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  • Mon Mar 10 2014

    Most U.S. workers say they are satisfied with their current health benefits and express little interest in changing the mix of benefits and wages their employer offers, according to a new survey by the nonprofit Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI).

    And even though enactment of the Affordable Care Act has raised questions about whether employers will continue to offer health coverage to their workers in the future, the importance of benefits -- especially health insurance -- when it comes to choosing a job remains high.

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  • Mon Jan 27 2014

    The flu season typically peaks in January and February, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and workers in some jobs are more vulnerable than others because of a higher exposure to germs, a more hectic travel schedule or more stress, reports Staples Advantage, the business-to-business division of the office supplier.

    Making the list of those most at risk:

    • Retail-store employees, through their frequent contact with the public and handling of cash and credit cards.

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  • Fri Nov 15 2013

    Twenty-five percent of retailers intend to hire more seasonal workers than they did in 2012, and 61% plan to hire at about the same level, according to the retail holiday survey released Oct. 9, 2013, by the global management consultancy Hay Group. The survey, in its seventh year, analyzed responses from 23 major U.S. retailers.

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  • Wed May 01 2013

    Organizations are increasingly using social networking sites to recruit job candidates, and many HR professionals use these sites to target passive candidates and those with a specific skill set, according to new research the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) released April 15, 2013.

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  • Fri Apr 19 2013

    Continued employment gains in lower-skilled, lower-paying hourly wage categories are expected to benefit teenagers seeking jobs this summer, according to a new outlook released April 11, 2013, by global outplacement consultancy Challenger, Gray & Christmas Inc.

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  • Thu Mar 21 2013

    Corporate employers plan to spend an average of $521 per employee on wellness-based incentives in 2013. This marks an increase of 13% from the average of $460 per employee reported in 2011, and double the per-employee average of $260 reported in 2009, according to an employer survey by the nonprofit National Business Group on Health and Fidelity Investments.

    Data for the survey were collected in October and November 2012 from a sample of 120 U.S. companies spanning a range of fewer than 2,000 to more than 50,000 employees.

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  • Mon Mar 04 2013

    A federal judge has ordered kgb USA Inc., the world’s largest independent provider of directory assistance and enhanced information services, to pay $1.3 million in minimum-wage compensation to 14,568 of its current and former employees nationwide for violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

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  • Thu Feb 28 2013

    A change in federal tax law that decreased the take-home pay of working Americans is affecting household budgets, according to a survey by the National Retail Federation (NRF), a trade association.

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  • Fri Feb 22 2013

    An increasing number of U.S. employers are planning to add Roth options to their 401(k), 403(b) or other defined contribution plans in 2013, a January 2013 survey by consultancy Aon Hewitt reveals.

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  • Wed Jan 16 2013

    After U.S. employers have taken care of the new health care benefit cost-reporting requirement for 2012 W-2s (due to employees in January 2013), their attention should turn to an upcoming deadline to notify employees about the availability of state health insurance exchanges.

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