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December 11, 2012
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  • Fee in health care law could be costly for large firms
    The Affordable Care Act calls for a temporary fee for employer and individual health plans in order to cover people with pre-existing conditions. The fee starts at $63 per person in 2014 and is expected to last for three years. "At a time when we are facing economic uncertainty, [companies will] be hit with a multimillion-dollar assessment without getting anything back for it," lawyer Chantel Sheaks says. The Huffington Post/The Associated Press (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Recruiting & Retention 
  • How to bring experienced workers back into an organization
    Programs that help employees return to work after a career absence should be structured like internship programs so managers don't feel pressure to make a permanent hire, says Carol Fishman Cohen, co-founder of iRelaunch. Those in such programs should be given specific duties and provided with industry refreshers to bring them up to speed, Cohen says. (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • How to use Pinterest to recruit talent
    Pinterest provides recruiting opportunities, but it needs to be used differently than LinkedIn or Facebook, Josh Tolan writes. For example, a job might be given its own pin board, using images to show off the attributes being sought, Tolan writes. SourceCon (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Strategies for Success from 
  • Tips for establishing a company BYOD policy
    Nearly a quarter of workers say the mobile devices they use at work aren't approved by their IT department, research indicates. This means HR needs to work with IT to establish policies that protect the employer's security and educate workers about potential pitfalls, Troy Fulton writes. He provides several "policy must-haves," such as a list of devices that are allowed to access company programs. (12/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story

Benefits & Compensation 
  • Iowa moves to stop workers from "spiking" pension payments
    Iowa is looking to curb a practice known as "spiking," in which state employees volunteer for large amounts of overtime in their last years before retirement in order to qualify for higher pension payments. The state, facing a $5.9 billion pension shortfall, now requires that pensions be based on the average of an employee's highest five years of pay instead of on their highest three years of pay. The Des Moines Register (Iowa) (12/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Curbing health insurance costs is a key concern for employers
    A survey by the Society for Human Resource Management and the Alliance for a Healthier Minnesota found that 49% of employer respondents cited health insurance cost containment as a main health-related concern, followed by 35% who cited decreased productivity. Obesity, stress and lack of exercise were found to be the top three health conditions that worry employers. Alex Alonso of SHRM said that "the advantages of having a healthy, fit workforce are likely the reason why more than half of organizations currently have wellness programs." (12/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Regulatory & Legal Update 
  • Employers await more guidance on criminal-background checks
    The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission recommended this year that employers limit their use of criminal-background checks, but has since received feedback suggesting that the guidance might cause employers to avoid hiring black and Hispanic workers and could conflict with state laws that require background checks, Kristen Frasch writes. Various groups testified last week before the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights that businesses need to be able to use background checks, but need more specific guidance. Human Resource Executive/The Leader Board blog (12/10)
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The HR Leader 
  • How to lead like a Zen master
    When someone presents you with an idea, you should take a deep breath and wait 24 seconds before letting yourself criticize it, Cue Ball CEO Tony Tjan says. If you can manage 24 seconds, then try 24 minutes. "Then if you become a Zen master of optimism, you could wait a day and spend that time thinking about why something actually might work," he says. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (12/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Workplace Chatter 
  • These workplaces make employees happy
    Pfizer, NASA and the U.S. Defense Department top the list of workplaces with the happiest employees, according to a CareerBliss survey. Employees were asked to rank things such as organizational culture, compensation and colleagues. (12/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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