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EFCAs Compromise Likely to Keep Its Arbitration Provision

December 29, 2009
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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.
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<i>Dear Workforce</i> How Can Our HR Department Elicit Useful Feedback on Its Performance

November 17, 2009
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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?
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Behavioral Prescription Q&A With Michael Holmes of Express Scripts

November 11, 2009
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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.
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Department of Health and Human Services Publishes Interim Final HIPAA Rule

November 2, 2009
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The interim final rule amends HIPAA’s enforcement regulations to include new categories of violations and tiered civil penalties on covered entities, and revises limitations on the authority of the secretary to impose civil penalties for violations.
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Insurers OK Covering Swine Flu Shots

October 29, 2009
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Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Illinois, UnitedHealthcare, Aetna and Cigna are among the insurers that voluntarily will cover the full cost of H1N1 vaccinations.
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Program Offers Pre-Employment Access to Commercial Driver Records

October 21, 2009
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The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is launching a pre-employment screening program for driver positions that will allow commercial motor carriers to electronically access applicants’ driver inspection and crash histories.
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Doctors Warned of Data Theft Risk From Laptop Stolen From Blue Cross and Blue Shield Employee

October 15, 2009
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The American Medical Association is warning physicians across the country about the possibility that their identities could be stolen as a result of a theft of a laptop from the car of a Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association employee.
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Xerox to Buy Parent of Buck Consultants for $6.4 Billion

September 28, 2009
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Xerox Corp. plans to acquire Affiliated Computer Services Inc., the parent company of Buck Consultants, which provides HR consulting services addressing employee health and wellness, HR technology, and administration and retirement plans.
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SAP Refurbishes Its Program With the Help of Its Own Technology

September 8, 2009
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Helping businesses generate profits as well as contributing to SAP's bottom line are its workers—employees and contingents. And it was around five years ago that SAP first discovered that it had little idea of the size or structure of its contingent workforce.
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Misplaced Blame

August 31, 2009
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General Motors CEO Fritz Henderson responds to Workforce Management 's article about the departure of HR head Katherine Barclay, saying that 'to single out Katy Barclay and the GM global human resources team [for the automaker's financial problems] is both unfair and, in many ways, ludicrous—as well as a disservice to your readers.'
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