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October 22, 2012
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  • Unemployment falls in 41 states, government says
    U.S. joblessness declined in most states last month, the Bureau of Labor Statistics said. Unemployment fell in 41 states, rose in six states and remained unchanged in three, the agency said. Employers in California are putting new workers on their payrolls at a rate ahead of the national average. CNBC (10/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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  • 4 ways to ensure personality tests pay off
    If you use a personality test during your hiring process, make sure it can't be construed as discriminatory, and tailor it to the job you're looking to fill, Gwen Moran writes. "If you need a salesperson who is outgoing and good with people, you're probably going to be looking for a different personality type than someone who works with numbers in the office all day," says Paul Forti, founder of PCM Management Consultants. Entrepreneur online/The Daily Dose blog (10/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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  • IRS to allow higher 401(k) contributions
    The Internal Revenue Service said Thursday that it would allow employees to contribute $500 more a year to their 401(k) retirement accounts. The current limit of $17,000 will increase to $17,500, starting in 2013. The catch-up limit, which investors over age 50 can contribute on top of the $17,500 limit, will remain unchanged at $5,500. CNNMoney (10/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • On-site clinics may pay off in reduced absenteeism, costs
    Discovery Communications says about 85% of its employees utilize its on-site health clinic, which will help save the company about $2.2 million this year because of lower doctors' fees. Companies increasingly are considering on-site clinics to save money and reduce absenteeism, experts say. The Washington Post (10/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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