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Michigan Governor Signs Right-to-Work Bills Into Law

December 12, 2012
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Once they take affect early next year, Michigan will become the 24th right-to-work state in the United States.
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Michigan Lawmakers Pass Controversial Right-to-Work Legislation; Gov. Snyder Expected to Sign

December 11, 2012
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The Michigan House approved House Bill 4003 and Senate Bill 116, which will ban the practice of workers being forced to pay any money to a union as a condition of employment.
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Interview With Ford's Felicia Fields: Shifting Out of Reverse

November 30, 2012
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As part of our 90th anniversary, Workforce is talking to some of the people and organizations that helped influence today's workplace. In this installment, Workforce senior writer Rita Pyrillis talks to Ford Motor Co.'s Felicia Fields about the company's turnaround since CEO Alan Mulally took over in 2006.
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Disaffected Workers Want Out of Unions

November 30, 2012
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As organized labor loses leverage in a race-to-the-bottom global market, some workers are becoming so disillusioned by what their unions can, or rather can't, do for them that they want out.
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Health Care Adds 30,500 Jobs in October

November 2, 2012
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Health care employment totaled 14.45 million as of October. For the year ended in October, health care hiring increased by 296,300, or 2.1 percent. Last month's health care hiring was above the monthly average for the prior 12 months of 24,700 new jobs.
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New Research Shows Retirees Are Bailing on 401(k)s Earlier

October 30, 2012
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The data suggest that more retirees are taking their money and bailing from their plan even sooner after they stop working than used to be the case.
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Verizon to Transfer $7.5B in Pension Benefits Through Annuity Purchase

October 18, 2012
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Under the arrangement, Verizon will transfer about $7.5 billion in pension plan obligations to Prudential Insurance Co. of America by purchasing the annuity. The agreement covers plan participants who retired and began receiving pension benefits before Jan. 1, 2010.
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Employment Law Blog Carnival: The 007 Edition

October 17, 2012
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This month marks the 50th anniversary of the world's most famous movie spy, James Bond. Since many have compared my suaveness and sophistication with that of 007, celebrating Bond is a fitting topic for my edition of the monthly roundup of the best that the employment law blawgosphere has to offer.
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Ethnic Disparities Found in Compensation for Injured Construction Workers

October 16, 2012
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The study of 1,039 cases does not explain the reason for the disparity, although the researchers said bias or prejudice are a possibility, as are differences in knowledge about how the compensation system works.
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Employees Get Creative When Calling in Sick

October 11, 2012
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Thirty percent of workers called in sick during the past year even when they weren't ill, according to a CareerBuilder survey. In addition, the survey found the holiday season tends to be the busiest time for sick calls.
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