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May 14, 2012
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  • Bill seeks to add protections for pregnant workers
    A bill in Congress seeks to require employers to make more accommodations for pregnant workers. Federal law often requires employers to treat pregnant workers as sick or disabled, which limits the legal protections they receive, says Noreen Farrell of Equal Rights Advocates. Seven states have pregnancy-accommodation laws. blog (5/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Recruiting & Retention 
  • Get creative to fill talent gaps
    To quickly fill talent gaps, hire people with key attributes, then train them to learn specific skills, Hank Stringer writes. For example, IBM once focused its recruiting efforts on finding people with backgrounds in musical composition, especially pianists. The company reasoned that such musicians are creative, are willing to sit at a keyboard for extended periods of time and are likely to have a knack for computer programming, Stringer writes. (5/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • IT workers seek skills training along with more pay
    IT workers are finding that the chance to acquire new skills can be vital when seeking employment opportunities. In response, companies such as IT services and consulting provider Tribridge are boosting efforts to provide on-site training -- particularly in skills such as cloud building, which will become increasingly marketable as more consumers turn to social networking and mobile platforms in the coming years. USA TODAY/Gannett News Service (5/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Benefits & Compensation 
  • Do you know every motivation type?
    The six types of motivation are incentive, fear, achievement, growth, power and social, Royale Scuderi writes. "No single type of motivation works for everyone. People's personalities vary and so accordingly does the type of motivation, that is most effective at inspiring their conduct," Scuderi writes. (5/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Expert: Employers may seek more reviews of workers' comp audits
    More employers are likely to request reviews of their workers' compensation audits in an effort to reduce premiums, as such reviews could help companies determine errors and misclassifications that may drive up costs, said Lisa Costello of Willis North America. "I think more clients will request this service as the [workers comp] rates increase and those increases get traction in the marketplace. I think the better question is: How many employers or insureds know that there's even an issue?" Costello said. Business Insurance (tiered subscription model) (5/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Regulatory & Legal Update 
  • Business-penalties issue stalls changes to Ala. immigration law
    Proposed revisions to Alabama's immigration law have been put on hold in the Senate after a clash between the two sponsors of the bill about penalties businesses would incur if they knowingly hire undocumented workers. Rep. Ricky Hammon wants to give judges more flexibility in how they impose penalties, but Rep. Scott Beason wants penalties automatically imposed. Montgomery Advertiser (Ala.) (5/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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  • Name and shame your inner saboteur
    Many people are held back by their own inner "saboteurs," writes Shirzad Chamine. If you're guilt-tripping yourself into inaction, convincing yourself that you're a victim or seeking to control rather than collaborate with those around you, then you could have fallen victim to a saboteur. "Your mind is your best friend. But it is also your worst enemy," Chamine warns. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (5/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Workplace Chatter 
  • Want more willpower? Get a chocolate dispenser
    German psychologists have developed a desktop chocolate dispenser designed to give people more willpower and moral fortitude. The machine dispenses a chocolate onto people's desks roughly once per hour, and keeps track of how many chocolates the user eats and how many the user returns to the machine. "Willpower ... can be strengthened with exercise," explains Drake Bennett. "Each chocolate put back in the machine is like a set of sit-ups for your self-control." Bloomberg Businessweek (5/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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