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New CDC web site helps employers combat obesity


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) last month unveiled LeanWorks, a web site designed to help U.S. employers address employee obesity and its related costs.

The HR I.Q. Test: August ’09


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

Energy cooperative convenes Best Place to Work committee


When Flint Energies President Bob Ray Jr. wanted to move his Georgia electric cooperative closer to becoming eligible for some of the “best companies” lists, he turned the task over to his 200 employees. He identified an “emerging leader” within the ranks to chair and appoint a 10-employee Best Place to Work Committee …

3 L.A. firms to open downtown child care center for attorneys


Three Los Angeles law firms have partnered to open a 12,000-square-foot day care center for 88 children of attorneys and staff, starting in the fall. The three firms are neighbors: Munger, Tolles & Olson, O’Melveny & Myers, and Oaktree Capital Management.

Patience, good records key when employee sues


When an employee threatens litigation, take your time building the case against him. Make sure you base your decision on solid facts. Double-check to see that there’s no way the employee can claim you singled him out for unfair or inequitable treatment. Then rest easy, knowing that if you’re sued, you can counter the allegations with facts and get the case dismissed quickly.

5 strategies for managing teleworkers


More than 33 million Americans now work remotely at least one day per month, according to the “Telework Trendlines 2009” survey report. Still, most managers have been trained to work with employees who are only physically present to them. How can you manage what you can’t see? Here are some tips for bosses who manage teleworkers:

With eye on economy, 8 comp & benefits changes to watch


The weak economy is forcing organizations and their employees to make some tough benefits choices. Here are eight trends to watch:

Dump the slump: 14 ways to energize staff


The recession has plenty of employees distracted and anxious—about their jobs, their 401(k)s and their monthly bills. That’s not good news at a time when you need to squeeze every ounce of productivity from your employees. These 14 tips can motivate shell-shocked employees.

How to Solve Your Employee Absentee Problem

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EEOC issues employer best practices on work/family balance


A new EEOC document spells out the best practices employers should follow to avoid discriminating against workers who care for ill family members, an issue that’s especially critical in a down economy. Follow our links to download your copy of this important EEOC guidance.