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February 5, 2013

  Risk, Insurance, Claims & Safety 
  • Wash. city might have to pay $65M for environmental projects
    Port Angeles, Wash., City Manager Dan McKeen says the city might have to spend as much as $65.2 million over two decades on projects required by the state Department of Ecology. McKeen says the projects will have a significant effect on the city and residents. They include working on sewer overflow, stabilizing a landfill, attaining a municipal stormwater permit, updating the Shoreline Master Program and cleaning up Port Angeles Harbor. Peninsula Daily News (Port Angeles, Wash.) (1/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Calif. city council OKs conservation-plan participation
    The San Jose, Calif., City Council approved participation in the Habitat Conservation Plan, which aims to ensure money collected from developers to offset environmental damage is used efficiently, including preventing 18 plant and animal species from being wiped out. Five other government agencies in Santa Clara County participate. The plan affects land in 60% of the county and is expected to raise $665 million in fees, grants and donations. San Jose Mercury News (Calif.) (free registration) (1/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Workplace & Retirement 
  • Study: Health benefits keep workers on the job longer
    About half of U.S. workers who are at least 21 say they will delay retirement longer than they originally planned because they need employer-provided health insurance, an Employee Benefit Research Institute study says. About a quarter of respondents said that a guarantee of health care benefits during retirement would lead to them retiring earlier than planned, compared with 15% who said the same in 2003, EBRI says. The Wall Street Journal/At Work blog (2/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Calif. city cuts $26M from union workers' contracts
    The City Council in San Bernardino, Calif., has approved union contracts with city employees that cut pay and benefits by about $26 million. The reduction is necessary to balance the budget, which must happen before the city can qualify for bankruptcy protection. Unions affected include the police and fire departments. San Bernardino County Sun (Calif.) (1/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Higher Education 
  • Lawmakers can set university tuition rates, Fla. high court finds
    The tuition-setting ability of the board that oversees Florida's public universities can be restricted by state lawmakers, who also have the power to determine tuition rates, the state Supreme Court has ruled. The Legislature can designate how state funds are raised and spent, Justice Barbara Pariente wrote in the majority opinion. "Nothing within [a 2002 state constitutional amendment creating the board] indicates an intent to transfer this quintessentially legislative power to the Board of Governors," Pariente wrote. The Miami Herald (free registration)/News Service of Florida (1/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Leadership & Management 
  • How to help your workers mind their manners
    Workplace civility is no longer a given, writes S. Chris Edmonds, and it's up to bosses to ensure that employees mind their manners. That starts with personally modeling the kind of courtesy and consideration you expect from subordinates, Edmonds writes. "The integrity of your civil workplace is built upon the constant demonstration of valued behaviors by anyone in a leadership position," he argues. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (1/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  News From Aon 
  • How competitive are your benefits?
    Aon Hewitt's Benefit Index is the premier tool for benchmarking the competitive value of your organization's benefit programs. We have one of the largest and most up-to-date databases of benefit plan design information to help you compare your benefits to a select group of peers. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Aon reports 2012 results
    Aon posted total revenue of $3.1 billion with organic revenue growth of 4% in 2012. Significant investments in the Global Risk Insight Platform and insurance exchanges were also made during 2012 to further expand Aon's market leading position in brokerage and human resources consulting. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  SmartQuote 
To attain knowledge, add things every day. To attain wisdom, subtract things every day."
--Laozi,
Chinese philosopher


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