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February 2012

COVER STORY
Hidden Costs of Layoffs
How to save costs on your unemployment insurance rating.
By Robert J. Grossman

Q&A
Incivility Rising
Rudeness at work is too common.
Interview by Donna M. Owens

EMPLOYEE RELATIONS Discuss this article
Sudden Death
Help employees deal with the shocking news when a co-worker dies suddenly.
By Adrienne Fox

FIRST-PERSON ACCOUNT
Ante Up for Wellness
Sprint’s senior vice president of human resources asked the executive team to get on the bandwagon for wellness. Now they lead the way.
By Sandra Price

PRE-EMPLOYMENT SCREENING SPECIAL REPORT Discuss this article
Criminal Background
When evaluating criminal backgrounds, balance safety issues with demands for talent and diversity.
By Eric Krell

AGENDA: TRAINING
Appraising CEO Performance
Help board members gain the knowledge needed to effectively evaluate the CEO.
By Kathryn Tyler

AGENDA: WELLNESS
Wellness Rewards
Employees are earning health insurance discounts through healthy behaviors.
By Susan J. Wells

ADVICE AND ANALYSIS

SOLUTIONS
Emerging market salaries, HR staff size, commission-only pay
By Vicki Neal, GPHR, PHR-CA, Angela Stone, SPHR, GPHR, and Naomi Cossack, SPHR

HR TECHNOLOGY
Bring Your Own Device
As more organizations allow workers to use personal technology devices for business purposes, new policies are needed to govern their use.
By Dave Zielinski

LEGAL TRENDS
Jury or Nonjury Trials
Juries have the potential to wreak havoc in employment litigation. Waivers may help.
By Todd H. Girshon

MANAGEMENT TOOLS
Trust Is an Action Verb
What you do, not what you say, garners trust from employees.
By Randy G. Pennington

NEWS YOU CAN USE

HR NEWS
Revised ‘quickie’ election rule approved; study probes bullying of HR professionals; more.

 

EXECUTIVE BRIEFING
IT hiring up; workplace cultures attract certain types of employees.

 

COURT REPORT
Unmedicated employee ‘disabled’ under ADA, attention to detail counts with FMLA leave claims; more.

 

WHAT’S NEW
Compliance; HR marketing; performance management; more.

PERSPECTIVES

FROM THE CEO
Amid Political Debate, We Will Be Your Voice
By Henry G. Jackson

FUTURE FOCUS
Piloting Innovation
Researchers identify critical elements that can determine the future of pilot initiatives.
By Jennifer Schramm

BOOKS IN BRIEF
Summaries of Becoming the Evidence-Based Manager, The Advantage, The Secret Thoughts of Successful Women and Respect.