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January 21, 2013
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  • Google's maternity-leave policy has reduced attrition, HR chief says
    Google gives new mothers five months of maternity leave with full pay and benefits and lets them divide their time off however they wish. Since Google implemented the maternity-leave policy, the attrition rate among new mothers has decreased by half, HR chief Laszlo Bock says. The policy is a result of Google's efforts to use empirical data about worker satisfaction while crafting workplace policies, Farhad Manjoo writes. Slate (1/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Recruiting & Retention 
  • Why EEOC guidelines on criminal-background checks are a good thing
    Guidelines from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on how employers should conduct criminal-background checks could help your company improve its hires, Will Barada writes. "At first glance, these criteria may seem overwhelming. Upon closer inspection, savvy HR professionals will recognize they can be a roadmap to safe conduct," Barada writes. (1/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Why older workers often are smart hires
    Older workers can be better hires than younger ones because they are more dependable, have lower benefit costs and are more flexible with their schedules, writes Eric Holtzclaw, CEO of Laddering Works. "With no small children at home, mature employees are not rushing out at the end of the day to prepare dinner by 6pm or take their kids to soccer practice twice a week," Holtzclaw writes. Inc. online (free registration) (1/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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  • Commentary: Federal employment agencies are flexing muscle
    The National Labor Relations Board and other federal agencies are becoming more aggressive in their enforcement policies, lawyers John Gaal and Kristen Smith write. The strategy represents an "attempt to expand their reach into the workplace, appeal to a new generation of workers, and shed any image of outdated bureaucracy," they write. New York Law Journal (1/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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  • Mapping the economy as Obama begins his second term
    President Barack Obama faces a different economic landscape than he did four years ago. This post features interactive maps that show state and local data that shape national economic indicators such as unemployment and median household income, and it looks at demographic trends and how they will affect the U.S. for the next four years. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Finance (1/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story

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