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‘Vaping’ Decision Up in the Air, but Some Fuming About Potential e-Cigarette Regulation

October 29, 2014
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As the popularity of e-cigarettes continues to grow, there’s still no definitive ruling on the safety and proper regulation of the tobacco-free alternative. It’s up to employers to fill in the gaps.


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Private Exchanges Reflect Demand for Voluntary Benefits

October 28, 2014
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Supplemental health products, like hospital indemnity and critical insurance plans, have been growing in popularity as out-of-pocket medical costs increase for many employees. 


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What Employers Should Know (and Do) in Response to the Ebola Threat

October 17, 2014
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Employee safety should always be the company's highest priority, and employers should follow CDC guidance and avoid knee-jerk reactions, no matter how provocative an employee's activities may be.


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Four Lessons in Talent Management From 'Cutetallica'

September 15, 2014
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Jon Hyman offers four talent management tips after watching his 8-year-old daughter's rock band Cutetallica perform last weekend.
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What Are the Benefits of Ranking to Determine Employee Performance?

September 15, 2014
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Like many companies, we have an annual performance review of employees. At the beginning of the financial year, KPAs, goals, targets are mutually agreed. There is quarterly review of performance followed by annual review. Employees are rated on predefined performance criteria on a scale of 1 to 5. Subsequent to rating, we wanted our line management to rank employees against each other in order to have ranking order. Line management is not inclined to ranking, for obvious reasons. Is there any way to know if ranking is the right approach for our performance management?

— Really Clueless, assistant GM, manufacturing, Hyderabad, India


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Is This the End of the Independent Contractor as We Know It?

September 8, 2014
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While this case does not necessarily spell the end of the independent contractor, it very well could be the beginning of trend of cases leading down this path.
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Observations on Obesity in the Workforce

September 4, 2014
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Obesity is a leading source of workplace disability, but nixing vending machines and handing out pedometers isn’t enough to get employees back and working at their full potential.


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Address Dressing for Success

August 4, 2014
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A rigid dress code policy can carry legal risks.
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Worker Wellness Wishes Revealed

August 4, 2014
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Virgin Pulse-Workforce survey finds smoking cessation tops the list of most popular wellness programs with physical activity the leading wellness demand.


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Wellness Investments Rise but Results Remain in Question

June 25, 2014
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More employers are deploying wellness programs but implementation and effectiveness remain elusive.


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