SHRM Online Highlights - Dec. 2009

By Mike Frost

'Tis the Season, 'Tisn't the Year
Fewer companies will hold annual holiday parties this year, and most that will are scaling back.

Greater Flexibility

Despite general cutbacks in employee perks, optional benefits provided by U.S. and global employers, typically through flexible benefit plans, are on the rise.

What Derails Minority Executives?
Experts say a number of factors continue to make it difficult for minorities to gain corporate leadership positions.

Planning for a Crisis
A crisis plan gathering dust on your shelf is no good if you never run a drill to see how it works

Executive Pay Remain on Ice
Most U.S. companies are not planning to restore executive pay cuts or freezes made during the economic crisis anytime soon.

Helping Veterans Adapt
HR has a vital role to play in helping returning veterans adjust to earning a living -- and living in general -- in the civilian world.

India's Glass Ceiling
While women are still under-represented in the executive ranks of Indian companies, they have made progress in management in a relatively short time.

Benchmarking Human Capital
A new report from SHRM provides key metrics on HR departments and their expenses, HR-to-employee ratios, employment, compensation, and organizational revenue from 1,205 organizations.

Advocating for Education
HR professionals are leading the movement to strengthen the U.S. educational system.

Higher Penalties for HIPAA Violations
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has amended its Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) enforcement to reflect higher penalties for HIPAA violations.


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