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October 2013

COVER STORY
The Benefits of Big Data

"Big data" can be challenging to acquire and use, but the rewards can boost business performance.
By Bill Roberts

FEATURES

TECHNOLOGY
Tech Bytes
A look at trends in HR technology service and delivery.

Q&A
One Big, Not-So-Happy Family

Employees’ family problems can carry over into the workplace.
Interview by Adam Van Brimmer

ORGANIZATIONAL & EMPLOYEE DEVELOPMENT
New Kids on the Block

Millennials will soon outnumber Baby Boomers in the workforce, but managers are already seeing the younger generation’s influence on policies, processes and practices.
By Kathryn Tyler

PROFILE
On the Talent War’s Front Lines
As Raytheon’s senior vice president of human resources, Keith Peden knows that the war for talent is real and fiercely competitive.
Interview by Bill Leonard

ECONOMIC TRENDS
What Workers Really Want—and Need

In his new book, a Rutgers professor documents just why HR professionals nationwide worry about the skills gap.
By Carl E. Van Horn

AGENDA: RETIREMENT PLANNING
Benefits After DOMA

Same-sex married couples are now on equal ground regarding retirement benefits.
By Joanne Sammer

AGENDA: RELOCATION
All the Right Moves

Relocations are up, but employers are still looking to cut costs.
By Antonio Franquiz

ADVICE AND ANALYSIS

SOLUTIONS
Conflict resolution, time off during closures
By Deb Levine, SPHR, and Karen Burke, PHR-CA

LEGAL TRENDS
Effective Responses To EEO Charges
Nip EEOC charges in the bud, when possible, by being firm but nice.
By Melanie Pate and Mary Ellen Simonson

MANAGEMENT TOOLS
After They’re Gone
After sharing the news of a layoff or termination with the affected employee, turn your attention to the remaining staff.
By Paul Falcone

NEWS YOU CAN USE

HR NEWS
Rise in health insurance premiums slows; Supreme Court DOMA decision extended; unions get green light to organize "microunits"; more.

EXECUTIVE BRIEFING
Gender bias found in perceptions of work/life balance; costliest cities for expatriates.

COURT REPORT
CEO personally liable for FLSA violations; nurses held to be supervisors; more.

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

PERSPECTIVES

FROM THE CEO
Bring Back U.S. Apprenticeships

By Henry G. Jackson

FUTURE FOCUS
On the Move
The need for skilled workers drives business location decisions.
By Jennifer Schramm

HR Magazine Book Blog
Summaries of The Nonprofit’s Guide to Human Resources, The Truth About Lies in the Workplace, The Respect Effect and The Art and Science of Changing People Who Don’t Want to Change.