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October 11, 2012
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  • Generation X job seekers are the most demanding, survey finds
    Workers ages 33 to 50, known as Generation X, are the most demanding generation of job candidates, a SuccessFactors survey suggests. Generation X workers were more likely to ask for better job titles, bigger paychecks, flexible working conditions and a hiring bonus, respondents said. Millennials were seen as much less demanding. The Huffington Post (10/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Employee health premiums to rise 8% next year, Aon Hewitt says
    Health care premiums for employees will increase 8% next year, with payroll deductions for health care rising from $2,204 to $2,385, says an Aon Hewitt study. During that time, the amount companies pay for health premiums is expected to increase by about 6%, from $10,522 to $11,188, the study finds. Forbes (10/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Both Romney and Obama could halt hotels' recovery, experts say
    Both presidential candidates have policies that could threaten the slow recovery of the lodging industry, said attendees and panelists at last week's Lodging Conference in Phoenix. However, attendees said that the most pressing issue the industry faces is the upcoming "fiscal cliff" that could lead to significant cuts in the U.S. federal budget and the discontinuation of several vital tax breaks. Travel Weekly (10/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Employers contend with new bias protections for obese people
    Since Congress amended the Americans with Disabilities Act last year to include more protections for morbidly obese people, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has won settlements in at least two major cases related to discrimination against overweight people, Christina Wilkie writes. "There's a big change going on right now," said Jennifer Pomeranz of Yale University's Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity. "Until recently, most courts rejected obesity discrimination claims outright." The Huffington Post (10/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Job seeker files discrimination complaint over personality test
    A hearing- and speech-impaired job applicant has filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission over a personality test administered by a Kroger supermarket that gave her low marks on listening and communication skills. The claim underscores questions about whether personality tests are biased or even effective, experts say. "Don't solely rely on those tests to hire somebody," says Francine W. Breckenridge, an employment lawyer. "[Y]ou need to make sure the test's results are not disproportionately impacting a protected class." ABC News (10/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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--John D. Rockefeller,
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