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Nasty Business

June 28, 2003
UnumProvident is defending itself against suits by angry workers whose benefits were terminated or rejected. Plaintiffs' attorneys argue that the terminations of benefits are designed to boost company profits. At first, the plaintiffs were just individual policyholders. But now, lawyers are bringing the fight to employers whose workers are covered by UnumProvident group policies.
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Dear Workforce How Do We Implement A New Wage Classification Plan

June 4, 2003
We are about to implement a wage classification in our manufacturing plant. We have started our employees at the same wage and raised them each year according to job performance, quality of work, and attendance. This new wage classification will make a major impact on many employees--some will make more money and some will make less. We want to add job complexity to the mix, but also willingness to learn and go the extra mile. Some of our employees have become stagnant and need an incentive to reach their potential. What would be the best way to inform the employees of this change and to put it into place?
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Getting Happy with the Rewards King

April 1, 2003
Bob Nelson has sold more than 1.5 million books by telling companies how to make small rewards yield big loyalty and productivity bonuses. Critics scoff at a "baubles and trinkets" approach, but Nelson has plenty of believers.
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