Constitution Day

“We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”

How to celebrate this historic date? Display the American Flag!

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Some interesting facts about the U.S. Constitution and its construction:

  • Seventy-four delegates were appointed to the Federal Convention, of which 55 actually attended sessions, held in the State House (Independence Hall) in Philadelphia.
  • The sessions of the convention were held in secret—no reporters or visitors were permitted.
  • On June 29, 1787, the convention approved a resolution establishing population as the basis for representation in the House of Representatives, thus favoring the larger states. On a subsequent small-state proposal that the states have equal representation in the Senate, the vote resulted in a tie.
  • On Monday August 6, 1787, the convention accepted the first draft of the Constitution. Here was the article-by-article model from which the final document would result some 5 weeks later.
  • On August 21, 1787 the debate over the issue of commerce became very closely linked to another explosive issue—slavery.
  • One of the last major unresolved problems was the method of electing the executive; the result was the Electoral College.
  • On September 8, 1787 the convention was ready to turn the Constitution over to a Committee of Style and Arrangement.
  • The Constitution was presented to the convention on September 12, 1787 and the delegates methodically began to consider each section. Although close votes followed on several articles, it was clear that the grueling work of the convention in the historic summer of 1787 was reaching its end.
  • Before the final vote on the Constitution on September 15, 1787 late in the afternoon the roll of the states was called on the Constitution and from every delegation the word was “Aye.”
  • On September 17, 1787 the members met for the last time, and delegates in the hall formally signed the Constitution, and the convention adjourned at 4 o’clock in the afternoon.
  • The Constitution, remains in excellent physical condition after more than 200 years.
  • On December 15, 1952, President Harry Truman declared at a formal ceremony in the Archives Exhibition Hall, “We are engaged here today in a symbolic act. We are enshrining these documents for future ages. This magnificent hall has been constructed to exhibit them, and the vault beneath, that we have built to protect them, is as safe from destruction as anything that the wit of modern man can devise. All this is an honorable effort, based upon reverence for the great past, and our generation can take just pride in it.”

We Remember 9/11

The attacks of September 11th were intended to break our spirit. Instead we have emerged stronger and more unified. We feel renewed devotion to the principles of political, economic, and religious freedom, the rule of law and respect for human life. We are more determined than ever to live our lives in freedom.

-Rudolph Giuliani, former mayor of New York City

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It’s World Suicide Prevention Day

We at HR Strategies, like the rest of the world, were greatly saddened with the tragic loss of Actor & Comedian Robin Williams last month. We feel that in light of this tragedy and the forthcoming discussions regarding mental health, depression, and suicide; it is imperative that we remind our clients that HR Strategies is proud to offer the Employee Assistance Programs of EAP Consultants for free to all of our Client Employee’s and their immediate family members.

What is an EAP (Employee Assistance Program)?

Blogging4SAPbadge2An Employee Assistance Program is a program designed to identify and assist employees, through a variety of services, in resolving personal problems (e.g., marital, financial or emotional problems; family issues; substance/alcohol abuse) that may be adversely affecting the employee’s performance.

Services may include:

  • Counseling Services Face-to-face assessment
  • Short term counseling
  • Referral and follow-up for alcohol and drug problems
  • Work related difficulties
  • Marriage and family issues
  • Emotional and psychological problems

Perks of EAP

  • Counseling offices located conveniently to your employees
  • 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, toll-free telephone access to mental health professionals
  • Case management that includes coordinating referrals to resources beyond the EAP, when needed

To learn more about EAP Consultants you may contact one of our benefit specialists at 770-339-0000, or by visiting their website directly at www.eapconsultants.com

International Day of Charity

Philanthropy is imperative to business, and when communities prosper, everyone benefits.

Individuals and organizations are encouraged to observe the International Day of Charity (September 5th) through volunteer work, organizing a funding campaign, holding an event, sharing charitable acts on social media sites using #charityday, and by rewarding good deeds in creative ways.- The United Nations

The HR Strategies staff knows that there is an understood communal agreement between community and business, and that philanthropy leads to community building. We are proud to support both local and national charities, knowing that it is our corporate responsibility to give back to the community where we work and live. Last year, our staff’s philanthropic efforts with corporate match raised over $9,000. We proudly sponsor and engage with the American Cancer Society, St. Jude, and the Quinn House.

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Some HR Strategies Staff members at a St. Jude Give Thanks Walk!

Happy Labor Day!

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Labor Day – How Will You Celebrate?

According to the U.S. Department of Labor – Labor Day History

The form that the observance and celebration of Labor Day should take was outlined in the first proposal of the holiday — a street parade to exhibit to the public “the strength and esprit de corps of the trade and labor organizations” of the community, followed by a festival for the recreation and amusement of the workers and their families.”

The first proposal, mentioned above, was written well over a hundred years ago in the late 1800’s, and yet the form of observances still resemble how many of America’s workers continue to celebrate the holiday. Parades are still held, and festivals continue; however, much of America’s work force simply see the day as a time to celebrate their hard work by having a day off to enjoy with family and friends at barbeques, picnics, and pool parties. So, we wonder, how will YOU celebrate Labor Day? However you choose to celebrate, remember that the day constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.”

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Mobile Applications for Your HR Needs

Mobile App Technology for smart phones is no longer the wave of the future, but commonplace and necessary in every aspect of today’s world. This day and age demands information on the go and for everything to be accessible on a “smart” mobile device; the world of Human Resources is no different.

Our HRIS system offers Web Access for clients and worksite employees, and what’s more, there are apps for a few of the items, such as check stubs. How nice is it to go completely paperless? I.e. an employee has direct deposit – no check stub needs to be printed at all, if the company chooses. The employee can simply pull up their check stub right on their smart phone using an app!

HR Strategies Time Tracker Plus enables you to track your employee’s time, but you can also keep track of Paid Time Off Accruals and requests, and employee scheduling. What’s more, Time Tracker allows your mobile workforce to do the key essentials of the system right from their smart phone using an app! Not sure about the security of tracking time on a smart phone? No worries, if you choose to do so, GPS coordinates can be captured as to where the employee is when they punch in!

As mobile application technology continues to grow in the general population, you can be sure that it will continue to grow in the HR world. We at HR Strategies are continually striving to keep pace with the needs and wants of our employers in bringing that mobile application technology to all of our clients. As we do so, we will always continue our in depth customer service and client satisfaction. After all, any form of technology is only as good as the people bringing it to you and servicing it on a daily basis.

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