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Majority of Workers to Be Independent By 2020

December 20, 2011
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Independent workers include those on fixed-term contracts, independent consultants, those working through temporary agencies, workers on an on-call arrangement and those who own a business with less than five employees.
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Today's Workforce—Pressed and Stressed

December 16, 2011
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While politicians and pundits fret about unemployment and underemployment rates, growing numbers of employees are under pressure to do more. The resulting “work-more economy” threatens not just workers' sanity but companies' long-term success.
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Ailing Economy Hurts Return-to-Work Efforts for Injured Employees: Analysis

December 1, 2011
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The Workers Compensation Research Institute studied workers' compensation procedures and outcomes in Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, which were deemed to have faster and higher return-to-work rates than other states.
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How Do We Know When It's Time to Hire an HR Director?

November 29, 2011
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How many employees should we have before hiring a human resources manager? Our company is at 60 employees and has acquired a new company with 80 employees. It has turned around since the economy and expects to add to staff and have additional acquisitions. However, we have no HR staff and don't know how many employees is the “right” number to justify hiring one. (This would be the sole HR position in this company—no subordinates). Right now we are implementing HR policies with the assistance of outside consultants. —Anxious to Grow, aerospace, USA
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Survey: U.S. Workers Feeling Overwrought and Unproductive

November 27, 2011
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Thirty percent of employees say they were ineffective for at least one week due to job-related stress, while two-thirds of U.S. workers reported extremely high stress levels, including fatigue and feeling a ‘loss of control.'
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SHRM Elects Three New Board Members

November 22, 2011
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The recently elected officials are Coretha M. Rushing of Equifax Inc., Brian D. Silva of Fresenius Medical Care and José Tomas of Burger King Corp.
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Mercer: Group Health Care Costs Climb 6.1 Percent as Cost per Employee Tops $10K

November 17, 2011
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Amid steadily rising costs, employers, especially larger organizations, continue to take action to try to hold down cost increases to more manageable levels, according to the Mercer survey.
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OSHA Tightens Its Fall Protection Rules

November 17, 2011
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The new directive states that all residential construction industry employers must protect their workers who are engaged in work at six feet or more above lower levels by conventional fall protection systems or by other fall protection measures.
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PBGC Deficit Hits Record $26 Billion

November 15, 2011
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As was the case in the prior fiscal year, the Pension Benefit Guaranty Fund did not incur any multibillion-dollar losses in fiscal 2011.
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Target-Date Funds Grow in Popularity as Retirement Tool

November 14, 2011
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Nearly 96 percent of participants enrolled in target-date funds in 2007 were still using them in 2009. And because more target-date fund products are in the marketplace, expenses are dropping. Despite their popularity and lower prices, target-date funds have their critics.
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