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December 24, 2012
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  • Big companies should keep health coverage, analysis suggests
    Large companies with higher-paid workforces will be better off financially if they continue offering health insurance to employees after key parts of the federal health care law take effect in 2014, but small firms with mostly low-wage employees may benefit from dropping health coverage, according to research by the University of Minnesota and the Center for Studying the Health System Change in Washington. "The findings indicate establishments employing the vast majority of workers -- 81% -- currently offering insurance will continue to have an economic incentive to offer coverage," the analysis states. Business Insurance (tiered subscription model) (12/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Recruiting & Retention 
  • Why your onboarding process should involve social tools
    Most employees decide within their first six months at a company whether they plan to stay, which make the onboarding process crucial to retention, Karie Willyerd writes. New hires should be tapped into company social networks before they even arrive, so they can start building relationships and learning more about their position. "Make it easy on your new employees to find information and you can make a big first step in improving their time to productivity," Willyerd writes. Harvard Business Review online (12/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Benefits & Compensation 
  • A geographical look at retirement-plan ownership
    Americans contribute an average of $1,325 to their retirement accounts per year, with workers in California, the Midwest and the East Coast being most likely to have 401(k) accounts, according to an analysis by Esri. This article features two maps from Esri that break down by location the likelihood that people have retirement accounts. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Finance (12/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Regulatory & Legal Update 
  • Court: Dentist can fire assistant for being too attractive
    Employers in Iowa can fire workers that are "irresistibly attractive" without having to justify the termination with reasons related to performance, according to a decision by the state Supreme Court. The case involved a dentist who fired his assistant because he considered her a threat to his marriage. Forbes (12/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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The HR Leader 
  • Communication skills trump appearance, top leaders say
    A leader's ability to look the part matters less than their ability to communicate effectively, top executives say. Some 28% of senior bosses say that communication skills predict a worker's leadership potential, but only 5% say that looking "polished and put together" is "a key factor" for future leaders, David Burkus writes. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (12/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Workplace Chatter 
  • Fact-checking the Nativity story
    The birth of Christ probably didn't go down quite the way many Nativity plays suggest, experts say. Jesus was most likely born sometime around 4 B.C., and almost certainly not Dec. 25, scholars say. What's more, he probably wasn't born in a stable, but rather in the spare room of a peasant dwelling. The Week (12/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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  • SmartBrief will not publish Tuesday
    In observance of Christmas, SmartBrief will not publish Tuesday. Publication will resume Wednesday. Enjoy the holiday! LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
 
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