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UAW Strikes GM Plants

September 24, 2007
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This is the first unionwide strike against General Motors since 1970 and the first work stoppage by the union since a 54-day walkout in 1998 at a parts-making facility in Flint, Michigan, that cost GM $3 billion.
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Latest 401(k) Feature Debit Card to Tap Retirement Savings

August 17, 2007
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The ease of plastic is coming to retirement plans. The Reserve, the fund company that pioneered the money market fund, now offers a product that lets 401(k) participants borrow from their accounts using either a debit card or checks.
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Responses to ‘The Talent-Shortage Myth’ Blog Posting

August 10, 2007
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One reader writes: ‘Thanks for keeping debates on important topics like this alive. We need to be much more critical as a profession about claims of trends such as the talent shortage.’
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DHS Bolsters Enforcement of Employers With No-Match Rule

August 9, 2007
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The clock would start ticking when companies receive a letter from the Social Security Administration indicating that employees’ names or Social Security numbers on tax forms don’t match federal records.
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SAP Dust-Up May Have Little Impact on Fledgling Industry

July 26, 2007
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Despite the recent news that software support specialist Tomorrow­Now improperly downloaded materials, some see a bright future for tapping a third party to support HR software and other applications.
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Veterans Job Boards Seek Federal Probe of Monster-DOD Deal

June 29, 2007
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The military-focused job boards want to know why the contract was allotted to Monster without holding an open bidding process, which would have enabled them to compete.
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House Republican Immigration Bill Emphasizes Verification, Enforcement

June 20, 2007
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The sponsors of the bill argue that Congress should enforce immigration laws that are already on the books before moving on to broader measures. The measure also would extend the Basic Pilot program to all employers.
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Early Dialogue May Get Retirees to Stick Around

June 6, 2007
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By the time companies initiate conversations with older workers about what they can do to get those employees them to stay, it's often too late.
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Gay Execs Urged to Come Out

June 4, 2007
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Executives disclosing their sexual orientation would improve their companies’ reputations in an era when transparency is increasingly valued. But some observers say the downfall of BP’s chief indicates there’s still pressure to stay in the closet.
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Oregon Senator Touts Healthy Americans Act

May 8, 2007
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Ron Wyden’s bill would require Americans to purchase health care directly from private insurers. Companies would make contributions into the system based in part on the number of people they employ.
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