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January 28, 2005

via Los Angeles Times

Employers have recently tried every carrot they can think of — including cash incentives and iPods — to persuade employees to quit smoking. Now some are trying the stick   ...full story

January 28, 2005

via Los Angeles Times

The number of Americans filing first-time claims for unemployment insurance rose by 7,000 last week after reaching the lowest level in more than a month   ...full story

January 27, 2005

via The New York Times

In a novel attempt to extend health coverage to uninsured workers, 60 large employers are joining together to sponsor an array of low-cost health insurance options. The program, to begin in the fall, will be offered for at least two years and is intended to cover uninsured part-time and temporary workers, contractors, consultants and early retirees, who typically are not eligible for employer health plans   ...full story

January 26, 2005

via The New York Times

For the first time, Human Rights Watch has issued a report that harshly criticizes a single industry in the United States, concluding that working conditions among the nation's meatpackers and slaughterhouses are so bad that they violate basic human rights   ...full story

January 26, 2005

via The Miami Herald

SAP AG, the world's largest maker of business software, announced a 29 percent jump in fourth-quarter earnings Wednesday and said it plans to hire 3,000 employees this year   ...full story

January 26, 2005

via Los Angeles Times

The firm says it wants to reward longtime managers. Experts say it might start a trend   ...full story

January 26, 2005

via Los Angeles Times

The region will outpace the nation in positions created this year, a forecast says. But there are weak spots   ...full story

January 25, 2005

via Online Recruitment

56 percent of HR professionals have purchased web monitoring software to help combat employee abuse of the internet. This is according to the latest survey from Softworld HR & Payroll   ...full story

January 24, 2005

via Los Angeles Times

Survey shows MBAs who graduated during the economic slump are paid handsomely   ...full story

January 24, 2005

via The Miami Herald

With increasing frequency, companies are using surveys or personality profiles to help screen prospective managers, professionals and frontline staff   ...full story

January 21, 2005

via The New York Times

Deutsch Telekom's mobile arm, T-Mobile, said on Thursday it planned to shed up to 2,200 jobs by the end of next year and shift its approach in handset procurement as part of a larger cost-cutting plan announced last autumn in response to changes in the European mobile phone industry   ...full story

January 19, 2005

via The Toronto Star

Employment in Canada's key auto parts sector has dropped for the second time in 12 years, and there are signs that the decline will continue this time   ...full story

January 19, 2005

via Los Angeles Times

 A new group will lobby on behalf of those injured on the job. It has received funding from an attorneys group   ...full story

January 19, 2005

via The New York Times

United Airlines and its pilots' union reached a tentative agreement yesterday on a new contract, 11 days after a federal bankruptcy judge rejected an earlier deal   ...full story

January 19, 2005

via Financial Times

The top 45 staff of Watson Wyatt, the financial services consultancy, are set to collect several million dollars each after agreeing to sell the firm to its US sister organisation for $451m (£243m)   ...full story

January 18, 2005

via Los Angeles Times

Continental Airlines Inc., the fifth-biggest U.S. airline, said it agreed on $99 million in wage and benefit cuts with some non-union workers in a step toward avoiding hundreds of millions of dollars in losses this year   ...full story

January 18, 2005

via HR.BLR.com

Employers are anticipating that their healthcare costs will rise 12 percent in 2005 and are looking for ways to reduce the increase, according to a survey by Hewitt Associates   ...full story

January 18, 2005

via The Miami Herald

Plenty of companies are outsourcing work to India. Now, one of India's biggest companies is turning the tables, farming out hundreds of millions of dollars of work to Western companies, including International Business Machines Corp. and Sweden's Telefon AB L.M. Ericsson   ...full story

January 17, 2005

via The Miami Herald

Job hoppers who want employers to know the real reason they're resigning are filling out exit interview surveys online. The practice allows them to tell human resources staff how they feel without participating in annoying face-to-face exit interviews   ...full story

January 17, 2005

via Austin Business Journal

Dell Inc. and IBM Corp. -- are among the best companies for developing executive talent, according to a new ranking   ...full story

January 17, 2005

via Los Angeles Times

Factory employees who may be displaced by a production shift find what once was an unlikely ally in retailer Gap. A push to improve conditions is growing   ...full story

January 14, 2005

via Los Angeles Times

The planemaker cancels its 717 commercial jet but will continue to build C-17 military transports in Long Beach   ...full story

January 14, 2005

via The Washington Post

 In a settlement with the Labor Department, Cingular Wireless LLC will pay $5.1 million in back wages to almost 26,000 customer service workers for alleged overtime pay violations   ...full story

January 12, 2005

via The Washington Post

 A senior US Airways executive who helped design the troubled airline's restructuring is in final talks to leave the carrier for a senior position at Spirit Airlines   ...full story

January 12, 2005

via Los Angeles Times

 The company's CFO says job cuts at PeopleSoft could be announced in the next few days   ...full story

January 12, 2005

via Los Angeles Times

 The United Steelworkers of America and the Paper, Allied-Industrial, Chemical and Energy Workers International Union said they would merge, creating the largest industrial labor union in North America   ...full story

January 10, 2005

via The Washington Post

General Motors Corp. plans to reduce its U.S. work force by about 7 percent for a fourth consecutive year in 2005   ...full story

January 10, 2005

via Los Angeles Times

Some companies show that the country still has potential as a profitable manufacturing base for high-tech products   ...full story

January 10, 2005

via Los Angeles Times

 Increasing competition from China is forcing manufacturers to offer learning programs to raise productivity   ...full story

January 10, 2005

via The Washington Post

United Airlines reached a tentative contract agreement with its flight attendants union Saturday, but the deal did not address the employee pension plans that have become a key point of contention   ...full story

January 7, 2005

via The New York Times

In separate bankruptcy proceedings yesterday, US Airways received approval to cancel contracts with its mechanics and baggage handlers and United Airlines won pay cuts it had sought for a similar group   ...full story

January 7, 2005

via Los Angeles Times

U.S. employers added 157,000 workers overall to their payrolls in December, bringing the year-end total of new jobs to 2.2 million, the best showing in five years. The unemployment rate held steady at 5.4 percent   ...full story

January 7, 2005

via The Washington Post

Officials of the local hotel union said yesterday that they may call a strike at 14 major D.C. hotels if they do not reach accord with management on a new contract by Jan. 15   ...full story

January 7, 2005

via Los Angeles Times

Northrop Grumman Corp., the world's largest builder of warships, said proposed Pentagon spending cuts would force the company to eliminate 2,500 jobs at shipyards in Louisiana and Mississippi in the next three years   ...full story

January 6, 2005

via Los Angeles Times

The legislation is likely to be vetoed by the governor, who killed a similar plan last year   ...full story

January 6, 2005

via Online Recruitment

 The days of human resources departments as little more than ‘people and payroll’ have long been consigned to the history books – and global management consultants Hay Group claim it is now time for the next step in the evolution of HR   ...full story

January 6, 2005

via The New York Times

The number of new people signing up for jobless benefits shot up last week, highlighting the sometimes uneven nature of the recovery taking place in the labor market   ...full story

January 6, 2005

via CNN Money

Troubled carrier may also end some pensions if workers don't approve deal; ruling to save $1B   ...full story

January 6, 2005

via The Washington Post

US Airways backed off from its plan to eliminate its retirees' medical benefits and agreed late yesterday to continue paying for some of their health care   ...full story

January 5, 2005

via Los Angeles Times

A Los Angeles judge granted class-action status Tuesday to a lawsuit brought by former employees of Albertsons Inc. who claim the Boise, Idaho-based grocery and drugstore operator failed to pay departing workers promptly, as required by California law   ...full story

January 5, 2005

via Los Angeles Times

 Oracle Corp., less than a week after announcing that it took control of software rival PeopleSoft Inc., said Tuesday that the companies have begun work on a joint version of their business-management software   ...full story

January 5, 2005

via Los Angeles Times

 Wages, when adjusted for price increases, are likely to bounce back this year after falling in 2004 for the first time in a decade   ...full story

January 5, 2005

via The New York Times

In a bitter split, United Airlines' creditors, along with some banks and unions, have joined the federal government in opposing a deal in which United would terminate its pilots' pension plan and offer the pilots equity in the airline and other sweeteners in exchange   ...full story

January 4, 2005

via Personnel Today

 The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) has predicted that a tight labour market and upward wage pressures will bring new challenges for HR this year   ...full story

January 4, 2005

via Business Europe

 Almost half of UK SMEs believe that employees have a poor standard of education and training, a new survey shows   ...full story

January 4, 2005

via The New York Times

Mechanics at US Airways do not expect to reach a voluntary agreement with the company on new concessions, increasing the possibility that a bankruptcy judge will throw out the union's contract later this week   ...full story

 
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