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Bill to Clarify Use of Smoothing in Funding

June 3, 2008
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The bill, if passed, would supersede the Internal Revenue Service’s interpretation of the Pension Protection Act that requires plans to compute their funding obligations over two years using average asset values, which could generally force plans to make larger contributions.
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FAA Scandals Hint at Rift Between Managers and Inspectors

June 3, 2008
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Citing concerns that inspectors are too cozy with the airlines, Congress is looking to pass legislation that would forbid inspectors from going to work at an airline for two years.
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FAA Scandals Hint at Rift Between Managers and Inspectors

June 3, 2008
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Citing concerns that inspectors are too cozy with the airlines, Congress is looking to pass legislation that would forbid inspectors from going to work at an airline for two years.
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OSHA Fines United Airlines for Numerous Workplace Safety Violations

May 22, 2008
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This is the second time this month that United has run afoul of OSHA regulations. The Chicago-based airline was cited on May 2 for 44 violations.
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Two Approaches to Employee Blogs

May 21, 2008
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The first guideline regarding an employee blogging policy is simple: have one. Here's how two large companies—Cisco and Sun Microsystems—approach the issue.
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Democrats Decry Immigration Raid at Iowa Processing Plant

May 20, 2008
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Congressional members say the growing emphasis on enforcement, in the absence of broader immigration reform, is leading to inhumane treatment of foreign workers and their families.
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OSHA Seeks Views on Flu Equipment Guidance

May 19, 2008
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OSHA’s proposed guidance offers private-sector and government employers recommendations and a method for calculating workplace needs for respirators and facemasks.
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Tips on Reducing Co-Employment Problems When Utilizing a Staffing Service

May 7, 2008
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Many of the problems come from situations in which the customer unnecessarily assumes employment responsibilities over the temporary workforce.
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The Rich Vein of Working Mothers

May 7, 2008
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Demographics paint a picture of a workforce in search of flexibility. A 2005 Merrill Lynch survey indicated that 16 percent of the baby boomer workforce was looking for part-time work, and 42 percent would only take jobs that allow periods off for leisure.
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A Case Study Best Buy

May 7, 2008
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To address low morale and the level of stress in its corporate offices, Best Buy allowed employees to work when and where they like, as long as they get the job done.
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