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Articles by Jessica Marquez

On Mixing Family, Business

November 4, 2007
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In her book The House of Mondavi , Julia Flynn-Siler tells the story of how family politics ultimately destroyed the Mondavi Corp.
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Kaiser Survey Shows Consumer Plans Instigate Premium Slowdown

October 9, 2007
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The Kaiser Family Foundation’s much ballyhooed annual health care cost survey may be flawed, but it might prove that new products in the health care market, specifically consumer-driven plans, are forcing health insurers to lower their premiums.
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Cash-Balance Plans May Make a Comeback

October 9, 2007
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More companies are considering launching cash-balance plans, but many are taking a cautious approach.
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In Defense of CEO Pay

October 5, 2007
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In a new book, Watson Wyatt executive compensation consultants Ira Kay and Steve Van Putten argue that heightened interest--and outrage--over high executive pay is unfounded.
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During the Buyout, HR Leaders Get Back to Basics

October 4, 2007
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HR executives often talk about the need to be strategic business partners within their organizations, but Linda Burkhart found it was her background as an HR generalist that helped get her company through a private equity buyout.
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After the Buyout Hr's Rising Equity

October 4, 2007
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The private equity boom may have peaked, but one of its legacies is that investors recognize the value of human resources execs who know their financials and can help overhaul the workforce, revamp compensation and act as a mediator between unions and the company’s new owners.
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Subprime Stress

September 27, 2007
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Firms worry about employees tapping 401(k)s due to the mortgage crisis; funds in their plans also could be adversely affected.
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The 30 Highest-Paid HR Leaders

September 17, 2007
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With his rich severance package, former Home Depot exec Dennis Donovan is, not unexpectedly, the highest paid HR leader of fiscal 2006. More surprisingly in Workforce Management 's fourth annual list of the highest-paid human resource leaders is how many smaller companies are paying their people chiefs top dollar. And the pay is increasingly being based on performance.
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The Platinum Handshake

September 17, 2007
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The list of the 30 top-paid HR executives of 2006 presents a lesson that others in the field would be wise to heed: Don’t promise large severance packages that might make your company stand out from the pack.
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HR's Top Earners Field Marshals in the Talent War

September 17, 2007
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A quintet of 2006's highest-paid HR leaders discuss how they are confronting myriad talent management challenges as well as obstacles to being viewed by their organizations as strategic business partners.
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