The HR Specialist

Your lowest-paid older workers can look forward to retirements defined by even poorer income prospects, according to economists who study wage and financial-planning data.

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Your benefits program might be an even bigger retention tool than you thought. A new survey says that 40% of employees appear to be experiencing “job lock” because of health benefits.

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Forty-nine percent of Americans surveyed earlier this year reported that they had experienced a “major stressful event” in the preceding 12 months, and work was the leading non-health-related stressor.

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Almost all workers have access to someplace to microwave their lunches. A lucky handful can dine in on-site cafeterias. Here’s how U.S. employers offer various culinary benefits.

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Your organization doesn’t need a big wellness budget to offer employees tools that encourage healthy living. A wide range of free or inexpensive mobile apps can help employees track physical activities, monitor health and encourage good eating. Here is a sampling.

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Speaking at an Employee Benefit Research Institute symposium on the future of benefits, Arnold Brown posed an intriguing—some might say disturbing—question.

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Here’s a hypothetical situation that shows how important it is to be aware of the calendar when dealing with the FMLA.

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If you haven’t already, warn everyone who serves on hiring committees or is otherwise involved in hiring-related decisions to keep their thoughts to themselves. For example, they should never discuss the inner workings of the ­hiring process with candidates.

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President Obama has signed an executive order that will force companies seeking to do business with Uncle Sam to reveal whether they have violated any labor laws within the last three years. The order comes on the heels of other administration actions designed to compel federal contractors to adopt more worker-friendly policies.

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The National Labor Relations Board’s lead attorney has determined that franchisors and franchisees—in this case, of the McDonald’s fast-food chain—can be named joint employers when workers file unfair labor practices charges. The decision could reverberate far beyond franchise businesses, aiding organized labor’s efforts to unionize low-wage workers and raise their pay.

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