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Qualified Applicant Pool Fills Fast When Employers Use the Right Keywords

August 22, 2011
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To increase a job’s likelihood of being noticed, HR practitioners must first research what keywords are commonly used as it relates to that position.
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Annie, Get Your Gun ... and Bring It to Work

August 19, 2011
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A new Texas law gives gun owners a new right to store a weapon in their vehicle while at work. Where does that leave employers?
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A Culture of Proactive Employees Will Let the Boss Know if His Fly is Unzipped

August 18, 2011
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In other words, are employees willing to disagree with management? Will they engage in a discussion about it and assert their opinion? Are they comfortable enough to bring difficult issues and concerns to their leader’s attention?
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HSA Changes Add More to Consider When Picking Plans

August 17, 2011
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Two elements of federal health care reform legislation passed last year that could affect HSAs’ growth. Over-the-counter medications had been HSA-eligible, but now only those prescribed by a physician will be allowed. The second change is an increase to 20 percent from 10 percent in the tax penalties on nonqualified HSA expense withdrawals.
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Ruling in Bipolar-Threat Case Brings Mixed Legal Opinions

August 17, 2011
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Lawyers for employers say a court decision that upheld the termination of a bipolar employee balances the legal obligation of employers to accommodate a worker’s disability with their responsibility to provide a safe workplace. But lawyers for that employee say the appeals court gave employers far too much latitude.
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Unemployed Applicants in the Hiring Process: Ensuring Proper Treatment and Documentation

August 16, 2011
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Suppose unemployed applicants charge that they were not hired because of their unemployment status. They could allege that, despite the absence of any written policy, hiring managers abide by an unwritten policy to exclude unemployed applicants. It’s up to the company—and HR leaders in particular—to be prepared.
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Mailing Benefits Packets? Feds Weigh the Cost and Risks of Electronic Communication

August 15, 2011
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While electronic disclosure would be more efficient and cost-effective for plan sponsors, the U.S. Labor Department has concerns about some employees missing out on key information.
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Solving the Diversity Puzzle

August 12, 2011
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Lecturing employees about diversity is one thing, but some companies are taking training a step further. Strategies include engaging employees in teamwork exercises and having workers simulate disabilities.
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Tech Tools Add a Dose of Transparency to Cut Health Care Costs

August 12, 2011
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As technology continues to mesh with medicine, industry leaders—especially Howard McClure—contend that transparency will cut costs while building a stronger, more responsive health care system.
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