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Quick Takes January 16, 2007

A Digest of Workforce Management News and Events

January 15, 2007
Related Topics: Layoffs, Benefits, Recruitment
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Flying Unicorn: BMH Inc., a 26-year-old company that developed open-source software for human resource management systems, is now part of Florham Park, New Jersey-based UnicornHRO.
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Bond Adds Recruiter: Bond International Software, makers of a recruitment software product named Adapt, is acquiring Gowi Group of London for $17.5 million.
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Watson to Reacquire Partner: Washington HR consultancy Watson Wyatt Worldwide plans to acquire its partner in the Netherlands sometime during the first quarter of 2007, according to the Washington Business Journal.
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Insurer Reaps Benefits: Richmond, Virginia-based insurance broker Hilb Rogal & Hobbs said it has acquired Nevin, Works & Associates, an employee benefits company in Portland, Oregon.
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Consultants Deal Down Under: Mercer Human Resource Consulting in London has acquired HRPartnering Pty Ltd. of Melbourne, Australia.
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The Sky May Not Be Falling: Despite seemingly weekly notices of huge layoffs, a new research report said 2006 cutbacks were not as severe as in 2005.
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Best Companies for Leaders: With about 75 million baby boomers set to retire within the decade, the need for grooming future leaders has never been more urgent for U.S. companies.
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