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June 26, 2012
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  • Key part of Ariz. immigration law stands, while others are struck down
    The U.S. Supreme Court agreed to let the key provision of Arizona's immigration law stand, while striking down three portions of the statute. The provision that allows police to verify the immigration status of people they stop was upheld because it does not interfere with the federal immigration law, Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote in an unanimous opinion on that aspect of the law. The rulings -- including split votes on the parts that were overturned -- have favorable aspects for those who support and oppose the mandate and allow for challenges to be filed against the law in the future. Reuters (6/25), The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (6/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Recruiting & Retention 
  • How to turn your workers into overachievers
    Research shows that a fun workplace and regular gestures of appreciation aren't nearly as important to employees as the feeling that they're achieving their goals, Timothy Clark writes in "The Employee Engagement Mindset," which is excerpted in this article. Leaders can help employees better themselves by, for instance, teaching them how to manage their time. "Genuine interest and a little flexibility on your part can go a long way toward increasing motivation, achievement, and ultimately engagement," Clark writes. TLNT.com (6/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Strategies for Success from TrainingMag.com 
  • What the pharmaceutical industry gets wrong about talent development
      
    A common employee-development tactic in the pharmaceutical industry is the "talent assessment center," where candidates for managerial positions are assessed over the course of one or two days, Nino Lamberti writes. The problem with assessment centers is that they tend to be one-off events. "Without being a part of a larger, corporate-wide talent development plan, assessment centers deliver very little, if any, return on investment and often result in discouraged or demotivated employees," Lamberti writes. TrainingMag.com (6/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Benefits & Compensation 
  • Employees want training plus opportunities, study finds
    Employee-training programs could backfire on companies that don't also offer career opportunities, according to a study. Employees who received training were more likely to leave for other employers if they didn't think they could advance in their current company. "Only those employees who can see a way forward in their careers will stay with an employer," says Scott Seibert, a study's co-author and a professor at the University of Iowa. The Wall Street Journal/At Work blog (6/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Survey: 45% of employers offer health coaching
    Wellness programs are becoming more popular, as 45% of companies report they offer health and lifestyle coaching, compared with 33% in 2008, a Society for Human Resource Management survey says. Also, 35% of employers offer rewards or bonuses for completing a wellness program, up from 23% in 2008, the survey finds. The Employee Benefits Blog (6/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Why you should educate your workers about disability benefits
    Employers should educate workers about how disability insurance can protect against financial hardship, says Tracie Foster of WellPoint. "The educational information should not be used to scare employees; it should help them understand that even small accidents and illnesses may require them to take time off, and should make them question whether they would they be able to afford their living expenses if this happened," Foster says. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (6/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Regulatory & Legal Update 
  • Employers will face choices after health care ruling, experts say
    Employers will face important choices about their health care plans regardless of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision on the Affordable Care Act, experts say. The court is expected to announce its ruling this week. If the law is struck down, employers will need to consider whether to keep benefits that have already been implemented. Meanwhile, a rejection of the "individual mandate" could lead to higher costs that will need to be offset. CFO.com (6/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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The HR Leader 
  • How to bridge impasses at meetings
    Many meetings aren't necessary, but even at the ones that are, true disagreements are greatly outnumbered by arguments in which the participants can't agree even on a perspective, writes Dana Theus. She recommends using the "PRIMES" to tackle this issue. "A powerful and simple PRIME is 'big hat-little hat,' which recognizes that one side might be wearing the 'big hat' and looking at what is best for the larger organization, while the other side is wearing the 'little hat' and focusing on what's at issue for a smaller group," Theus writes. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (6/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Workplace Chatter 
  • Why are men more likely to get struck by lightning?
    Men are four times more likely to get struck by lightning than women, and nobody's quite sure why. Part of the reason might be that men typically spend more time outside than women, say National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration officials. It has also been suggested that men are less likely to seek shelter when storms begin. National Public Radio/The Two-Way blog (6/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Editor's Note 
  • SmartBrief launches SmartBlog on Education
    SmartBrief has launched its fifth blog on the SmartBlogs network, SmartBlog on Education, bringing together expert educators to talk about the education issues that matter most. Find out more, and subscribe to SmartBrief's suite of education newsletters. LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story

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