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December 19, 2012
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  • Workers see a shorter interval between pay raises, report says
    The average wait time between pay raises was 12.4 to 12.7 months this year, an improvement over the 13.7-month average wait time seen in 2010, according to WorldatWork. Workers can expect an average pay raise of 3% this year -- roughly in line or slightly higher than inflation -- although top performers could earn twice that, the study finds. The attitude about raises appears to be to "take it slow," says Kerry Chou of WorldatWork. CNNMoney/Fortune (12/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Benefits & Compensation 
  • Important considerations for employer-sponsored health plans
    Health benefits consultant Mercer has released a list of things to prioritize for employer-sponsored health plans in 2013. The list includes preparation for the Affordable Care Act's requirements, educating employees about state health exchanges, reassessing employee benefits and setting up or improving corporate health and wellness programs. (12/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • How companies can encourage 401(k) participation
    The money held in 401(k) accounts is steadily increasing, but companies can do more to encourage employees to save for retirement, experts say. "Getting younger employees into your company's plan through automatic enrollment starts them on the right path and guides them in the right way. And auto-escalation -- where an employer can automatically increase their contributions every year -- has also proven to be very effective at influencing behavior," says Jeanne Thompson of Fidelity Investments. Human Resource Executive (12/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Regulatory & Legal Update 
  • Why unions are losing the "right-to-work" fight
    Poor communication and a lackluster public image are among the reasons that unions have lost their battles against "right-to-work" legislation in states such as Michigan, Scott Martelle writes. "[T]he collapse of private-sector unions reflects labor’s failure to build that crucial sense of solidarity among a broad section of working America. And part of that is the class divide," Martelle writes. The Daily Beast (12/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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The HR Leader 
  • The best bosses show no fear
    World-class leaders have five key traits, says Adam Bryant, who writes The New York Times' Corner Office column. Bosses need passion, confidence, a clear vision, a sense of how to manage groups of people and an utter fearlessness that allows them to take calculated risks without blinking. "The CEOs that I've interviewed had reverence in their voices when they talk about this quality of fearlessness," Bryant said. Knowledge@Wharton (12/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Editor's Note 
  • Best of 2012: 18 SmartBrief interviews with industry thought leaders
    SmartBrief's SmartBlogs network interviewed 18 industry thought leaders this month. Find out what these leaders are projecting for their industries in 2013, and see what other free SmartBrief newsletters you may be missing out on. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story

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