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March 20, 2012
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Fla. law allows random drug testing of state workers
A Florida law signed by Gov. Rick Scott allows agencies to perform random drug tests on up to 10% of their workforces once every three months, and to fire any employee who fails a test. The American Civil Liberties Union says drug tests for employees without any cause to suspect drug use are unconstitutional, and has hinted that it will sue the Legislature.
The Palm Beach Post (Fla.) (tiered subscription model)/Post on Politics blog (3/19),  Miami Herald (tiered subscription model)/Naked Politics blog (3/19) 
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What you don't know about your employees might surprise you
Your employees won't tell you this, but the truth is they might have embellished their résumés. Many employers have discovered untrue information on résumés, according to the Society for Human Resource Management. It's also important to understand that employees often value relationships more than money and that being in a bad mood can hurt their productivity.
SmartMoney.com (3/20) 
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Recruit talent that never wants to stop exploring
The best recruits are those who are always curious and learning, given that those traits are needed to keep up with fast-evolving technology, Ryan Healy writes. "The most successful organizations will be the ones who identify, hire and retain these special people," Healy writes.
Brazen Careerist/Brazen Life blog (3/19) 
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How WestJet made profitability part of its culture
WestJet's Clive Beddoe says his company's profit-sharing plans were crucial to getting employee behavior to align with company goals. Under the plans, employees were encouraged to use their salaries to purchase company stock, and employees became entitled to a greater percentage of the company's profits as profitability grew. "By doing those two things, I think what we achieved was a behavioral change," Beddoe says.
Financial Post (Canada) (3/19) 
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LIMRA: Americans are saving too little for secure retirement
"Too many Americans are headed for retirement hell," LIMRA CEO Robert Kerzner says. According to a LIMRA study, 35% of U.S. households have less than $10,000 put aside for retirement, and more than half have less than $50,000 saved. Without greater savings, Kerzner says, Americans "are not going to have the retirement of their dreams."
The Hartford Courant (Conn.) (3/16) 
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Racial-bias lawsuit targets Coca-Cola unit
Sixteen current and former workers have filed a lawsuit against a unit of Coca-Cola, alleging that there is an "endemic culture of racism" among management at two bottling plants in New York. All the plaintiffs are black or Hispanic.
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2 steps for getting out of your own way
Leaders often are slowed in their development because they're faced with competing commitments, but there are ways to overcome such obstacles, Scott Eblin writes. The first step is seeking self-awareness of whatever behavior is inhibiting progress; the next step is actively working to change the behavior, he writes.
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Why smart companies don't make bomb threats
A German data-recovery company landed in hot water after mailing hard drives taped to ticking alarm clocks, along with a message warning "Your time is running out." Numerous workplaces were evacuated after panicked staff discovered the "time bombs," and police are considering billing the company for the wasted time.
TheLocal.de (Germany) (3/16) 
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