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Taking Flight

June 13, 2008
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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Flexible Work Gains Attention of Lawmakers

June 11, 2008
The U.S. is behind the majority of developed nations when it comes to having statutes in place to allow for flexible work arrangements. Of the 21 “high income” countries examined in a recent study, the U.S. finished last.
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Homeland Security Requires E-Verify for Federal Contractors

June 10, 2008
Companies doing business with the government would have to use the electronic system operated by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service and the Social Security Administration to prove each person they hire for a contract and each employee who works on it is legal. It’s unclear when the directive goes into effect.
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Keeping a Watchful Eye

June 6, 2008
A California court case shows how using video cameras to monitor employees can create problems for employers and how some situations could be alleviated by well-documented policies and practices.
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Testing the Tests

June 6, 2008
Outdated tests and skill requirements and blanket diploma prerequisites open the door to legal challenges by unsuccessful candidates.
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Bill to Clarify Use of Smoothing in Funding

June 3, 2008
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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