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A Bad Place to Be: In Denial About What Workers Want

October 27, 2011
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Employers are burying their heads in the sand on job security and work stress—at their own peril.
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Despite Complaints, Labor Department Nixes Additional Fees for 401(k) Advisers

October 24, 2011
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The agency finalizes controversial rule calling for level-fee arrangements; the new scheme also greenlights computer models.
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Analysis Shows Most Employers Restore 401(k) Match

October 20, 2011
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The suspensions occurred from January 2008 through January 2010, though most occurred during the first half of 2009, which was the peak of the Great Recession, according to research by Towers Watson.
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Where Is Pay Rising? Try Accounting, Finance, IT

October 12, 2011
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Employees in these highly credentialed fields will see an average 3.5 percent pay hike next year, according to staffing firm Robert Half. ‘There is a drought of highly skilled people,' says a recruiter.
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Former Press Box Hostess Sues Indianapolis Colts Over Pay, Work Hours

October 12, 2011
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According to court documents, the woman is seeking class-action status that would include other unnamed hostesses, in part because ‘some, if not most, of the individual group members may not be aware of their rights to wages under federal and Indiana law, or may not, because of financial means or experience, be in a position to seek the assistance of counsel to commence individual litigation.’
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Workers OK With Their Job but Seek Security, Communication

October 7, 2011
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SHRM’s 2011 Employee Job Satisfaction Survey shows that 83 percent of 600 randomly selected employees are satisfied with their current job. However, only 28 percent reported being satisfied with job security, which has ranked as the most important aspect of job satisfaction for four years in a row.
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Court: Prior-Approval Rule Does not Require Payment for Claims Unrelated to Workers' Comp

October 6, 2011
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Georgia's State Board of Workers' Compensation says insurers and self-insurers must notify medical providers of whether they will pay for a procedure within five days of receiving a pre-approval request. If the deadline is missed, payment is considered to be approved automatically by the insurer.
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How Could Our Not-for-Profit Boost Retention Even Though We Can't Compete on Salaries?

October 5, 2011
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Retaining top talent is emerging as a big issue, but our organization can't rely solely on increasing salaries and bonuses to keep our best people. For one thing, our competitors are often larger and can offer more money. What steps could our not-for-profit take to increase the odds of retention? How do we adopt a total talent management strategy?
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Ford to Add, Retain 12,000 Jobs With New UAW Agreement

October 4, 2011
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The automaker plans to insource manufacturing work from Mexico, Japan and China. The 12,000 new or retained jobs include 5,000 previously announced positions, Ford said.
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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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