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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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    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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    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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    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 over 9 years ago | Rated: +1
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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 over 9 years ago | Rated: +1
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    More Companies Adopt a Pay-for-Performance Program

    More Companies Adopt a Pay-for-Performance Program
    i4cp study: Performance management is undergoing a change as companies drop forced-ranking system in favor of alternative methods SEATTLE, WA (May 18, 2009) - The "automatic raise" days are history, according to a recent study by the Institute for Corporate Productivity (i4cp) showing that companies are paying closer attention to their pay-for-performance systems. The study found that, overall, 78% of polled ...
    Published over 9 years ago | Rated: +1
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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 over 9 years ago | Rated: +1
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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 over 8 years ago | Rated: +1
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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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    Employees Place Greater Value on Benefits

    Employees Place Greater Value on Benefits
    Confronted by a steep recession and its new economic realities, employees, now more than ever, place a greater value on their benefits. And "because cost control is a very important benefits objective for employers during these tough times, and the economy is asserting additional pressures to balance benefits expense and value, it is important that employers understand how to maximize the ...
    Published over 9 years ago | Rated: +1
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    What You Need to Know About Voluntary Benefits Plans

    What You Need to Know About Voluntary Benefits Plans
    Discounts offered through a voluntary benefits scheme can help keep staff motivated when budgets are tight, says Victoria Furness. Money may be the root of all evil, but it is also widely recognized as a big driver of employee performance and motivation. So in the current economic climate, with job cuts and salary freezes, what can employers do to keep staff ...
    Published over 9 years ago | Rated: +1
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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 ...
    Published over 9 years ago | Rate This
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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 over 9 years ago | Rate This
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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 ...
    Published over 9 years ago | Rate This
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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 over 9 years ago | Rate This
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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 ...
    Published over 9 years ago | Rate This
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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 9 years ago | Rate This

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