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21 workplace benefits that are rapidly disappearing
U.S. News & World Report    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Traditional pension plans, paid family leave and even the company picnic are all on the decline. Employers have significantly cut many of the benefits they offer to workers over the past five years. Some 77 percent of companies report that benefits offerings have been negatively affected by the slow pace of recovery, according to a Society for Human Resource Management survey of 600 human resources professionals. More

AMA Journal suggests government take custody of obese children
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Controversy erupted over the article State Intervention in Life-Threatening Childhood Obesity published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The article, written by Harvard childhood obesity expert David Ludwig, M.D., Ph.D., and Lindsey Murtagh, JD, MPH, a lawyer and researcher at Harvard's School of Public Health, suggests that the government intervene and take over custody of obese children. More

Moms talk: Dishing on childhood obesity
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Why is childhood obesity so dangerous? Obesity encourages diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke. It can also affect the brain, producing greater pressure, which leads to headaches and double vision. Obese children typically have breathing problems and sleep apnea, and rates of depression and poor self-esteem are higher amongst overweight kids. So what can we do to make sure our children are healthier? More

Longtime safety policy trumps worker's personal needs
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An employer does not have to change its long-standing safety policy to accommodate personal needs of an employee returning to work from an injury, Wisconsin's Supreme Court has ruled. In deBoer Transportation Inc. vs. Charles Swenson, Swenson suffered a work-related knee injury in August 2005 as a truck driver. After returning to work in January 2006, he sought an accommodation to care for his terminally ill father, according to court records. When the company declined the request, he refused to go on the check-ride trip and deBoer "discharged" Swenson, the opinion states. More

Death toll for police officers is rising despite decline in violent crime
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The death toll for police officers, including those fatally shot in the line of duty, is on pace to rise for the second straight year, despite a sustained decline in violent crime across the country, USA Today's Kevin Johnson reports. More

Social Security payments would fall with new inflation gauge
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A new measure to calculate inflation that's catching on in Washington, D.C., would have a big impact on how much cash is distributed by Social Security. More important for politicians debating how to fix the nation's bloated budget: Analysts say it would cut the deficit by $200 billion to $300 billion over the next decade. More

Los Angeles shines a light on gang crime
The Associated Press via Fox News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail
It's after 10 p.m. on Wednesday, yet the park near Los Angeles is bustling with kids. Silhouetted by bright lights, they hop skateboards from concrete stairs and sway perilously high on playground swings. Hanging out late on dangerous gang turf is generally a bad idea and can even be illegal. But authorities are not only happy to see the nocturnal activity, they are paying millions of dollars to make it happen. More

Staff meeting 24/7
Tom Morrison    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Have you ever been in a staff meeting and wondered how much time was actually quantifiable as productive time? How many of the people sitting in the meeting were just sitting there listening to people give updates that did not impact their day-to-day work assignments? How much productivity and labor are wasted in going over projects, meetings and committee work to make sure everyone is "in the know?" And how do we keep everyone "in the know" on the developments of the projects, meetings and committees as a staff to ensure we don't miss any details? More

Unions launch campaigns to protect government employees in debt deal
Greenwire via The New York Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail
As Congress and the White House rush to find a debt limit compromise and stave off a looming national default, federal union officials are increasingly alarmed that government workers are going to bear the brunt of any deal that gets made. And that concern has been ratcheted up as several eleventh-hour plans call for drastic reductions for federal employees. More

Want to retire rich? Invest early and aggressively
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One million dollars in retirement savings used to be the goal for baby boomers, but these days, that financial cushion is most likely not enough to guarantee a comfortable retirement. Financial experts now advise saving enough to finance at least 25 years of retirement, which may require $2 million or more. More
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