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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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Fact Box: What's a Target-Date Fund?

November 14, 2011
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Target-date funds employ a mix of stocks and bonds that are put on a set glide path.
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How do We Sustain Collaboration Between Business Units as Our HR Function Moves to a Different Floor?

November 11, 2011
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As part of an expansion, our company plans to shift the human resources and finance departments to different floors, away from the business. We're not changing our HR focus or team structure, but I'm worried we'll lose the tight interaction HR has with business units. Another concern: if HR becomes a destination, instead of a quick Q&A in the hallway, employees and managers may feel less comfortable approaching us. How do we sustain our collaborative culture during this transition?
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Many 401(k) Participants Would be Hit Hard by Proposed Tax Changes: EBRI Study

November 11, 2011
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Worker and employer contributions to a 401(k) plan are capped at $49,000 or 100 percent of a worker's pay, whichever is lower, under the current federal tax code.
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EEOC to Hold Public Meeting on Guidance for Age Discrimination in Employment Act

November 11, 2011
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According to background information issued by the EEOC last year, the proposed rule emphasizes the need 'for an individualized, case-by-case approach to determining whether an employment practice is based on reasonable factors other than age.'
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Cain Controversy Historical Context Helps and Hurts Candidate

November 9, 2011
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To understand why Cain and the NRA may have reacted to the allegations in the manner they initially did, one needs to understand the relevant climate of the 1990s.
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5 Questions for Greg Besio: Unlocking the Right Combination

November 4, 2011
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A corporate merger can be a challenging and exciting opportunity for a human resources leader, according to Greg Besio, executive vice president and chief human resources officer of Aon Corp. Besio found plenty of challenges last year when Aon Corp. acquired Hewitt Associates. Besio recently spoke with Workforce Management senior writer Rita Pyrillis about the process in this excerpt.
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