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Sound the Retreat

September 2, 2003
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Although the dollars that companies spend on retreats have fallen with the weakened economy, some organizations still sign up for off-site meetings that involve physical challenges and offbeat exercises. There's considerable debate about whether organizations can really rev up leadership skills or build a team through games, firewalking, rock-climbing or whitewater rafting. Last month's resignation by the U.S. Postal Service's Inspector General in the wake of her million -dollar retreats (which included mock trials and costumes) hasn't helped the image of retreats.
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Passing the Bucks

September 2, 2003
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Exult began with a lot of technology know-how and promises of big savings for companies that handed off their messy, expensive human resources operations. Now, with $500 million in annual billings, Exult is spawning imitators who want a piece of the soon-to-be $21 billion outsourcing market.
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That Sartain touch

July 31, 2003
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If human resources has a household name, it's Libby Sartain, who earned her stripes at Southwest Airlines, mended a fracture at SHRM, made a leap to Yahoo and now has written a road map for human resources professionals who want to be like her.
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Consumer-Driven Health Plans Drive Significant Skepticism

July 1, 2003
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Consumer-driven health plans are creating many doubts for both employers and employees. Among the reasons for skepticism: employees’ lack of desire to learn about their plans, the effect on older workers, and trouble finding and analyzing the health information available.
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Nasty Business

June 28, 2003
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UnumProvident is defending itself against suits by angry workers whose benefits were terminated or rejected. Plaintiffs' attorneys argue that the terminations of benefits are designed to boost company profits. At first, the plaintiffs were just individual policyholders. But now, lawyers are bringing the fight to employers whose workers are covered by UnumProvident group policies.
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A Kinder, Gentler EEOC

May 2, 2003
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If you get a phone call from Cari M. Dominguez, chair of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, do not hide under your desk. Dominguez, the first EEOC chief with workforce-management background, is reaching out to business with a new message: The agency is your "workplace partner," and not your enemy. Really.
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Are You Ready for Paid Family Leave

December 23, 2002
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California has passed the nation's first paid family leave law, hailed as family friendly by some and jeered as a "job killer" and a bureaucratic nightmare by others.
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New Homeland Security Agency Brings Huge HR Changes

December 18, 2002
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The Homeland Security Act creates a new senior-level position of chief human capital officer.
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