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Taxpaying vs Reimbursing – Should You Leverage Your Sovereignty?

  As with many aspects of running a tribal organization, when it comes to the topic of unemployment insurance, there are differences in how things are managed and opportunities that you may not be aware of. Under Federal law, tribal organizations are required to participate in unemployment insurance programs, but there are some unique options...
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Human Resource Management in Tribal Organizations

Human resource professionals have a great responsibility to the organizations they serve. They are tasked with filling the needs of the organization, navigating strict and sometimes complex laws, and dealing with unknown variables that come along with all of the different people they interact with on a daily basis. When you add in the complexities...
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How to Hire and Retain Tribal Members

What’s harder than finding good talent in a tightening labor market? Keeping good talent.  As a leader in a tribal organization, you’re no stranger to the rigors of talent acquisition and retention. The fallout caused by a bad hire extends far beyond frustration to include high recruiting costs, lost productivity, and low team morale. With...
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Ethics: How to Avoid the Slippery Slope in Tribal HR

As a Tribal HR manager, you’re no stranger to wearing a lot of hats. You embrace your role as organizational nucleus and master of moving parts. From employee training and development to compliance and performance management, you take pride in administering a host of critical functions. But perhaps the most influential role you play in...
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Managing Tribal Employees with An Effective Performance Management Process

Managing employees in a tribal business environment has more unique challenges than in a non-tribal business organization. There are many differences between the two business types. These differences can sometimes make it difficult to effectively manage and make decisions within a tribal organization.  The Complex Tribal Employee Environment In general, tribal business managers have more...
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UI Compliance vs UI Risk Management: What You Need to Know

The difference between UI compliance and UI risk management can be summed up in one word. That word is control.  Compliance takes the control out of your hands and gives it to the state to decide. With risk management, you control the outcome. UI Compliance Compliance is the action of complying with a command. Being...
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Best Practices for Managing Time Off During the Holidays

Planning and organizing staffing arrangements is a challenge for most organizations at any given time of the year, but especially during the holidays. If you manage employees, you know that managing time off during the holidays can be a difficult puzzle to put together. Why is Paid Time Off Important? You’ll find that giving employees...
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Why Training Is a Cure for Turnover

Employee turnover can be problematic for any organization, large or small. When an employee decides to leave, there is much more involved than just the loss of a good, or even great, worker. The organization suffers from lower productivity caused by the void and higher operating costs incurred from finding and training a replacement. Worse,...
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Reducing Risk in Nine Core Organizational Areas

In our last post, we shared how climate surveys are instrumental in reducing human capital risk. Human capital risk is broad, and depending on your strategic plan, you may want to narrow your focus. While we prefer to assess the organization as a whole, some organizations choose to focus on specific areas based on resources,...
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