The HR Specialist

Asked whether they prefer retirement investments that are secure with low growth potential, or high growth with lots of risk, this is what working-age investors said.

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On average, working women in America earn 77 cents for every dollar men earn. Wage inequality varies greatly by state, according to the American Association of University Women.

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Back in November, Consumer Reports magazine urged its readers to hold off on buying health insurance through websites operated by the state-based exchanges authorized by the Affordable Care Act. Now it holds a different view.

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Maybe the unending chill this past winter is to blame. Almost 20% of Americans recently polled by Rasmussen Reports say they’re unhappy at work, and more than 60% say they have considered quitting.

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Democratic efforts to raise the national minimum wage to $10.10 per hour would cost private-sector employers an additional $15 billion per year, according to an analysis by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office.

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Q. An employee would like to use FMLA time to spend with her daughter after her grandchild is born later this year. There are no expected complications post-birth, but the new mom will need much assistance. Would this qualify for FMLA leave?

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Employees know they should save for retirement. Nevertheless, the percentage of employees with less than $1,000 socked away has risen substantially since the economic collapse of 2008.

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Q. We have an employee whose girlfriend has come in and wandered through the production floor without permission. We have escorted her out of the building twice in the last month. What are our options if she comes in again? Should we call the police? Is there any way we can discipline the employee because his girlfriend keeps calling in several times a day wanting to talk with him?

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Q. Can part-time employees be salaried?

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Americans are more confident that they’ll be able to retire comfortably than they have been in years, but their confidence may be based on little more than wishful thinking. That’s one way to read the results of the Employee Benefit Research Institute’s 24th annual Retirement Confidence Survey.

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