Health care reform
At the Washington Post, Ezra Klein explains how the exchanges work. Also see How big is the bill, really?
For employers, Anne Freedman of Human Resource Executive suggests that uncertainty reigns. While most changes for employers won’t be in effect until 2014 to 2018, she outlines some changes that go into effect this year.
The New York Times Prescription blog answers reader questions on the Health Care overhaul
At Kaiser Health News, Phil Galewitz offers a Consumers Guide to Health Reform. Kate Steadman and Julie Appleby talk about the immediate effects of the Health Reform Bill.
The Washington Post offers a cost calculator to help consumers learn the impact on their situation: What does the health care bill mean to me?
Specifics about the legislation – from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s page
U.S.A. Today looks at how health care overhaul affects taxpayers.
Kaiser Family Foundation has excellent information on health reform and its implications.
Other news of note
What you can learn from the movies – At Harvard Business Review Blogs, Rebecca Keegan looks at Avatar director James Cameron’s business leadership style: ” …Cameron rarely fires people. “Firing is too merciful,” he says. Instead he tests their endurance for long hours, hard tasks, and harsh criticism. Survivors tend to surprise themselves by turning in the best work of their careers, and signing on for Cameron’s next project.”
Campus violenceAssessing the campus threat – a risk management counselor says that workplace violence threat assessment teams are in place at most universities since the 2008 Virginia Tech shootings – but the challenge is in how to get people to report potential threats safely and legally.
Post recession landscape? How a New Jobless Era Will Transform America – the introduction to The Atlantic’s article by Don Peck says that while the recession may be winding down, an era of high joblessness is probably just beginning, and it will likely change the life course and character of a generation of young adults and the character of our society for years to come.
Compensation costsEmployer costs for employee compensation – December 2009 (PDF) – Private industry employers spent an average of $27.42 per hour worked for total employee compensation in December 2009, according to a report issued last week by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Wages and salaries accounted for 70.8 of these costs, while benefits accounted for 29.2%. Of the benefits, 8.2% were for the cost of legally mandated benefits.
Planning for summer interns? HR Morning offers a set of 6 ironclad rules from the DOL about interns – noting that a violation of these rules could result in fines or legal fees.
Bad employees of the month – We’ve heard some creative excuses for why an employee needs to miss work, but one put forth by an officer at the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office takes the prize. We should say former officer.


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