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CAIís George Ports Reveals Biggest Trends in HR Over Last 30 Years and Predictions for the Future

Local HR Management Firmís Senior Executive of Government Relations and Senior Advisor Celebrates 30 Year Anniversary, Reflects on Past, Present and Future

Raleigh, NC, December 13, 2013 --( Bruce Clarke, President and CEO of CAI, a human resource management firm that helps organizations maximize employee engagement while minimizing employer liability, announced that George Ports has revealed the biggest changes and trends in the HR industry over the last three decades and their impact on North Carolina employers’ top HR concerns today. Additionally, Ports, who serves as senior executive of government relations and senior advisor for the firm’s Advice and Counsel Team, identified the top predictions for the future of HR, discussing the implications on the HR industry as a whole, as well as state employers.

Working in HR for nearly 40 years and celebrating his 30th anniversary with CAI this year, Ports has helped North Carolina organizations navigate through some of the largest changes in the industry’s history. The most significant of these changes include issues surrounding compliance with new regulations such as the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), immigration laws and the Affordable Care Act, as well as learning to compete in an increasingly global economy while adapting to major advancements in technology.

Based on the industry’s past, Ports reports that the largest concern for employers today is determining how to recruit and retain top talent. With the state’s growing economy comes an increased need for finding and keeping the best professionals for each role. Now more than ever before, HR professionals are required to go beyond understanding state and federal regulations, and must work to become trusted, strategic advisors to North Carolina employers through intimately knowing their company’s inner and outer workings, as well as necessary components for success.

Looking ahead, employers should expect to see increased technological advancements, more regulations and amendments to existing regulations, and an expanding global marketplace. More companies are predicted to outsource for complex issues and projects, as well as fundamental items such as healthcare and retirement administration. Internal HR professionals are being tasked with more responsibilities, making it more challenging to effectively manage the role without external guidance.

Ports discussed these findings as well as additional information in a brief podcast, which can be found at

“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,” said Clarke. “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.”

“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,” said Ports. “Looking ahead, there will be many more changes to address and new regulations to understand, and I look forward being there every step of the way to help our members succeed.”

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CAI is a trusted resource for HR, compliance and people development. With locations in Raleigh and Greensboro, CAI is a membership-driven organization that helps North Carolina employers maximize employee engagement and minimize employer liability through human resources and management advice, training, news, survey data, public policy advocacy, and consulting services. For more information, please call (919) 878-9222 or visit
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