Celebrating Halloween at Work: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

By Staff
Wednesday, October 29, 2014 3:10 PM NEW YORK—Halloween is just around the corner, and many companies have now decided what they plan to do for Halloween celebrations at work. For employers who may still be undecided, here is some information you may wish to consider.

A New Cybersecurity Roadmap to Keep Your Company Safe

By Staff
Monday, July 07, 2014 11:58 AM NEW YORK—On Feb. 12, 2014, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), an agency within the Department of Commerce, published a 41-page “Framework for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity” in response to President Obama’s 2013 Executive Order calling for such a framework.

Time-Off Incentives Can Recharge a Hard Working Staff

By Staff
Monday, February 24, 2014 4:10 PM NEW YORK—A New York Times article reported on a six-month study called “Profit at the Bottom of the Ladder” conducted by Institute for Health and Social Policy at McGill University and published by Harvard Business Review on how companies around the world use incentives in the workplace.

Party Smart This Holiday Season

By Staff
Monday, December 09, 2013 2:41 PM NEW YORK—"’Tis the season to be careful,” is the motto of employers referring to holiday parties.

Tax Credits for Hiring Vets to Expire in December

By Hedley Lawson
Monday, November 04, 2013 2:54 PM NEW YORK—Under current law, the tax credits Congress designed to encourage employers to hire military veterans are effective only for hiring completed in 2013.

Companies Get Strict on Health of Workers

By Hedley Lawson
Monday, April 01, 2013 4:00 PM A recent Aon Hewitt survey of 800 large and midsize employers, which found that the vast majority of companies (79 percent) use rewards, like lower insurance premiums, to motivate employees to improve their health.

Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act 'Catch Up'

By Hedley Lawson
Tuesday, December 04, 2012 1:42 PM A recent poll of U.S.-based companies conducted just after Election Day found that many respondents had delayed enacting health care plan changes required by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA).

Gay Friendly Corporations Boost Bottom Line Financial Performance

By Hedley Lawson
Tuesday, November 06, 2012 11:35 AM On October 23rd, New York’s business leaders met to announce Prudential as the winner of the 2013 Corporate Equality Ally Award. Prudential received a stellar 100 percent rating on the Human Right Campaign’s (HRC) Corporate Equality Index for the past nine years.

Why Volunteering Is Good for Your Business

By Hedley Lawson
Tuesday, October 02, 2012 2:46 PM It is increasingly reported in various business publications that today's employees are entering the workforce with an expectation that volunteering will be a part of their professional careers.

Medical Loss Ratio Rebates: Who Gets the Cash?

By Hedley Lawson
Tuesday, September 18, 2012 3:15 PM In early August 2012, some U.S. employers with fully insured employee health benefit plans received a medical loss ratio (MLR) rebate. These rebates were mandated under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) whenever health insurers do not spend at least a certain percentage (generally, 80 percent to 85 percent) of the prior year’s health insurance premiums on health care services. The rebates received in August 2012 cover premiums collected for the 2011 plan year.

Federal Form I-9 to Expire

By Hedley Lawson
Tuesday, August 28, 2012 10:30 AM The current Employment Eligibility Verification Form, commonly referred to as Form I-9, expires August 31, 2012. All U.S. employers must complete and retain a Form I-9 for all citizens and noncitizens they hire for employment in the United States, according to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

The Six Laws of Social Gravity

By Hedley Lawson
Friday, August 17, 2012 2:30 PM In his book Achieving Success Through Social Capital, Wayne Baker defined “resources available in and through personal and business networks” as individuals gaining access to resources, such as information, ideas, business leads, good will, trust and cooperation as a result of social capital.

Measuring the ROI Top Performer Retention

By Hedley Lawson
Tuesday, May 22, 2012 1:45 PM Most companies today recognize the value of attracting and engaging superior talent. The tough challenge today, however, is how do companies — large and small — retain that superior talent?

Recent Survey Finds 37 Percent of Surveyed Companies Use Social Media to Vet Candidates

By Hedley Lawson
Wednesday, May 02, 2012 2:50 PM Thirty-seven percent of 2,303 surveyed hiring managers and human resources professionals use social media to look into job candidates, according CareerBuilder. Employers primarily used Facebook (65 percent) and LinkedIn (63 percent) to research candidates, while 16 percent used Twitter.
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