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Flexible vacation policies popular at some companies
www.startribune.com

Nine percent of employers allow employees to cash out unused vacation time, a Society for Human Resource Management survey says. The benefit gives employees more flexibility and when “times are a little tight, this benefit really doesn’t cost a lot of extra money to employers to provide,” says Julie Stich, research director for the International […]

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U.S. jobs growth highest in lowest-paying industries
www.bloomberg.com

News of growth in the U.S. job market is tempered by the fact that most of the jobs created in May were low-paying, extending a trend that may weigh on an already weak economic recovery. “We need to see more broad-based and even growth in the economy to see better jobs return. We’re still relying […]

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Jobless claims fall, labor market gradually improving
www.reuters.com

The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits fell last week, pointing to moderate job growth despite slowing economic activity.Initial claims for state unemployment

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A Laid-Off Zynga Employee Trashed The Company On Reddit Last Night
www.businessinsider.com

An employee laid-off from the San Francisco office of Zynga has taken to Reddit to trash the company.

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Marissa Mayer Favors ‘Mobile’ Employees With New Laptops And Ping Pong Tables
www.businessinsider.com

A source tells Garrett Sloane of Post that Mayer has created a “Haves and Have-Nots” situation at the company.

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Oregon poised to expand workplace protections for unpaid interns
www.oregonlive.com

Oregon lawmakers have approved a bill that would protect unpaid interns from workplace harassment and discrimination and would make it easier for them to pursue legal action against employers. The bill is expected to be signed by Gov. John Kitzhaber.

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U.S. jobs measure shows little progress in May
www.latimes.com

A key measure of U.S. job creation came in well short of expectations for May, suggesting a slowdown in employment growth as the effect of government budget cuts spills over into the private sector. The monthly report by payroll processing firm ADP showed growth of 135,000 jobs, a figure suggesting only slow progress in paring […]

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Didn’t Get the Job? You’ll Never Know Why [Video]
online.wsj.com

It’s a painful conundrum of the job search process: rejected candidates want to understand why they didn’t get hired, but employers, fearing discrimination complaints, keep silent. And those who do speak up offer little more than platitudes.

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How Would You Feel If Your Co-Workers Decided Your Bonus?
www.fastcoexist.com

Employee of the month and “spot award”-type bonuses leave it to managers to decide who’s doing a good job. If they like a particular employee, lucky them; if not, tough luck.

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That Employee Who Smokes Costs The Boss $5,800 A Year
www.npr.org

A worker’s smoke breaks cost an employer even more than the increased costs of health care. Some employers charge higher health insurance premiums to employees who smoke or refuse to hire them altogether.

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Small Companies Offer Perks in Place of Health Insurance
www.washingtonpost.com

Small business owners continue to struggle to provide traditional health care benefits to their workers, but some are providing other unusual perks as an alternative to help attract and retain employees.

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LinkedIn gives users the ability to share photos, documents and presentations in updates
thenextweb.com

Less than a month after it introduced multimedia content to user€™ profile pages, LinkedIn has rolled out similar functionality today for status updates posted from the homepage.

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News Corp poised to challenge LinkedIn
www.thetimes.co.uk

The Wall Street Journal is expected to launch a social network in the coming months that will compete with LinkedIn as a platform for “like-minded people” to meet online and share ideas.

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Bonus.ly motivates workers with peer-to-peer bonuses
www.latimes.com

So how do you motivate unmotivated employees? One way is to offer traditional financial incentives such as annual bonuses or employee-of-the-month awards.

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