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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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More CFOs Are Landing in HR Territory

September 30, 2011
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A new survey by Robert Half Management Resources finds that about one-fifth of 1,400 chief financial officers surveyed have taken on more HR duties in the past three years.
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2011 Game Changer: Julie Heitzler

September 29, 2011
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Human resources manager, Orlando (Florida) Airport Marriott
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2011 Game Changer: Dana Aspillera

September 29, 2011
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Managing director, Charles Schwab & Co., San Francisco
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NLRB Issues Employee Notification Rule

September 28, 2011
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Private-sector employers with workplaces under NLRB jurisdiction (all but the smallest companies) will be required to post the employee rights notice on bulletin boards in the same area that other notices are typically posted. The rollout has been postponed until Jan. 31, 2012.
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Texas Gun Law Adds New Level of Vigilance for Employers

September 27, 2011
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More than a dozen states already have such laws and adding Texas to that group was a major coup for the gun rights lobby. Two previous bills had failed in the Legislature before SB 321—known as the Employee Parking Lot Bill—passed in May and was signed into law by Gov. Rick Perry.
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Multiple Choice Unrest: HRCI-SHRM Link Leaves Many Stumped

September 16, 2011
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A low pass rate on exams and high cost for study materials have HR practitioners seeking to earn their credentials questioning the blurry relationship between SHRM and HRCI.
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HR Certification: Preferred or Unnecessary?

September 16, 2011
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Some jobs require certification, though other companies say they want nothing to do with an HR practitioner with an acronym after their name. HR Certification Institute officials say that while certification has long been preferred, it is now a requirement for some jobs, thus fueling demand for the credentials.
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The Goods on the 'Good Employer'

September 15, 2011
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In an essay based on their new book, Workforce Management senior editor Ed Frauenheim and his co-authors, Laurie Bassi and Dan McMurrer, say workplaces must be at once caring, exacting, and stirring in the emerging "Worthiness Era."
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<i>Dear Workforce</i> Is There a Distinction Between HR Strategy and People Strategy Or Is It Merely Semantics?

September 13, 2011
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Both are essential and need to be highly integrated, but the combination should be invisible to employees
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