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Wal-Mart wins Supreme Court sex-bias case ruling
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The Supreme Court ruled for Wal-Mart Stores Inc. in the largest sex-discrimination lawsuit in history, saying class-action status for female employees seeking billions of dollars had been improperly granted. The justices overturned a U.S. appeals court ruling that more than a million female employees nationwide could join in the lawsuit accusing Wal-Mart of paying women less and giving them fewer promotions. More

Why the Supreme Court's class-action ruling matters to you
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It's probably unlikely your company would ever face the prospect of more than a million employees suing you for discrimination. So why should you care about the Supreme Court's recent ruling in the Wal-Mart class action bias case? More

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The other midlife crisis
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When planning for retirement, many Americans think about their pay the way they used to think about the value of real estate or stocks: That it will always go up. They are mistaken. It turns out that the average person's pay plateaus in his 40s, according to the latest data from the U.S. Census Bureau. Many people also assume they will be gainfully employed until the day they turn 65 or 62 — or whichever age they plan to retire — but if they lose a job in their 50s, finding another at the same salary is difficult. More

When training backfires
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Employers who invest in professional development but don't also offer their staff clear career paths and opportunities for advancement could be wasting their money and even increasing their turnover rates, new research suggests. More

Shared office space a hit with entrepreneurs
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In addition to saving money, like-minded business types find they can swap ideas and increase productivity and efficiency in shared office spaces. The relationships allow for a natural kind of trust to develop among occupants — a critical element to making the shared-space work. An unspoken pact protects them from business piracy and, instead, fosters mutual respect. More

How to handle a raise request
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"Can I have a raise?" Five little words cause a lot of stress and frustration. In many smaller organizations — and even some larger ones — there's no formal compensation policy. There may not even be an HR professional available to consult on merit increases and other pay issues. In these companies, you are likely to encounter direct requests from your staff members for a raise. If a policy is absent, people assume that if they want a raise the only way they can get one is to ask for it. More

A new kind of racism?
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One study shows that, as racial discrimination lessens against blacks, whites are feeling victimized. That's pretty surprising, the researchers say, when black Americans still lag in areas such as income, home ownership, health and employment. However, another professor says non-college-educated whites are falling behind. More

Employees often hold back the whole truth when talking to bosses
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When speaking to higher-ups, many employees won't say what's on their minds. Some common thoughts that your employees may be holding back: need for recognition, desire for more important assignments in the workplace and lack of interest in a boss' personal matters. More

The 401(k) makes a comeback, with a few alterations
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After cutting retirement plans during the recession, many firms are beginning to offer 401(k) matching to their employees again, although the matches may be smaller this time around. The number of employers offering 401(k)s this year is 93 percent, up from 83 percent in 2008, according to a survey by the Society for Human Resource Management. More

8 new retirement rules
U.S.News & World Report    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The rules of retirement have changed over the past generation. Individuals must now take more personal responsibility for their retirement finances, even as life expectancies increase and personal savings rates remain low. "Each succeeding generation is looking at a less secure retirement, with today's seniors being the best off," says Mark Miller, publisher of More
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