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Paycheck Fairness Act Poll Results Just In

A few weeks ago, in "Poll: Your Opinion on the Paycheck Fairness Act," we asked readers to tell us what they thought about the proposed Paycheck Fairness Act. A little over 100 of you let us know. As the results below show, about half of those who answered agree with Mykkah Herner, who expressed his reluctant opposition in "The Paycheck Fairness Act is The Wrong Fix." Only a third of respondents support it.

Yes, I support it   32%
No, I do not support it   50%
I am uncertain   18%


Didn't get a chance to take part in the poll? No problem, click the link above and add your voice.

Relocation Packages May Provide Recruiting Edge
Recruiters think relocation packages provide a vital role in convincing a new hire to join their company, but many doubt the effectiveness of their company's relocation programs efforts. That's the finding in new research into hiring trends, released by Allied Van Lines. A third of respondents reported having no relocation program of any sort. Of possibly greater concern, companies are less likely to offer the relocation incentives, including spousal unemployment assistance, that most strongly appeal to potential hires. This disparity might represent a potential edge for those companies looking to set themselves apart.

Leave Goes Unused
Working mothers may have the option, thanks to the Family Medical Leave Act, to take 12 weeks of unpaid leave, but many are not taking it. A recent survey by Career Builder found that less than half of working women take more than eight weeks of leave. We reported in "Poll: What is Your Company's Maternity Leave Policy," that paid leave is related to increased retention. A thoughtful leave policy, therefore, may also provide competitive advantage in the battle for talent.

Imagine There Are No Bosses
A Wall Street Journal feature on Valve Software highlights the pros and cons of a flat hierarchy.  Productivity gets a significant boost and employees become more flexible. Hiring and managing though, is a challenge. It takes longer to make hiring decisions, and should a poor hire be made, it is difficult to identify the truly poor performers. Once they are identified, it takes longer to remove them as well. This makes a good recruiting process all the more important.

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