TN Workers’ Compensation Conference

TN Workers' Compensation Conference

Chris Nichols, Director of Business Development, attended the 20th TN Workers’ Compensation Educational Conference on June 13 – 15, 2017 in Murfreesboro, TN. Along with the other attendees, he gained valuable insight into the Tennessee Workers’ Compensation system via seminars led by notable industry leaders from across the country.

 

Some of the important points hit on for employers in the state were:

1) Workers’ Compensation Overview

2) Drug use and addiction help

3) Injury prevention programs & implementation

The conference agenda can be found here.

 

In 2016, the 109th General Assembly passed some laws that again changed Tennessee’s Workers’ Compensation Act. These changes, for many professionals, created uncertainty in how their businesses would be affected.

 

Some notable law changes included shortening the time period for injured workers to give notice of an injury, maximum and minimum compensation benefit changes, and drug-free workplace law amendments.

 

The TN Workers’ Compensation conference covered these, and many others, for the attendees. Priority Group is thankful to have had the opportunity to learn more about these changes, not only for our own business, but so we can help our clients and partners as well.

If you need help with staffing & recruiting, email Chris or call us at (615) 295-2127.

 

More information on the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation, along with helpful tips for your business, can be found here.

Chris Nichols Joins Young Professionals Committee

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Priority Group’s Murfreesboro office is developing in the community by way of its team members. Chris Nichols, Director of Business Development, was just named a committee member for the MT SHRM Young Professionals group.

 

MT SHRM is the Middle Tennessee chapter of the Society for Human Resources Management. The Young Professionals group is an affiliate of that chapter. Each quarter, the Young Professionals host a happy hour event of open networking for HR professionals early in their career.

 

June 1st is the next Happy Hour event. Chris Nichols has worked with the rest of the planning committee to put on this event, which is free for all MT SHRM members and their guests. However, registration will still be required for all attendees. Register here

 

“I’m really excited about joining a group of intelligent, forward-thinking individuals,” Chris said. “I look forward to seeing the growth we can have with young HR professionals in Middle Tennessee.”

 

The networking event will be held at SOUTH in Nashville from 5:30pm to 7:30pm on June 1st. Individuals will purchase their own drinks; complementary appetizers will be provided.

 

Contact Chris Nichols at chris@prioritystaffinggroup.com or Lynzi Loyd at lloyd@vaco.com if you have questions about the event.

 

New Hires at Corporate Headquarters

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Celesta Bowers – Finance Manager

Celesta Bowers joined Priority Group in April as the new Finance Manager. She grew up in Marion, IL and loves living and working here. She first fell in love with Accounting after taking her first accounting  course in high school. Then, the first in her family to graduate college, she earned her Bachelor of Science in Accounting and her Masters of Accountancy, Audit/Systems from Southern Illinois University.

Before joining Priority Group, she worked for three years as a Cost Accountant in the Wire and Cable industry in Du Quoin, IL; and prior to that, three years as an Accountant for doctors and hospitals. After having her boys, she decided she should spend less time on the road away from her family. Gail and Heather let her see that at Priority Group, she’d be a part of a growing business and family, not just another place to work. Her experience will now help further the financial growth of our business.

When not in the office, Celesta enjoys spending time with her husband and two boys, volunteering at the Boyton Street Community Center, traveling and taking pictures.

Robyn Sprowls – Front Office Coordinator

Robyn Sprowls, previously employed as our Payroll Specialist/Bookkeeper, has returned to Priority Group as the Front Office Coordinator, but continues to assist with bookkeeping. Her role at the Marion, IL office is important to the functions of Priority Staffing and Priority Professional Groups.

Her diverse administrative background, working in retail and corporate office environments, allows her to handle a variety of projects and meet deadlines.

Her education at Rend Lake College, in addition to her extensive experience, enables her to communicate easily and effectively with applicants and clients. Robyn’s outgoing personality is important as the face of the company; she reassures the applicants that they can complete their application with ease.

Robyn loves traveling, racing and spending time with her family when she’s not at work.

Memorial Day Celebration – City of Marion

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Priority Group is collaborating with the City of Marion on a Memorial Day event at Ray Fosse Park on Monday, May 29th.

The partnership, spearheaded by Priority Group’s CEO, Gail Lannom, happens every year. The free event is family friendly with goofy golf, swimming, antique cars and much more throughout the day.

The only cost to attendees is food from event vendors and the chicken dinner, which requires a ticket that must be purchased in advance of the event day.

Tickets for the chicken dinner are being sold at Priority Staffing Group’s Marion office now until Friday, May 26th between 8:30am and 4:30pm.

Please call us (618) 969-8800 with questions or stop by 712 N. Carbon St. Marion, IL.

Fosse Park Memorial Day 2017

Illinois Still No Budget – Tennessee Is Doing Fine

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As we deal with the April showers, we are seeing the May flowers in our future. At least in some parts of this country. Time has a way of changing things – in life, in love, and in business!

Let’s talk business.

Business in Southern Illinois and Middle Tennessee are doing well for us. Tennessee has a more positive outlook for business growth because the state and counties are proactive in working with companies. Illinois, on the other hand, is NOT. With the continued unbalanced budget in Illinois, business is moving forward, but not very aggressively. Many are moving out of the state. How can a state go for almost two years and NOT HAVE A BUDGET? I can tell you this: if a company went two years without a budget and without paying bills, we would be forced to close the doors. We all need to work hard now and collaborate with our government to get their act together and get their job done.

We business owners work every day to make sure things are going in the right direction. Sometimes this means that changes have to happen; and we do that! Finding a good work force is not an easy task. With people leaving the state of Illinois at such a rapid pace, you might notice that finding good staff is getting more difficult. We do not let that stop us at Priority Staffing Group, Ltd. or Priority Professional Group, Ltd.  We recruit daily for more that 50 open positions. Some are entry level, some are professional level, and some are nurse positions. If you are finding it hard to recruit new talent, call us. We do this every day and with success. You know, “Your Success is Our Priority!”

Don’t give up on Illinois, but do contact your government officials and let them know we are ready to get back to business – they should be too. They seem to fill their schedules with “new” bills to be voted on. How about… let’s stop adding new bills to be voted on and get this budget worked out!

I seem to just write random thoughts, but they are things we should all be thinking about and trying to get fixed.

Good job, Tennessee!

How embarrassing, Illinois. You should be ashamed!

Gail Lannom, Priority Group CEOGail Lannom, CEO

 

 

HR Survey – See the Results!

Last month, Priority Group sent an HR survey out to our trusted friends and clients.

Some of the participants asked to see the results of our survey and we’re happy to share!

View the results below or see the whole presentation here.

Feel free to email us or call (618) 969-8800 if you have any questions.

BEP Mini Masters 2017

Bombshell Studio hole

Hole created by Bombshells Hair Studio and Spa

The 2017 BEP Mini-Masters, held inside the Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce, was presented by the Bridgestone Americas Trust Fund. This event was an 18-hole indoor mini golf tournament featuring holes designed by local companies and organizations.

This fun take on the Masters Tournament featured prizes for the winning team and the sponsor with the best designed golf hole. Congratulations to The Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital team for winning the BEP Mini Masters this year.

Ally Farlow, Account Manager at our Murfreesboro office, attended the event as a spectator to show support for our community and the local schools.

“All of the golf holes were very creative – the businesses put a lot of time and effort into the event,” Ally said. “Everyone enjoyed themselves and helped raise money for an extremely important organization.”

All proceeds went to support the Business Education Partnership’s programs for students, teachers, school counselors and principals in the Murfreesboro City and Rutherford County school systems. BEP’s mission is “to foster interest in and to promote and support programs in public schools of the City of Murfreesboro and Rutherford County that will prepare students for the business world.”

Priority Staffing Group wants to support that mission, and that of many other great organizations in our community.

View some other sponsored golf holes in the gallery below.