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To tweet or not to tweet about employee benefits

As employers prepare for benefits open enrollment this fall, they know there is greater interest than ever from employees. Health care reform continues to make headlines in news cycles. And, those public conversations are raising employee awareness about the benefits ...

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Some suggestions on using social media

If your company is still struggling to decide whether or not to engage in social media, consider some of these statistics. Neilsen NetRatings reports 80 percent of American homes now have computers. Of those, 92 percent are connected to the ...

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Lessons from the recession about savings

Some exciting news came out from Fidelity Investments in late May – contributions to 401(k) plans were up in the first quarter of 2010. As reported in the San Jose Mercury News, Fidelity says the average contribution rate is 8.2 ...

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When it comes to summer dress codes, think win-win

HR professionals are spending more time on strategic initiatives and less on transactional processes. For example, they are becoming better partners to the business by investigating turnover trends and developing proactive solutions to retain high-performers instead of just producing line ...

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Rules on adult child coverage defined

The government has just released clarifications for employers on health care reform and the rules will likely result in higher costs for employers. Just about a week after the IRS issued a notification that allowed adult child coverage to be ...

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HR’s role in mergers and acquisitions

Early this year, McKinsey & Company predicted merger and acquisition activity would increase in 2010: “We expect large corporate buyers will be particularly well positioned to take advantage of any new wave of M&A, but we also see private-equity firms ...

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