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January 8, 2013
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  • U.S. hiring index is highest since 2008
    The Conference Board's Employment Trends Index increased in December, the third straight monthly gain, and is at its highest level since July 2008. The index, which points to short-term hiring trends, is encouraging, but "if economic activity continues to expand slowly in the first half of 2013, it would be difficult for employers to maintain the current rate of job growth," said Gad Levanon of The Conference Board. Bloomberg Businessweek (1/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Recruiting & Retention 
  • How to excel in the talent areas that most companies ignore
    Most firms invest minimal resources in important talent areas such as improving the people skills of middle managers and incorporating predictive metrics into talent-management efforts, writes John Sullivan, who offers 10 initiatives for companies to address these areas. One suggestion is to formalize a system for identifying best practices and spreading them throughout an organization. (1/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • State, local hiring is likely to pick up this year, analysts say
    State and local governments are expected to add about 220,000 jobs in 2013 after losing 653,000 jobs from 2008 to 2011, Moody's Analytics says. The forecast is one of several indications that states and municipalities are bouncing back from the recession, analysts say. States' tax collections have increased for 11 straight quarters, beginning with the first quarter of 2010, according to the Rockefeller Institute for State Government. USA Today (1/2), The Daily Beast (1/7), Bloomberg (1/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Strategies for Success from 
  • How to enhance training efforts by telling stories
    Telling concise, emotional stories is one of the best way to engage others in training, writes Doug Stevenson. "[S]top playing it safe with your stories. Many of your best stories are powerful because of the pain or difficulty involved in dealing with a crisis or obstacle," he writes. (1/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story

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Regulatory & Legal Update 
  • Ohio sees a wave of retirements as pension changes take effect
    The Ohio Public Employee Retirement System saw a spike in retirement applications at the end of 2012, possibly because of a state law that decreases payouts to some public employees who remained on the job past 2012. Starting next year, the minimum number of years that state employees need to work in order to qualify for health care in retirement will increase, which could cause another spike in retirements, this article says. News Journal (Mansfield, Ohio) (1/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Is 2013 the year for immigration reform?
    Major changes to immigration law could come this year, as support for an overhaul has increased among businesses and law enforcement, experts say. "If there's a way to bring millions of people legally into our system, they'd be paying more taxes and spending more money and creating more jobs," says Michael Wildes, an immigration lawyer. "It would be a big boost to the economy and any kind of amnesty provision that includes fees from illegal immigrants would help fill the treasury." CNBC (1/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
The HR Leader 
  • How your children shape your leadership style
    Having children changes the leadership style of male CEOs, including the way they compensate employees, researchers say. Male employees are most likely to be compensated less than their female colleagues, who can expect average salary increases of up to 1.1% after their boss becomes a father. That might be because bosses gain respect for women after seeing their wives give birth, or because they hope to create a more level playing field for their daughters, the researchers say. The Wall Street Journal (1/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Workplace Chatter 
  • The rise and fall of foosball
    Nobody's quite sure where foosball was invented -- some say it sprang up in 19th-century Europe, while others credit a 20th-century engineer who also designed seat belts and artillery shells -- but there's no denying that the game is played around the world. The rise of video games put a big dent in U.S. foosball sales, but aficionados are hoping for a new wave of interest in the sport. (1/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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