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August 31, 2004

via Fast Company

How Lend Lease helps employees reach their potential  ...full story

August 31, 2004

via E-Commerce Times

Too many American clients are sending work offshore without providing adequate compliance support to the implementing facilities. Regulatory bodies need to enforce their rules or retire them. Failure to do so is handicapping those of us who are playing by the rules and is rewarding others for breaking them  ...full story

August 31, 2004

via The New York Times

US Airways was locked in tumultuous bargaining yesterday on wage and benefit cuts with its pilots' union, whose backing is critical if the airline is to avoid another bankruptcy filing  ...full story

August 30, 2004

via The New York Times

British Airways said over the weekend that it would conduct an internal investigation into a labor shortage that caused it to cancel more than 100 flights last week, leaving thousands of passengers stranded  ...full story

August 30, 2004

via The Journal Gazette

Surveys of households, firms vary widely
  ...full story

August 30, 2004

via Telegraph

Stephanie Villalba, the former Merrill Lynch banker suing the US investment bank for £7.5m in damages, will this week face a courtroom counter-attack from 22 top executives flown specially to London to testify against her  ...full story

August 30, 2004

via Business Europe

A quarter of small businesses spend no money whatsoever on staff training - partly explaining a considerable skills gap in the sector, new research suggests  ...full story

August 30, 2004

via Business Europe

Claims from bosses that the UK economy would be damaged by introducing extra bank holidays have been refuted by the Trades Union Congress (TUC)  ...full story

August 30, 2004

via CNN Money

No. 7 carrier must reach agreements with unions before Sept. 30, when it risks violating loan terms  ...full story

August 27, 2004

via CIOL

According to an online survey conducted by Wipro, more than 30 percent of the respondents were planning to offshore their IT infrastructure in the next 12 months  ...full story

August 27, 2004

via The New York Times

Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan said Friday that the country will face ``abrupt and painful'' choices if Congress does not move quickly to trim the Social Security and Medicare benefits that have been promised to the baby boom generation  ...full story

August 27, 2004

via The New York Times

Unemployment is high in Germany - 10.5 percent over all in July and much higher in eastern Germany - but people with jobs tend to have a great deal  ...full story

August 26, 2004

via The Scotsman

Firms do not know how to deal with their stressed-out workforce and are sitting on a “ticking time bomb”, according to a survey published today  ...full story

August 26, 2004

via The New York Times

The United States Department of Labor announced yesterday that it had reached a $1.9 million settlement with a contractor for the Target Corporation after finding that the contractor had not paid overtime to hundreds of immigrant janitors who often worked seven nights a week cleaning Target stores  ...full story

August 26, 2004

via Business Europe

Small firms seeking new staff on a limited budget should look to the internet to secure the best person for the job  ...full story

August 26, 2004

via The New York Times

Since 2001, small-business owners across the country have had to come up with innovative strategies to cope with double-digit increases in their health insurance premiums, but this is the year that many of them are finally crying uncle  ...full story

August 26, 2004

via Business Europe

UK employees are getting a taste for overseas travel, according to new research showing that four in five would consider working abroad  ...full story

August 26, 2004

via The New York Times

In the last four months, Merrill and another big Wall Street firm, Morgan Stanley, have made three payouts to former employees who lodged complaints about a lack of fairness in treatment towards women compared to that of men  ...full story

August 25, 2004

via Business Europe

There has been a dramatic increase in the number of employees who take unnecessary absences from work, according to a poll by employment law firm Peninsula  ...full story

August 25, 2004

via The New York Times

Each Monday for the last four weeks, thousands of Germans have taken to the streets for an odd summer ritual: a sunset march against Chancellor Gerhard Schröder and his government's plan to cut back Germany's generous unemployment benefits  ...full story

August 24, 2004

via Online Recruitment

73 percent would return to work after retirement to stimulate minds  ...full story

August 24, 2004

via HR Gateway

If the workplace is to improve for women then organisations need to trust in their HR department to deliver equality and diversity for business benefit, says the TUC's Francis O'Grady  ...full story

August 24, 2004

via Star Banner

Talks with Kodak employees, managers and outsiders paint a picture of a company that is setting strong antidiscrimination policies, and trying to enforce them - but with varying degrees of success  ...full story

August 24, 2004

via CRM News

The postal service, which employs more than a third of the civilian employees of the federal government, chose SAP after a multi-year evaluation  ...full story

August 24, 2004

via The Globe and Mail

Canadian multinational technology companies are adding thousands of employees to their payrolls this year, a sign of an improving environment for the sector in Canada  ...full story

August 23, 2004

via Financial Times

Santander Central Hispano is expected to announce on Monday that it would cut up to 3,000 jobs at Abbey National if it succeeded with its agreed £8.3bn ($15.1bn) bid for the UK bank  ...full story

August 23, 2004

via The Washington Post

The unemployment rate presents more worrisome signs for the local economy, even as it comes with the same caveats  ...full story

August 23, 2004

via The Los Angeles Times

According to the government's regular survey of the nation's households, 629,000 people started work in July. But when the government asked companies how many jobs they had added to their payrolls, the answer was only 32,000  ...full story

August 23, 2004

via Business Europe

One in three businesses have spent money in the last 12 months filling gaps in staff numeracy and literacy, a new survey suggests  ...full story

August 23, 2004

via The Los Angeles Times

Bush administration says the change makes more workers eligible, but opponents say more will be left out  ...full story

August 23, 2004

via The New York Times

Workers at Volkswagen's Mexico plant agreed to end a three-day-old strike Saturday and accept a pay package very close to the company's original offer  ...full story

August 23, 2004

via Business Europe

Drink related 'sickies' and hangover induced productivity losses are costing employers £2.8 billion a year, according to new research  ...full story

August 20, 2004

via Business Europe

Businesses have rejected union calls for job adverts to include details of company pension schemes  ...full story

August 20, 2004

via The Washington Post

 In an unprecedented overhaul of the nation's overtime pay rules, the Bush administration is delivering to its business allies an election-year plum they've sought for decades  ...full story

August 20, 2004

via Business Europe

The Maternity Alliance (MA) says it is highly concerned about the extent of ignorance among employers over maternity rights  ...full story

August 20, 2004

via The Los Angeles Times

To keep costs in line it would cut about 3,500 more jobs, or 10% of its workforce, with most of the cuts coming in North America  ...full story

August 20, 2004

via The Los Angeles Times

The bill would boost the state minimum to $7.75 an hour. The governor is being urged to veto it  ...full story

August 19, 2004

via Computing

Unless IT and HR work together, the security gap will not close  ...full story

August 19, 2004

via HR Gateway

A new survey from the DTI suggests that a quarter of employees have had the meanings of their emails misconstrued by both colleagues and customers, a fact that reflects HR needs to get more to grips with controlling e-comms, it is claimed  ...full story

August 19, 2004

via The Miami Herald

Providing feedback and evaluations isn't just for the sake of employees; it's likely to help your business run better  ...full story

August 19, 2004

via The Los Angeles Times

Verizon Wireless, the largest U.S. mobile-phone operator, said Wednesday that a four-year agreement that would have made it easier for workers to join unions had expired  ...full story

August 19, 2004

via The New York Times

Cash-strapped United Airlines said in a bankruptcy court filing Thursday that it ``likely'' will be necessary to terminate and replace its employee pension plans  ...full story

August 18, 2004

via HR Gateway

If you work in the 'HR' department as opposed to 'personnel' then chances are you could be earning 10% more in terms of pay, according to new figures, unless it is just a matter of sector differences  ...full story

August 18, 2004

via The New York Times

An employee at the Costco Wholesale Corporation filed a national class-action lawsuit against the company yesterday, accusing it of discriminating against women in promotions to store manager  ...full story

August 18, 2004

via The Economic Times

Retention and motivation are among the top-10 human resource (HR) challenges that software companies in Indian are facing  ...full story

August 18, 2004

via The Los Angeles Times

Hundreds of thousands of applications have poured in for 3,000 temporary jobs at the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles — about 10 times as many submissions as expected — underscoring just how hungry people are for high-paying work in a weak labor market  ...full story

August 18, 2004

via The Los Angeles Times

Hundreds of thousands of applications have poured in for 3,000 temporary jobs at the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles — about 10 times as many submissions as expected — underscoring just how hungry people are for high-paying work in a weak labor market  ...full story

August 17, 2004

via USA Today

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission sued Omni Hotels Corp. on Monday, charging that it fired a hotel manager because he was Arabic and Muslim and had opposed job practices he considered illegal  ...full story

August 17, 2004

via AME Info

The financial world's increasing need to outsource some of their technological solutions will come under the microscope in September, as leading international and regional finance experts gather in Dubai to debate the issues  ...full story

August 17, 2004

via Personnel Today

There is a 10 per cent pay gap between jobs described as ‘human resources’ and their ‘personnel’ counterparts, with HR gaining the most pay, according to new research  ...full story

August 17, 2004

via Online Recruitment

Scepticism dominates a survey of over 300 companies on the benefits of flexi working. A staggering 93% of the HR directors surveyed said staff are more likely to bend the rules if they can work from home  ...full story

August 16, 2004

via The Los Angeles Times

Union says members will report to work despite the vote against the contract offer  ...full story

August 16, 2004

via The Washington Post

Boom eludes many poor neighborhoods

  ...full story

August 16, 2004

via The Los Angeles Times

John M.W. Moorlach says plans to raise benefits for retirees put voters at risk of having to bail out the fund if investments fall short  ...full story

August 16, 2004

via Sun-Sentinel

Some firms may be ill-prepared  ...full story

August 16, 2004

via Business Europe

Retailers are warning that minimum wage increases have had a devastating impact on businesses in the sector  ...full story

August 16, 2004

via The Washington Post

Grocery workers in the metropolitan area have approved three-year contracts with four supermarket chains, accepting health care payments but avoiding a two-tier pay plan sought by employers  ...full story

August 16, 2004

via The Miami Herald

The more you can tell employees what to expect -- and that means planning and getting answers on your part -- the happier they'll be  ...full story

August 13, 2004

via The New York Times

United Airlines, which appears likely to default on its pension plans in the coming months, invested a larger-than-average share of its $6.6 billion pension portfolio in illiquid investments, while also investing liberally in junk bonds, technology and pharmaceutical start-ups, even a gold mining company in Ghana  ...full story

August 13, 2004

via Personnel Today

Organisations must change tactics in the boardroom if they are to attract high-performing women and compete in the 'war for talent', according to a new report from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD)  ...full story

August 13, 2004

via InfoWorld

Protectionist barriers such as visa restrictions may only accelerate the trend of U.S. companies outsourcing software development work offshore, according to IT market analyst Edward Yourdon in a book on outsourcing, scheduled for release October  ...full story

August 13, 2004

via The Register

The rise in importance of the Human Resources (HR) department within the company structure has gone on unchecked for decades. There was a day when it was simply called payroll, but now its influence stretches right to the top  ...full story

August 13, 2004

via Telegraph

Santander, the Spanish bank bidding for Abbey National, would have to lay off 8,000 employees at Britain's sixth biggest bank to achieve its 450m (£300m) synergy targets, according to analysts at Citigroup  ...full story

August 13, 2004

via HR Gateway

Many people in HR feel that staff and job applicants care little for their organisation's ethical behaviour, however, the function says CSR is a good way of enhancing corporate image  ...full story

August 13, 2004

via Forbes

Wal-Mart Stores, the nation's largest employer, says it will start instituting criminal background checks on its prospective employees  ...full story

August 12, 2004

via The Los Angeles Times

Walt Disney Entertainment has been fined $6,300 for the death of a worker dressed as Pluto who was run over and killed by a float as it entered a Magic Kingdom parade  ...full story

August 12, 2004

via Business Europe

Modern technology and cultural changes have removed reasons to treat male and female employees differently, so what's behind the workplace gender gap?

  ...full story

August 12, 2004

via The Detroit News

Salaried employees eager to buy an extra week of vacation time; automaker saves on payroll  ...full story

August 12, 2004

via The New York Times

IBM Corp. raised its estimate Thursday for the number of people it expects to hire in 2004 to 18,800, up from an earlier forecast of 15,000, citing strong growth in key business areas such as consulting, grid computing and Linux  ...full story

August 12, 2004

via HR Gateway

The vast majority of 11-14 year olds, of both sexes, see themselves going to university and then stepping on the career ladder, which is good news for gender stereotyping, it is claimed  ...full story

August 12, 2004

via The New York Times

Angered by United's decision to stop contributing to employee pension plans, the machinists' union asked a federal bankruptcy judge yesterday to appoint a trustee to run the airline  ...full story

August 11, 2004

via Advertising - UK

Bosses are being warned they could be breaking the law due to a number of common yet basic employment law misconceptions

  ...full story

August 11, 2004

via HR Gateway

While economists continue to shout about the need to get more older workers into jobs, many firms appear to be doing their best to keep them out, claim new figures  ...full story

August 11, 2004

via Business and Legal Reports

Unemployed workers in Ohio will soon have the option of using the Internet to make claims for jobless benefits  ...full story

August 10, 2004

via USA Today

Information technology officials from some of the world's leading companies met Tuesday to discuss improving the high-tech hub of Bangalore's deteriorating infrastructure  ...full story

August 9, 2004

via Telegraph

The threat of Britain's first national dock strike for 14 years was raised yesterday as the Transport and General Workers Union said it would ballot workers at Associated British Ports over industrial action in a dispute over pay  ...full story

August 9, 2004

via The New York Times

Many economists say that over the long term, the most vulnerable positions are those at the low end of the wage scale that require fewer skills and are easily replicated  ...full story

August 9, 2004

via WebProNews

The top HR professionals these days are focused on a lot more than payroll and the administration of benefits. The trend in the 21st century will be to provide development opportunities to people on a custom basis, depending on the needs of individual employees  ...full story

August 9, 2004

via The Los Angeles Times

The tentative contract includes a 10.5% raise over five years and averts a possible strike  ...full story

August 5, 2004

via rediff.com

Microsoft Corp, the world's largest IT firm, has refuted a US-based trade union's assertion that the software maker was sending technology and other jobs to India and other nations  ...full story

August 4, 2004

via ENN

Limerick-based Information Technology Systems has been acquired by human resource solutions provider Ceridian   ...full story

August 4, 2004

via PersonnelToday.com

The human resources function is now becoming more involved in company mergers and acquisitions, according to a survey by Mercer Human Resource Consulting  ...full story

August 4, 2004

via Computer Weekly

IBM said South Africa is establishing itself as a preferred outsourcing destination, and is rapidly becoming a back-up site for India, the world's number one outsourcing provider  ...full story

August 4, 2004

via The Register

Swansea City Council's IT staff are to strike in protest against the council management's decision to outsource the support function. The ballot of the 100 staff was decisive: of the 74 votes cast, just two votes were recorded against the motion to strike  ...full story

August 3, 2004

via The Globe and Mail

The fuss about outsourcing is understandable but overdone  ...full story

 
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