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  • 16 Mar 2018 8:00 PM | Dena Nguyen (Administrator)


    Take advantage of early bird pricing and be entered for a chance to win tickets to Cirque du Soleil!

    CWCG is giving away FREE tickets to Cirque du Soleil on Friday, April 6! Just register for the event by March 30th and you will be entered into the drawing – it’s that simple!

    Register here:

    CWCG Members also receive a discount when you use code: MEMBNCRFCWCG

  • 09 Feb 2018 7:45 AM | Dena Nguyen (Administrator)

    Welcome to 2018!

    I’m very happy to share with you some of the activities that CWCG will be doing in the coming year to educate, excite, and engage you in the Compensation, Benefits, and Total Rewards profession.  CWCG’s primary mission is to provide opportunities and resources for your professional development, and this year we’re offering a variety of ways to support you in achieving your certification/recertification, staying up-to-date on industry and regulatory trends, and building strong professional networks, all while having some fun!

    Here’s a quick overview of our major scheduled events:

    • World At Work classes –
      • T4/GR9, March 8-9
      • T3, May 10-11
      • C4, September 13-14
    • Rewards NW – September 20!
    • 1st Thursday Events

    I’m especially excited about the energy our board has this year – not only have several new board members jumped in and taken the reins on existing work, they’ve given us fresh ideas and perspectives as well.  Some of those ideas are: a membership appreciation summer social event, guest posts on the website, interviews with featured CWCG members, and a “Mentorship Mixer” where people newer to the world of Compensation and Benefits can meet and establish ongoing relationships with experienced professionals.  Stay tuned for more information!

    A large part of the board’s engagement mission this year is to enhance our digital and web presence.  We want our website to be more than just a place where people go to sign up for events or browse open jobs (though we still love it when you do!).  We’re also expanding our presence on Facebook and LinkedIn to better serve you through those avenues and keep you informed.  If you haven’t already, please like us on Facebook, and join our group on LinkedIn, where you can find some of the industry and event information we’ve shared, and post a dog or cat meme.  And check back regularly at – where if you search carefully, you may get some insights into the checkered pasts of our board members…but I digress.

    As we progress through the year, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me personally if you have any questions, comments, or feedback on anything CWCG-related… or if you have extra beer you need to give away.  It’s important to me to hear your voice as members, and to orient the organization’s services to your needs.  CWCG has been a fantastic resource to me since I first joined in 2006 – I’ve met smart people who have become co-workers, bosses, friends, and who, more importantly, enrich my life professionally and personally.  My personal goal this year is to help facilitate you all having a similar experience!


    Matt Johnson

    President, CWCG

  • 06 Dec 2017 4:22 PM | Nicole Burbank
    CWCG is pleased to offer a $1,000 scholarship to a student who is pursuing a career in Benefits, Compensation, or the Total Rewards field!  If you are a currently-enrolled student in a Business or HR degree program, check out our 2018 Student Scholarship opportunity!  Deadline for all application materials to be received by CWCG is by March 30, 2018.

  • 13 Oct 2017 2:23 PM | Nicole Burbank
    Are you working towards a certification with WorldatWork, or are interested in attending a local conference or our First Friday events, but funding is tight?  Check out our 2018 Professional Scholarship opportunity!  Applications will only be accepted through November 24, 2017, so don't delay if you want to apply for this amazing opportunity!
  • 13 Oct 2017 10:01 AM | Nicole Burbank
    CWCG will be hosting three WorldatWork certification course in 2018, check out our events page for the courses offered and start planning ahead!
  • 28 Jul 2017 12:05 PM | Nicole Burbank

    Would you like to learn how to better manage and optimize your company's retirement plan?  Check out this free program on maximizing your retirement plan leadership!

    To register online:

    Go to  Under "Program Schedule," select OR-Marylhurst, September 19 event, then select "Click Here to Register."  When asked how you heard about the program, please select "Invited by HR Association" from the drop-down menu.

  • 28 Jul 2017 11:55 AM | Nicole Burbank

    July 7, 2017 — The odds of landing a new job in the last half of this year, along with getting paid more, are in job hunters' favor as employers plan to increase hiring of full- and part-time workers as well as temporary or contract workers.

    More than half of employers anticipate offering higher starting salaries for new employees, according to CareerBuilder's "2017 Midyear Job Forecast." Most companies also indicated that bigger paychecks won't just be for high-skilled workers, they'll extend to entry-level workers, too. From July through December:

    • 60% of employers plan to hire full-time, permanent workers, up from 50% last year.
    • 36% of employers plan to hire part-time, permanent employees, up from 29% last year.
    • 46% of employers plan to hire temporary or contract workers, up from 32% last year.

    "Employers are moving quickly to recruit candidates and they are willing to pay more across job levels," said Matt Ferguson, CEO of CareerBuilder. "They are also placing a greater emphasis on candidates having a positive experience when they apply to their firms. The current climate puts job seekers in a more advantageous position."

    Looking at a subset of HR managers, 72% said they feel they have to start paying higher wages because the market has become increasingly competitive for talent. Most also said this applies to entry-level workers:

    • 24% said they have to pay more even if the entry-level worker has no college or training.
    • 17% said they have to pay more, but only if the entry-level worker has a college degree.
    • 19% said they have to pay more, but only if the entry-level worker has at least some college or training.

    Among all employers (hiring managers and HR managers), 53% reported they plan to offer higher starting salaries for new employees in the next six months, a jump from 39% in the same period last year. 32% said they plan to increase starting salaries on job offers by 5% or more. 66% of employers said they plan to increase compensation for current employees before year end, and 34% anticipated an increase of 5% or more.

    The national surveys, which were conducted online by Harris Poll on behalf of CareerBuilder form May 24 to June 16, 2017, included representative samples of 2,369 hiring managers and HR managers, and 3,642 full-time U.S. workers across industries and company sizes in the private sector.

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  • 27 Jun 2017 5:14 PM | Nicole Burbank
    The U.S. Department of Labor will reinstate the issuance of opinion letters, U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta announced today. The action allows the department's Wage and Hour Division to use opinion letters as one of its methods for providing guidance to covered employers and employees.

    An opinion letter is an official, written opinion by the Wage and Hour Division of how a particular law applies in specific circumstances presented by an employer, employee or other entity requesting the opinion. The letters were a division practice for more than 70 years until being stopped and replaced by general guidance in 2010.

    "Reinstating opinion letters will benefit employees and employers as they provide a means by which both can develop a clearer understanding of the Fair Labor Standards Act and other statutes," said Secretary Acosta. "The U.S. Department of Labor is committed to helping employers and employees clearly understand their labor responsibilities so employers can concentrate on doing what they do best: growing their businesses and creating jobs."
    The division has established a webpage at <> where the public can see if existing agency guidance already addresses their questions or submit a request for an opinion letter. The webpage explains what to include in the request, where to submit the request, and where to review existing guidance.
    The division will exercise discretion in determining which requests for opinion letters will be responded to, and the appropriate form of guidance to be issued.

  • 04 Jan 2017 12:23 PM | Nicole Burbank

    When registering for your WorldatWork courses and/or events this year, be sure to always use promo code LNPROMO2017 to ensure that you send money back to CWCG to help fund programs like scholarships and events throughout the year!  Your continued support of CWCG is very appreciated and invaluable to us!

  • 27 Dec 2016 11:10 AM | Brandi Morgan

    One of our sponsors is conducting a Salary Survey for non-profit organizations.  Don't miss your chance to participate - open now and closes Jan. 27th. 

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