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Compiled by SHRM Online Staff  12/22/2014
Poll Finds Most Optimism About Quality Jobs Since Before Recession
In another positive sign for the labor market, Americans this month showed the most optimism about the availability of quality jobs than at any time since the start of the Great Recession, according to a Gallup poll released Monday.
Los Angeles Times

How to Be a Happily Working Retiree
An abrupt end to paid work may not be the right solution for every retiree. Some people need the income from a post-retirement job. Some people need the income from a post-retirement job. Some are looking for jobs with medical benefits to bridge the gap until they're eligible for Medicare.

Union Retirees: Don’t Cut My Pension
More than a million current and retired truck drivers, construction workers and other union employees could see their pension benefits cut now that Congress has passed a controversial new measure.

McDonald’s Charged with Abusing Workers over Wage Protests
A lawyer from the National Labor Relations Board filed formal complaints against McDonald's and some of its franchises on Friday. Yesterday, we told you that the National Labor Relations Board filed formal complaints against McDonald’s and some of its franchisees.
PBS News Hour

Obama Gives Federal Workers a Pay Raise
President Obama on Friday ordered a 1-percent pay raise for federal employees, giving them only their second mandatory wage increase in the past five years. The salary bump will take effect on Jan. 1, marking the second year Obama provided a raise for the federal workforce after a three-year pay freeze.
Washington Post

ACA Employer Mandate: Not as Bitter in Better Economy
Obamacare’s employer mandate looks a whole lot different during a job-growing economic recovery. The cost of compliance when the mandate takes effect Jan. 1 doesn’t seem quite as onerous when compared to the need to attract and retain workers.

Obamacare by the Numbers, What a Difference a Year Makes
It’s now clear that last year's disastrous rollout of the Obamacare health insurance exchanges will not be repeated. So far, people have been able to sign up with little or no trouble for private health insurance on the new exchanges that are the centerpiece of the Affordable Care Act.
NBC News

Is This Any Way to Pick a Company Health Insurance Plan?
Having chosen to continue with my current insurance provider, Independence Blue Cross, and also to continue offering multiple plans for my employees, my next step was to choose which of the company’s 38 plans to offer.
New York Times

Staples Hack Exposes 1.2 Million Credit Cards
After a two-month wait, Staples on Friday evening announced hackers broke into its computers and stole data on 1.16 million shoppers' credit cards and debit cards. Staples first announced it was investigating a potential data breach in the Northeast in October.

Higher Pay Deals May Be on the Way
Bigger pay rises may be on offer in the coming year, according to Martin Weale, a member of the Bank of England's interest rate setting committee. He told Radio 5 live's Wake up to Money program that employers were clearly becoming more confident. Mr Weale predicted this would feed into higher pay awards to employees.
BBC News

Forecasters See U.S. Leading Growth in 2015
The U.S. will lead the way to an uptick in global market growth in 2015, with different markets picking up steam at different paces, said market forecasters. In addition to being the year in which the Federal Reserve is expected to finally raise interest rates, forecasters predict 2015 will also be a year in which global equities will outperform global bonds.
Pensions & Investments

A Cuba Reality Check, Can You Really Do Business There?
For companies seeking Miami attorney Pedro Freyre’s advice on how to exploit President Barack Obama’s opening to Cuba, two stories may serve as cautionary tales. One concerns an 18-hole golf course that took a Canadian designer eight years to build near the island’s famed Varadero beaches.
Bloomberg News

The Five Business Stories That Made 2014 a Memorable Year
As the year's end approaches, economists are looking back and assessing the news stories that shaped 2014. Though their lists may vary, most analysts are pointing to five developments that had very big impacts on the U.S. economy
National Public Radio

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