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Siri Says: It's Time to Get to Work

February 24, 2012
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As companies warm up to Apple's voice-controlled assistant, apps are appearing on iTunes, and rival software from Google and Microsoft are in the works.
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Five Ways to Use Siri at Work

February 24, 2012
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The iPhone 4S voice-activated assistant can make calls, schedule appointments and a lot more.
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How Big Should We Be Before Hiring an HR Manager?

February 15, 2012
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How many employees should we have to justify hiring a human resources manager? Our company has 60 employees and has acquired a new company with 80 employees. It has turned around since the economy and expects to add to staff and have additional acquisitions. However, we have no HR staff and don't know how many employees is the "right" number to justify hiring one. (This would be the sole HR position in this company: no subordinates.) Right now we are implementing HR policies with the assistance of outside consultants. —Anxious to Grow, vice president of operations/administration, aerospace, Laguna Beach, California
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Former Groupon Employees Countersue Over Contract Terms

January 27, 2012
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The countersuit, filed Jan. 25, reveals an increasingly testy relationship between two high-profile Internet players: Google, the king of search advertising, based in Mountain View, California, and Chicago-based Groupon, the leader in the new online-advertising business with daily deals.
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A Third of New Yorkers Say They Can't Retire

January 26, 2012
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About 40 percent of New York workers had access to an employer-sponsored retirement plan in 2009, compared with the national average of 53 percent, according to the report by the New School's Bernard Schwartz Center for Economic Policy Analysis.
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NLRB: Employer Social Media Policies Should not Bar Protected Worker Activity

January 26, 2012
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An analysis of the NLRB's rulings also indicates that if an employee makes a comment on Facebook and fellow employees respond, it is considered protected activity. It is not protected, however, if only friends respond to the posting.
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Together at Last: How HR and Finance Are Working Together to Rein in Costs

January 24, 2012
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HR may lead discussions about which health benefits programs to invest in, but finance is playing a larger role in the final decisions on where those dollars will be spent.
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Court: Ex-Temp Creates Fake W-2s

January 24, 2012
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The former temporary worker, Valerie Yvonne Brown, faces charges of aiding or assisting the preparation of a false or fraudulent document and identity theft, according to the filing.
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Homicides Accounted for 11 Percent of Workplace Fatalities in '09: NCCI

January 23, 2012
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From 1993 to 2009, the rate of workplace homicides fell 59 percent while the overall rate of homicides fell 47 percent, according to the study.
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