Published Date: 01/06/2014
By Reneé Watkins
George Ports has worked in the HR industry for 40 years, 30 of which have been with Capital Associated Industries (CAI). George credits CAI’s stellar reputation, honesty, integrity and service to their members as reasons why he came to CAI and has remained with the organization for so long. He currently serves as the senior executive of government relations and senior advisor for the firm’s Advice and Resolution team. During his career, George has assisted many North Carolina firms in navigating through numerous large-scale changes within Human Resources. His tremendous experience has also provided him with keen insight into what we can expect in the future of HR.
Bruce Clarke, CEO of CAI says: “George maintains immense value to CAI as one of our best and most experienced employees, being with our firm for some of the industry’s biggest changes. We are fortunate to have someone with his expertise and passion for helping others. George is a valuable asset to our members and eagerly helps them through some of their most complicated, in-depth issues with only the highest level of professionalism.”
In the last three decades, George has witnessed the implementation of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the Fair Credit Reporting Act, the Affordable Care Act, stricter restrictions on immigration laws and countless others. With each new regulation, employers often need guidance regarding compliance and monitoring. George and other members of the CAI team provide this leadership for member organizations. George is most proud of CAI’s work in lobbying for meaningful workers’ compensation and unemployment reform on behalf of NC employers.
George feels the largest issue facing employers today is recruiting and retaining top talent. As the economy continues to improve, competition for resources is increasing. Today’s HR professionals must work across all levels of corporate management and act as strategic advisors to the organization to ensure the highest rate of success with new employees.
Employers can also anticipate increased technology, additional complexity of regulations and an expanding global resource pool. Companies will continue to outsource complex projects, as well as the administration of healthcare, retirement and payroll. Internal HR resources will be challenged with additional responsibilities, making it difficult to manage their existing role without external guidance.
George says, “Reflecting on the last 30 years, there have been many changes and hurdles to overcome and it has been an honor to be able to help our members navigate the ever-changing HR industry while keeping employees and customers at the forefront. Looking ahead, there will be many more changes to address and new regulations to understand, and I look forward to being there every step of the way to help our members succeed.”
Ports discusses his thoughts about the many changes HR will see going forward in a brief podcast, which can be found at http://ow.ly/rDkUw.