The Lifeboat Game

Whenever CBS has the privilege of providing leadership and/or team-building training to our clients, we believe initiating the training with a game, or “ice-breaker” exercise, is a good idea because it engages the participants from the very beginning. Not a game person? Well, maybe game is not the right word for this exercise.

The Lifeboat Game – one of our “ice-breaker” exercises – Is pretty simplistic. The Lifeboat Game includes 15 participants (with specific job titles/roles), but only 9 participants can get on the Lifeboat because the larger boat is sinking. The team collectively makes the decision as to which individuals are allowed on the lifeboat and the team must be able to defend its decisions. This is not always an easy task, but isn’t that what working with a team is all about?

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Work Culture: It’s Impact on Employee Relations

It is important for organizations to examine their work culture at all levels, as their particular culture may either have a positive or negative influence on employer-employee relations. Kristina Dietrick, President and Owner of Creative Business Solutions, presented five ways to “spring” into a better work culture at this week’s Chamber Power Breakfast. Below is an outline which your organization may use to establish or continue developing your employer-employee relations, which in turn, will create a positive and motivating work culture for you, your employees and your organization to succeed.

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Compliance with the Pregnancy Discrimination Act and Other Applicable Laws

The Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA), which applies to employers with fifteen (15) or more employees, forbids discrimination based on pregnancy when it comes to any aspect of employment including, but not limited to, recruitment, compensation, promotions, training, benefits and terminations.

Under the PDA, an employee who is temporarily unable to perform her job due to pregnancy must be given the same rights as any other employee with a temporary disability. For example, if an employee who is temporarily disabled utilizes disability leave or leave without pay, an employee who is temporarily unable to perform her job due to pregnancy must be able to utilize the same benefit.

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New FLSA Regulations…Is your Company Prepared?

The Department of Labor (DOL) has recently proposed changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act’s (FLSA) overtime regulations. These proposed changes include increasing the salary level test for Executive, Administrative and Professional level exemptions, as well as increasing the salary level for Highly Compensated Employees. The proposed changes also include reanalyzing the definition of “primary duty” for the purposes of proper FLSA classifications.

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2016 Hot Topics in HR Compliance

Each January, Tim Davis, partner at the law firm of Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete, LLP, speaks to the local Topeka SHRM Chapter regarding recent and upcoming legal updates and how each affects the area of human resources. These legal updates include all aspects of the employer/employee relationship including compliance with the NLRA, FMLA, Title VII, ADA, ADEA, and FLSA, just to name a few.

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What our clients say...

Kansas Masonic Foundation

Robert A. Shively, CAE, CFRE
Executive Director 
Kansas Masonic Foundation

"When I joined the Kansas Masonic Foundation as their Executive Director four years ago I knew that as a small organization I needed professional human resources advice from an outside advisor.

Being an organization of only five staff members, it was impossible to provide the level of ongoing consultation needed internally.

I interviewed a number of agencies and immediately realized when I interviewed HR Partners that the talent and expertise they had on staff would be a perfect team for our organization.  I especially appreciated the 'legal' help and advice they could provide as well. I am thoroughly satisfied with our partnership and am confident it will last for many years to come!"