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December 17, 2012
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Recruiting & Retention 
  • How to recruit, employ those with autism
    Employers may need to rethink how they recruit and employ people with autism, says Scott Standifer, a University of Missouri researcher. AMC Theaters has found that abstract interview questions can be confusing for those with autism, and it's better to ask about specific duties. Autistic employees often perform well in repetitive, quality-control jobs, Standifer says. USA Today/Gannett News Service (12/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Benefits can make a big difference at lower levels
    Many employers look at low-skilled workers as a cost instead of an asset, which results in bad hires and poor retention, experts say. To make better use of your talent, for example, try offering benefits. "A lower-wage employee [with benefits] will take a job very seriously, knowing their family benefits are on the line," says Nat Wasserstein of Lindenwood Associates. Crain's New York Business (12/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Benefits & Compensation 
  • Employers tie health goals to rewards
    Wellness programs are no longer offering rewards just for participation, as a small but growing number of employers are tying rewards to cholesterol levels, body mass index, blood pressure and smoking status, this article says. The Affordable Care Act gives employers more flexibility in linking workers' out-of-pocket fees to health goals, experts say. The Wall Street Journal (12/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Regulatory & Legal Update 
  • Law firm publishes gift-giving guide for federal employees
    Federal employees who give gifts to co-workers during the holidays may be at risk of breaking employment laws, according to Tully Rinckey, a law firm based in Washington, D.C. Federal employees shouldn't spend more than $10 on gifts for supervisors, and should avoid sending holiday greetings to subordinates that feature crude humor, a guide by the firm says. The presence of Christmas decorations alone usually doesn't violate any federal laws, the guide notes. The Washington Times (12/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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The HR Leader 
  • Leadership tips for first-time bosses
    Many first-time bosses have delusions of "managerial grandeur," writes Amanda Pouchot. Rather than aiming to become a superhero CEO, it's better to lower your expectations a little and focus on self-improvement and leadership development. "Learning to be a better manager comes from having time to experience and develop new skills. That seems obvious, but there are plenty of founders and first-time managers who have yet to realize it," Pouchot writes. CNNMoney/Fortune/You Can't Fire Everyone blog (12/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Workplace Chatter 
  • Endangered languages can still be found in New York City
    The U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization says half of the world's 6,500 languages may be critically endangered. Mark Turin writes that many languages, including some disappearing ones, can be found in corners of New York City. BBC (12/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Top five news stories selected by SmartBrief on Workforce readers in the past week.

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Position TitleCompany NameLocation
Executive Comp Program Manager MicrosoftRedmond, WA
Human Resources DirectorSidley Austin LLPWashington, DC
Senior Human Resources Consultant Vanderbilt University Medical CenterGreater Nashville Area, TN
Customer service Representative/BookkeeperDuval Art CoutureNationwide, United States
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