December 13, 2013
By Mark Schoeff Jr.
|As House and Senate lawmakers ready pension reform proposals, the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp.'s Bradley Belt is bluntly telling big business what it must do: keep plans funded at all times. But will the pressure on corporations just make them abandon the defined-benefit system altogether?|
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By Janet Wiscombe
|A spate of high-profile crises forced Royal Dutch Shell to take a hard look at its management structure and how it cultivates talent. Fortunately, says global HR executive Rick Brown, the company found that it had a deep reserve of employee loyalty on which to build.|
By Michelle V. Rafter
|A Canadian bank’s partnership with Electronic Data Systems is a testament to how human resources outsourcing is living up to its pledge of freeing HR departments from workaday tasks to focus on strategic issues.|
State of the Sector: Health care benefits
By Charlotte Huff
|Struggling with surging premiums, more companies are delving into high- deductible plans aimed at getting employees to think twice about making frivolous treatment decisions.|
Between the Lines
Job board blues
The success of Craigslist highlights a larger issue--that big changes are ahead for the online job listings business.
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In This Corner
Quick fixes and cheap remedies won't stop a serious disease. In the workplace, the same advice applies.
Fallout from the AFL-CIO split
Employers who hope that the breakup will weaken union organizing efforts are mistaken. Also: Heartland outsourcing. Happy shareholder returns. RIP for the rat? A prescription for better pricing. Sites that click with job hunters. Good times for grads.
Come for the political rants, stay for the job listings
The secret to the success of the highly eclectic online destination called Craigslist may be that it’s not really an employment site, which means it draws the passive candidates recruiters covet.
Health Care Benefits
A little green goes a long way
Firms use cash, paid-up premiums, HSA contributions and other incentives to target employees who normally do not participate in wellness programs: the ones who need them most.
Straight talk about the switch from stock options
Getting information out early may help workers better see how shifts from stock options to restricted stock and performance-based stock units will affect them.
Retailers boot up e-learning
When training cycles take four months, but many employees stay on the job for six months, it’s clear why some retailers are turning to shorter online courses.
The trouble with integrity tests
A new appellate court ruling means that companies will have to be more careful about the tests they use to gauge an applicant’s honesty.