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October 17, 2012
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  • Obama, Romney each have promised changes to federal workforce
    President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney hold different positions on the federal workforce, according to this analysis by The Washington Post. Obama supports a 0.5% raise for federal workers starting in April, but wants workers to contribute more toward their retirement benefits. He has encouraged teleworking and hiring initiatives for minorities, students, veterans and the disabled during his term. Romney has said he plans to cut the federal workforce by 10% while reducing federal pay so that it aligns more closely with the private sector, this analysis says. The Washington Post (10/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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  • Finding the Right People
    The presidential election, tax policies and high unemployment may keep business leaders awake at night, but no topic creates the degree of concern as finding the right people. A recent ManpowerGroup report concludes with this thought: Companies that truly believe that human capital is their most valuable asset—and make investments to cultivate that talent—are the ones that will set the pace in the years ahead. Time Inc. Custom Content
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Recruiting & Retention 
  • Is there recruiting beyond LinkedIn?
    There are methods besides LinkedIn for connecting with job seekers, writes Lance Haun, who offers links to how-to articles for recruiting with Google Finance, StackOverflow and other tools. "Continue to expand your learning, practice and relationships with those around you. Most importantly, build your talent acquisition strategy around the people you need, not just the tools that you know or the ones easily at your disposal," he writes. SourceCon (10/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Why job candidates hate your online application process
    Many companies continue to make blunders with their online candidate experience, such as not providing information on the company culture or making candidates slog through irrelevant questions, says Gerry Crispin of CareerXroads. One way to improve the experience is for recruiters to apply for their own jobs several times a year to spot deficiencies, he suggests. TalentMgt.com (10/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Benefits & Compensation 
  • 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) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Regulatory & Legal Update 
  • CEOs try to rock the vote
    No federal election law prevents employers from telling workers how to vote in an election, legal experts say. This year, several CEOs have sent messages to workers, including Westgate CEO David Siegel, who told his 7,000 employees that if President Barack Obama is re-elected, he "will have no choice but to reduce the size of this company.” The Koch brothers sent a letter to their 45,000 workers at Georgia Pacific warning they could "suffer the consequences" if they vote for Obama. CNBC (10/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Employers should update handbooks to comply with NLRB rulings
    National Labor Relations Board decisions on social media use mean employers should update their employee handbooks, legal experts say. The NLRB "may well find seemingly well-intentioned, reasonable policy provisions to be unlawful, if they could reasonably be interpreted as having a chilling effect on the employees' right to freely discuss their terms and conditions of work," says Sonya Rosenberg, a labor and employment lawyer. Human Resource Executive (10/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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  • How to keep your employees happy on the job
    One way to help your employees to be more satisfied with their work is to give them a degree of control, Jay Steinfeld of Blinds.com writes. "I think it is one of the greatest gifts a CEO can offer: set the vision and direction, then empower your team to make it happen and to 'own' their work," he writes. Leaders should also create a culture of steady improvement and instill a sense of fun into the workplace. Inc. online (free registration) (10/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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