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News Notes: Latest Developments In Stock Option Controversy

In the February issue of CEA, we reported on a controversial U.S. Department of Labor advisory opinion that said you might have to include stock option profits in an hourly worker’s base pay and retroactively recalculate overtime figured on the new pay rate. The ruling has come under fire not just from employers, but also […]

News Notes: EEOC Approves Proposal To Exempt Retiree Health Plans From Age Bias Rules

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has approved a rule that would allow employers to reduce or cut retiree health benefits once a retiree becomes eligible for Medicare or a comparable state-sponsored health benefit—without violating the Age Discrimination in Employment Act. According to the U.S. General Accounting Office, 10 million retired employees age 55 and over […]

News Notes: Bush Proposes Extending Unemployment Benefits

President Bush has proposed a new package of emergency grants and unemployment assistance to help states deal with increased unemployment following the Sept. 11 attacks. Workers in states where the total unemployment rate has jumped by 30% above the Sept. 11 level would be eligible for an additional 13 weeks of unemployment benefits, which would […]

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Acronyms and Employee Performance: List Goes On and On

Acronyms are quick and useful abbreviations that allow us to recall lists, speeches, important facts, or procedures through the use of one word or short phrase. Such shortcuts are common in the world of employment, too, and just as useful. TIPS and tricks Acronyms are one of the oldest tricks in the book when it […]

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Using an ‘Ultimatum’ to Prevent E-Mail Inaction

There are many benefits to e-mail communication over real-time, spoken communication. For one, because the conversation is in writing, there’s a record of what was said, which can be useful both for recollection and to settle any disputes about what might have been committed or agreed to. Sending an e-mail is often an easier way […]

On Being a Human Resource Professional: The Nine Essential Skills for Successful Human Resource Management

A colleague recently asked me what it takes to be a successful human resource professional in today’s employee-centric business environment. While not an easy question to answer, it was a good question that gave me pause. After much thought and conversations with the many human resource management experts here at the HR Daily Advisor, I’ve […]