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August 04, 2021
Save the Date for the 2021 Traders Market

After transforming the 2020 event into a virtual event experience, NAWLA Exchange, we are excited to host the NAWLA 2021 Traders Market in person again this year. The 2021 Traders Market is currently scheduled for November 10-12, 2021, in Louisville, Kentucky. Louisville will be a perfect stage for

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August 04, 2021
Invest In Yourself, and Your Company, with NAWLA’s Executive Management Institute

The forest products industry learned a lot in 2020. We learned how agile we could be, how to seize the opportunities in front of us, and how to adjust our operations in a pandemic. Most importantly, we learned that the one thing we’ve been saying for years remains true to this day

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August 04, 2021
Now Is the Time to Build Your Best Teams

When I assumed the role of NAWLA Chair, my goal was simple: Reminding each of our members how NAWLA brings value to their companies and employees. But I also aimed to ensure NAWLA spreads the word about how each and every one of us – whether NAWLA members or not – should be proud to work in this

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June 30, 2021
Marijuana Legalization and Its Impact on the Workplace

Federal and in some instances state and local law protects several groups of people in the workplace based on their sexual or gender identity.  Given the newness of these protections, as well as the diversity of characteristics and people within this group, some employers are finding it difficult to

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May 26, 2021
Diversity, Equality, and Inclusion: LGBTQ + Employees

Federal and in some instances state and local law protects several groups of people in the workplace based on their sexual or gender identity.  Given the newness of these protections, as well as the diversity of characteristics and people within this group, some employers are finding it difficult to

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May 26, 2021
Getting Down to [Essential] Business During the Pandemic

Remote work was the saving grace for many businesses when COVID-19 hit, but it wasn’t an option for everyone in the forest products industry. At Robbins Lumber, for example, keeping our Searsmont, Maine, sawmill up and running meant the vast majority of our team needed to be onsite—myself in

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April 29, 2021
Performance Management During COVID-19

COVID-19 has made many aspects of employee management difficult. Now, one year into the COVID-19 pandemic, employers are having to adapt to the extended repercussions of the COVID-19 workplace. One persistent challenge is effective performance management, including performance appraisals and

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