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Eliminating Paperwork in HR Management With E-Signatures

As an HR professional you manage a long list of documents that need to get signed and returned in a timely manner to avoid payroll, tax, or legal complications. Getting all of that paperwork signed quickly is difficult, even in the best circumstances. With today’s workforces becoming more remote, more mobile, and working more flexible schedules, the problems with paper become nearly unmanageable. Printing is too inconvenient, shipping is too expensive, and faxing is far too cumbersome. Find out how or e-signatures can help make employee hiring and compliance paperwork a breeze for you and your employees.

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Benefits that Matter: Five Ways Employers Can Get the Most Value from Voluntary Benefits

Voluntary benefits are becoming an increasingly integral part of the “new” employee benefits package. Because they come at no cost to you, they can be a great way to meet many of your HR goals with minimal effort. But where do you start? Purchasing Power’s latest white paper takes a look at the current state of the benefits landscape, employer and employee views on voluntary and ways you can help your employees make smart benefit decisions just in time for enrollment season. Download this whitepaper to help take your voluntary benefit strategy to the next level.

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90th Anniversary

A look at workforce history going back to 1922.

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Their Say on the ACA

On the fifth anniversary of the Affordable Care Act, Workforce talked to people who implement, work with and are affected by the ACA. These are their stories.

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Game Changers

The annual Game Changers competition honors top workforce-related talent under the age of 40. Winners are chosen by Workforce's editorial staff. We will consider not only professional accomplishments but also community service and other achievements.

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Live Chat: Repairing Retirement

Join Workforce Management Senior Writer Rita Pyrillis for a one-hour live chat on today's retirement strategies. Are defined benefits dead? Is the 401(k) fatally flawed? Is a new era of greater retirement stability on the horizon? How are you coping with your employees' retirement concerns? Join in the conversation Thursday, March 22, at 1 p.m. ET.
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Chat Transcript: Is the Work-More Economy Working?

Read the transcript from a live conversation with Senior Editor Ed Frauenheim about today's "Work-More Economy," in which job demands have risen. Are firms going too far, hurting themselves and workers? The live chat took place on Thursday, March 8, 2012, at 1 p.m. ET.
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Performance Management Orientation Guide

This orientation guide provides you with a high-level overview of performance management – what it is, what it can do for your organization and what you should consider in developing or modifying a performance management program.
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Jocks, Profs and Docs

You might wonder what players in the NFL, surgeons masked in the operating room, professors in the halls of academia have in common. The answer is a lot.
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A New Beginning

On Jan. 7, 2013, MediaTec Publishing Inc. bought Workforce from Crain Communications Inc. MediaTec's president, Norm Kamikow, provides his thoughts on the purchase.
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Return on Information: Improving your ROI with Google Enterprise Search

As organizations consider the benefits of bringing high-quality search to the workplace, it's critical to assess the various factors influencing the ROI they seek. In this whitepaper, you'll learn numerous business benefits, including how to heighten employee productivity by making the right knowledge available and useful when and where it's needed, and how to add to your ROI and boost your bottom line when searching intranets, content systems and applications.
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Dear Workforce

Networking with your colleagues is a good resource to help solve your HR dilemmas -- networking with the experts is a GREAT resource. Learn from the input of the experts on issues and topics in this complete archive of questions and answers. Do you have an HR question? Just ask by emailing

How Does the Vesting Requirement Relate to Disability?

I have a question regarding the 1,000-hour vesting/participation requirement related to disability: Employee A works 400 hours as an active (regular) employee. At that point, the employee gets a temporary disability (because of nonwork related activities) and no longer performs work, but is not terminated and remains an employee. In this case, does the 1,000-hour rule get waived since there is a disability? Or does it stay in place since there was no termination event? Thanks for any help/insight.

—Counting the Hours, assistant controller, construction trades, Rancho Dominguez

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The Hot List

The Hot List features listings of top HR providers, products and services. Workforce Management is for and about the leaders who are using HR to create a measurable competitive advantage and since July 2003, every month we produce The Hot List featuring a ranking of top HR providers, products and services that help keep businesses up to date, on track and focused on what matters most—its people. For Hot Lists after September 2013, please visit the Special Report section.


Roadmaps is designed to help readers navigate key areas of people management. Each Roadmap includes an Orientation Guide that gives a high-level overview of the subject as well as articles and other resources that provide more detailed directions on how to find your way to success. We’ve also organized our online Roadmap into three phases—Plan, Do and Review—to help you implement the planning and execution of your program.

Why You Need a Dedicated Time and Attendance Solution: Functionality Not Available in Your HCM Suite

Human resources managers are under increasing pressure to demonstrate line-of-business accountability in areas such as talent management, core HR, benefits administration, time and attendance, and payroll. In an effort to streamline processes and cut costs, many employers are turning to all-in-one human capital management (HCM) solutions. Yet, these all-inclusive systems may lack the deeper functionality and visibility you need to enable strategic decision making and more effectively manage your labor spend.

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