Recreational Marijuana Legalized in Nevada

By Megan Annis, HR & Client Care Manager

Please read below excerpts from an article from Holland & Hart.

Though marijuana remains illegal under federal law, effective January 1, 2017, Nevada voters approved the legalization of recreational marijuana by persons 21 years of age or older. As such, marijuana use by employees is expected to rise and increase the volume of marijuana-related issues in the workplace.

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Positivity vs. negativity in the workplace

By Jim Annis, CEO


It’s morning. You wake up, throw your feet over the bed and – oops! – there’s the family dog. What do you do? Kick the dog? Or pet the dog? That’s always been my litmus test about whether a person has a positive versus negative attitude. I would pet the dog … err … if I had one.

What about in the work setting? I can honestly say that I used to work for the most negative guy in the world. The perspective taught me that positivity is so much more important that anyone realizes. Workplace attitudes affect every person in the organization, from the employees to the company owner – and it truly starts from the top. Attitudes influence the overarching workplace environment,

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Skilled labor or higher education? There’s third way

Not really. There is a third path — one that is bigger and global, where we move away from assuming that all high school seniors go on to college or trade school or anything at all but “ad hoc” training.

Is this a case of “what’s old is new again?” No. This is big. When we — and hopefully school counselors — sit down to talk to our children about their future, we would be remiss to only talk about the “old ways.” That simply is not the amorphous reality our kids face tomorrow. Here’s why.

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Gen Z willing to trade hard work for job security

By Jim Annis, CEO


Generation Z is a force to be reckoned with. They were born between 1994 and 2010 and — if you assume a college path — they began hitting the workplace last year. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Gen Z makes up 25 percent of our population, outnumbering millennials and baby boomers. According to Robert Half, by 2020 Gen Z will comprise 20 percent of the workforce. So how do we ready the workforce for them? How do we ready them for the workforce?

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Spring has sprung

Happy First Day of Spring!


TAC’s 2017 theme is centered around growth.

Growth for our clients, growth for our internal employees, and growth for the city of Reno and beyond!

That is why, we gave each TAC team member some gardening tools with the request to, “plant something and watch it grow,” in honor of the first day of spring.


Learn how TAC can help your company grow at

Customize your employee benefits package

By CEO Jim Annis

Gone are the days of “simple” easy-to-target advertising on three TV stations to broad segmented target markets. With thousands of cable channels, smartphones and online data, we now have microsegmentation. Microsegments aim to limit customers into very small segments — or even as individuals — which helps modern marketers determine exactly what the customer wants at every level. This has the pitfall of hyper-fragmentation. How do we reach everyone cost-effectively? Read more

Will your career path take you to the top?

By Jim Annis, CEO


Succession planning is the cultivation of new leaders to replace old leaders. Today we’re writing it from the employee perspective. Why? Sometimes as employers we really do not know how to identify future leaders. Other times employees who could be leaders are screaming at us – in nonverbal ways – that they’re interested but we are too busy to notice. Employees, here are case studies demonstrating how to break through the noise and create a path to succession: Read more

Jim Annis talks workplace on The Jon Sanchez Show

CEO Jim Annis talks on The Jon Sanchez Show (kkoh-am 780). Workplace dynamics, generations, social media, and the workforce are discussed in this not-to-miss 20 minute segment.

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Recreational marijuana is legal; now what?

By Jim Annis, CEO

You may know it as cannabis, Mary Jane, pot, grass, 420, burnie, and many more creative names. Whatever you call it, recreational marijuana is now legal in Nevada. What does that mean exactly? That is a little more complicated. This article is not about medical marijuana, because medical marijuana has been around since 2014 and is already incorporated into most workplace drug free policies. Don’t confuse the two. Here is what we know.

If you are 21 or older, you may have an ounce or less of marijuana intended for recreational use in your possession. You must use this amount in your own home or private space, and you may not use the drug in public. Separate provisions in the statute also license the commercial production and retail sale of cannabis. Those regulations do not take effect until January 1, 2018; however, for employers, these rules matter now. How do you handle this? Our top five answers are:

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Get Creative for SUCCESSFUL HIRING in 2017

by Celeste Johnson, COO


Northern Nevada is now an employee market. Implications for employers include a multitude of things – one being the way they hire. Employers must step out of their box, implementing creative tactics and strategies to find (and retain) top talent.

Why is this? The Northern Nevada market is now at full employment. Essentially, there are more jobs than people. There are some creative strategies employers should consider when looking to grow and change in 2017.

  1. Re-think your strategy.

When a key employee leaves your company, do you automatically replace the position? Every time someone leaves, for better or for worse, you have an opportunity to reset your goals and objectives as well as revisit your organizational structure. Maybe the position is something that can be outsourced, automated, shared between two current employees, or done remotely, leaving you freedom to allocate that budget elsewhere. This is a chance for you to get creative and ensure you are as efficient as possible with your staff. Don’t repeat the knee-jerking habit of hiring a replacement… at least not right away.

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