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Try these 10 creative alternatives to handing out pink slips

08/01/2008

Laying off workers can strain more than the employees who lose their jobs and the managers who have to deliver the bad news. Before your organization starts handing out pink slips, consider some alternatives that have worked for employers during past economic slumps …

Bargaining or bribery?

07/25/2008
After several months of wrangling with the State Employee Association of North Carolina (SEANC) over a records request, State Treasurer Richard Moore upped the ante in June by accusing the association of attempted bribery …

Feds ask former steelworkers to pay up for government’s mistake

07/24/2008
Hundreds of retired steelworkers in Pennsylvania, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio and New York have been notified that their pensions are being cut by as much as 75% due to miscalculations by the federal government …

Former steelworkers suffer huge pension meltdown

07/22/2008
Hundreds of retired Indiana steelworkers once employed by Republic Technologies International (RTI) recently received some unwelcome notices in the mail: Due to miscalculations, their pensions are being cut by as much as 75%—some to as little as $300 per month …

HEART Act Adds Retirement, Pay Benefits for Reservist Employees

07/22/2008
The HEART Act is a new federal law that expands the retirement and pay benefits to which employees called to active military service are entitled. If you administer your organization’s retirement plan or work with payroll, you need to know about the law’s provisions. Our primer will get you started.

Bill would give private-Sector employees access to CalPERS

07/18/2008
The California State Assembly has passed a bill that would allow private-sector employees who don’t have employer-based pension plans to open individual retirement savings accounts with the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) …

The HR I.Q. Test: August ’08

07/17/2008
Test your knowledge of recent trends in employment law, comp & benefits and other HR issues with our monthly mini-quiz …

Same-sex marriage: What the trend means for employers and HR

07/17/2008

No federal law mandates that employees who are in state-sanctioned same-sex unions must receive the same employee benefits that heterosexual married couples receive. But the writing is on the wall. And even employers in states that ban same-sex unions may find themselves targeted by advocates for greater benefits … 

Former steelworkers suffer huge pension meltdown

07/09/2008
Hundreds of retired Illinois steelworkers once employed by Republic Technologies International (RTI) recently received some unwelcome notices in the mail: Due to miscalculations, their pensions are being cut by as much as 75%, some to as little as $300 per month …

Top 10 concerns of American HR professionals

07/01/2008
While the continuing high cost of health care ranks first among HR’s greatest concerns, No. 2 on the list is the large number of baby boomers (1945–1964) retiring at about the same time, according to SHRM’s 2008 Trends Report