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Articles from Vol. 88, No. 4, April 6

5 Questions: MINORITIES IN THE C-SUITE
CARL BROOKS, president and CEO, Executive Leadership CouncilWorkforce Management: Everyone understands the social-justice reasons for increasing the number of minority executives. What is the business case?Carl Brooks: The more diverse the grouping,...
5 Questions: OPPORTUNITY IN THE DOWNTURN
SETH WOLK, executive VP. director of human interest, Saatchi & SaatchiWorkforce Management: Why is your title "director of human interest" instead of "director of human resources"?Seth WoIk: It's a title I have inherited, and it's key to the philosophy...
Bad beyond Belief
Sam Zell's earthy, foul-mouthed demeanor makes him the perfect bad manager, as though he had been sent from central casting.THE LAST WORDONE QUESTION I get asked a lot is this: What makes you such an expert on bad management?It's a fair question. The...
Building a Better Benefits Experience
WORKDAYToday, employees are being asked to bear greater responsibility for benefits costs. Understandably, they want plenty of choice and easy access to the information they need to make smart choices for their benefits elections. What does this mean...
Business Groups Seek Additional Pension Relief
CAPITOL HILLSince the collapse of the financial markets last fall, Congress has taken big swings at economic recovery legislation, including the $700 billion troubled-assets bill and the $787 billion stimulus package.In the midst of the behemoths, a...
Digitally Driven
SPECIAL REPORT: HEALTH CARE BENEFITSSECTOR SNAPSHOT$17 billionAmount of the 519 billion in health IT funding in the recent stimulus package alloted for helping medical providers switch to digital record keeping$2 billionAmount of the $19 billion in health...
Diversity: The Obama Effect
EXPERTS BELIEVE THE ELECTION OFTHE FIRST AFRICAN-AMERICAN U.S. PRESIDENT WILL REDEFINE WORKPLACE DIVERSITY, PLACING A GREATER EMPHASIS ON MULTICULTURALISMI AND SOCIOECONOMIC STATUS.IN MANY WAYS, Subha Barry believes her job will be easier now that the...
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Financial Firms Realizing More Cuts Needed to Ensure Survival
ECONOMIC DOWNTURNEven with the stock market's recent bounce, money management firms will have to shed at least 5 to 10 percent more of their workforces to keep the equity market's swoon from crushing profit margins, industry veterans say.But following...
Firms Getting Stimulus Face Tougher Whistle-Blower Law
Out FrontRETALIATIONMany private employers suffering from the recession probably cheered in February when President Barack Obama signed the $787 billion stimulus package into law. But these companies may not be aware that if they receive funding through...
Hr World Not Immune from Twitter Craze
COMMUNICATIONIn the world of people management, Twitter is getting people talking in a whole new way.Recent signs that the 3-year-old micro-blogging tool is making a mark in HR include:* The Internet buzz that was created when a person landed a job at...
Immigration Reform on Hold amid Downturn
WASHINGTONWashington is putting many policy discussions on hold as it responds to constituents who have lost jobs and homes."Immigration reform has slipped a couple rungs down the agenda," says Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Arizona.Giffords, who spoke to...
ING Strives to Maintain Diversity despite Layoffs
IN JANUARY, when it came time for ING to lay off 750 employees, Tom Waldron had the usual set of concerns about employee morale and all the other difficult aspects of downsizing. But Waldron, executive vice president of hu- man resources at ING Americas,...
Integrating a Vision Plan with Wellness and Disease Management
EYEMED VISION CAREVision benefits offer employers a new way to enhance wellness and disease management programs. Many companies recognize the link between vision care and overall health. The next step: tying vision benefits into corporate health management...
Legal Briefings
DOL OPINION ON PAY FOR STUDY TIMEON JANUARY 15, the U.S. Department of Labor issued an opinion letter addressing whether time spent outside normal working hours by city employees studying for city-required training programs, seminars and classes is compensable...
New Act for Wall Streeters
Out FrontNew York City looks to keep Important financial talent in the region by retraining displaced workers.With the recent outcry over bonuses for financial workers on Wall Street, it might seem that the last thing they need is a helping hand.New...
N.Y. Settlement Prompts Fresh Look at Doctor Reimbursements
HEALTH CARE COSTSA legal settlement this year between health insurers and the New York attorney general means some employers are already being asked to reassess how much they reimburse doctors and, consequently, determine whether employees will have...
On the Web
WORKFORCE COM April 6. 2009www.workforce.com/09/04/online 1Recruiters are back on campusAbout 1.5 million undergraduates getting their bachelor's degrees this year will collide with 1.85 million workers with bachelor's degrees or higher who are currently...
Researching 'Comparative Effectiveness' of Treatments
"Currently, patients and their physicians have little, if any, Independent, reliable information comparing the efficacy of various procedures, therapies or devices." -HELEN DARUNO, president, National Business Group on Health, In a statementTUCKED INSIDE...
Solis Pledges to Bolster Wage Enforcement
AGENCY PROBEDAn investigation by a government watchdog concludes that the division of the Labor Department responsible for enforcing pay laws often ignores complaints and fails to make companies restore improperly withheld wages.The Government Accountability...
The Power of Total Rewards in Any Economy
WORKSCAPEGiven the current economy and the steady stream of news reports detailing workforce reductions across all industries, there's a perception brewing that employee retention is a low-level concern. This is a mistake. While the relative abundance...