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WellPoint Joins With Zagat for Doctor Ratings

November 2, 2007
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Beginning in January, 1 million of WellPoint’s 35 million members will be able to rate their doctors using a survey developed by Zagat, the company famous for its restaurant guides.
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Chrysler to Cut Four Models, Up to 10,000 Hourly Jobs

November 1, 2007
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Another 1,000 salaried jobs also are being eliminated along with about 37 percent of the automaker’s contractors.
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Nardelli Wants to Offer Employee Stock Options; Chrysler Chairman Lauds UAW Contract Passage

October 29, 2007
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With a freshly minted labor contract behind him, Chrysler chairman Bob Nardelli wants to share the automaker’s future success with employees.
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Lights, Camera, Coaching

October 23, 2007
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Consulting giant PricewaterhouseCoopers creates its own version of ‘must-see TV,’ kicking off 10 episodes to dramatize the value of everyday workplace interactions—which can be more important than formal evaluations.
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Lots of Give, Little Take in UAW Contract with Chrysler

October 11, 2007
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The United Auto Workers gave Chrysler L.L.C. similar contract concessions to those given General Motors Corp., but it received less in return. Unlike GM, Chrysler did not make specific future product commitments plant by plant.
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Federal Judge Halts DHS Regulation on No-Match Letters

October 11, 2007
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The ruling stalls indefinitely an effort to hold employers accountable for discrepancies between a worker’s name and Social Security number. It freezes a mailing of so-called ‘no-match’ packets that were to be sent in September to 140,000 employers and would have affected 8 million employees.
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Florida Hospitals Find Wealth of Talent Among People Over 50

October 10, 2007
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For the second year running, two hospitals near Orlando have been named by AARP as among the country’s best 50 employers of workers over 50.
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Cooling Economy Shouldnt Affect Class of 2008

October 10, 2007
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Employers again will turn to college grads to staff their companies next year as more baby boomers ease into retirement, according to a survey released by the National Association of Colleges and Employers.
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Are VEBAs the Future of Employee Health Care

October 9, 2007
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The contract agreement between the United Auto Workers and Detroit’s Big Three automakers have brought health care trusts known as VEBAs—voluntary employees’ beneficiary associations—to national attention. However, the tiny city of Post Falls, Idaho, may be able to teach the UAW a thing or two about running a VEBA.
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Cash-Balance Plans May Make a Comeback

October 9, 2007
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More companies are considering launching cash-balance plans, but many are taking a cautious approach.
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