Debra Pagel

Senior Manager - HR Consulting
P: 715-261-4701


Debra provides strategic human resources advice to clients on issues ranging from recruitment and compensation to organizational development, process improvement and leadership development. Debra has more than 25 years of experience working with organizations to evaluate and improve their human resources practices.

Debra is highly skilled at analyzing situations and getting to the real issue to help clients find and implement effective solutions.

Prior to joining Schenck, Debra led the not-for-profit and government consulting practice at a regional public accounting firm.


University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point, BBA, Management and Management Information Systems

Certificate in Organizational Development

Certified Master Trainer

Professional memberships

  • Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM)
  • Central Wisconsin SHRM

Community involvement

  • Women In Action, Founding Member
  • Junior Achievement, Champions of Business Committee
  • United Way, Summit League
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Three tips to get compliant with new overtime requirements

The Department of Labor finalized major changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act, which also modifies regulations around overtime. The changes go into effect December 1, 2016, and you may need to implement some serious adjustments to your time tracking and overtime processes. While the December 1 deadline might seem far off, it is crucial you begin making these modifications now. Follow these three tips to get started.

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What is your Policy with Regard to Employee Use of Mobile Devices?

Some employees may use their own personal devices, such as cellphones, for business purposes. Having a Bring Your Own Device policy in place helps address concerns regarding data protection and security, employee privacy, possible theft or loss, and possible misconduct.

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