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Court Rules Video Can Be Used as Evidence to Discontinue Disability Benefits

November 9, 2011
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In a unanimous decision, the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court said Brian Soja was required to prove that he had a continuing disability when he filed for a reinstatement of his benefits in 2006. It also said a video from employer Hillis-Carnes Engineering Associates Inc. disproved Soja's testimony about an ongoing back injury.
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5 Questions for Greg Besio: Unlocking the Right Combination

November 4, 2011
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A corporate merger can be a challenging and exciting opportunity for a human resources leader, according to Greg Besio, executive vice president and chief human resources officer of Aon Corp. Besio found plenty of challenges last year when Aon Corp. acquired Hewitt Associates. Besio recently spoke with Workforce Management senior writer Rita Pyrillis about the process in this excerpt.
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Report: Governmental Entities Benefit Most from Early Retiree Program

October 31, 2011
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Federal agency says of the more than $2.7 billion that was paid out through June 30, 45.6 percent went to governmental entities while 36.6 percent went to commercial entities, such as self-funded private employers.
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How Come Our HR Decentralization Was a Miserable Failure?

October 27, 2011
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About a year ago, our human resources department decided to decentralize. This decision was based upon negative feedback from business units regarding the performance of the HR team. One year later, things have gotten much worse. Many of the HR professionals have left the company because they were unhappy and unsupported. Is it common to see decentralization work so poorly? —Cure Worse Than Disease, vice president of corporate services, real estate, Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin
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Heightened Awareness of Benefits Plays Pivotal Role in Employee Experience

October 26, 2011
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Employers spend a great deal of time and money trying to educate employees about their benefit options, but do employees most understand and use them effectively? Here are some of the do's and don'ts of benefits communications.
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More CFOs Are Landing in HR Territory

September 30, 2011
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A new survey by Robert Half Management Resources finds that about one-fifth of 1,400 chief financial officers surveyed have taken on more HR duties in the past three years.
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Dear Workforce Why Should We Take a Survey of Our HR Function?

September 7, 2011
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We are putting together a survey rating the human resources department. What are some questions that you would recommend we use?
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Dear Workforce What Is the No. 1 Metric We Should Be Reporting to Our CEO?

September 7, 2011
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What is the No. 1 HR metric we should be reporting to our CEO? —The Most Important Thing, product manager, software/services, Quebec
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Dear Workforce How Is HR Different Between the Public and Private Sectors?

September 7, 2011
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Are there key differences in how human resources should be practiced between the private sector and government? I am seeking training that would help me understand all the nuances involved when making recommendations about hiring of new government employees.
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Dear Workforce How Do We Know When It's Time to Add a Full-time HR Department

September 7, 2011
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What criteria would help us determine if our company needs a human resources department? Currently, our accounting department handles such HR functions as filing workers’ comp and unemployment claims, as well as some personnel issues. Our individual supervisors are responsible for recruiting, hiring/firing, training, retention and other functions. We are trying to figure out whether it is time to consolidate these various duties into a single HR department. Nothing glaring is prompting our discussion, but we are trying to weigh the virtue of consolidating against the decentralized practices we have in place.
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