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December 2008 
Vol. 53     No. 12 

Features


COVER STORY
Religion at Work
Weaving religion or spirituality into company culture poses legal and managerial challenges galore.
Robert J. Grossman

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BENEFITS
Athletic Trainers’ Workplace Remedies
Athletic trainers’ forte: quick, medically appropriate treatment for workplace injuries.
Kathryn Tyler

FIRST-PERSON ACCOUNT
Employees First Pays Off
New leaders at a group of colleges turned the company around—and dramatically boosted employee morale.
Jim Wade

Q&A
Critic’s Critique of E-Verify
Richard Stana, an expert on the federal electronic employment verification system, discusses the challenges of E-Verify.
Bill Leonard

PROFILE
Leading by Example
Boeing Co.’s HR chief oversees labor negotiators and the aerospace giant’s Leadership Center, drives wellness initiatives—and commutes cross-country on weekends.
Nancy M. Davis

HR AGENDA: COMPENSATION & BENEFITS
The Stealth Statute
The new genetic information law could trip up employers who mistakenly think they have no such data on employees.
Bill Leonard

HR AGENDA: EMPLOYMENT & STAFFING
Vets’ Jobs: Priority for Many
Employers excel at keeping jobs for active service members and finding jobs for returning ones.
Eric Reed


COLUMNS & DEPARTMENTS

From the CEO
2008 Successes Will Help Meet 2009 Challenges

Laurence O’Neil

HR SOLUTIONS
Balanced Scorecards, Unclaimed Wages, Data
Margaret Fiester, Yvette Lee, Deb Levine

LEGAL TRENDS
New Friends in the Lion’s Den
Not sure how to fix a wage-and-hour problem without risking a lawsuit? A voluntary compliance agreement with the U.S. Labor Department may be the answer.
Lisa A. Schreter

FUTURE FOCUS
Jobless Numbers

Unemployment figures tell only part of the story on the status of the workforce.
Jennifer Schramm

EXECUTIVE BRIEFING
Employers slowed hiring starting in 2007; mall Santa gets the boot; University of California employees’ health insurance premiums decrease; more.

HR TECHNOLOGY
Some HR teams are marshalling the power of user-generated content to share knowledge across the organization.

FROM READERS
‘Generation Jones’ workers; regular rate for overtime pay.

COURT REPORT
Approval for intermittent leave under the FMLA ends at the end of the 12-month year when it was approved; the Legal Arizona Workers Act is upheld; ERISA does not preempt local health care mandate; more.

WHAT'S NEW
Employee engagement survey; online health care options training program; workforce communication tool; more.

BOOKS IN BRIEF
Books in Brief is online. See www.shrm.org/hrmagazine for summaries of Plugged In, The New Manager’s Tool Kit, Working Relationships and Who.