In today's society, most organizations are being challenged by the rising cost of healthcare. It is not a coincidence that one of the main reasons for the skyrocketing medical premium costs is the overall health of our nation's workforce. The following list details some very frightening statistics relating to our health as a nation (Centers for Disease Control, 2009):
One way to stay motivated is to constantly remind yourself that a worth-while pay-off lies ahead. If you are serious about your goal, whether it’s a personal goal, a work unit goal or a corporate goal, you will take action. As you gain traction toward your goal and begin to see results, you will become even more motivated. Action creates motivation!
For the second year, the Southeast Region is recognizing the important role of the District Director. The winner for 2010 District Director of the Year, Territory A, is Debbie Winkles, SPHR, in Florida. SHRM could not be successful without the hard work and support of the volunteer leaders.
Less than a year ago, the Pension Protection and Affordable Care Act and the Health Care and Education Affordability Reconciliation Act were signed into law. These two massive pieces of legislation are more commonly referred to as "health care reform." Since health care reform was signed into law, federal regulatory agencies have issued thousands of pages of regulations and other guidance in order to assist with the implementation of the new requirements.
Many employees who quit or are fired steal company data. Many employers do not learn of a departing employee’s theft until it is too late. By the time they become aware that their confidential and proprietary information has been compromised, the former employee may have already shared the information with a competitor, who, in many cases, becomes the individual’s new employer.
If you attended a conference lately, you may have noticed some changes as organizations make the effort to become more environmentally friendly. At the HR Florida conference this year, we made many changes, including not printing handouts, utilizing recyclable tote bags in lieu of conference bags, distributing reusable water bottles at registration, and utilizing water stations instead of bottles of water. HR Florida also supported the Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary as part of our fundraising efforts and was able to raise $1,741 on their behalf.
Unions go right along with politics and religion on the list of topics not to discuss at a dinner party. While opinions regarding the usefulness and relevance of unions range from impassioned supporter to unwavering opposition, the fact remains that unions exist and their extinction is unlikely.
There has been much litigation in recent years regarding the application and implementation of wage and hour regulation, particularly concerning overtime wages. This heightened awareness of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and its requirements can actually help employers recognize potential problems with their wage practices and assist them in taking the necessary steps to prevent future litigation. These steps may even result in lower costs to employers while paying legitimate overtime.
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