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Caterpillar Doubles Its Flexible Workforce

January 31, 2011
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The Peoria, Illinois-based maker of heavy equipment saw its full-time workforce rise by 11.4 percent in 2010 to 104,490.
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Employers Turn to Creative Strategies to Reward Employees

January 28, 2011
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As salaries slowly stabilize, employers are still seeking creative methods for rewarding employees. Noncash compensation and variable pay programs are on the rise and may be part of a new model for attracting and retaining employees.
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<i>Dear Workforce</i> How Could Our Not-for-Profit Accurately Predict Future Skills Needs?

January 18, 2011
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We run a not-for-profit association that provides recreational services to military service members and their families. We are thinking long term about the types of skills requirements that our business will need during the next five to 10 years. How can we know which skill areas might be most important? Is there a clear-cut way to make an educated guess? We aren't in the predicting business, but we want to invest in the right skills.
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New York Mayor Says Its too Hard to Fire, Punish City Workers

January 12, 2011
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A mayoral task force calls the city’s civil service system ill-suited for a modern workforce and suggests changes to get rid of the bad and retain and promote the best. Unions howl.
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Federal, State Governments Take Keener Interest in Employee Classification

December 3, 2010
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During the past two years, the Wage and Hour Division of the Labor Department has hired more than 350 investigators to uncover employment violations, including misclassification. President Barack Obama has requested $25 million in the fiscal 2011 budget to target the issue further.
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Why You Need to Send Your Kids to Work in a Sweatshop of the Information Age

November 18, 2010
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Welcome to the sweatshop of the 21st century, kids. We're running a contest this week. First one to make quota gets a trip to Spain next month. Second prize is a new Android smart phone. Third prize? You're fired. No, really, you're fired.
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Report Notes Lower Vaccination Rates, More H1N1 Hospitalizations Among Minorities

November 12, 2010
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Last year’s flu pandemic, which infected about 20 percent of the U.S. population and resulted in about 274,000 hospitalizations and 12,000 deaths, resulted in historically high rates of flu vaccinations.
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Caterpillar Adds 9,000 to Flexible Workforce

October 25, 2010
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The flexible workforce includes workers from staffing firms as well as part-time and temporary Caterpillar employees.
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Recruiting Film Aimed at Boosting Diversity Unveiled by Ad Industry Firms

October 11, 2010
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Targeted at high school students, the film is lauded as a rare effort of good advertising for an industry often criticized for its lack of diversity.
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Avoid These Hurdles to Adopting HR Mobile Apps

October 3, 2010
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Companies must decide how they'll secure corporate data on mobile devices and integrate mobile apps with existing HR information technology infrastructure. If they're thinking of developing their own app, they must select an outside contractor to work with.
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