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Fewer 401(k) loans may be coming

A new bill in Congress is designed to reduce the number of loans Americans can take from their 401(k) savings plans. The bill, introduced by Senators Herb Kohl, D-Wisconsin and Mike Enzi, R-Wyoming, seeks to make it tougher for employees ...

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Promoting alternative transportation for workers

The average price of regular unleaded gasoline in Idaho is nearing $4 a gallon – providing an overwhelming hit to the average household’s monthly budget. Not only do higher gas prices increase the cost of an employee’s daily commute to ...

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How much did that meeting just cost?

In the average-size business office, meetings cost hundreds of thousands of dollars a year when you calculate the hourly rate of each individual sitting around the table. Meetings also contribute to poor morale when they’re not run well. If one ...

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Gains by women in workforce not enough

A recent report by the White House shows women are making great strides in the workforce, yet they still have a long way to go before their salaries and leadership roles are equal to that of their male counterparts. The ...

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Gas tank wins over retirement savings

Idaho gas prices were up another $0.06 gallon the last week of March, according to AAA of Idaho. “Investors have been reacting to volatility including war, natural disasters, Japan’s nuclear problems, and the European debt crisis,” said AAA Idaho spokesman ...

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‘Electronic onboard’ your new hires (access required)

Unemployment numbers are showing positive recovery signs across the country – considerably better in this first quarter of 2011 than was expected last fall. Some economists predicted unemployment could jump to 10.1 percent. Instead, it registered at 8.9 percent in ...

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Refine your website as a recruitment tool

As the economy begins to warm up, so does the need for a talented workforce. The resourcefulness, innovative thinking, and productivity that high performers bring to an organization are needed now more than ever in all industries. The question is: ...

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Managing the hidden cost of sick days

Do you know how much employee absences are costing you? In the U.S., the average employer cost is $1,000 per employee each year. This is the second-highest benefit cost to employers after medical benefits. American companies lose 2.8 million workdays ...

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