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December 10, 2012
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  • Jobless rate hits 4-year low
    The unemployment rate in the U.S. fell to 7.7% in November, its lowest level since 2008, but economists said that was largely because many workers gave up their efforts to find employment. The official jobless rate dropped because 350,000 Americans disappeared from the workforce and no longer were counted as unemployed. The Christian Science Monitor (12/7), Reuters (12/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Recruiting & Retention 
  • How tech firms are reinventing recruiting
    Technology firms in California are bringing innovation to recruiting with interview processes that apply mathematical formulas to worker productivity and corporate culture, and by buying entire companies in order to acquire talent, observers say. "You have to think of more creative solutions for the process. It's not just about bringing people in for an interview anymore," says Aaron Levie, CEO of Box, a cloud-based file-storage system. San Francisco Chronicle (12/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Wells Fargo spurs employee engagement with environmental programs
    The sustainability program at Wells Fargo is seen as a way to keep employees engaged, with workers organized into "green teams" that promote environmental awareness in the company and the community, executive Krista Van Tassel says. Van Tassel offers suggestions on how companies can use similar programs to spur employee engagement. (12/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Benefits & Compensation 
  • Study: Employee satisfaction with health benefits dropped this year
    Thirty-six percent of workers said in a Mercer survey that their out-of-pocket medical expenses were "definitely" commensurate with their employer-provided health benefits, a drop from last year, when 44% of employees said the same. "[T]he perceived value of benefits by employees is down across the board -- a surprising reversal of five years of generally improving perceptions of benefit value," the study says. Workforce online (12/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Regulatory & Legal Update 
  • Court says company isn't required to rehire poor-performing veteran
    Minco Products does not have to rehire a veteran with a poor performance record who was dismissed from the company after returning from his military service, a federal appeals court has ruled. The veteran had argued that discrimination based on his military service led to his dismissal, and that he was entitled get his job back under the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act. Workforce online (12/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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The HR Leader 
  • Give your employees the gift of leadership development
    The best bosses know when to step back and let their employees take the lead, writes Jennifer V. Miller. Leadership development shouldn't be reserved for people with a formal title, Miller explains. "When you provide your team members with an opportunity to exercise their leadership muscles, you're giving them a tremendous gift," she writes. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (12/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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