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    Payrolls Drop by Most in 5 Yrs; More Pain Ahead

    Payrolls Drop by Most in 5 Yrs; More Pain Ahead
    THE LATEST: Employers slashed 159,000 jobs in September, the most in more than five years and the ninth month in a row of nationwide job losses. So far this year, the economy has lost a staggering 760,000 jobs. [widget:newsarticlegeneral] WHAT IT MEANS: With jobs harder to come by and the growth in workers' wages slowing, consumers are expected to hunker ...
    Published over 9 years ago | Rate This
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    Okla. State Worker Temporarily Gets 6-Figure Bonus

    Okla. State Worker Temporarily Gets 6-Figure Bonus
    Oklahoma officials say a typo resulted in a state employee receiving a bonus of $850,000 — but it was only temporary. Jo Harris was supposed to receive an $850 longevity bonus for working at the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission for seven years. But a misplaced decimal point turned that into a six-figure windfall. Officials say they caught the error before the ...
    Published over 9 years ago | Rate This
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    Would Your Company Be Considered a Top Small Workplace?

    Would Your Company Be Considered a Top Small Workplace?
    Winning Workplaces and The Wall Street Journal are collaborating to identify exceptional small organizations – private, nonprofit or publicly held – in their third annual ranking of the Top Small Workplaces. They will be selecting small employers that foster teamwork, flexibility, high productivity and innovation while also helping their employees grow personally and professionally, and providing them benefits that improve their ...
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    Economic crisis? Meet the cure: COBRA Premiums

    Economic crisis? Meet the cure: COBRA Premiums
    If your company was one of those that laid off a combined half million employees in the past six months, you’ve already sent out a bunch of COBRA notices. Thanks to the Obama Administration and Congress, now you have to do it again. Last week, President Obama signed into law the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, commonly called the ...
    Published almost 9 years ago | Rate This
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    Reality Show Reflects Good Business Practices

    Reality Show Reflects Good Business Practices
    One of my favorite shows is Dirty Jobs with Mike Rowe on the Discovery Channel. Mr. Bartender has actually been employed in a few of the jobs shown during the opening credits. When we met, his job was doing whale autopsies, which (trust me) was a very dirty job. For those who aren’t familiar, host Mike Rowe, a former professional opera ...
    Published over 8 years ago | Rate This
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    Mexican Worker Sew His Lips to Demand Promotion

    A Mexican state water company worker has sewn his lips together to draw attention to his five-year fight to get a promotion. The man used a needle and thread to put five stitches through his lips in front of the water company headquarters in the eastern city of Veracruz. He handed a statement to reporters on Monday saying he has pleaded ...
    Published about 9 years ago | Rate This
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    McCain says Obama Policies are Bad for Business

     McCain says Obama Policies are Bad for Business
    WASHINGTON - John McCain said Democratic rival Barack Obama is bad for business in a speech to small business owners. McCain said Tuesday that Obama's policies would mean higher taxes and higher overhead costs. The Republican presidential nominee-in-waiting also criticized Obama for pledging to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement. McCain said small businesses make the economy run and that ...
    Published almost 10 years ago | Rate This
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    What Is an Avatar and Why Is it Important?

    It's easy to click "Skip This Step" when it comes to uploading a picture for a social networking site like this one. An avatar can be a big help, though, both for finding a job and networking online. *First of all, what is an avatar?* [photo:20662] Your avatar is the small picture that appears along with your user-name when you participate ...
    Published over 9 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Benefits Execs Prefer Obama's Health-Care Plan

    Benefits Execs Prefer Obama's Health-Care Plan
    Corporate benefits executives by a wide margin prefer Senator Barack Obama's health-care reform proposal, which would compel all employers to offer health insurance, over Senator John McCain's proposed repeal of the tax exclusion for employer–based health coverage, according to a newly released survey. Bottom line, however: Benefits officers aren't wild about either option. The Washington law firm Miller & Chevalier Chartered, ...
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    Pink Slip Bash to Feature Cheap Eats, Networking

    Out of work and still want to party for the holiday? Game On! is holding a pink slip celebration on Thursday, Dec. 18, with reduced-priced appetizers. The $4 menu at the Lansdowne Street pub includes Lay-Off My Nachos, Pay-Raise Potstickers, Workin’ Wings and 401 K-alamari. Food can be washed down with inexpensive specialty drinks like Jobless Juice and Under Pressure Punch. ...
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    President Wants to Speed Up Recovery

    President Wants to Speed Up Recovery
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Amid rising public impatience with an economy now under his watch, President Barack Obama on Tuesday said his administration needs to push money out faster to initiate a recovery and conceded that unemployment would rise above 10 percent. "People are going through a very tough time right now," Obama said at a White House news conference. "And I ...
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    Are Your Company's Employees Underinsured?

    Are Your Company's Employees Underinsured?
    TUESDAY, June 10 (HealthDay News)—The number of American adults who had inadequate health insurance to cover their medical expenses rose 60 percent from 2003 to 2007, from 16 million to more than 25 million people. Hardest hit were families with middle and higher incomes, those whose income was 200 percent above the federal poverty level or those with an annual income ...
    Published almost 10 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Coping Better with Less These Days

    I’ve been trying to focus on the positive despite constant media attention to the economic crisis. And I’ve found an upside to the down economy: we’re learning to live with less ‘stuff.’ To help us cope better with less, business & life coach Steve Davis advocates that instead of continually amassing more stuff, we learn how to better use what we ...
    Published over 9 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Managing Employees on a Minimal Budget

    Managing Employees on a Minimal Budget
    Today's managers are charged with getting the most out of workers no matter what. But the reality is that many managers must coax top performances from their employees while working with a minimal budget that may require salary freezes; cuts in benefits, bonuses or perks; reductions in hours; or even layoffs. If you're faced with a less-than-optimal budget situation, follow these ...
    Published about 9 years ago | Rate This
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    Jobless Claims Fall for Third Straight Week

    The number of people signing up for jobless benefits declined last week, the third straight drop from a six-year high reached earlier this month, the government said Thursday. Applications for unemployment benefits dropped to a seasonally adjusted 425,000, down 10,000 from the previous week, the Labor Department reported. That was a slightly better figure than the 427,000 analysts expected. The four-week ...
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    Keeping the Old and the New

    Keeping the Old and the New
    You have a staff morale problem: Existing employees are upset over the high salaries and incentives being offered to new employees. These incentives have become critical to your recruiting success. How do you keep everyone happy without jeopardizing your recruiting efforts? What the Expert says: Recruiters have learned to get creative in order to find and hire top talent. As part ...
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    Local Governments Addressing Health Costs

    Local Governments Addressing Health Costs
    About 49 percent of the nations' cities, counties and townships expect less revenue in 2010, and 21 percent expect fewer employees, according to a new survey. About 26 expect increased consolidation of local services. With shrinking budgets and fewer staff, local officials are taking several approaches to contain long-term costs associated with employee and retiree health care. The Health and OPEB ...
    Published over 8 years ago | Rate This
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    Retiring in stages: Boomers get more options

    Retiring in stages: Boomers get more options
    Not ready to retire just yet? Consider asking your boss if you can work part-time or telecommute. A study released Wednesday by Hewitt Associates found 61 percent of U.S. companies have or will develop programs that let workers retire in stages. The programs are intended to hold onto the experience of baby boomers, and ease the difficulty of replacing their skills. ...
    Published almost 10 years ago | Rate This
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    Outsourcing With a Vengance

    Outsourcing With a Vengance
    While economists are declaring the worst is over, there’s no doubt businesses are still operating conservatively. The forecasts indicate we will continue to see unemployment in the double digits for awhile. For businesses, this means it could be necessary to consider contractors and/or outsourcing to help with projects. It only seems obvious that instead of hiring, companies might turn to consultants. ...
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    Warning: That Happy Hour Drink Is Super-Sized

    Warning: That Happy Hour Drink Is Super-Sized
    If you happened to be in a Northern California bar on a weeknight in the spring of 2007, you might have seen people sneaking drinks into the restroom--all in the name of science. They were conducting what they say is the first U.S. study of the alcohol content of drinks served in bars and restaurants. They bought a total of ...
    Published over 9 years ago | Rate This

Poll: How do you feel about crying at work?

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