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  • November 20, 2020 5:10 AM | Christine Strak (Administrator)

    Featuring speakers:

    • Dr Craig Samitt, President & CEO BCBS of MN & Stella
    • Dr. Mark Steffen, Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, BCBS of MN
    • Ruth Hafoka, SVP and CHRO, BCBS of MN

    For additional information, visit the event page.

  • October 30, 2020 7:09 AM | Christine Strak (Administrator)

    2020 has been like looking both ways to cross and getting hit by an airplane. We have led our organizations through a pandemic, racial justice issues and survived a political season, all through a screen! We As we closeout 2020, HREF invites to you join a stress-free zoom for laughs and connection with your HREF colleagues!

    Howie Milstein will wax both eloquently and inelegantly on the realities and myths of our new virtual realities, and propose some ways to break out of the "ho humness" of interacting with people who are poorly lit and sometimes even sleeping.. Hopefully useful and definitely annoying, Howie will struggle and sweat through an experience that could provoke some new thinking. Or not.

    For additional program details, click here.

  • September 22, 2020 5:24 PM | Christine Strak (Administrator)

    Featuring speaker Mark Ritchie, President – Global Minnesota

    In this session we leverage the virtual format to engage several leaders ready to share ideas as to how they have challenged HR norms to come up with breakthrough results for people, profit, and the planet.

    Join us to gain new insights, share your own ideas, and further the conversation of HR evolution in the new “normal” as well as the future of being human in the workplace.

    Click here for more event and registration information.

  • August 31, 2020 2:30 PM | Christine Strak (Administrator)

    It's not too late to save $$$ while learning continuously...Now you can save $50 when you join or renew your HREF individual membership by September 22.

    Our upcoming program year promises to provide insights amid unprecedented times, connect you with other HR Leaders and provide ideas that are actionable during the "new normal."


  • August 04, 2020 6:04 PM | Christine Strak (Administrator)
    This session, we will be kicking off our programming year by interviewing one of the country's most prominent business futurists, Cecily SommersWe now live in a time when navigating uncertainty, dealing with constant reorganization, and creating new ways of doing things is the norm. 

    Since change and turbulence are here to stay, Cecily will provide important historical context and also guide us through how HR can arrive at what is best for people, profit, and the planet. Click here for more event and registration information.

  • July 21, 2020 10:44 AM | Christine Strak (Administrator)

    This event will feature a compelling senior HR leadership panel who will share their experiences about challenging topics all HR leaders are facing today: diversity, equality and inclusion issues, and leading from the front through a global pandemic.

    Register today!

  • May 19, 2020 12:14 PM | Christine Strak (Administrator)

    Start small and expand incrementally, advised leaders at international food giant Archer Daniels Midland and China-based Internet search company Baidu, both of which began bringing employees back to workplaces in late February. Read more.

  • May 01, 2020 3:45 PM | Christine Strak (Administrator)

    One of the biggest challenges employers face when it comes to having a remote workforce is cultivating a sense of belonging and inclusivity. In other words, keeping your remote employees engaged.

    Even under normal working conditions, cultivating a positive culture is a special challenge. But remote work can add an additional layer of complexity because it’s more difficult for dispersed workforces to unite under one vision. There are too many possibilities for distraction.

    Plus, it’s too easy for remote workers to feel isolated. According to the Harvard Business Review, loneliness is the biggest struggle to working remotely. Although being alone is not the only cause of loneliness, it can be a significant contributor.

    Collaboration, morale, and belonging can all take a hit.

    Here are eight great ways good managers can help to keep their remote employees engaged, courtesy of leadership coach Angela Civitella, a member of the Forbes Coaches Council and founder of Intinde.

    Read more.

  • April 09, 2020 8:54 AM | Christine Strak (Administrator)

    While U.S. employers look to keep their workers safe and healthy, they could see their health care benefit costs jump as a result of both the spreading coronavirus and recent legislation requiring health plans to cover testing and related costs for COVID-19, the respiratory disease the virus causes.

    "Many employers, particularly those who are self-funded, are concerned about the potential cost of treating the coronavirus for a significant portion of their employees," said Ed Fensholt, director of compliance services at benefits advisory firm Lockton Companies in Kansas City, Mo.

    Scott Behrens, director of government relations at Lockton, noted that "for fully insured plans, rates are locked in for the current year," so coronavirus-related health care cost issues "aren't going to be felt for insured plans until renewal" for the 2021 plan year.

    Self-funded employers are "trying to figure out what their risk of increased claims might be," Behrens said. "Employers need to be aware of that risk."

    Read more.

  • March 30, 2020 6:38 AM | Christine Strak (Administrator)

    Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Minnesota's Unemployment Insurance team members are processing more applications for unemployment benefits than ever before. It is our top priority to process applications efficiently and effectively, and to ensure that we can deliver for Minnesotans in this time of need.

    To ensure our system can handle the increased activity we are experiencing, we are asking that *new* unemployment insurance applicants apply online on an assigned day, based on your social security number (SSN).

    If you need to apply for unemployment benefits for the first time, please refer to the schedule below to learn when you are scheduled to apply. You will only be allowed to apply on your assigned day - or on Thursday or Friday if you missed your assigned day. https://bit.ly/2UNisyo

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