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September 2013

COVER PACKAGE: BENEFITS
Holding Health Care Accountable
New model could improve care, reduce costs.
By Susan J. Wells

Families First
Adoption benefits build employee loyalty.
By Dori Meinert

Steady Retirement Income Streams
Annuities can provide employees with a stable option for retirement income, but plan sponsors must consider potential drawbacks.
By Joanne Sammer

FEATURES

Q&A
Avoiding Demotivation
Creating an employee awards program requires understanding what motivates employees and what unexpected results could arise.
Interview by Joan Mooney

BUSINESS LEADERSHIP
Lessons from Retail
Find innovative yet pragmatic solutions to this industry’s unique HR challenges.
By Eric Krell

AGENDA: COMPENSATION
Linking Executive Pay to Performance
Incentives are increasingly tied to long-term results.
By Tamara Lytle

AGENDA: HR MANAGEMENT
Is HR Doing More with Less?
Anecdotes suggest that HR budgets and staff sizes have grown smaller since the Great Recession, but research tells a different story.
By Eric Krell

ADVICE AND ANALYSIS

SOLUTIONS
Labor law posters, inconsistent policies
By Shari Lau, GPHR, SPHR-CA, and Elaine Bryant, GPHR, SPHR-CA

HR TECHNOLOGY
Emergency Channels
In a crisis, social media tools can be an effective way to communicate with employees across an enterprise.
By Dave Zielinski

LEGAL TRENDS
Affinity Group Danger Zones
Don’t let the creation of affinity groups lead to legal risks.
By Jonathan A. Segal

MANAGEMENT TOOLS
Fighting Gravity
Break free from the treacherous forces that destroy innovation and pull down many successful corporate giants.
By Ryan Fisher

NEWS YOU CAN USE

HR NEWS
Impact of mandate delay debated; federal grants to expunge criminal convictions; DOMA decision will affect thousands of laws; more.

EXECUTIVE BRIEFING
Watch out for the "glass cliff"; social networking at work.

COURT REPORT
Inconsistent reasons for termination send bias case to jury; damages do not preclude wage and hour class action; more.

WHAT’S NEW
Compensation and benefits; health and safety; more.

PERSPECTIVES

FROM THE CEO
Greater Unity in the HR Profession
By Henry G. Jackson

FUTURE FOCUS
Grads Outpacing Peers Worldwide
The benefits of a higher education are becoming more pronounced globally.
By Jennifer Schramm

HR MAGAZINE BOOK BLOG
Summaries of Upgrade Now: 9 Advanced Leadership Skills, Have a Nice Conflict: How to Find Success and Satisfaction in the Most Unlikely Places, The First 90 Days and How to Conduct Internal Investigations.