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November 29, 2012
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  Industry Update 
  • Report: Janitors more likely to contract flu
    Janitors are among groups more likely to contract the flu, according to a study. "They're cleaning up after us, disinfecting surfaces and touching things that are handled a lot, like door knobs, and handling materials and other things that could be contaminated," said study co-author Naomi Anderson. Sergio Salinas, president of Service Employees International Union Local 6 in Washington state, says increased workloads are a contributing factor. KUOW-FM (Seattle) (11/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Government Affairs 
  • Labor Department is expected to ramp up enforcement
    President Barack Obama's re-election means Assistant Labor Secretary Phyllis Borzi will remain in charge of the Employee Benefits Security Administration, and she is expected to enforce new disclosure rules for plan sponsors and plan participants. Industry experts also expect the Labor Department to continue scrutiny of improper or undisclosed pay by plan consultants and investment advisers. InvestmentNews (free registration) (11/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Business Best Practices 
  • Don't toss these vital business documents
    You're bound to accumulate lots of paperwork as you run your business, but some documents are truly important, Tim Parker writes. In particular, you should hold on to documents that are related to your intellectual property or that are necessary for tax purposes. You should also store copies of your contracts with vendors, he writes. Intuit Small Business Blog (11/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Use intentions to add context to your 2013 goals
    Smart bosses try to communicate their intentions, not just broad goals, argues Dana Theus. Sharing intentions lets workers use their judgment to adapt to rapidly changing situations. "Intentions are specifically designed to include the information necessary -- including a broader picture of success -- enabling you to be flexible, creative and innovative when reality throws you a curveball," Theus explains. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (11/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Want loyal workers? Don't show them the money
    Cash bonuses are a lousy way to keep employees loyal, says psychologist Edward Deci. Monetary rewards often feel like a form of coercion, so companies get better results simply by empowering and respecting their workers. "Unless you're extremely careful with how you use rewards, you get people who are just working for the money," Deci explains. Entrepreneur online/The Daily Dose blog (11/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  BSCAI News 
  • Free health care reform webinar: Unions
    Health care reform is a total business issue and is impacting many aspects of business unrelated to offering benefits. Register for BSCAI'’s Government Affairs Series webinar, "Legislation Update: Unions," on Wednesday, Dec. 5 from 1 to 2 p.m. Central. This presentation will provide a brief summary of where we are now with the implementation of health care reform, what companies need to be aware of and how to prepare for future negotiations. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

  • Paul Taylor, ESS Clean, drives success with a focus on people first
    People matter. At the base of Paul Taylor's personal and business values lies that simple notion. Read the BSCAI Executive Insights column to see how Taylor, president of ESS Clean, uses this idea to drive his business forward. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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