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Articles by Jeremy Smerd

Special Report on Health Care BenefitsPound-Foolish

September 10, 2009
Weight-focused health policy can merely end up penalizing obese workers and adding to the stigma of being severely overweight. But some employers are taking a more thoughtful approach to the emotionally fraught issue in attempting to improve workers’ health and reduce medical costs.
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Wal-Mart Uses Connections to Influence Health Care Reform

August 13, 2009
The retailer has waded deeper than any other company into the national health care debate, spending heavily on lobbyists, forming strategic alliances with union leaders who now have access to the Obama administration and even bucking the business establishment by endorsing a requirement that all employers provide health insurance to employees.
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Global Workforce ReportIndia on the Outs

June 24, 2009
The global downturn, coupled with political concerns in the U.S. about domestic job losses, has caused companies to reconsider outsourcing to the subcontinent or managing their own workforces there. Some have found that bringing work back onshore makes better business sense.
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Outsourcing on the Home Front

June 24, 2009
Unlike Indian outsourcing companies, domestic outsourcing firms, which use customer service agents who work from home, have found their business has picked up in recent months. 'We’re finding the economy to be good to us,' says Rob Duncan, COO of Denver-based Alpine Access.
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