MARCH 2015

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COVER STORY

Unlimited Vacationland
Is unlimited time off a benefit or a boondoggle—and for whom?
By Susan Milligan

FEATURES

BENEFITS
What’s Affordable?
Here’s what the health care reform law’s affordability requirements look like in practice.
By Joanne Sammer

INFOGRAPHIC
Health Care Plan Changes Ahead
Compiled by Desda Moss

COMPENSATION
Taking Stock
Review your (stock) options to drive employee performance.
By David Tobenkin

ORGANIZATIONAL & EMPLOYEE DEVELOPMENT
Cool and Competent
The key to better hiring may be to focus more on competencies than credentials.
By Lee Michael Katz

PROFILE
Profiles in HR: Dan Henkle, Senior VP of HR at Gap Inc.
Gap Inc.’s Dan Henkle seeks to advance opportunities for the global retailer’s employees and the communities where they work.
By Adrienne Fox

ADVICE & ANALYSIS

Solutions
Handling employee files after termination; payroll frequency
By Yvette Lee, SHRM-SCP, and Lesa Albright, SHRM-SCP

HR Technology
Absence Makes HR’s Job Harder
How to minimize employee absences with the latest time and attendance software.
By Drew Robb

Legal Trends
Progress for Multiemployer Pension Plans
The Multiemployer Pension Reform Act of 2014 is the most significant legislation for multiemployer pension plans in more than three decades.
By Andrew Douglass and Bradley Kafka

NEWS YOU CAN USE

For ongoing coverage of news relevant to HR, visit the Online News section of the SHRM website.

Executive Briefing
CHROs are critical allies to CEOs— and potential successors.
By Dori Meinert

Court Report
Job restructuring must be an accommodation option; employee remark insufficient to trigger FMLA rights; more.

What's New
Compensation and benefits; compliance; health and safety; staffing; more.

PERSPECTIVES

From the CEO
Three Signs of Economic Recovery
By Henry G. Jackson

Viewpoint
It’s Time to Rethink the Employer Mandate
A key aspect of the health care reform law needs its own reforming.
By Timothy Jost

Q&A
A World of Difference
Professor Erin Meyer talks about navigating the cultural differences of a global workforce.
Interview by Roy Maurer

Trend Watch
Ripple Effect
Strong jobs numbers mean HR professionals are feeling confident about their own job prospects.
By Jen Schramm

Member Spotlight
Joann Waki Muna, SHRM-SCP, HR administrator, Guam Community College, Mangilao, Guam

HR Magazine Book Blog

Management Tools
Three Steps to Turn Up Your Listening Skills
Becoming a focused and empathetic listener takes time and effort. Here’s how to get started.
By Edward D. Hess

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