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2011 WINNER: Partnership—U.S. Navy

December 2, 2011
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For its program to increase culinary specialists' skills and boost sailors' quality of life, the Navy is the 2011 winner of the Optimas Award for Partnership.
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2011 WINNER: General Excellence—Ryan LLC

December 1, 2011
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For its flexible work program that reinvented the company's workplace culture, Ryan LLC is the 2011 winner of the Optimas Award for General Excellence.
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Detroit 3 Salaried Labor Costs to Overtake UAW Hourly Costs, Researcher Says

November 30, 2011
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For the first time in modern history, overall salaried labor costs next year at the Detroit 3 are expected to exceed those of all UAW-represented factory workers, says Sean McAlinden, chief economist for the Center for Automotive Research.
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Ready for the Next New Deal?

November 29, 2011
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Don't be surprised if the U.S. decides to launch the Next New Deal in the next few years. And if it does, will your company be prepared for a tighter labor market and renewed growth?
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Blinded by Human Nature and Compliance

November 28, 2011
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We need to rethink compliance processes so they do not reinforce inaction and token responses.
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Survey: U.S. Workers Feeling Overwrought and Unproductive

November 27, 2011
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Thirty percent of employees say they were ineffective for at least one week due to job-related stress, while two-thirds of U.S. workers reported extremely high stress levels, including fatigue and feeling a ‘loss of control.'
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SHRM Elects Three New Board Members

November 22, 2011
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The recently elected officials are Coretha M. Rushing of Equifax Inc., Brian D. Silva of Fresenius Medical Care and José Tomas of Burger King Corp.
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Suit Claims Worker was Fired for Refusing to Wear '666' Sticker

November 22, 2011
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In March 2010, as a company's accidnt-free tally approached the number 666—identified in the 'Revelations' book of the Bible as 'the number of the beast' and a representation of Satan—the employee informed his supervisors that his religious beliefs wouldn't allow him to wear that number.
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Truly a Card for Every Occasion: Sorry for Your (Job) Loss

November 21, 2011
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Not sure what to say to a recently laid-off colleague? Let Hallmark say it for you with greeting cards for the unemployed.
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OSHA Issues Safety Guidelines for Black Friday Retailers

November 18, 2011
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In a tip sheet posted Nov. 17, OSHA said workplace injuries during jam-packed holiday sales have increased, and cited the 2008 death of an employee trampled by Black Friday shoppers.
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