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Obama Win Seen as Victory for Health Care Reform

November 7, 2012
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President Barack Obama's victory serves as a vindication for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, industry experts said soon after the president won re-election Nov. 6.
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Silence Can Be Golden When Dealing With Employee Medical Issues

November 6, 2012
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One inopportune slip of the tongue about an employee's medical condition (or perceived medical condition) could convert a defensible disability discrimination claim into a knock-down, drag-out fight culminating in a risky jury trial.
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Being Prepared When Disaster Strikes

November 1, 2012
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Sometimes there is warning, other times disaster strikes unexpectedly. What are best practices on an issue like this? The following stories from the Workforce archives as well as several related Forum Discussion posts offer perspective on how to cope when a disaster hits.
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Memorial Hospital of Union County: Optimas Award Winner for Corporate Citizenship

November 1, 2012
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For its new organizational culture and collaborative business efforts, Memorial Hospital of Union County is the 2012 winner of the Optimas Award for Corporate Citizenship.
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How Do We Measure Innovation, Loyalty and Other Abstract Concepts?

October 31, 2012
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How do we make abstract ideas concrete, such as commitment, ability, innovation, loyalty and so on? Is it a matter of building better job competencies? Better job descriptions? We know our employees work hard, care about the company and strive to do well, but measuring these concepts in a concrete way is a challenge for us. —In Search of Answers, construction/industrial, Parsippany, New Jersey
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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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Year-End Employer Rewards to Employees Can Come in Small Packages

October 30, 2012
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A poll shows that the majority of workers don't expect or need huge end-of-year gifts: For 69 percent, a gift card of $25 will do.
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Tougher Law in Hawaii Aims to Protect Harassed Workers

October 30, 2012
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Although many employers are complying with Act 206, some 'felt that it didn't need to be required,' notes employer group attorney.
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