Commentary: You hear them all the time: ‘Work/life balance is HR’s responsibility.’ ‘Our company wants only “A” players.’ And other falsehoods. HR has spawned narratives that make the function seem like a cross between Mother Teresa and Stuart Smalley.Read More
What is the typical ratio of administrative support to other employees in a large (3,000-employee) health care organization?
The average 401(k) account balance was $64,200 last year, up 27.9 percent from 2008 but still down from $69,200 at the end of 2007, a new study finds.Read More
Harold Craig Becker’s nomination to the National Labor Relations Board faces Republican and business opposition. Becker, who is associate general counsel for the Service Employees International Union, told a Senate committee that if he is confirmed, he would comply ‘scrupulously’ with an ethics pledge to recuse himself from SEIU lawsuits for two years.Read More
One reason for the improvement in funding in 2009 is higher corporate bond yields, which have reduced pension plans’ liabilities, a company executive says.Read More
Once Congress is done wrestling with health care reform, it is expected to turn its attention to the Employee Free Choice Act. And although the act has been dormant for months, organized labor’s priorities are sprouting in Washington in other ways. Here are the labor-relations issues employers need to watch in the new year.Read More
While some companies are trying to position themselves to fend off union organizing in the even of the Employee Free Choice Act’s passage, most employers ‘are still in denial about the likelihood of significant pro-union legislation passing,’ one expert says.Read More
Business groups opposing the Employee Free Choice Act say that its provision for mandatory binding arbitration in first contracts is just as bad as the card-check dimension of the bill—if not worse—because it would allow an outside board to determine compensation, benefits and work rules.Read More
We want to survey our employees and get their feedback on our human resources services. What are some ideal questions to get them thinking and providing constructive feedback?
In his current role at pharmacy benefits manager Express Scripts, Michael Holmes has been able to apply health care savings programs using behavioral economics to its own workforce before rolling them out to clients. Holmes spoke to writer Jessica Marquez about how companies can apply behavioral economics, which looks at the psychological factors of economic decisions, to reduce health care costs and what he hopes to see come out of Congress.Read More