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Year-Old Dossia Hits Restart Amid Legal Spat

October 4, 2007
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Dossia, the organization launched by five large employers last year to bring personal health records to millions of employees, is showing that transforming the health care system is harder than it looks.
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UAW Local at Key GM Plant Ratifies Contract

October 3, 2007
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UAW workers have ratified the newly negotiated contract with General Motors at the first big assembly plant to hold a vote. Lansing, Michigan, is first major factory to complete voting on the contract.
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Trip to SAP Shows That Firm Is Walking the Teamwork Talk

October 3, 2007
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Collaboration and networking are in the air—and in the code—at SAP these days, infusing the firm’s attitude toward partners and customers, its experimental projects and even its management style.
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Workday Right for RightNow

October 3, 2007
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Soon after the firm began using the HR software, the company restructured itself from departments and department executives to geographic business units and regional general managers.
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Core HR Technology Takes Center Stage

October 3, 2007
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To most vendors of HR technology, core HR software—the human resource management systems that contains basic employee data—is merely a backdrop to more important things. It’s yesterday’s news. However, the market for core HR applications is forecast to grow 7 percent annually between 2006 and 2011.
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Medicare Claim Data Ordered Released

October 2, 2007
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A judge’s order requiring the federal government to release information on the quality and cost of thousands of physicians could embolden employers to steer employees to better-performing doctors.
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New Car Deal UAW Provides Details of Pact With GM

September 28, 2007
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Automaker agrees to new-vehicle programs at 16 U.S. plants and would initially fund the UAW’s health care trust fund with $29.9 billion, with an additional $5.4 billion in future years.
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GM, UAW Reach Tentative Settlement

September 26, 2007
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The four-year deal includes a comprehensive health care trust fund for UAW retirees and broad job guarantees for UAW workers in the U.S. The deal could mean the end of defined health care benefits for the automaker's retirees.
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More Employers Turn to Disease Management

September 26, 2007
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To contain health care costs, companies have turned to disease management over consumer-directed health plans, higher employee cost sharing and tighter managed care networks, according to a recent report.
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Private Equity Firm Buys Into Vault.com

September 25, 2007
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Private equity firm Veronis Suhler Stevenson said Tuesday, September 25, that it will acquire a majority stake in New York-based Vault.com Inc.—a publisher of college and career search content—as it plans to move into video and expand its international presence.
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