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    The Benefits of Employer-Sponsored Child Care Benefits

    The Benefits of Employer-Sponsored Child Care Benefits
    Maintaining a population of skilled, productive workers is a continual challenge for employers. For working parents, their challenge is often related to sourcing convenient, quality child care solutions. Today, many employers are stepping into this work-life challenge and have begun offering child care benefits that support the work-life balance of employees. And, despite budget crunches and space constraints that many companies ...
    Published over 9 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 over 9 years ago | Rated: +1
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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 ...
    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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    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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    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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    Reducing Benefit Costs Requires Careful Planning

    In these economic times, it would not be unusual to look at the cost of providing certain benefits and wonder whether there is any room to cut those costs. Whether an employer can successfully accomplish this without exposing itself to excessive risk requires understanding the nature of protected benefits under the Internal Revenue Code (Code) and the Employee Retirement Income ...
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    Alternative Work Schedules May Hike Up Overtime Costs

    Alternative Work Schedules May Hike Up Overtime Costs
    Even in good times, employers look for cost-effective ways to enhance compensation packages in order to keep employees happy and productive. In these challenging economic times, cost control becomes a matter of survival. Overtime costs are a major concern, particularly where there have been staff reductions. This article will discuss how scheduling may affect OT costs and three Fair Labor Standards ...
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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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, ...
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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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    Cashing in on Unused Vacation Days? Think Again.

    Cashing in on Unused Vacation Days? Think Again.
    For years, former Memphis mayor Willie Herenton liked to boast that he never took a sick day at work and that he rarely went on vacation. What the former mayor didn't reveal was that he - along with chief administrative officer Keith McGee - "cashed in" unused vacation days annually, skirting city policy and effectively boosting his compensation above the amount ...
    Published over 9 years ago | Rate This
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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 ...
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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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    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

Poll: How do you feel about crying at work?

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