For employers, health insurance exchanges and excise tax for high cost plans are most important health reform provisions

At least half of the respondents to an onsite conference survey consider the continued implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) important (29.09 percent) or very important (21.21 percent) to the management of health benefits. Another 29.09 percent of participants, who were attending the Midwest Business Group on Health (MBGH) annual conference […]

HR executives give mixed grades to leadership pipelines

Human resources and talent management executives give mixed grades for the quality of their own organizations’ leadership pipelines, according to a survey by Right Management. Of the 1,262 executives asked, “Do you have future leaders identified for critical roles in your organization?”, only 6 percent report having future leaders identified for all critical roles. Seventeen […]

Study reveals decline in employee bonus program offerings

A new WorldatWork study, Bonus Programs and Practices, found that the prevalence of a variety of bonus programs have declined since 2008 and are at approximately the same levels as 2005. In 2010 when the survey was conducted, employers’ use of referral, sign-on, spot and retention bonuses had gone down since the survey began in […]

Unemployment rate edged up to 9.0 percent in April

Nonfarm payroll employment rose by 244,000 in April, and the unemployment rate edged up to 9.0 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported May 6. Job gains occurred in several service-providing industries, manufacturing, and mining. The number of unemployed persons, at 13.7 million, changed little in April. The unemployment rate edged up from 8.8 […]