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  • The Basics of Executive Compensation

    The ABCs of Executive Pay

    What are the ABCs of executive pay and why is it so different from what the rest of us get?

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  • Employer Trends for 2011

    Outlook for Employers in 2011: PayScale's Compensation Practices Survey

    By Staff Writer

    As you look ahead to 2011, what do you expect for your company in terms of hiring and profit growth compared to last year? Are you feeling optimistic? If you are, you’re in the majority according to PayScale’s recent research. PayScale completed its annual survey of HR leaders and business owners and discovered that most of them are looking forward to success in 2011.

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  • Tips for Personnel Recruiters – Recent Grads

    Best Time to Recruit College Grads Is Right Now

    By Roberto Angulo

    If you’re looking for the best time to start your college recruitment and branding initiatives, the time is now. Employers often assume that after the winter holidays every student has resigned themselves to studying and focusing onlyh on school. This is not the case according to our observations here at AfterCollege.com, the largest website in the U.S. for students, recent grads and alumni looking for entry-level jobs and internships.

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  • COBRA Health Insurance Plan Update

    COBRA Qualification and Duration Revisited

    You have to provide employees and other qualified beneficiaries with between 18 and 36 months of health care continuation coverage under COBRA. Find out the proper duration of each qualifying event and how to handle multiple qualifying events.

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  • Simple HR Mistakes

    How to Avoid the Classic HR Pitfalls

    I learned the classic HR pitfalls the hard way. When I began my first position as an HR manager, I walked into a firestorm of new information. I only had my MA in HR and zero actual experience, plus I was the first-ever, full time-HR manager for the company. The situation was daunting.

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  • Employee Snow Day Policy

    Snow Days and Pay Q&A

    Do you know what your obligations are to employees who cannot get to work on bad weather days? See what attorney Robin Thomas has to say about your obligations snow day pay and what you can expect from your employees.

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  • HR Quiz: Names, Acronyms and More

    Exam Time: Basic HR Competency Test

    By Staff Writer

    Looking to brush up on your professional terminology or just feel great about how smart you are? We offer you our informal HR quiz where you can see how you fare with some basic and advanced HR terminology.

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  • Managing Former Peers

    Promoted Above Your Peers?

    Perhaps because it is a rarity in many people’s experience, being promoted beyond your peers holds a mystic as being exciting and a great moment in your career. While it is a compliment, the truth is that being promoted above, or even managing your former peers is something that can be quite awkward and sometimes counterproductive depending on the existing work environment.

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  • Performance Compensation Plans

    Creating Better Performance: Compensation Plans Behind the Scenes

    By Staff Writer

    Today we hear from Brent Egbert, an account manager at PayScale who works everyday with HR professionals who are improving their organization's compensation structure in order to save their company money and improve employee performance. Compensation Today asked Brent a few questions about what he sees happening on the front lines of compensation planning for better performance.

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  • 10 Reasons to Love Your HR Staff

    Love Your HR Staff (Because This Is What They Go Through)

    February has arrived, the month for appreciating the ones we love. While we don’t mean to promote office romance, we do think that there are plenty of reasons “love” and appreciate your HR staff. The following is a list created by some of the folks on PayScale’s customer service team.

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  • Facebook at Work

    Social Media at Work: What’s Your Company’s Policy?

    A few weeks ago we posted about the importance of a having a company e-mail policy. E-mail has been around for quite awhile now, so hopefully companies have been moving more and more toward including email communication in their workplace policies. But, what about Facebook at work, Twitter, LinkedIn, blogs, wikis, etc? How are you handling your employees’ behavior in the world of social media?

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  • Trends for Wages: PayScale’s 2010 Results

    The PayScale Index: Who Is Paying Their Employees More?

    By Staff Writer

    How did wages change in 2010 across most industries, metros and company sizes? PayScale recently released the results of The PayScale Index for Q4 of 2010 and the basic story is that, while 2010 wasn’t as terrible as 2009 for wages, it wasn’t great. Job wages and salaries are no better and no worse.

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  • Tax Bill’s Effect on Educational Assistance

    Tuition Assistance Addressed in Last Month’s Tax Bill

    In passing the tax bill last month, Congress voted to extend several Bush-era tax cuts, including one for employer-provided educational assistance. The following post tells how the tax code differentiates between educational assistance that is directly related to the job and assistance that is not job-related.

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  • Is Multitasking Good or Bad?

    Multitasking: Productivity Enhancer or Time Waster?

    Can we really perform multiple tasks simultaneously? We all feel the pressure to accomplish more than one thing at once, but are we enhancing our productivity or wasting time? We, as professionals, increasingly have to get more done in less time. But, should multitasking be part of our approach?

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  • Smart Business Decisions

    Smart Business Decisions for 2011

    What can you do early in the year to make sure that 2011 is a more profitable, positive year for your company? In our previous post, “Business Resolutions for the New Year,” we shared the first five of nine suggestions from Personnel Policy Service, Inc. Here are the last four.

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  • Creating a Merit Matrix

    How to Create a Merit Matrix

    When is it time for your organization to allot its merit budget, how do you best support the decision makers? Consider creating a merit matrix. A merit matrix is a great tool that can easily summarize and boil down paragraphs of policy into a simple, quick-to-view and quick-to-use visual to produce better decisions.

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  • Business Resolutions for the New Year

    How to Make 2011 a Better Business Year

    The New Year is here and it is a great time to make changes in your work environment by identifying old barriers to success and replacing them with new, more effective behaviors. The “To Do” list that follows offers the first five of nine suggestions in our two part series on creating a better business year in 2011.

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  • HR Work Resolutions for 2011

    HR Resolutions for the New Year

    It’s time to make resolutions for the New Year. I’m sure a lot of us will make personal resolutions about losing weight, spending more in nature or being more organized. But, it’s also a great time of year to think about how you will approach work differently in 2011.

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  • Efficient Email Practices at Work

    Efficient Email Practices: How to Train Your Workforce

    How can you easily make your company’s workforce more efficient? No matter what industry you’re in, your workers are likely spending a significant amount of time on email. So, besides making more powerful coffee, you’d be wise to try improving their email habits.

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  • Gift Giving at Work

    5 Tips for Happy Holiday Gift Giving at Work

    It’s the season of giving and many times people wonder what’s appropriate and inappropriate when it comes to gift giving in the office. The same rules apply in the office as exist for gift giving in general. But it helps to remember that it can be especially important to act appropriately in the office.

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