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March 10, 2014

Most U.S. workers say they are satisfied with their current health benefits and express little interest in changing the mix of benefits and wages their employer offers, according to a new survey by the nonprofit Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI).

And even though enactment of the Affordable Care Act has raised questions about whether employers will continue to offer health coverage to their workers in the future, the importance of benefits -- especially health insurance -- when it comes to choosing a job remains high.

February 4, 2014

Jane Sunley’s new book, "It’s Never OK to Kiss the Interviewer," was prompted by an audience member’s naïve question.

While the book (LID Publishing, January 2014) is aimed at job applicants, it holds truths for employers, too: Figure out if the candidate’s values are in line with the company’s; make sure the applicant’s skills, attitude and work style are a good fit for the job; and find ways to make the new hire’s transition into the organization relatively seamless.

October 7, 2013

Is it legal -- and if so, is it advisable -- to fire a worker if he or she is looking for another job?

“Yes, it is legal,” said Eric Meyer, a partner at Philadelphia-based law firm Dilworth Paxson LLP and author of the online law blog “The Employer Handbook.” “Whether or not it is advisable depends on the circumstances.”

September 10, 2013

Orlando -- Author and customer service consultant Shep Hyken told Ace Hardware dealers that being helpful means more than just making sales. It means being a bigger part of the community.

Hyken is author of “Amaze Every Customer Every Time,” an analysis and case study of Ace Hardware stores. During the General Session of the Ace Hardware Fall Convention & Exhibits here at the Orange County Convention Center, Hyken pointed to tools retailers can use to beat the competition at customer service.

His advice:

August 16, 2013

Having a social media policy -- and training employees to follow it -- are critical practices for every organization. Even if your company is not using social media, you still need a policy because your employees are using it in their private lives and they need guidelines to protect your interests and your organization’s reputation.

Before creating a social media policy, employers should decide what they want to get out of social media, advises Eric Meyer, a partner in the labor employment law group of Dilworth Paxson LLP.

August 8, 2013

Widely described as the "Father of Health Savings Accounts," John Goodman will give a presentation at the Window and Door Manufacturers Association (WDMA) Executive Management Conference Oct. 2.

He will discuss the future of Obamacare and whether it will be sustainable. 

Goodman is the author of “Patient Power: Solving America's Health Care Crisis."

January 4, 2013

Although HR professionals, people managers, and employees often face annual performance reviews with feelings of dread, that doesn’t have to be the case, experts say.

Improving the process for everyone “can only be done through better education of both parties focused on creating a safe and productive environment for the performance review conversation,” according to Brian Poggi, author of I Am Not Average: How to Succeed in Your Performance Review (CreateSpace, 2011). 

October 10, 2012

Parr Lumber will open a cabinet design center on Oct. 18 in Tukwila, near Seattle, in the space that was formerly Basco Appliances. Grand-opening festivities include a celebrity appearance by Mariel Hemingway, daughter-in-law of Ernest Hemingway. A cookbook author and health eating advocate, Hemingway will discuss her latest project, Mariel’s Kitchen.

December 18, 2008

The plan from billionaire Pickens now calls for energy efficiency....