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October 1, 2012
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  • Calif. gets first state-run private retirement plan
    Legislation signed Friday by California Gov. Jerry Brown establishes a state-run retirement plan for private-sector workers who don't have employer-sponsored plans. The plan orders employers to withhold 3% of workers' pay unless employees opt out. The state's main pension system will be in charge of investing money collected for the new retirement plan, leading some critics to say the program is an attempt to inject funds into the state's ailing public pension system. Associated Press (9/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Recruiting & Retention 
  • Employers falling short on hiring passive candidates, survey indicates
    Although recruiters and hiring managers prefer passive job candidates, more than two-thirds of them hire those actively seeking positions, finds a CareerXroads survey. About a quarter of recruiters responding said active candidates are more likely to be capable of performing the job, and about half of hiring managers say that active candidates don't perform as well as passives. (10/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • New hires are happier when they are asked about themselves
    It's better to get new hires or teams to talk about themselves than to bombard them with organizational information, finds new university research. Giving employees the opportunity to emphasize their positive qualities led to greater customer satisfaction and improved employee retention after six months, researchers found. The Globe and Mail (Toronto) (9/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Benefits & Compensation 
  • Government pay grades need more flexibility, report says
    The maximum salary for federal employees within certain pay grades should be increased to be more competitive with the private sector, concludes a report released today by the National Academy of Public Administration and the American Society for Public Administration. (9/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Is jargon turning away 401(k) participants?
    To better engage employees in 401(k) plan discussions, keep the message simple and get rid of jargon, suggests Kristi Mitchem of State Street Global Advisors. "Think about how to talk in plain, simple English without a lot of terms that confuse participants," she says. Employee Benefit News (10/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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The HR Leader 
  • Are you ready to be a leader? Here's your guide
    Becoming a leader is like getting tossed into the deep end of the pool -- so you'd better already have taught yourself to swim, writes Dan McCarthy. From taking courses to simply reading about other leaders, there's plenty you can do to get ready for your first big leadership role. "If you get offered a promotion and you're not prepared, you've got nobody to blame but yourself," McCarthy writes. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (9/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Workplace Chatter 
  • This is your brain on traffic lights
    Neuroscientists have found a way to control the flow of thoughts in the brain simply by flashing different-colored lights at their subjects. The protocol has only been tested in mice, and requires the animals to have specific light-sensitive proteins embedded in their brains. The resultant neural light switch can be used to flip the symptoms of mental disorders on and off, and could give rise to treatments for humans. Discover magazine (9/2012) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Director of Human ResourcesNational Gay and Lesbian Task ForceWashington, DC
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Nurse Recruiter (Part-Time)NYU Langone Medical CenterUS - NY
VP Human ResourcesRocket FuelRedwood Shores, CA
Director, Human ResourcesCMC Biologics A/SSeattle, WA
Human Resources Generalist/RecruiterDKW Communications, Inc.Washington, DC
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