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Experience Being Obese Gives Rise to New Ventures

September 10, 2009
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Some obese workers, tired of being treated badly for not being able to conform to workplace expectations of what a healthy person looks like, end up leaving the corporate world for niches that turn their weight into an asset.
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Overweight Workers Face Bias in Hiring

September 10, 2009
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Diversity is the watchword in most workplaces today. But while a wide variation of color, gender, ethnicity and sexual orientation is welcome at work, the sentiment frequently doesn't extend to body size.
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Special Report on Health Care BenefitsPound-Foolish

September 10, 2009
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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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Employers Defend Key Programs Against Health Care Bogeyman

September 1, 2009
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As opponents seek to portray reform as rationing, employers hit back to make sure comparative effectiveness research and medical homes remain key pillars of health care reform.
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Wal-Mart Uses Connections to Influence Health Care Reform

August 13, 2009
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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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Tweeting Health Benefits ... in 140 Characters or Fewer

August 6, 2009
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Benefits managers are getting over their aversion to talking publicly about health benefit plans and using social media to cut through the clutter of information and connect with employees.
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Trying to Hit a Moving Target

July 26, 2009
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Companies are turning to wellness programs using Madison Avenue methods to help keep a lid on soaring health-care costs. However, the jury is still out on their success.
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Marijuana Reimbursement Claims Highlight How Pot Could Be Gold for Employers

July 14, 2009
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A medical billing company may be blowing smoke, but could reimbursing patients for medical marijuana lower drug costs for employers?
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Global Workforce ReportIndia on the Outs

June 24, 2009
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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
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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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