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Articles by Michelle Rafter

More States Adopt Workplace Breastfeeding Protections

March 11, 2008
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In all, 14 have laws in place and bills in another 12 are pending. To help companies adjust, a national pilot project for a business tool kit is in the works.
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The 'Grading System

March 10, 2008
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Topgrading runs on a set of fairly straightforward rules.
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Get Your 'A' Players Here

March 10, 2008
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There's only one place you should be getting your talent from, according to Brad Smart. But 'topgrading,' the author and consultant's rigorous hiring method that emphasizes loading the workforce with 'A' players, is not without its detractors.
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Escape from Excel Hell

March 6, 2008
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For companies seeking release from the tortures of manually calculating sales commissions, sales incentive management software can be a godsend. It has been around for about six years, but is taking off now that companies have begun to offer ‘software as a service’ and hosted solutions that are priced lower than the original high-end, on-premises software.
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Tool Do Homework Before Shopping for Sales Incentive Software

March 6, 2008
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Before buying such software, you need to know what’s broken in your existing sales incentive process, how you want it fixed, what IT resources you’ve got and how much vendor support you need.
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A PEO Deal Goes Upside Down

February 26, 2008
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The tale of how one North Carolina professional employer organization shut its doors and left 3,000 workers in the lurch underscores the importance of performing due diligence.
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Reality Check at NiSource

February 21, 2008
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In June 2005, when NiSource signed a 10-year, $1.6 billion contract to shift HR, IT, procurement, and finance and accounting to IBM, the deal was heralded as an example of a new breed of outsourcing. But for NiSource, at least, the future didn’t turn out quite as planned.
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Special Report Mid-Market Outsourcing Moving Toward the Middle

February 21, 2008
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As large employers hold off on making HR outsourcing deals, the middle market could be positioned for strong growth in 2008. But several obstacles, including the rise of ‘software as a service’ and a lack of data on cost savings for medium-size employers, may stand in vendors’ way.
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Hiring Back Retirees Via Third Parties

February 8, 2008
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Even though the Pension Preservation Act of 2006 eased some restrictions on keeping on older employees while they draw on pensions, companies have been reluctant to give up the relationships they have formed with third-party providers. Companies with established ties to staffing firms are happy with an arrangement that’s familiar and fulfills their need for additional help on an as-needed basis.
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Pension and Retirement Benefits Phased Retirement--Firms Wing It

February 8, 2008
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Even though the Pension Preservation Act of 2006 eased some restrictions on keeping on older employees while they draw on pensions, companies have been reluctant to give up the relationships they have formed with third-party providers. Companies with established ties to staffing firms are happy with an arrangement that’s familiar and fulfills their need for additional help on an as-needed basis.
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