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January Client Spotlight: Madison Elementary School District

LoriThe Madison Elementary School District was established in 1890 encompassing an area of 15 square miles in Phoenix. The district’s first school, Madison School No. 1, was located at 12th Street and Missouri, surrounded by citrus groves.

Madison No. 1 was built in 1897 as the district’s first permanent facility at 16th Street and Missouri. It was originally a two-room brick building constructed by RM Gordon.  It would be the district’s only school for the next 50+ years.

As the district continued to grow, two additional schools were added: Madison No. 2 and Madison Simis.  Today, the district boasts eight schools, 900 employees and 6,000 students.

This past November, The Madison Elementary School District set out to find an employee benefits and HR consulting firm to help them get to the “next level” on their employee benefit programs.  They wanted to survey employees and the marketplace to ensure staff needs were met and the benefit plans were state of the art and competitive.  Madison also wanted to gather information and feedback from employees about what was important to them.  Together with Bagnall, a division of Gallagher Benefits, Inc., hey have formed an employee committee to spearhead the project, assess alternatives and make decisions to ensure employees are happy with their benefits.

Lori Garvey, Assistant Superintendent of Administrative Services said, “It’s so critical to us.  We wanted to find a firm that would help us make the best decisions. Bagnall, a division of Gallagher Benefits, Inc., has been absolutely wonderful.  They are with us every step of the way and extremely responsive.  After just a few short months working with Bagnall, a division of Gallagher Benefits, Inc., we can tell they are going to be a great partner.”

Currently, the district is conducting an extensive competitive bid process for all of their employee benefit plan offerings, including medical, dental, vision, life, disability and worksite benefits.  Once the procurement process is complete, the district will begin educating employees and then look at creating an employee wellness plan.

Madison Elementary School District is the only “A” rated District in the City of Phoenix.  It excels in student achievement and is known for its progressive thinking.  The District is generational, many parents have moved their families back to Central Phoenix to allow their children to experience Madison, just as they did as a child.

To learn more about the Madison Elementary School District, please visit:


December Client Spotlight: Sonoran Institute


The Sonoran Institute’s mission is to connect people and communities with the natural resources that nourish and sustain them. The organization works at the nexus of commerce, community, and conservation to help people in the North American West build the communities they want to live in while preserving the values which brought them here. The vision is a “West” where civil dialogue and collaboration are hallmarks of decision making, where people and wildlife live in harmony, and where clean water, air, and energy are assured.

Ryan VanDero, manager of human resources and accounting at the Sonoran Institute is busy managing employee benefits, payroll, general HR questions and payroll for approximately 50 employees spread out at three offices in Phoenix, Tucson and Mexicali.

He says, “We began working with Bagnall about five years ago when our benefits renewal process was underway.  I had worked with Bryan Yates at a previous company and asked him to take a look at our employee benefits.  Bagnall was able to get us the same coverage for less money.  We were thrilled to be able to offer our employee the same generous benefits, while achieving a 27 percent decrease in our overall cost.”

From there, the partnership expanded to include some help with general HR consulting.  Ryan worked with Lynda McKay at Bagnall to review and update their employee handbook which was over three years out of date.  They have also worked together on some employee wellness initiatives such as offering on-site flu shot clinics to employees.

Ryan added, “I look forward to many years of collaboration with the Bagnall team.  They are a great resource and partner and we really enjoy working together.”

The Sonoran Institute has been in Arizona for over 25 years.  To learn more about the Sonoran Institute, please visit:


Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. Acquires the MW Bagnall Company

Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. (NYSE: AJG) announced the acquisition of The MW Bagnall Company on Dec. 12, 2016 located in Phoenix, Ariz.  Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.  Bagnall will immediately begin operating as a subsidiary of Gallagher Benefit Services (GBS), a division of Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. and the name change will be effective as of July 1, 2017.  The merger marks the first benefits branch for Arthur J. Gallagher in Arizona.

To learn more about the acquisition, please read the Phoenix Business Journal article.


Bagnall Makes the Holidays a Little Brighter for Local Families

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Thanks to your generous donations, we were able to donate over 75 new toys to The Guadalupe Law Center, which provides legal services at no cost to individuals and families in need. We appreciate all our staff, vendors and business partners for contributing and making the holidays a little brighter for those in need.  Bagnall also contributed $450 worth of toys that the entire team purchased together and delivered as a group.  We also adopted a family of 7 and had a great time shopping for their gifts, stockings and a tree and decorations.

We wish you and your families a very happy holidays and continued success in 2016!



December HR Video

With each new year, employees often ask if they need to fill out a new W4 again.  Lynda McKay, Vice President of Human Resources Consulting answers all your questions in this month’s HR video.  Watch now to learn more!


Fox 10 Phoenix: Prop 206

Lynda McKay, SPHR, SHRM-SCP Vice President Human Resource Consulting at Bagnall recently sat down with Fox 10 Phoenix to talk about what Prop 206 means for Valley businesses.  Tune in to hear Lynda’s interview:


Knoxville News Sentinel features Lynda McKay

Lynda McKayLynda McKay, vice president of human resource consulting at Bagnall, was featured in the Nov. 9, 2016 Knoxville News Sentinel article WorkWise: Redefining your career.

The article discusses matching your natural strengths with a job in order to feel motivated and productive. “If you like it,” McKay says incisively, “you’ll have passion and energy for the long term. It will come naturally.”

“A lot of people can do things well but not enjoy doing them,” she adds, “such as the introvert who dislikes public presentations but might be good at them.” If that’s you, she states, you’re headed for becoming tired of it and burning out.

For more information on how Bagnall can help your company with human resource consulting, contact Lynda at 480.893.6654.


Holiday Toy Drive Underway

cartEach year, Bagnall looks forward to collecting donations of new toys for The Guadalupe Law Center (GLC) which provides legal services for those community residents in need, at no cost.  The Law Center, as part of its community outreach, then assists in making sure the toys get to deserving children who otherwise would not have holiday presents.

“This has become a wonderful holiday tradition for our staff,” said Cynthia Walter, president, Bagnall. “It brings us a great deal of pleasure to see the children so happy and excited when we walk through the door with the gifts.  Our vendors, clients and business partners always show a great deal of support and we appreciate it!”

In addition, Bagnall has adopted a family of six for the holidays. The Bagnall team will be shopping, wrapping and delivering gifts, assembling holiday decorations and delivering a Christmas tree.

If you are interested in making a donation or buying a new toy to help with either of these causes, please contact Joanie Thompson, benefits administration consultant, at or at 480.265.9948. We will be accepting donations until Wed., Nov. 30, 2016.


Fox 10 Newsmaker

Lynda-Add color to lipsLynda McKay, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, Vice President Human Resource Consulting at Bagnall was interviewed by Fox 10 Phoenix on Sunday morning during their Newsmaker Show with John Hook.  Lynda did an excellent job explaining what Prop 206 means to employers (her portion is around 14:35).  Tune in to hear what she had to say!


AZ Prop 206 Passes: What it Means for Employers

Yesterday, Arizonans voted and passed the FAIR WAGES & HEALTHY FAMILIES ACT (AZ Prop 206). As an employer, do you know what it really means? Lynda McKay, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, Vice President Human Resource Consulting shares the details below.

  1. Effective January 1, 2017, which is literally right around the corner, Arizona State minimum wage increases from $8.05 to $10 per hour.  And then every calendar year through 2020 additional increases are scheduled. The measure retains Arizona’s law on tipping, which permits employers to pay employees who receive tips up to $3.00 less than the minimum wage.
  2. Effective July 1, 2017, ALL employers MUST offer all full time and part time employees earned PAID SICK TIME (PST); this is another significant financial impact to many employers:  Earned paid sick time is defined as “Time that is compensated at the same hourly rate and with the same benefits, including healthcare benefits, as the employee normally earns during hours worked…”

This means:

For employers with 15 or more employees, an employee earns a minimum of one hour of paid sick time for every 30 hours worked but employees cannot use or accrue more than 40 hours of earned paid sick time per year unless the employer selects a higher limit.  For employers with less than 15 employees, an employee earns a minimum of one hour of paid sick time for every 30 hours worked but employees cannot use or accrue more than 24 hours.

Unused earned paid sick time must be carried over to the subsequent year or paid out at the end of the year. If it is paid out, then the employee must have immediate access to the full year’s amount of sick time at the beginning of the subsequent year.

An employer with a paid leave policy (such as a paid time off policy) whose paid leave policy meets the specified accrual requirements that may be used for the same purposes and under the same conditions as earned paid sick time under these requirements is not require to provide additional paid sick time.

Also, the employer must give written notice upon the beginning of employment or July 1, 2017 of the amount of earned paid sick time available to the employee and the earned paid sick time taken by the employee to date.

This article in not all inclusive of the PST specifics and it is recommended all employers get familiar with how this AZ Prop 206 directly impacts their business. To learn more or ask specific questions related to your company, please contact Lynda McKay at 480.893.6654.