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Articles by Mark Schoeff Jr.

WorldatWork Invades SHRMs Space in Washington

February 1, 2008
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With the advent of Democratic majorities in the House and Senate in 2007, more attention is being paid to employment leave policies and to pay—from enormous amounts that company executives make to the seeming stagnation of a typical worker’s check
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SHRM Halts Expansion of E-Verify

February 1, 2008
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Just as Congress was entering the final stages of wrestling with government funding bills in november, the Society for Human Resource Management was holding its leadership conference in Washington.
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SHRM at a Crossroads

February 1, 2008
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The HR association has grown into a massive entity, wielding huge financial reserves, a broad membership base and considerable political power. But as its CEO steps down and the organization embarks on a review of its strategy, it remains to be seen whether SHRM can answer detractors who say it doesn’t serve the executive and senior officials who are the heart of strategic HR.
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IBM Channels Exiting Workers To Public Sector

January 30, 2008
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A new program the technology giant will launch in July is designed to persuade employees and retirees to consider working for the Department of Treasury. The agency says it must fill 14,000 “mission critical” jobs during the next two years, including 7,950 at the Internal Revenue Service.
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Employers See Some Progress On Immigration

December 18, 2007
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"Skirmishes are being fought over work-site enforcement regulations and the expansion of a government electronic verification system. DHS has appealed an injunction that a judge ordered on its ""no-match"" letter rule."
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Lifelong Learning Accounts Target Incumbent Worker Training

December 6, 2007
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Tuition reimbursement programs enable companies to target an area that Washington often overlooks—training for people who already have jobs.
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United Technologies Seeks Intangibles With Education Plan

December 6, 2007
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UTC’s Employee Scholar Program is a comprehensive tuition reimbursement initiative, implemented in 1996, which finances upfront every penny of an associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degree. Graduates can receive up to $10,000 in UTC stock.
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A Tepid Reception for Annuities as 401(k) Payouts

November 13, 2007
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Although employers will soon have protection against being dragged into court on charges that they didn’t select the ‘safest’ annuity available doesn’t mean that they’ll now embrace annuities as a distribution option. The problem is that too few of the 52 million people who have defined-contribution accounts want to put their retirement savings into annuities.
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Thinking iInside-i the Box--or Cube

November 9, 2007
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Trane remodeled its Parsippany, New Jersey, office in 2005 to institute a cubicle culture for the approximately 120 employees who work there. And the company is proud of it.
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