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November 2011


COVER STORY
Paths to the Top
On the way up? Weigh the value of assignments inside and outside HR.
By Adrienne Fox


STAFFING MANAGEMENT SPECIAL REPORT
The Gift of Time
Give employees the flexibility they desire.
By Dori Meinert

Easing the Travails of Trailing Spouses
With employment of a trailing spouse becoming an impediment to employee relocation, more employers are offering outplacement help to spouses.
By Theresa Minton-Eversole

Wanted: Shorter Time-to-Hire
The ins and outs of federal hiring may someday become less convoluted.
By Bill Leonard

AGENDA: BENEFITS
Spousal Exclusions on the Rise
Some companies refuse to insure employees' working spouses.
By David Tobenkin

AGENDA: EMPLOYMENT LAW
Status Check
Misclassifying independent contractors overseas can result in harsher penalties than in the U.S.
By Eric Krell

ADVICE AND ANALYSIS

SOLUTIONS
Employee referrals' impact on diversity, transgender name changes, pay for termination meetings
By Karen Burke, PHR, and Angie Collis, PHR, GPHR

HR TECHNOLOGY
Total Integration
Linking different HR applications can be a challenge, but the payoff can make the effort worthwhile.
By Dave Zielinski

LEGAL TRENDS                                                                                                                                                    Federal Contractors Get New Scrutiny
Employers should be aware of significant changes in the OFCCP's approach.
By Alissa A. Horvitz and Lance E. Gibbons

MANAGEMENT TOOLS                                                                                                                                          Only Assets Need Apply
Hiring managers need to look for signs of asset employees instead of average employees.
By Matthew Beecher

NEWS YOU CAN USE
HR NEWS
NLRB's actions make political waves; organizations uncertain about the future of employer-sponsored health care; more.

EXECUTIVE BRIEFING
Whistle-blowing training increases; HR budgets show modest growth.

 

COURT REPORT
Terminated employee can pursue 'regarded as' disability claim; fired employee fails to show improper use of polygraph; more.

 

WHAT'S NEW
Compensation and benefits; employee recognition; health and safety; more.

PERSPECTIVES

FROM THE CEO
Avoiding the Boomer Drain
By Henry G. Jackson

FUTURE FOCUS
Beyond Mentoring
Sponsors act as advocates rather than advisors.
By Jennifer Schramm

BOOKS IN BRIEF
Summaries of StandOut, Auditing Your Human Resources Department, A Manager's Guide to Virtual Teams and Crucial Conversations.



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