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    Obama Endorses Paycheck Fairness Act

    Obama Endorses Paycheck Fairness Act
    WASHINGTON -- President Obama plans to press Congress today to pass pay-equity legislation that would make it easier for women to sue employers who pay them less than their male counterparts, the White House said Monday. "Women deserve equal pay," White House senior adviser Valerie Jarrett said in an interview, citing government statistics that show women earn 77 cents for every ...
    Published about 7 years ago | Rated: +1
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    10 Workplace New Year's Resolutions

    10 Workplace New Year's Resolutions
    Like the old saying, "Today is the first day of the rest of your life," it's never a bad time to start moving your career in a better direction. Here are 10 New Year's resolutions to help. Pay Attention in Class Treat every workday like a school day. Be sure you learn something and use it to make yourself more productive. ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rated: +3
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    Finding Solid Benefit Providers

    Finding Solid Benefit Providers
    The search for key benefit providers must not be based on cost alone, and expert advice may be needed to locate the best candidates, says Jenny Keefe One of the great things about the employee benefits market is its diversity. But for employers looking to buy new perks, that can be a drawback. Even if they have an idea which benefit ...
    Published almost 8 years ago | Rate This
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    Consultants for Employee Benefits

    Consultants for Employee Benefits
    The recession has put the squeeze on some areas of employee benefits consultancy, but steps are being taken to meet employers' changing requirements, says Sarah Coles. The past 18 months have not been an easy time for employee benefits consultants to win new business. Cash-strapped employers are often in no position to splash out on new benefits initiatives, so expensive projects ...
    Published almost 8 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Help for Long-Term Unemployment

    Help for Long-Term Unemployment
    We heard the news not too long ago that U.S. unemployment hit the double digits for the first time in over 25 years. It’s not a surprise. All of the economists and business experts told us it was coming. But I am surprised that we aren’t talking more about people who have been out of work for months. I know people ...
    Published almost 8 years ago | Rate This
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    Open Enrollment FAQs

    Open Enrollment FAQs
    At many companies in Silicon Valley, the "open enrollment" period for employee benefit plans is in full swing. Jenny Vonderwerth, a human resources and benefits consultant with Liberty Benefit Insurance Services in San Jose, says a majority of companies renew their employee benefit plans as of Jan. 1 each year, and many employees are enrolling for their 2010 benefits this month. ...
    Published almost 8 years ago | Rate This
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    States Act to Curb 'Double Dipping'

    States Act to Curb 'Double Dipping'
    States pummeled by the recession and heavy job losses are moving to bar government employees from "double dipping" -- the practice of collecting a pension and a paycheck at the same time. The new rules are meant to curb employees from retiring only to return to their old jobs. They come at a time when unemployment has climbed to its highest ...
    Published almost 8 years ago | Rate This
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    Many Small Businesses Not On Board With Health Care Bill

    Many Small Businesses Not On Board With Health Care Bill
    WASHINGTON -- For years, small businesses have sought a solution to rising health care costs. Now with the Senate ready to consider a reform bill that attacks the problem and expands insurance coverage, many small firms haven't signed on to the answer. The National Federation of Independent Business, the main lobbying group for small businesses, says taxes and fees that would ...
    Published almost 8 years ago | Rate This
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    Keep Religion Out of Health Care Reform

    Keep Religion Out of Health Care Reform
    Elected officials' religious views should be their own private affair, neither imposed by them upon the nation, nor imposed by the nation as condition to holding public office. This means their private religious views should not be imposed via the current debate over health care reform. Important life decisions are responsibilities of individuals and families, not of government or religious groups. ...
    Published almost 8 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Workplace Issues in 2009

    Workplace Issues in 2009
    As part of a year-end report, Mary Ellen Slayter at SmartBrief on Workforce asked each member of their Advisory Board to write a blog post about a workforce trend that shaped 2009. When I first got this request, frankly I was a little stumped. There are so many things that have happened this year. But a recent incident really focused my ...
    Published almost 8 years ago | Rate This
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    Employers Continued to Contain Health Benefits Costs

    Employers Continued to Contain Health Benefits Costs
    Nov. 19--Employers' costs of healthcare benefits grew 5.5 percent this year, the lowest increase in a decade, as workplaces added health management programs and moved workers into high-deductible plans, a noted benefits consulting firm said Wednesday. Employers expect largely the same in 2010. If they made no changes, employers estimate that their 2010 healthcare costs would rise about 9 percent. But ...
    Published almost 8 years ago | Rate This
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    Healthcare: The True Cost of Stress

    Healthcare: The True Cost of Stress
    Stress in the workplace can have devastating effects on employees. Sam Barrett finds out what adviser solutions can and can't do to help In today's tough economic climate, employees are coming under increasing pressure. Employers must take steps to manage stress in the workplace to safeguard their employees and their businesses. "Companies are putting employees under more and more pressure," says ...
    Published almost 8 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Services Offered for Stressed Employees

    Services Offered for Stressed Employees
    The holidays can be a stressful time, full of family demands and financial obligations. This year, more people -- who have survived company downsizing or closures -- might benefit from employee assistance programs to help them through tough times. Employee assistance programs can range in scope, but generally focus on helping with issues that might affect job performance. The Employee Assistance ...
    Published almost 8 years ago | Rate This
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    Saving Money Through Employee Benefits?

    Saving Money Through Employee Benefits?
    Nov. 13--City officials yesterday said that they expected to save $6.3 million annually by making some changes to health-benefit plans offered to non-unionized city workers -- including upping some out-of-pocket costs and shifting the way the city pays insurance bills. Those changes will affect 6,900 non-unionized workers and retirees. But Managing Director Camille Barnett also said that the city would like ...
    Published almost 8 years ago | Rate This
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    Top 10 Compensation Concerns and Solutions

    Top 10 Compensation Concerns and Solutions
    In these uncertain economic times, it is little surprise that HR professionals everywhere have major compensation-related concerns. Most specifically, the problem is money - the sheer lack of it. For too many businesses, profits are down, making it ever more difficult to meet payroll needs - never mind about raises for next year. lOMA's Setting & Managing 2070 Compensation Survey uncovers ...
    Published almost 8 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Same Benefits, Lower Cost?

    Same Benefits, Lower Cost?
    Providing the same benefits at a lower cost can simply be a case of making changes behind the scenes, says Tom Washington In the theater world, a good stagehand should not be seen. Dressed in black, their task is to work in the background, shifting props and scenery to ensure maximum enjoyment for the audience. A similar role must be performed ...
    Published almost 8 years ago | Rate This
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    Did My Boss Misrepresent the Vacation Policy?

    Did My Boss Misrepresent the Vacation Policy?
    A reader writes: I work at a small start-up company, and when I accepted the position my boss represented one of the perks as "we can be informal about vacation days." I'm not a slacker and didn't plan on taking advantage of it, but understandably I was happy about the attitude. However, in the seven months since having worked here, I've ...
    Published almost 8 years ago | Rate This
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    Calculate Your Benefits' Worth to Evaluate the Offer

    Calculate Your Benefits' Worth to Evaluate the Offer
    The best way to put a dollar value on benefits as part of a job offer is to ask the prospective employer to do it for you, says management expert Lonnie Pacelli, author of The Project Management Advisor: 18 Major Project Screw-Ups, and How to Cut Them Off at the Pass. Jim Greeley, director of career services at Merrimack College in ...
    Published almost 8 years ago | Rate This
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    What Changes to Benefits Are Coming in 2010?

    What Changes to Benefits Are Coming in 2010?
    Whether there will be additional cuts to employee benefits and whether employers will bring back some of the reductions made because of the recession are not clear yet. However, employers are continuing to watch benefits costs - and await health care reform, which may create cost-related scenarios that employers can't yet predict. When they provided their survey responses over the summer, ...
    Published almost 8 years ago | Rate This
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    Obama and HR Strategy

    Obama and HR Strategy
    Organized labor contributed nearly $450 million (Greenhouse, 2008) toward the election of Barack Obama and a Democratic Congress, so we can expect labor will have a good run, resulting in much more favorable laws, regulations and administrative outcomes than we have seen in several administrations. Conversely, while there is plenty of business lobbying, there will be far fewer voices within the ...
    Published almost 8 years ago | Rate This

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