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New Employee Benefit Survey released

The Department of Labor and Bureau of Labor Statistics has recently released the National Compensation Survey, Employee Benefits in Private Industry in the United States, March 2007 (PDF). This 39-page report provides data from the 2007 survey on incidence and provisions of all private establishments. It is the first release of data on employee benefits…

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Top work distractions are costly

According to an article in Business Week, workplace distractions are costing $650 billion a year in lost productivity. It’s hard to know exactly how they came up with that dollar amount, but there’s no disputing the issue. It’s harder and harder to stay focused in the workplace. The article is accompanied by a slide show…

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Short takes: healthy workforce, toxic complaining, obesity, wealth, and more

Occupational Hazards reports on proposed legislation that would bolster employee health and company savings. The Healthy Workforce Act, introduced by cosponsors Senators Tom Harkin and Gordon Smith, would provide a 10-year tax credit of up to $200 per employee to businesses that offer robust wellness programs. Programs would need to include such components as “health…

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Templated “excuse from work” letters abound on the web

According to a recent story in the Chicago Sun-Times on doctored notes, there is a profusion of web-based sites that sell templated “excuse” letters ranging from jury duty, funerals, doctor notes and emergency room visits. Most offer disclaimers stating that the letters are “for entertainment purposes only.” The Sun-Times article advises readers that supplying fake…

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