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Burgerville Affordable Health Care Program Featured on FOX & Friends

September 8, 2009

Be sure to check out footage of client Burgerville from FOX & Friends this morning which features President and CEO Jeff Harvey discussing the chain’s affordable health care program for hourly employees.

Under Burgerville’s health care plan, employees who have been with the company for at least six months, and work 20 hours a week, are eligible for health insurance which costs the employee $15 per month. The cost for an employee and children is $30, employee and spouse is $60 and a full family plan is just $90. This coverage comes with no deductible.

Burgerville pays more than 90 percent of the premium for employees and their dependents. The most recent survey by the company found that nearly all of Burgerville’s 579 eligible hourly employees are enrolled.

The Pacific Northwest chain has been able to offer their affordable health care plan for nearly 4 years, and as a result, has experienced reduced turnover, increased long-term retention and increased operational productivity.

Burgerville saw turnover drop from 128% in 2005 to 54% in 2006 (the first year of the program).

Initiatives such as this industry leading health care program, an expanded leadership development training program for employees, the company wide use of wind power, recycling of used trans fat free cooking oil into biodiesel, as well as an expanded recycling and composting program, are all based around Burgerville’s belief that it is good business to adopt practices that are good for their guests, employees, the local community and the environment.

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Burgerville Names Janice Williams As New Chief Operations Officer

November 8, 2008

Client Burgerville has named Janice Williams as the company’s new Chief Operations Officer. Williams began her career with Burgerville as a teenager working in the restaurants and quickly learned how to powerfully manage change and serve with love no matter what circumstances she encountered.

As COO, Williams will be accountable for restaurant performance and all resources that impact the operation of each of the company’s 39 restaurants in Oregon and Southwest Washington.  Williams led the creation of Burgerville’s Center for Responsible Community Leadership (CRCL) where she redesigned the company’s management curriculum and training programs.

Burgerville believes in investing in their people’s growth and development. Their business has always been about people: their employees, guests and the people of the communities they serve. Burgerville focuses on growing their people’s leadership abilities in all areas of the company and they have seen the return on investment in developing people to powerfully manage change, contribute fully and serve others while sustainably growing the business.

The Columbian of Vancouver, Washington, has an in-depth article featuring this announcement.

From the article:

Janice Williams, 41, is filling a seat that has been empty since January, when the last COO, Jeff Harvey, was elevated to president and chief executive officer.

“We will continue to look at how to improve our sustainable practices, how we source products from local growers, how we continue to maintain our people and leaders,” Williams said. “We’re always looking to grow our business.”

Before her promotion, Williams headed human resources for Burgerville, which employs 1,600 people in the region, including 430 in Clark County.

“She has been an essential member of our executive team and has demonstrated a deep appreciation of Burgerville’s commitment to the development of our people and each of our sustainable business practices,” Harvey said. “In her new role, Janice will continue to reinforce the relationships within the communities we presently serve and (will) uphold our operating strategies.”

Williams is a strong believer in the company that has defined her career, she said.

Burgerville Interview Discusses Award Winning Employee Healthcare Program

August 22, 2008

Client Burgerville was recently featured on the “Taking Care of Business” show on the Employee Benefits News Web site. Jack Graves, Chief Cultural Officer of Burgerville, was interviewed by McLean Robbins who focused the 10 minute interview on the company’s award winning employee healthcare program.

Jack Graves, Chief Cultural Officer, Burgerville

Jack Graves, Chief Cultural Officer, Burgerville

For the complete interview, please click here.

Burgerville is a Pacific Northwest quick service restaurant chain with more than 1,300 employees and 39 restaurants located throughout Oregon and Southwest Washington. Initiatives such as an industry leading healthcare program, an expanded leadership development training program for employees, the company wide use of wind power credits, recycling of used trans-fat free cooking oil into biodiesel, as well as an expanded recycling and composting program, are all based around Burgerville’s belief that it is good business to adopt sustainable practices that are good for their guests, employees, the local community and the environment.

Burgerville, Vancouver, Washington

In a time when many companies were cutting back on healthcare for employees, Burgerville took a bold step in the opposite direction. Effective January 2006, the company introduced new healthcare packages for hourly employees and their families that decreased the employees’ premium costs. These packages are unique in that Burgerville contributes more than 90 percent of the cost of both its employees’ and their dependents’ healthcare plan, following through on its commitment to ensure that the company’s employees remain healthy and well.

Hourly employees with six months of service and working 20 hours a week are eligible for coverage at a cost of only $15 per month with no deductible. Employees are the company’s most important asset and are key to Burgerville’s success. Decisions like their health care program come from a deep commitment to invest in their people. Without strong, vibrant, healthy people, there can be no healthy family or healthy community.

Serve With Love

Mission: Serve With Love

For more on Burgerville and their sustainable business practices, please read these articles which have been featured in Forbes, Inc. Magazine, Fast Casual, The Consultant, and the Vancouver Business Journal.