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January 23, 2013
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  Corporate Spotlight 
  • Institutional investors are ready to shift from debt to equities
    Strategists are increasingly looking to pension funds and insurers to rebalance investment portfolios out of fixed-income securities and into stocks. U.S. equity funds' net inflow in the first two weeks of 2013 totaled $11.3 billion, the most for a two-week period since April 2000, according to Lipper. Reuters (1/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  National News 
  • Skilled workers seek greener grass as economy improves
    As the recovering economy gives the U.S. labor force greater confidence, highly skilled workers are leaving the safety of their jobs to search for better opportunities. In a 2012 survey, 40% of employers said they were having trouble keeping workers with critical skills, up from 36% in 2011 and 16% in 2009. The Washington Post (1/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Legislative Dispatch 
  Employment Focus 
  • How Wal-Mart Stores Inc. v. Dukes has affected employment law
    The Supreme Court's decision in Wal-Mart Stores Inc. v. Dukes reverberated throughout 2012, when lower courts cited the ruling 541 times, according to a report by Seyfarth Shaw. "Marked by the halo effect of [Dukes], this past year created a number of lasting changes in employment law that will continue to alter the legal landscape and litigation strategies for employers in 2013," Seyfarth's Gerald Maatman Jr. said in a statement. Bloomberg BNA (free content)/Bulletin to Management (1/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Supreme Court and Federal Court Watch 
  • Verizon gets favorable ruling in case involving spinoff
    Verizon Communications appears poised to prevail in a lawsuit related to the spinoff of its directory business. Creditors have argued that the business, then known as Idearc, was loaded with debt, but U.S. District Judge A. Joe Fish indicated that the business appears to have been solvent at the time of the spinoff. Bloomberg (1/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Professional and Business Development 
  • 6 ways to make a good video interview impression
    More employers are turning to video interviews as a way to vet job candidates, so work on honing your skills so that you come across as personable and confident, HireArt's co-founder Elli Sharef says. For such an interview, dress professionally, mention why you want to work for the company and try not to sound like you're reading a script. USA Today/Gannett News Service (1/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Why your career may seem pointless
    If you don't set goals, your career will drift and you may end up hating what you're doing, Dorothy Tannahill-Moran writes. "You can create your own motivation when you have a vision of your own 'big picture'. That can help drive and sustain you even on the worst days," she writes. CareerRocketeer.com (1/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  PLI News 
  • The SEC and DOJ Place a "High Premium" on Effective Remediation
    Remediation done poorly -- or worse, not at all -- exposes the organization to enhanced penalties, difficult audit processes and recurring financial loss. The Jan. 31 audio briefing Key Elements of Effective Remediation: An Insider's View looks at avoiding and liaising with a government-imposed monitor, compliance and internal audit roles and responsibilities, and assessing design and operating effectiveness. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • The Indispensable Guide for All Real Estate Attorneys
    Friedman on Leases clearly explains the full range of commercial lease provisions and possible landlord-tenant scenarios, enabling you to craft fair, problem-free leasing agreements for any situation. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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