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2012: It's Either the Year of Retaliation or Professionalism and Courage

October 24, 2011
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The most effective ‘anti-retaliation' approach is to make ‘surfacing and listening openly to problems' an element of operational excellence and daily behavior, vital to the company's core values, best leadership practices and success.
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All this Technology Is Harming Communication

October 4, 2011
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We know what we want to say, we know what we want it to mean, but we communicate in a way that means one thing to us but it's heard differently by the recipient. It all may be perfectly innocent but it can still cause friction and misunderstandings.
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Health Care Cost Hikes Increasing, Expected to Continue

October 3, 2011
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The key difference between the Kaiser Family Foundation and Aon Hewitt surveys is that the KFF survey included more fully insured plans, 40 percent, and more small and midsize firms, 85 percent, with fewer than 5,000 workers. More than 75 percent of the data from the Aon Hewitt survey was collected from large, self-funded employers with employee populations of more than 10,000.
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Principal Financial Group's 10 Best Companies for Employee Financial Security—2011

September 28, 2011
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These companies have shown that a commitment to outstanding benefits can be a factor in having a successful business.
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NLRB Issues Employee Notification Rule

September 28, 2011
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Private-sector employers with workplaces under NLRB jurisdiction (all but the smallest companies) will be required to post the employee rights notice on bulletin boards in the same area that other notices are typically posted. The rollout has been postponed until Jan. 31, 2012.
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Investing in Employees

September 28, 2011
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Despite a tough, volatile economy, 10 small to midsize companies have been able to run successful businesses while bringing stability to employees through strong benefits programs. These businesses have made Principal Financial Group's 10 Best Companies for Employee Financial Security—2011 list.
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Foul-ups Trump Safeguards in UBS Scandal

September 27, 2011
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In the aftermath of such blatantly avoidable foul-ups, can you recall a single instance when outside analysts concluded that systems and processes had not been put in place or learning had not been delivered? I can't. It's the failure to act in line with all of these safeguards that's the issue.
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Trader Scandal May Hamstring UBS' Recruiting

September 26, 2011
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The $2.3 billion loss the London-based trader allegedly managed to accumulate will make things difficult for the bank's wealth management business, recruiters said.
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EEOC Sues Fashion Boutique Delia's for Pregnancy Discrimination

September 23, 2011
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The suspected harassment included constant questioning about some employees' ability to perform their jobs because they were pregnant, recommending they take leaves of absence or forcing them to take maternity leave early. The suit also alleges that the company fired one of the employees in retaliation after she complained about being harassed because of her pregnancy.
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