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A Look Inside RESOLVE 2017

May 25, 2017

There were 300 of us seated around tables in a room lit by brilliant sunlight that streamed through the floor to ceiling glass wall. The NCAA headquarters is a beautiful building and a marvelous venue for FirstPerson’s annual RESOLVE conference. The room was absolutely silent but for a stylishly dressed woman who stood on the floral decorated dais. Her black pumps had pearl-studded heels. Her presentation was studded with gems.

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Health Care Reform

2017 Trends and Healthcare Reform [Video]

May 23, 2017

The state of health care is constantly changing, especially now with the Trump Administration in full effect. FirstPerson Managing Director and General Counsel, Katy Stowers, shares trending updates centered around the Affordable Care Act and what this might mean for employers. Watch the video or read the transcript below to learn more.

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Understanding and Navigating FMLA

May 18, 2017

In my conversations with HR professionals over the years, I can’t recall a single person who has said “I love administering FMLA! I’m 100% confident that we do everything perfectly with all of our leaves!” It’s no surprise that the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) tends to be more of a “have-to” than a “want-to” for most employers. If handled incorrectly, FMLA has the potential to be a wet blanket on an employee’s otherwise good employment experience, not to mention the legal implications for the employer.

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Leaders are Coaches

May 16, 2017

So far in the “Leaders Are…” series, we’ve built the trust , learned through curiosity , and exercised our infuence… now, we’re coaching.

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Use Your People Strategy as Your Competitive Advantage

May 12, 2017

I was flipping through some old school papers I've hung on to for far too long and found my notes from Michael Porter's book,
Competitive Advantage. If you haven't heard of Michael Porter, here's a great summary of him and the business ideas and strategies he's shared over the years. In this particular book, Porter said companies win over their competitors by being cheaper or by being different—being perceived by the customer as better or more relevant. There are no other ways.

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