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Articles by Jessica Marquez

The Fuzzy Math on Executive Pay

February 16, 2006
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The SEC's 370-page proposal for executive compensation disclosure could create more questions than answers. Companies point to difficulties placing a value on perks and future benefits while claiming that competitive information could be compromised.
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Women's Retirement Participation Rising

February 16, 2006
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Women are more likely to participate in their retirement plans than men at similar income levels, according to a study conducted by the Employee Benefit Research Institute. The trend toward great participation by women is a change from the past.
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Dedicated to Development

February 16, 2006
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Engineering and construction company Washington Group International is investing $50 million annually in its workforce's future. Can the company maintain this level of commitment and will this bold approach pay off?
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Honeymoon Is Over for Some HRO Buyers

February 7, 2006
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A Towers Perrin study finds that although 92 percnet of companies were very satisfied with their HRO providers upon signing the deals, only 56 percent felt that way after one year, and only 45 percent did after two.
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U.S. Unions Act Globally, Benefit Locally

February 3, 2006
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By creating international agreements with European multinationals, groups are gaining entry into American businesses that previously had fended off organizing efforts.
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Employers Fire Back at Law Making it a Felony to Ban Guns on Company Premises

January 27, 2006
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The NRA says a Florida measure allowing workers to keep loaded firearms in their cars would boost safety, while employers see increased danger, higher security costs and a negative impact on morale. The NRA’s goal is to make the Florida law the model for all other legislation, says Brian Siebel, a senior attorney at the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence.
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On-site Blood Tests Raise Privacy Issues

January 20, 2006
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A growing number of companies are offering an accurate--if potentially controversial--addition to health-risk assessments: an onsite blood test.
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Companies Send Employees on Volunteer Projects Abroad to Cultivate Leadership Skills

December 2, 2005
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Programs can be good recruitment and retention tools and may help participants rethink how they work with other people.
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Call Centers Find Savings Begin at Home

November 18, 2005
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There are an estimated 100,000 home-based call center agents in the U.S. Their popularity is growing.
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Retooling Pay

November 11, 2005
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Unable to sustain high wages and rich benefits amid global competition, old-guard employers may need to turn to performance-base compensation and incentives to attract and retain workers.
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