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A Man Who Was ERISA

April 11, 2008
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For nearly 34 years, we’ve had ERISA. And for virtually all of that time, the Department of Labor has had Morton Klevan—the sagacious lawyer who has interpreted the law’s sometimes ambiguous provisions.
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Firms Re-Evaluate Reliability of Vendor Management System Suppliers

April 8, 2008
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The catalyst for the new review of VMS providers is the recent collapse of Ensemble Chimes Global, the largest player in the VMS space.
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SuccessFactors Wins Lawsuit Battle

April 2, 2008
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HR software company SuccessFactors has scored a victory in its lawsuit against rival Softscape in a case that now includes allegations that Softscape created a phony company to secure secret information.
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Machinists Call Off Toyota Union Vote in Canada

March 20, 2008
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Union leaders acknowledged it did not have enough signed membership cards to officially call for an election; it must have support from 40 percent of a workforce.
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More Employees Borrowing Against 401(k) Plans

March 20, 2008
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With the trend toward defined contribution plans, the decision-making has shifted from the employer to the individual.
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<i>Dear Workforce</i> How Do We Shore Up a Failing Competency Framework for Line Managers?

March 7, 2008
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Our company has identified a skills deficit among line managers. Specifically, they are not doing as good a job as necessary of developing strong relationships with those they supervise. How could we develop a "competency framework" to deepen their learning—especially emphasizing the growing importance of building an engaged workforce? What role-playing or other exercises are proving most effective?
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HR Data Breaches Can Leave Holes in Corporate Pockets

February 21, 2008
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Employee data breaches are becoming like leaky roofs for companies—frustrating but familiar. Since early 2006, there typically have been four to six media accounts of human resources data breaches per month.
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Lawsuit Says City&#8217;s Sick-Leave Policy Breached Medical Privacy

February 11, 2008
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Police radio dispatchers in Columbus, Ohio, allege in a class-action lawsuit that the city illegally required them to disclose detailed medical information to supervisors to justify taking sick leave.
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Bush Proposes Adding Health Costs to W-2 Statements

February 6, 2008
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Employers would be required to report the cost of health insurance coverage they provide to employees on annual W-2 wage and income statements under a recommendation by the Bush administration.
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