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Articles by Rita Pyrillis

Paid Sick Leave: Solving a Health Issue or Another Burden on Employers?

June 4, 2013
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New York is the latest to approve a paid-sick-leave measure, although opponents say such laws raise business costs, which could prevent them from hiring new workers or even trigger layoffs.
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SHRM: Design for the Future

June 3, 2013
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Workforce revisits a story we did five years ago on the HR profession's largest association--the Society for Human Resource Management. We found that while SHRM members are generally happy with the organization, some critics still take issue with SHRM's direction.
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Feds Set Guidelines for Health Reform Wellness Plans

May 30, 2013
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Under the new rules, which take effect Jan. 1, 2014, employers must provide “reasonable alternatives” to employees who can’t meet those goals but still want the discount or reward.
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Explaining the Exchanges to Employees Won't Be Easy

May 17, 2013
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Between the growing number of companies expected to introduce a private exchange later this year and the state-run health insurance exchanges that open for business on Jan. 1, 2014, employee communication will be critical in the coming months, benefits experts say.
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Hillary Clinton to Kick Off SHRM's Annual Conference

May 15, 2013
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The opening session scheduled for Sunday, June 16, also features journalist and CNN host Fareed Zakaria.
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Happy Talk? Keep Talkin' but Start Doin'

May 9, 2013
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If leaders rule by fear they get bullies and brown-nosers. If they rule by micromanaging, they create disengaged employees. The core of a high-performance culture is respect, one entrepreneur argues. And the absence of it is certainly the mark of a dysfunctional one.
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Employees Opening Health Savings Accounts in Record Numbers

May 6, 2013
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With 2014 contribution limits just released and more employers making high-deductible health plans their sole health benefit option, HSAs will continue to grow.
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Is Bullying the New Sexual Harassment?

April 17, 2013
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Office ogres exact not only an emotional cost but a monetary one. They can poison productivity, stifle creativity, and force good employees out the door.
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Lack of Vision, Dental Benefits Could Be Shortsighted

April 11, 2013
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To enrich the information we provide in our Hot List, Workforce will be adding reports on the industries covered in the list. In this first installment, we look at vision and dental plans.
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The Pre-existing Conditions: Buildup to Health Care Reform Bound to Bring Overload of Information

April 8, 2013
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A flood of marketing materials from private and state health care exchanges, insurance providers and others that are expected to start peddling their health insurance products will flood employees as 2014 approaches. Do you have the answers they will be asking?
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