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401(k) Matches May Be Targeted in Market Downturn

July 15, 2008
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In the last market downturn, in 2001-02, companies hit hardest—such as Ford Motor Co. and Bethlehem Steel—suspended their 401(k) matches to save money.
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Employment Verification Debate Pushed Off to Next Year

July 10, 2008
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With the law establishing a government-run electronic system set to expire in November, Rep. Zoe Lofgren says there is too little time left on the legislative calendar to decide whether to expand, overhaul or end the mechanism known as E-Verify.
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House Approves Smoothing Technique in Pension Bill

July 9, 2008
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The measure makes technical corrections to the Pension Protection Act, which was signed into law in 2006 and went into effect in January. Most of the changes to the original bill are minor.
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Studies HR Technology Spending Still Growing

July 7, 2008
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Factors behind investments in human resource software include greater recognition of the importance of talent and looming demographic shifts in the workforce.
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Anheuser-Busch to Cut Lump-Sum Payouts

July 1, 2008
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Effective January 1, interest rates tied to corporate bonds will be used to calculate the lump-sum pension payouts and certain annuity payout options, according to an internal memo.
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Tool Useful Sample HR Forms

July 1, 2008
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Sample Forms can provide a helpful starting place and ideas on structure and content for an organization to design its own set of everyday documents.
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Court Says Employee Text Messages Are Private

June 20, 2008
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9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco rules that the city of Ontario, California, violated the constitutional privacy rights of a police officer and the recipients of his text messages.
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Health Care IT Legislation Must Overcome Privacy Concerns

June 13, 2008
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With the number of days remaining in the congressional session dwindling, supporters are urging faster action. They tout health IT as a way to improve care and reduce costs.
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FAA Survey Reveals Wide Dissatisfaction

June 13, 2008
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The survey results demonstrate that the controllers are not alone in their distrust and dislike of FAA management. Sixty-four percent of respondents indicated that they distrust the agency’s administrators.
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Taking Flight

June 13, 2008
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Internal hostilities at the Federal Aviation Administration have sent air traffic controllers rushing for the door as soon as they can retire, triggering a staffing crisis and questions about whether the agency can repair its crippled morale.
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