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Global Salaries Will Climb, but Only Modestly in North America: Study

December 19, 2012
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The slight increase in North America is not surprising, according to Hay Group analysts, because the U.S. economy is only expected to grow 2.1 percent in 2013.
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Group Benefits Costs to Rise at Slowest Rate in 11 Years: Study

December 19, 2012
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A survey of 123 insurers and benefits administrators, released Dec. 17, indicated that group health care plan cost increases through June 2013 will be between 0.2 percent and 0.6 percent lower than they were in the first half of this year.
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DuPont Sees Bottom-Line Boost After Retooling Its Rewards

December 17, 2012
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Early results of DuPont's program have been encouraging, giving company leaders hope that its new recognition system will have a measurable effect on the company's overall business objectives. Studies also show that companies excelling in employee recognition are 12 times more likely to generate strong business results than their peers.
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Headed to Work in Washington State? Don't Fire Up That Bong Just Yet …

December 14, 2012
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Despite voter approval liberalizing pot laws in two states, state marijuana laws haven't taken away an employer's right to maintain a drug-free workplace, especially as mandated by the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988 for companies with federal grants or contracts.
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Employee Opinion of Health Care Benefits Value Drops: Mercer

December 5, 2012
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Thirty-six percent of employees polled in Mercer's annual Workplace Survey indicated that their out-of-pocket costs were 'definitely' commensurate with the health benefits they receive through their employer, down from 44 percent in 2011 and 38 percent in 2010.
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Fiscal Cliff Talks Target Retirement Plans

December 3, 2012
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Retirement plans are in congressional crosshairs for one basic reason: the tax-deductible contributions made to the plans cost the government tens of billions of dollars a year in reduced tax revenues.
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Department of Transportation Clarifies Stance on Marijuana Use

December 3, 2012
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Despite recent state initiatives that decriminalize marijuana, the federal Department of Transportation does not authorize the use of marijuana for any reason.
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HHS Details Fees to Be Paid, Provides Guidance for Transitional Reinsurance Program

November 30, 2012
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Much of the $25 billion in assessments—to be paid annually over a three-year period—will be used to partially reimburse commercial insurers writing policies for individuals with high health care costs.
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The Last Word: Spending the Holidays With Obamacare

November 30, 2012
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There is a large contingent of HR and benefits managers who face implementation now, during the holiday season no less.
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Depression Leads in Top Risk Factors for Employer Health Spending

November 28, 2012
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Annual medical spending for an employee with depression is $2,185 higher, or 48 percent more, than for a worker without depression, according to a new study.
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