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The HR Specialist: Compensation and Benefits

The general manager of A Yard & A Half Land­scaping says she spends nothing on recruiting because the firm’s employees are eager to get jobs there for their family and friends. That might be because the organization’s benefits include the usual (medical, dental and retirement plans) and also the unusual.

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Employees of HR consulting firm Aon Corp. are kicking three soccer balls across six continents in eight months. The goal: to demonstrate Chicago-based Aon’s global connections among colleagues.

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FMLA regulations give employers several options for calculating how much leave employees are entitled to at any given time. Which method should your organization select? That depends on how much record-keeping you want to do.

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Dealing with an aging, financially unprepared workforce is a reality that should concern employers. It’s in the best interests of employers to improve the re­­tirement outcomes for their employees by creating a culture of retirement readiness. Here’s a six-step plan that works:

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Execs at Diageo North America en­­courage their employees to live near work as part of its effort to help workers balance their jobs with their home lives. The company also allows employees to job share, flex or compress their hours and telework.

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Newell Rubbermaid has broken ground on a two-story, 17,000-square-foot child care center that will accommodate 120 children of full-time employees by early next year. The company has partnered with Bright Horizons Family Solutions to manage and staff the center.

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Employees at tax giant KPMG and telecommunications leader AT&T commemorated the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks by volunteering at more than 200 nonprofits across the country.

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A group of employers that participated in the Kansas City Collaborative avoided almost $11 million in direct health care costs by giving employees and their dependents access to better health information and making it easier to get preventive care.

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While employers are budgeting 2.9% more for base pay in 2012, 92% plan to distribute performance-based bonuses, according to an Aon Corp. survey of 1,500 companies.

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The IRS’ new Voluntary Classification Settlement Program is designed to encourage employers to vol­­untarily reclassify workers as employees if they aren’t legitimate independent con­­tractors. Your incentive to come clean: none of the usual misclassification fines and penalties.

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