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The Working Families Flexibility Act of 2013 (H.R. 1406) narrowly passed in the Republican-controlled U.S. House of Representatives by a vote of 223-204 on May 8, 2013. The bill now moves to the Democrat-controlled Senate. Introduced by Rep.

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May 9, 2013

Food, glorious food. Like adding a pinch of salt or a splash of sauce to a recipe, organizations find that breaking bread together—or throwing back a pint—can spice up the workday and feed corporate culture as well as hunger pains.

And it’s not just large or high-tech companies such as Zappos.com, DreamWorks Animation, Facebook and Google where free meals are served up. Employees at AFN Logistics, a third-party logistics provider outside of Chicago, tuck into a free lunch every Friday.

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May 3, 2013

March Madness will pound its way down basketball courts when play tips off March 19, 2013. Although some employers embrace it as an engagement tool and a way to build company camaraderie, labor lawyer D. Albert Brannen warns that—much like the round-ballers playing defense—employers shouldn’t let their guard down.

The annual NCAA Division 1 Men’s Basketball Tournament, which celebrates its 75th anniversary this year, concludes with the championship game April 8 in Atlanta. After the first two rounds, a majority of the games take place after the typical 9 a.m.-5 p.m. work day.

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March 26, 2013

Building a strong employer brand is the first step in recruiting employees with a disability, Laura Wilhelm pointed out during the Feb. 13, 2013, webinar “Best Practices in Disability Recruiting.”

Think Beyond the Label.com (TBTL) hosted the hourlong webinar, moderated by Brazen Careerist, that showcased tips on how organizations can find highly skilled, college-educated professionals who have disabilities.

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March 14, 2013

If managers relied on popular vote to keep their jobs, many would be packing up their desks, according to a recent informal Monster.com worldwide survey.

Asked who they would vote into their manager’s position—at either their current or most recent job—only one-fourth of the 577 respondents said they would vote to retain their current boss. Thirty percent voted for themselves, 25 percent said they would vote for a colleague and 21 percent hoped for a new candidate to enter the race.

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February 14, 2013

The U.S. Army kicked off its “Hire a Veteran” campaign Nov. 19, 2012, during a press conference with the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). The campaign is aimed at debunking employer misperceptions about the impact of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury (TBI) on veterans’ job performance, and at educating employers on what reasonable accommodations involve.

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November 30, 2012

Bill Gates said you often have to rely on it.

Albert Einstein called it “the only real valuable thing.”

Jonas Salk, scientist and discoverer of the polio vaccine, said it “will tell the thinking mind where to look next.”

Special Agent Jethro Leroy Gibbs, head of a fictional Naval Criminal Investigative Services team on TV, famously relies on his gut for finding and triumphing over bad guys.

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October 17, 2012
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Millennial job seekers just wanna have fun, and employers looking to recruit and retain recent graduates should make workplace fun a “central focus of recruiting efforts,” according to recent academic research.

The findings hold up even at a time when a sluggish economy is leaving many graduates under- or unemployed, says John W. Michel, Ph.D., assistant professor of management at Loyola University Maryland.

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October 15, 2012

In a twist on the old punch-clock technology, workers at Beijing Sunrise Technology in Beijing step before a device that scans their faces before they enter a secure work area.

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September 18, 2012

Benjamin Braddock, who walked away from a career in plastics and a fling with Mrs. Robinson in the 1967 movie “The Graduate,” could be the grandfather of high school students who graduated in the spring of 2012.

Born in 1994, these entrants to today’s workforce and college campuses come with a different set of cultural touchstones and references.

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September 11, 2012

Social media can be a valuable tool for organizations looking to recruit military veterans who are transitioning to the civilian world, according to Lisa Rosser, a military recruiting expert.

Rosser, founder of The Value of a Veteran in Herndon, Va., has 25 years of military experience—10 of those on active duty—and 14 years in staffing and consulting.

She and Neil Costa, of Boston-based digital recruitment marketing agency HireClix, were presenters during an Aug. 9, 2012 webinar, “Recruiting Veterans Through Social Media.”

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September 5, 2012

An increasing number of U.S. workers who take vacation are performing work-related tasks on their so-called off time, according to a Harris Interactive survey of 2,212 U.S. adults.

More than half of employed Americans will perform some type of job-related task while vacationing—reading work-related e-mails and taking phone calls—according to findings released July 16, 2012. That’s an increase of 6 percentage points from a similar survey in 2011.

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August 27, 2012

Viewers turning in to CNN, CNN Headline News, and CNN’s Airport Channel beginning Aug. 26, 2012, will see a 30-second commercial from the Society of Human Resource Management

“The pace of change is accelerating—the way we perform, compete, and grow,” intones a voice-over for the ad as images of a rotary phone, a computer keyboard, then cell phone and e-tablet whizz by.

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August 22, 2012

Bon Secours Virginia Health System, Citi, JPMorgan Chase & Co. and USAA are the winners of the Work Life Legacy Military Award from the Families and Work Institute (FWI).

Recipients were singled out by a 14-member panel of judges for their outstanding efforts to hire and support transitioning service members and their families. It’s the only award, said FWI.

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August 16, 2012
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Building and executing effective talent management strategies is particularly challenging in rapid-growth market companies that are expanding into new markets, according to newly released research from Ernst & Young.

The majority of 810 business executives surveyed lack confidence that their organization has or can build an effective international management team.

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August 3, 2012
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The percentage of employers that conduct credit background checks on potential employees has dropped since 2010, according to a 2012 survey of 544 U.S.-based HR professionals.

Among organizations that do perform credit history checks, 80 percent have hired someone despite a poor credit report, according to the 2012 findings.

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August 2, 2012

The U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) heard testimony May 10, 2012, on the challenges to work and family life for people lacking employer paid leave and other workplace flexibility options.

Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) member Juanita Phillips, HR director at Intuitive Research and Technology Corp., was among four panelists appearing before the committee that Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, chairs.

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May 28, 2012

The growing problem of long-term unemployment among older workers in the U.S. was the focus of a Senate Special Committee on Aging hearing on May 15, 2012. The hearing coincided with the Government Accountability Office’s (GAO) release of a report that found the number of workers age 55 and older who have been unemployed more than six months has doubled since the recession began in late 2007.

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May 24, 2012

There is "a significant, across-the-board increase" in the number of workers seriously considering leaving their employer, according to a global survey released in April 2012.

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May 16, 2012

Road trip!

About 75 members of the Charlotte Area Society for Human Resource Management (CASHRM) chapter will be attending the SHRM 2012 Annual Conference in Atlanta June 24-27. Many will arrive on two buses the chapter has chartered.

It is the largest U.S. chapter delegation attending the conference, according to SHRM. The second-largest group is made up of 64 people from AutoZone Inc.

Seventy of the members qualified for another “ride” as well—a significant break on their conference registration fee.

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May 2, 2012