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The Big News Stories That Werent

December 21, 2007
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These stories are the sizzle that fizzeled. These stories are about things that didn’t happen. A blabber blogger CEO escapes punishment, Knicks’management gets a pass on sexual harassment, Robert Nardelli isn’t punished for failing at Home Depot and Michael Moore doesn’t generate controversy.
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Forecasting Talent Challenges

December 20, 2007
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The Conference Board recently named Gail Fosler its 12th president. Fosler has been with the Conference Board for 18 years and is noted for being one of the nation’s most accurate economic forecasters through her development of the Conference Board’s leading economic indicators. Fosler spoke with Workforce Management staff writer Jeremy Smerd.
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The Revived Debate on Managed Competition

December 11, 2007
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A one-time supporter like Hillary Rodham Clinton doesn’t promote managed competition anymore, but there are employers who are standing by their plans.
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The Silent Treatment 'Just Be Quiet About It'

December 7, 2007
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A culture of fear keeps doctors and other health care workers from speaking out about medical errors and dangerous practices. Efforts to improve health care quality have slammed up against a reluctance among medical workers to report preventable errors.
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Hospitals Taking Safety Cues From Manufacturers

December 7, 2007
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Hospitals are turning to the manufacturing industry for safety solutions. The goal is making hospitals mistake-proof by creating processes that catch and prevent potential errors.
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DHS Rule Blocked

November 26, 2007
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A California judge's preliminary injunction doesn't mean employers should think they can just ignore 'no-match' letters.
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DHS Rule Blocked

November 26, 2007
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A California judge's preliminary injunction doesn't mean employers should think they can just ignore 'no-match' letters.
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The Philippines Vying To Become The Next India

November 25, 2007
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Philippines officials want to compete for a share of India's outsourcing market, but what's driving business to the archipelago nation is precisely that it is not India.
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PBM Transparency May Only Be Skin Deep

November 4, 2007
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Getting rebates is good, but some employers and pharmacy benefit managers say that the pharmacy benefits industry needs to unequivocally commit to acting on behalf of employers.
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Are VEBAs the Future of Employee Health Care

October 9, 2007
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The contract agreement between the United Auto Workers and Detroit’s Big Three automakers have brought health care trusts known as VEBAs—voluntary employees’ beneficiary associations—to national attention. However, the tiny city of Post Falls, Idaho, may be able to teach the UAW a thing or two about running a VEBA.
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