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Skills HR Professionals Need to Lead and Influence Change

Skills HR Professionals Need to Lead and Influence Change

July 1, 2016 by Cabot Dow
Category: HR Advisor , Administration and Management

Dealing with change and influencing change is at the top of the list of challenges Human Resource (HR) professionals in the public sector continually face. This includes, but is not limited to, changes in elected officials, growing pains, increased competition for budget resources, new regulations, the demand for more flexibility in benefit designs and options, technological innovations, and re...

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Sick Leave Benefits for Local Government Employees, Part 4: Establishing Clear Policies

Sick Leave Benefits for Local Government Employees, Part 4: Establishing Clear Policies

August 18, 2015 by Cabot Dow
Category: HR Advisor , Leave Policies

Part 4 in this series provides some review, guidelines for establishing clear policies, summation, and attempt to wrap up the subject for now.

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Sick Leave Benefits for Local Government Employees, Part 3: Some Recommendations

Sick Leave Benefits for Local Government Employees, Part 3: Some Recommendations

June 10, 2015 by Cabot Dow
Category: HR Advisor , Leave Policies

MRSC HR Advisor Cabot Dow continues his series on sick leave with some policy recommendations for going forward.

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Sick Leave Benefits for Local Government Employees, Part 2: Framework for Issue Assessment

Sick Leave Benefits for Local Government Employees, Part 2: Framework for Issue Assessment

April 10, 2015 by Cabot Dow
Category: HR Advisor , Leave Policies

This is part two of a four-part series on the subject of sick leave benefits for local government employees, focusing on identifying issues to think about and questions to discuss regarding paid sick leave benefits.

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Sick Leave Benefits for Local Government Employees Part 1: An Overview

Sick Leave Benefits for Local Government Employees Part 1: An Overview

March 2, 2015 by Cabot Dow
Category: HR Advisor , Leave Policies

Recently, there has been a surge of interest on the West Coast in the pros and cons of paid sick leave benefits for employees.  This issue was hotly debated in 2014 by both the California and Washington State Legislatures.   In Washington State, the bill that would have required businesses with more than 5 employees to provide paid sick leave (from 40 to 72 hours per year) was passe...

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A Review of Labor Contracts, the Labor Negotiations Process, and Costing Issues

April 1, 2014 by Cabot Dow
Category: HR Advisor , Collective Bargaining

The purpose of this HR Advisor is to suggest a framework, guidelines, and offer resources on labor contract and negotiations, both ...

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What

What's Important Now?

September 1, 2013 by Cabot Dow
Category: HR Advisor , Collective Bargaining

A simple but powerful acronym that comes from the well-known and entertaining football coach and ESPN commentator Lou Holtz is W.I.N. In the gospel according to Lou Holtz, it stands for 'What's Important Now?'

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Gain Sharing Strategy

May 1, 2012 by Cabot Dow
Category: HR Advisor , Collective Bargaining

As economic and political change happens, sharing the challenge of dividing up a smaller pie in good faith, while adhering to carefully weighed guiding principles, leads to more mutually beneficial outcomes, going forward. This column will address in more detail four subtopics...

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Labor Relations Policy Development: New Balance is Smaller Concessions

March 1, 2012 by Cabot Dow
Category: HR Advisor

This Advisor column was originally published in September 2011.

Local government budgets reflect the priority the public puts on essential services, many of which are delivered by public employees: law enforcement, firefighting/ems, code enforcement, streets, parks and utility maintenance, emergency dispatch and office support. With over 70% of government costs paid out for ...

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