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April 16, 2012
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Analysis: Companies work to avoid overtime-pay lawsuits
Workers filed 32% more lawsuits involving wage-and-hour laws last year than they did in 2008, according to this article. To protect themselves against litigation, companies are taking precautions such as clearly defining exempt and nonexempt workers and restricting at-home work done with smartphones or through telecommuting. USA Today (4/16)
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Recruiting & Retention
What would job seekers say about your recruitment practices?
Stories about bad candidate experiences can destroy a company's ability to attract talent, Kathy Rapp writes. She suggests three ways to improve the process, including always responding to job applicants and being honest about the candidate's chances, she writes. Fistful of Talent (4/10)
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Use social media to boost collaboration
Companies that want to remain competitive should consider using social media not only for marketing but also as a way to boost collaboration and information-sharing among workers, Sharlyn Lauby writes. "I've always thought that high-performing companies were the ones that continuously transformed themselves. ... Is it possible social media is part of that transformation?" Lauby writes. HRBartender.com (4/15)
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Benefits & Compensation
Wellness programs pay big returns to companies, studies show
Corporate wellness programs, which include incentives such as at-work health services and gym memberships, are good for employees' health and employers' bottom line, studies show. For example, companies with wellness programs saw their health care costs rise at a significantly slower rate than did companies that had none, according to research by Highmark. AccountingWEB (4/12)
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Employers don't have to post union rights, federal judge rules
The National Labor Relations Board can't require employers to post notices informing employees of their union rights, a federal judge in Charleston, S.C., has ruled. The lawsuit was brought by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce in response to a rule that is scheduled to go into effect April 30. Another federal judge upheld the rule in a separate challenge last month. Bloomberg (4/14)
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Have you considered corporate mentoring? Your questions answered
Mentoring is on the rise, says Beth N. Carvin, president and CEO of Nobscot, but administrators should be careful not to impose artificial mentor-mentee relationships on their workers. Technology can help suggest good matches, but there needs to be chemistry for a mentoring relationship to succeed. "In our experience, in the best mentorships there is a natural affinity between mentor and mentee," Carvin said. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (4/13)
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Workplace Chatter
Bus takes off with police officer hanging on front
Hanoi, Vietnam, traffic policeman Nguyen Manh Phan is shown in a video clinging to the windshield wipers of a bus that drove away when he ordered the driver to show his paperwork. The bus, which reached a speed of about 30 mph, eventually pulled over after being chased by police and villagers. The Telegraph (London) (tiered subscription model) (4/13)
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