Recent News

  • 06 Dec 2017 4:22 PM | Nicole Burbank (Administrator)
    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 (Administrator)
    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 (Administrator)
    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 (Administrator)

    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 (Administrator)

    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 (Administrator)
    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 (Administrator)

    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 (Administrator)

    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. 

  • 09 Nov 2016 9:05 AM | Brandi Morgan (Administrator)

    Helpful summary from PayScale on implications to Compensation & Benefits following Presidential election. 

  • 20 Sep 2016 9:32 AM | Brandi Morgan (Administrator)

    We had record attendance this year with over 270 total rewards professionals in Seattle on September 13th. We hope you walked away inspired and with new connections and tools to enhance your organization's benefits, compensation and total rewards strategies.
    We greatly appreciate your participation and hope to see you at Rewards NW 2018 in Portland, OR!  Find more on Seattle event and watch for details for Portland 2018 at

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