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October 18, 2012
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  • Florida minimum wage to increase 12 cents in 2013
    Florida's minimum wage will rise to $7.79 an hour next year, an increase of 12 cents, officials said Monday. The wage is recalculated yearly to adjust for inflation. The minimum wage for tipped workers will increase from $4.65 an hour to $4.77 an hour. The Miami Herald (free registration) (10/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Calif. workers get huge payouts from unused vacation, analysis finds
    California public employees are storing up vacation days and cashing them in when they retire, in some cases getting more than $500,000 extra in their final paychecks, according to an analysis of government salary data. The state paid nearly $1 billion between 2009 and 2011 to reimburse employees retiring with unused vacation days, the analysis found. San Jose Mercury News (Calif.) (free registration) (10/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Companies offer health assistance in place of retiree health coverage
    More companies are dropping retiree health coverage and some are now offering health assistance in its place. Some employers create contracts with health insurance exchanges and give retirees a chance to work with a counselor to help determine the plan or coverage that works best for them. Most employers that have contracts with exchanges provide retirees with fixed monthly amounts to buy coverage or health reimbursement arrangements. The Washington Post/Kaiser Health News (10/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Filipino nurses win settlement in language lawsuit
    Delano Regional Medical Center in California has agreed to pay nearly $1 million to dozens of Filipino nurses and medical staff members to settle charges it created a hostile work environment, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission announced. The nurses filed a lawsuit after the medical center banned workers from speaking Filipino and Tagalog languages while in the workplace. Bloomberg Businessweek/The Associated Press (10/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Darden tests cutting hours to cope with health care changes
    Darden Restaurants has launched a test at a handful of locations in four markets to gauge the effects of limiting workers' hours in advance of health care reforms that will require companies to provide health insurance to anyone working at least 30 hours per week. "I think a lot of those employers, especially restaurants, are just going to ensure nobody gets scheduled more than 30 hours a week," Mercer human resources consultant Matthew Snook said. Orlando Sentinel (Fla.) (10/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • How HR and finance can learn to get along
    Most HR directors say they should be in charge of their organization's talent-management strategy, but the majority of CEOs and finance chiefs disagree, saying that finance departments should be in control, according to a survey by the American Institute of CPAs. In reality, HR and finance need to work together. HR can be especially helpful in broadly defining an organization's talent philosophy, while finance can establish metrics that enforce the philosophy and ensure accountability, experts say. Human Resource Executive (10/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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