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More Employers Adding Automatic Enrollment to Defined Contribution Plans: Survey

October 4, 2012
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In 2012, 65 percent of employers surveyed by Towers Watson & Co. offered an automatic enrollment feature, up from 57 percent in 2011 and 51 percent in 2010.
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Pension Plans' Funded Status Up on Stronger Equity Market: Mercer

October 2, 2012
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The average funding level of pension plans sponsored by companies in the S&P 1500 rose to 73 percent in September, up from 72 percent in August and the record-low funded ratio of 70 percent set in July.
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Chicago Mayor Takes Tech Recruiting Trip to Illinois Campus

October 1, 2012
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Mayor Rahm Emanuel is taking Chicago tech to Urbana-Champaign on Oct. 2, joined on the road trip by representatives from some 40 of the city's tech companies, including Boeing Co., BrightTag Inc., Cleversafe Inc., Google Inc., Groupon Inc. and GrubHub Inc.
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Automakers Try New Recruiting Strategies to Fill Engineering Vacancies

October 1, 2012
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Threatened by a chronic shortage of engineers -- exacerbated by years of industry restructuring -- auto companies are having trouble filling job vacancies in Detroit now that the industry is coming back to health. That is particularly alarming for Detroit, a massive engineering hub for the entire industry.
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Archer Daniels Midland Joins Growing Ranks of Employers Offering Pension Lump Sums

September 26, 2012
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Archer Daniels Midland Co. has disclosed that it will offer between 7,000 and 7,500 former employees who are eligible for but not yet receiving monthly pension benefits the opportunity to convert their future annuities to a lump-sum benefit.
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Trash, Recyclable Collector Deaths Spike in 2011

September 20, 2012
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On-the-job fatalities among trash and recycling collectors dramatically increased last year, making the job the fourth most dangerous in the land.
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Temp Bill Rates May Be Back on Rise

September 14, 2012
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The IQNdex's August reading of 105.9 is up 0.7 percent from July and up 1.2 percent from three months ago. The increases compare to the entire 12 months ended in May when the IQNdex rose by less than 1 percent.
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Poor Health of Employees Can Drag Down Productivity: Study

September 12, 2012
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Workers' poor health and its drag on productivity costs U.S. employers $576 billion annually. The costs include those spent on group health policies for employees, short- and long-term disability, workers' compensation, illness absence, and presenteeism.
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Corporations Adopt the Hackathon

September 12, 2012
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Small businesses are using hackathons as cost-effective tools to tackle problems, recruit talent and unleash innovation. The hackathon presents a quicker, scrappier way to tackle large-scale problems with whatever resources they have on hand.
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