is owed to the hard work of our chapters and state councils such as NHRA. Through their courage and leadership, NHRA is driving true, measurable progress toward the healthy, productive, and dynamic workplaces of tomorrow.”   He further stated that “Awarding this Platinum EXCEL Award is just one small way for SHRM to recognize and celebrate the big steps this chapter has taken this past year.”

  • 28 Apr 2020 11:22 AM | Kate Nolin-Smith

    Here is a helpful resource from the Duluth Area Chamber of Commerce for MInnesota businesses that are preparing to reopen.

    Business Reopen Tool Kit

    Yesterday, Governor Tim Walz signed Executive Order 20-40, which allows workers in industrial and office settings to return to work, subject to several conditions. Executive Order 20-40 provides a limited first step in the process of safely returning to work beginning on Monday, April 27.

    In conjunction with the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce and Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, we are sharing with you this Business Reopen Tool Kit:

    For more information, go to the Duluth Area Chamber of Commerce website https://duluthchamber.com/business-resources-coronavirus/#ToolKit

  • 15 Apr 2020 2:05 PM | Kate Nolin-Smith

    If you are searching for credible resources during this time of uncertainty, the SHRM website offers members many valuable webcasts. These webcasts include topics like Coronavirus, FFCRA, CARES Act updates, and many more. Not only do these webcasts offer insightful information but many of them also offer SHRM credit.

    Here is just a brief list of webcasts available:

    How to Lead Remote Teams-https://shrm.org/LearningAndCareer/learning/webcasts/Pages/0420mcleesegilbertseiter.aspx

    Learning From Times of Uncertainty:  Hr’s Critical Role in Business Continuity -https://shrm.org/LearningAndCareer/learning/webcasts/Pages/0420develinmullenlowery.aspx

    Boosting Morale & Community:  Merck’s Story -https://shrm.org/LearningAndCareer/learning/webcasts/Pages/0420leoreimertsantos.aspx

    For a full list of webcasts, please visit the SHRM website at  https://shrm.org/LearningAndCareer/learning/webcasts/Pages/default.aspx

  • 09 Apr 2020 11:00 AM | Kate Nolin-Smith

    Click here for the PDF with images.

    10-minute Workout Anywhere

    Boost your heart rate and brain power with this quick home workout. For a digital version of this workout, visit heart.org/movefor10. Do each exercise at your own pace for 30 seconds with 30 seconds of cardio between exercises (such as high knees, march in place, jog in place). Rest as needed.

    Try these tips:

    Weight(s) can be small dumbbells, kettlebells or anything heavy you may have at home, like a purse, water bottle or gallon jug, backpack or book. Or make your own adjustable weight by loading a small tote bag with magazines or books.

    Stabilize yourself as needed by holding or touching a wall, desk or stationary (non-rolling) chair. As you get stronger, test your balance by letting go of the support. *Please speak with your health provider before starting an exercise program and with a fitness professional for adaptations that best meet your individual needs.

    Shoulder Rolls Activity: Standing or sitting with feet hip width apart, slowly roll both shoulders forward, up, back and down. Reverse direction. Add Intensity: Hold hand weights down at sides.

    Squats/Chair Activity: Standing with feet hip width apart, keeping back straight, bend knees and hips as if to sit down in a chair with arms out in front of you. For squats, straighten back up and repeat. For chair pose, hold in “seated” position. Add Intensity: Raise arms overhead or hold weight(s) at chest or shoulders.

    Calf Raises Activity: Standing or sitting with feet hip width apart, keep legs straight but not locked as you slowly lift heels and rise to tip-toe position, then lower back to floor. Add Intensity: Do on one leg at a time while keeping raised foot at ankle or knee. Do at least 10 repetitions before switching to other side.

    Side Bends Activity: Standing or sitting with feet hip width apart and hands on hips or overhead, bend to one side and return to standing. Do at least 10 repetitions before switching to other side. Add Intensity: Hold a weight down at your side (on working side), at chest level or overhead.

    Toe Taps Activity: Standing or sitting with feet hip-width apart, lift knee to waist height, extend and tap toe on floor in front of you, lift knee again and return to standing. Alternate sides. Add Intensity: Tap toe on the edge of a wastebasket, chair or desk instead of the floor.

    Pushups/Plank Activity: Standing with feet hip-width apart, place hands shoulder-width apart on stable surface such as wall, desk edge or stationary (non-rolling) chair, walk feet out behind you until body and legs are in a straight line at about 45- degree angle with floor. To begin hold in plank position (make sure to tighten abs) and bend and straighten at elbows. You may also do pushups from the floor (begin with knees on the ground and work up to full pushups). Add Intensity: Lift one leg behind you and hold during pushups or plank. Repeat for other leg.

    Neck Stretch Activity: Standing or sitting with feet hip-width apart and shoulders down and back, look straight ahead and tilt ear toward shoulder until you feel the stretch. Hold for about 10 seconds. Repeat to other side and forward. Add Intensity: With hand on top of head in each position, apply light pressure to increase stretch.

    Leg Lifts Activity: Sitting at the front edge of a chair with feet flat on the floor, straighten one leg out in front of you and hold in place for a few seconds. Return foot to floor and repeat and alternate legs. Add Intensity: Instead of sitting on chair, support your weight with your hands.

    Thigh/Glute Squeeze Activity: Sitting at the front edge of a chair with feet flat on the floor, squeeze glutes and thighs together and hold for at least 10 seconds. Add Intensity: Hold a book or other sturdy item between your knees without using your hands.

    Forward Bend Activity: Sitting at the front edge of a chair with feet flat on the floor, fold forward with chest to thighs and head dropped forward. Relax and take a few deep breaths. Add Intensity: Do forward bend in standing position with knees slightly bent.

    Learn more ways to Move More at heart.org/HealthyForGood

    ©2020, American Heart Association a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit. All rights reserved. Healthy for GoodTM is a trademark of the AHA. Unauthorized use prohibited. 3/20DS16004

  • 09 Apr 2020 10:40 AM | Kate Nolin-Smith

    Ballad Spahr provides a Coronavirus Disease (2019) resource center for up-to-date federal and state guidance.

    "We are actively monitoring federal and state government guidance and situation updates—and stand ready to help clients navigate Coronavirus-related business concerns.

    Guidance and regulations involving COVID-19 are changing rapidly—often with little or no notice to the public. Our alerts and resources pages are continually updated. Please make sure you are reviewing our most recent guidance, and consult a member of our team before taking action."

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