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Articles by Michelle Rafter

Welcome to the Club

April 8, 2005
Costco pays generous wages and benefits in accord with CEO Jim Sinegal’s maxim: "Taking care of your employees and turning inventory faster than your people is good business." The chain is experiencing booming growth and surging revenue and profits.
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Telecounseling Find Favor With EAPs

November 1, 2004
Some companies are advancing the telephone from a referral tool to a way to deliver therapy. Proponents say it’s an efficient, effective way to deal with all but the most serious mental-health issues, but critics say it’s untested and is offered only to curb costs.
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Quiet Retirement

October 1, 2004
From jobs to health care to retirement, President Bush and Sen. John Kerry are promoting proposals that will directly affect employers. This special report analyzes these key issues, contrasting the approaches the candidates say they'll take. Social Security and pension reform: Heard much about these issues during the campaign? No one has.
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Good-Bye to the Golden Age of Options

September 3, 2004
Rules from the Financial Accounting Standards Board won't take effect until 2005 or later. But many companies are already refashioning their incentive plans, curbing the amounts of their option grants, limiting who is eligible, or both.
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