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January 2, 2013
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  • Clock ticks as employers contemplate benefits under health law
    Companies are considering changes to contain health care costs with less than a year before most of the Affordable Care Act kicks in, experts say. Strategies being considered include eliminating health coverage for retirees, increasing workers' premiums and putting new employees into more basic health plans. Large firms are less likely than smaller firms to make significant changes to their health coverage, experts say. The Wall Street Journal (1/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Recruiting & Retention 
  • Job titles aren't retention tools
    You may not be as clever as you think if you're giving employees catchy job titles such as "chief people mover," experts say. "People may be temporarily pleased, but after speaking with contacts in similar roles at other organizations or checking online salary resources, they may feel they're being taken advantage of," says Lauren Friese, founder of Talent Egg. The Globe and Mail (Toronto) (tiered subscription model) (1/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Benefits & Compensation 
  • Inflation adjustments raise minimum wage in some states
    A wage gap is growing between states that automatically adjust their minimum wage for inflation each year and those that don't. The average minimum wage among states that make automatic adjustments is $8.12 an hour, compared with $7.40 an hour in states that don't make automatic adjustments. Nine of the 10 minimum-wage increases that took effect on Tuesday were automatic adjustments to inflation. ABC News/The Associated Press (12/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • What's new in wellness technology?
    Companies that make health and wellness technology are marketing their products to employers, and some of their more interesting offerings were on display at a conference last year, Shana Sweeney writes. One product, for instance, enables employees to virtually "walk" across the U.S. with various corporate offices as checkpoints. Employee Benefit News (1/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Regulatory & Legal Update 
  • Many Americans will pay higher taxes in 2013 despite deal
    The budget bill that would avert the "fiscal cliff" will preserve tax cuts for many middle-class Americans, but other taxes will go up in 2013. A temporary reduction in employees' contribution to Social Security will end and the average household will pay an extra $1,000 this year. The income-tax rate of individuals making more than $400,000 a year and of couples whose combined income is greater than $450,000 will rise to 39.6% from 35%. CBS MoneyWatch (1/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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  • Some unusual laws take effect in U.S.
    This year will bring several new laws in the U.S., some of which are decidedly off-beat. These odd laws include a limit of four cats per household in Wellington, Kan., and fines for wheelies by speeding motorcyclists in Illinois. Yahoo/ABC News Blogs (12/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
 
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