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Pandemic Alert Raised Background Information

April 30, 2009
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The 2009 human swine flu outbreak continues to grow in the U.S. and internationally. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports additional cases of confirmed swine influenza and a number of hospitalizations of swine flu patients.
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Group Offers Swine Flu Preparation Steps for Businesses

April 29, 2009
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The Institute for Business & Home Safety is urging organizations to review their preparedness for an influenza pandemic.
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TOOL Swine Flu Resources for Workforce Managers

April 29, 2009
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Here are tools, resources and background information on swine flu and on past influenza-related issues to help you prepare you business and workforce for a possible widespread outbreak of the disease.
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California Comp Board to Revisit Controversial Decisions

April 9, 2009
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California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said it is ‘absolutely right’ for the California Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board to reconsider two controversial case decisions.
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Data Breach Threats From Within Growing

April 9, 2009
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While the external hacker is something companies have learned to defend against, the internal data breach threat is growing. Tools are still evolving to thwart insider thefts of company information.
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IRS Releases Guidance on COBRA Subsidies

April 1, 2009
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The Internal Revenue Service has released eagerly anticipated guidance on the new federal COBRA premium subsidies available to employees who lose their jobs.
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<i>Dear Workforce</i> Where Can I Find the Best Information to Begin a Compliance Audit?

February 18, 2009
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Our general manager has assigned human resources the task of conducting an audit by the end of the first quarter to confirm that we are in compliance with federal labor laws and regulations. It would obviously be a massive project to determine whether there are any possible problems related to any law, regulation or court interpretation, but I’m wondering: Are there tools available that could help us with doing at least a general audit?
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High Court to Hear Case on Hiring Test Bias

January 12, 2009
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The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to consider whether a public entity was justified in refusing to certify the results of two fire department promotional exams on grounds that the tests may have had a disparate impact on African-Americans.
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Good Times or Bad, HR Still Gets Little Respect in the C-Suite

December 16, 2008
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Study’s co-author notes that while shortsighted executives are part of the problem, much of the responsibility lies with HR departments themselves.
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A Benchmark Is Not a Scalpel

November 18, 2008
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Commentary: Benchmarking to identify opportunities for headcount reduction in HR is like getting a physical to identify opportunities for a tummy tuck. You don’t need the doctor to tell you where the fat is—that you know already. So if you’re determined to cut, use a surgeon. Just don’t try to convince anyone that you’re improving your health.
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