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Articles by Mark Schoeff Jr.

Office of Personnel Management Optimas Award Winner for Service

September 7, 2011
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A far-reaching initiative centralizes HR operations for three dozen federal agencies, eliminating duplication of effort and strengthening recruitment and succession planning.
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J.M. Smucker Co Optimas Award Winner for Ethical Practice

September 7, 2011
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In stressing values of honesty and integrity, the firm recognizes that acting ethically is not a simple matter of doing what is right or what's wrong. Each of the company's 3,500 employees attends sessions on moral awareness, moral courage and values.
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Ads Educate C-Suite About Disability Diversity

March 19, 2010
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The national campaign is designed to change the perception of hiring disabled employees, with print ads poking fun at the foibles of a typical worker.
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Workers' E-Privacy at Issue

February 3, 2010
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A Supreme Court case involving a police officer's text messages may provide guidance on the limits corporate HR departments can impose on electronic communications.
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Labor's Agenda Set to Move to the Front Burner

December 29, 2009
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Once Congress is done wrestling with health care reform, it is expected to turn its attention to the Employee Free Choice Act. And although the act has been dormant for months, organized labor’s priorities are sprouting in Washington in other ways. Here are the labor-relations issues employers need to watch in the new year.
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Prepared for a World of Free Choice

December 29, 2009
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While some companies are trying to position themselves to fend off union organizing in the even of the Employee Free Choice Act’s passage, most employers ‘are still in denial about the likelihood of significant pro-union legislation passing,’ one expert says.
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EFCAs Compromise Likely to Keep Its Arbitration Provision

December 29, 2009
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Business groups opposing the Employee Free Choice Act say that its provision for mandatory binding arbitration in first contracts is just as bad as the card-check dimension of the bill—if not worse—because it would allow an outside board to determine compensation, benefits and work rules.
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National Labor College Curriculum Changes With the Economy

December 29, 2009
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If the Employee Free Choice Act passes and paves the way for widespread workplace organizing, many of the newest union leaders will be educated at a campus not far from Washington. Classes include labor studies, labor history and new courses on green (and organized) workplaces.
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A U.S. Training Upgrade

October 1, 2009
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There is wide agreement in Washington, and among employers, that American workers need more education and training, but some experts say current federal proposals don’t go far enough.
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