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Smoke Gets In Your Lies, Whirlpool Suspends Workers for Smoking Fibs

April 22, 2008
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The employees had claimed to be nonsmokers to avoid paying a $500 annual surcharge Whirlpool has assessed on smokers who are enrolled in the company’s health benefits plan.
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Abuse of Leave Tops FMLA Concerns

April 14, 2008
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Suspected employee abuse of leave taken under the Family and Medical Leave Act is the No. 1 FMLA-related concern for employers.
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Small Change in Pension Bill Could Make a Big Dollar Difference

April 11, 2008
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The House and Senate are trying to settle on a final bill for technical corrections to the Pension Protection Act. Most are minor, but one drawing fire centers on an accounting technique called smoothing.
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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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