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The HR Specialist: Compensation and Benefits

Take note if you automatically deduct meal periods from your hourly employees’ total hours worked: Although those deductions don’t violate the Fair Labor Standards Act, they can be dangerous.

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After a year on the job at Beten­­bough Homes in Lubbock, Texas, employees may accompany execs and colleagues on an all-expense-paid “mission trip.”

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Engineers and others who work for Anadarko Petroleum Corp. in The Woodlands, Texas, are expected to make decisions that will help the company profit and grow. Not all of them are used to that. So when any of its 3,500 employ­­ees expresses a lack of confidence about reaching beyond his or her comfort zone, the organization teaches the would-be decision-maker how.

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Employees of Boston-based C-4 Analytics joke that they “already get to play on Facebook all day” as part of their work as digital marketers, says managing partner Michael Weiss. Yet execs have woven time into employee schedules to get them away from their workstations to “recharge their creativity and focus.”

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Safeway is making its support of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees and shoppers visible with some perks for workers and the communities where its grocery stores are located.

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It’s clear that reducing employee turnover is a smart management strategy. Here are six ways to do that.

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Have technology and the global economy made it just about impossible to compartmentalize work and life separately?

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New hires at public relations agency Steinreich Communications spend their days participating in client meetings and brainstorming sessions with their new colleagues. It’s all part of a first-year program devoted to honing skills in client service, writing and placing client stories in the media.

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The world’s “most attractive” employers are catering to the wishes of millennial employees. So says Universum, an employer branding firm, after ranking employers based on a survey of more than 200,000 business and engineering students in the world’s 12 largest economies.

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A lot of moms work for the maker of Guinness beer and Smirnoff vodka, so Diageo North America has a lot benefits to keep them on board.

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Social media represents a fundamental shift in how business is evolving. Employers need to establish clear expectations about what employees can and cannot post.

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The EEOC is increasingly targeting employer wellness programs that it believes run afoul of federal law, and a program implemented without sufficient due diligence can lead to expensive legal claims.

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Consulting firms Accenture and Oliver Wyman have estimated that by 2018, private exchanges will provide health coverage for around 40 million individuals. Here are the benefits.

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Do you provide a company cafeteria or other on-site meals for employees? This can be a valuable tax-free fringe benefit to employees and help attract and retain workers.

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Starting Jan. 1, employees of the company that makes Camel and Pall Mall cigarettes will not be allowed to smoke at work.

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Homebuilders across the country are having such a hard time hiring enough skilled construction workers and professional staff that many are forced to turn down jobs or delay projects. That’s why William Lyon Homes in Newport Beach, Calif., is recruiting its future workforce now.

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Paperboard packaging company Zumbiel Packaging used positive reinforcement and employee education to log more than 1 million hours without a lost-time accident and a quarter million hours without any type of injury.

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The Affordable Care Act has precipitated a new appreciation for voluntary benefits. A well-designed package of them will be essential for recruiting and retaining top talent.

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Rival recreational vehicle makers Forest River Inc. and Thor Indus­­tries can agree on one thing: Busi­­nesses need to be there for their employees during times of need. So the two largest employers in Elkhart, Ind., have joined forces to create and jointly fund the Forest River/Thor Community Foundation, which will provide grants of up to $20,000 to employees of either company during emergencies.

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Be on the lookout for em­­ployees who try to pass off personal injuries as being job-related. Chal­­lenge workers’ comp claims in such cases.

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