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March 16, 2012
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  • N.Y. lawmakers OK public-pension changes
    New public workers will see changes to their pension benefits, including waiting a year longer to retire, under a pension overhaul that the New York Legislature has approved. Some nonunion workers will have a defined-contribution option, and higher-paid workers will have to contribute slightly more toward their pensions. The approved changes do not go as far as those that Gov. Andrew Cuomo had proposed. Bloomberg (3/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Recruiting & Retention 
  • Should companies commit more to their employees?
    U.S. companies should consider bringing back the "organization man" model of employee development, Peter Cappelli writes. In the past, companies developed the talent they needed on the inside and made long-term commitments to their workers. Today, companies increasingly are hiring from the outside, but also are having trouble finding the skills they need. Providing employees both development and career opportunities could help solve the problem, Cappelli writes. Harvard Business Review online/HBR Blog Network (free registration) (3/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Use these words of wisdom to make good hiring decisions
    David Smooke offers five quotes about hiring, and explains what should be learned from them. For example, Malcolm Forbes once said "Never hire someone who knows less than you do about what he's hired to do," which underscores the need to hire people with diverse skills, Smooke writes. SmartRecruiters blog (3/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Benefits & Compensation 
  • Why workplace flexibility is crucial to the U.S. economy
    The U.S. could be hurting its competitiveness by guaranteeing less workplace flexibility than other countries do, Lauren Stiller Rikleen writes. While most countries with low unemployment have legislation guaranteeing paid leave for new mothers and fathers, the U.S. does not have such a policy. "Research in this field consistently shows that flexible policies reduce attrition and increase employee loyalty, and that both businesses and the government have a role to play," Rikleen writes. Harvard Business Review online/HBR Blog Network (free registration) (3/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • The tax advantages of offering fringe benefits
    Tax breaks are available for many fringe benefits, including health insurance, writes Bonnie Lee. "The premiums owners pay on behalf of employees are tax free to them and a deduction for the business," she notes. Companies can also deduct the cost of benefits such as life insurance and commuting benefits, she writes. Fox Business Small Business Center (3/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Regulatory & Legal Update 
  • $8.9M settlement is reached in Calif. workers' comp case
    A former painter has reached an $8.9 million settlement to resolve his workers' compensation claim stemming from his 2004 fall from a scaffold in Santa Monica, Calif. Besides physical injuries, the painter suffered mental disorders since the accident, his attorney said. "That would definitely be, if not the largest, one of the largest workers' comp settlements I've ever heard of," said Julius Young of Boxer & Gerson in Oakland, Calif. The National Law Journal (free registration) (3/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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  • Value road map can lay the path to organizational success
    Sustainable success can be created with a "value road map" that defines the company's bottom-line strategy, necessary competencies, people skills and technology infrastructure, writes Thomas Butta, founder and CEO of 21 Weeks. "The competency part of value roadmap can serve as the blueprint for what your company needs to be good at and a framework for decision making," he writes. "The company should get behind the roadmap and share it wherever and whenever appropriate." ThoughtLeaders blog (3/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Workplace Chatter 
  • Cameraman crushes celebrity rabbit
    A rare earless rabbit named Til was accidentally trampled to death by a cameraman filming a report aimed at making Til into a media celebrity. The 3-week-old rabbit, born at a zoo in eastern Germany, had been preparing to be shown to the media when disaster struck. "The cameraman took a step back and trod on the bunny," chief zookeeper Uwe Dempewolf says. "No one could have foreseen this. Everyone here is upset," Dempewolf added. Spiegel Online (Germany) (3/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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