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The HR Specialist

Whenever you update the material terms of your benefits plan, you should collect written or electronic acknowledgments from employees attesting that they received and read the latest changes.

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We do a good job of keeping our noses to the grindstone here in the United States, where the average employee puts in 1,798 hours per year. But we’ve got nothing on the world’s hardest-working industrialized countries.

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Only 23% of execs believe HR plays a key role in shaping company strategy and affecting operating results, says a Deloitte survey. Demonstrate your relevance by taking on projects that positively influence the bottom line.

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The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee on July 24 voted 13-9 to send President Obama’s National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) nominees to the floor for confirmation by the full Senate.

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In a poll of 518 SHRM members, 59% of HR professionals say they offer online investment advice; 53% offer one-on-one advice …

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Whether you offer health benefits or not, by Oct. 1, 2013, you must tell employees they can buy coverage through state-based exchanges. The DOL has issued model notice language you are free to use.

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New research from the Institute for Women’s Policy Research finds that the wage gap between working men and women will not close until the year 2057.

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The U.S. Senate on July 18 confirmed Thomas Perez to become the next Secretary of Labor. The 54-46 party-line vote followed a four-month standoff between the Senate Republicans and the White House during which Perez’s nomination languished, along with those of other Obama administration appointees awaiting confirmation.

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Amy’s Baking Company gained notoriety this spring when TV celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay simply gave up trying to turn around the struggling restaurant on his show. “I can’t help people who can’t help themselves,” Ramsay said after the owners rejected his suggestions for improving the business. Apparently, the owners did try to help themselves when they wrote the restaurant’s employee policies …

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The United States may be mired in a tepid economic recovery, but it’s worse in other countries. One indicator: In 12 of 13 industrial economies surveyed by the nonprofit WorldatWork organization, real salary budgets declined from 2012 to 2013.

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