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December 2013

COVER STORY
Matters of Faith Discuss
Accommodating employees’ religious needs can improve morale and keep legal troubles at bay.
By Dori Meinert

Q&A
Quiet Time
Recognize the power of introverts, a best-selling author advises.
Interview by Donna M. Owens

COMPENSATION
A New Normal
Most HR professionals saw meager compensation gains again in 2013.
By Joseph Coombs

FIRST-PERSON ACCOUNT
Getting On Board with Helicopter Parents
Advice on how to manage parental involvement in the workplace.
By Susan Jennings Lantz

LABOR RELATIONS
Leading from Behind?
Allying with nonprofit worker centers is the latest tactic of organized labor.
By Robert J. Grossman

AGENDA: EDUCATION AND TRAINING
Train Your Front Line
A three-pronged approach of prework, hands-on training and implementation can develop more-effective front-line managers.
By Kathryn Tyler

AGENDA: DIVERSITY
Compliance Concerns
New hiring rules for federal contractors are not altogether clear.
By David Tobenkin

ADVICE AND ANALYSIS

SOLUTIONS
Foreign degrees, lower travel pay
By Shari Lau, SPHR-CA, GPHR, and Edward Yost, SPHR-CA

HR TECHNOLOGY
Making the Most of Manager Self-Service
Manager self-service systems provide managers easier access to workforce data and the tools to quickly complete HR tasks.
By Dave Zielinski

LEGAL TRENDS
Give Me a Break
Meal breaks, rest breaks, state law and federal law—do you and your managers know the ropes?
By Jonathan A. Segal

MANAGEMENT TOOLS
Encourage Insight
Create an insight-inducing environment for your employees to boost innovation.
By Gary Klein

NEWS YOU CAN USE

HR NEWS
FSA use-it-or-lose-it rule modified; SEC pays largest whistle-blower award ever; 401(k) plan limits for 2014; more.

EXECUTIVE BRIEFING
Concealing identity has economic impact; HR ranks low in analytical skills.

COURT REPORT
Returning vets must be considered for discretionary promotions; termination did not breach ERISA fiduciary duty; more.

WHAT’S NEW
Performance management; compensation and benefits; HR management systems; more.

PERSPECTIVES

FROM THE CEO
Making Sense of Washington
By Henry G. Jackson

FUTURE FOCUS
A Tarnished Public-Sector Brand
HR professionals in government contend with a battered image of public service.
By Jennifer Schramm

HR MAGAZINE BOOK BLOG
Summaries of Fearless Performance Reviews, The Talent Equation, Untapped Talent and (Forget a Mentor) Find a Sponsor.