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    10 Tips to Help Employees Maximize Workplace Benefits

    10 Tips to Help Employees Maximize Workplace Benefits
    NEW YORK, Oct. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America (Guardian), one of the largest mutual life insurance companies and a leading provider of employee benefits to midsize and small companies, offers employees and employers tips for leveraging their employee benefits in one of the worst economic environments since the Great Depression. Guardian's employee benefits experts compiled these ...
    Published over 9 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 over 9 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 over 9 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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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    6 Ways to Improve 401(k) Plans

    6 Ways to Improve 401(k) Plans
    It's largely agreed that 401(k) plans are incredibly valuable in attracting and retaining top talent, improving a company's corporate image and contributing to a company's overall long-term financial health. But when the economy crashed, all bets were off. Thankfully, employees will be pleased to know that most employers have no intention of eliminating 401(k) plans from their benefit offerings. In April ...
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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 ...
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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. ...
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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 ...
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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 over 9 years ago | Rated: +1
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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 ...
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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 about 9 years ago | Rated: +3
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    Legal Landmines for Employee Benefit Plan Sponsors During Bad Economic Times

    Legal Landmines for Employee Benefit Plan Sponsors During Bad Economic Times
    "Breaking Up Is Hard to Do" is not only the name of a popular song from the 1960s, it also describes the feelings of most employers who, because of competition, business costs or our current bad economy must reduce the size of their employment budget. By the time an employer has to "downsize," the economic factors driving that decision have already ...
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    What You Need to Know About Paying Freelancers

    What You Need to Know About Paying Freelancers
    Continuing concern over the state of the economy is reflected in the fluctuating fortunes of freelances. Suzanne Hinchliffe crunches the figures in our latest survey of this sector, while industry insiders give their lowdown on what's happening out there. There has been a dramatic change in freelance rates of pay, with the market being more depressed this year than last. Some ...
    Published over 9 years ago | Rated: +2
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    Rhode Islanders May Get Extension on Unemployment Benefits

    Rhode Islanders May Get Extension on Unemployment Benefits
    CRANSTON -- Nearly 3,000 Rhode Islanders who have exhausted their unemployment benefits and cannot find work could be eligible to start collecting again -- for up to 13 weeks -- under federal legislation that is on track to become law soon. In addition, about 1,800 people who will exhaust their benefits by the end of the year also could be eligible ...
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    Officials Say First-Time Jobless Claims Down, but Those Continuing to Receive Benefits Remains High

    Officials Say First-Time Jobless Claims Down, but Those Continuing to Receive Benefits Remains High
    CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Jobless West Virginians have claimed 91 percent more weeks of unemployment benefits so far this year than for the same period last year, a state labor official says. West Virginians had filed claims for more than 1.05 million total weeks of benefits through Sept. 12, as compared to 550,649 weeks claimed by the same point last year, said ...
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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 ...
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    8 Strategies to Make the Most of Your Benefits

    With the possibility of health care reform on the horizon, Hewitt Associates, a global human resources consulting and outsourcing company, finds that most U.S. employers are taking a "wait and see" approach and forgoing significant overhauls to their benefits plans in 2010. As a result, employees can expect to see few major changes to their benefits plans when they enroll ...
    Published over 9 years ago | Rated: +3
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    Time to Start Over With Health Care

    Time to Start Over With Health Care
    If you're going the wrong way down a road, the answer isn't to step on the gas, but to turn around. It is not that the U.S. doesn't need health care reform, but it needs the right type of reform. Problematic as our system often is, it is possible to make things worse. All the bills making their way through Congress ...
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