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The HR I.Q. Test: February ’12

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1. In 2011, states considered more than 1,600 bills relating to immigration issues. Of these, how many were passed and signed into law?

a. 197, the fewest since 2006

b. 355, the most in a decade

c. 243, about the same as 2010

2. Employees say “job security” is the most important factor in their job satisfaction. What percentage of U.S. employees say they are “very satisfied” with their job security? Also, who are more satisfied with their level of job security—men or women?

a. 28%, men

b. 44%, women

c. 18%, women

3. What’s the most frequently cited workplace safety violation identified by OSHA inspectors in 2011?

a. Missing or inadequate fall protections at construction sites

b. Electrical wiring errors

c. Missing or inadequate guards on machinery

4. On March 26, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on which important case:

a. The employer’s right to fire employees for improper Facebook postings

b. The legal challenges to President Obama’s health reform law

c. The ability of employers to use ­background checks in hiring

5. On average, U.S. employees put $6,440 into their retirement accounts in 2011. How much, on average, do they expect to put in this year?

a. $6,285  b. $6,944  c. $7,763

6. In December, U.S. Department of Labor rules called for extending new minimum wage and overtime ­protections to:

a. Airline employees  

b. Students who work as interns

c. In-home health care workers


Sources: 1. National Conference of State Legislatures; 2. SHRM Job Satisfaction Report; 3. OSHA; 4. U.S. Supreme Court; 5. Mercer ­survey; 6. U.S. Department of Labor.

Answers:  1. a      2. a      3. a      4. b      5. c      6. c

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