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  • Fortune magazine’s annual 100 Best Companies to Work For came out today, and while most of the companies on the list are large firms — Google’s spacer No. 1 — there are a lot of takeaways for small businesses among the companies on the list.

  • 7 Compensation Tactics To Help Retain Employees Thursday, 19 Jan 2012 | 10:54 AM ET

    Guest columnist Ron Volper discusses how a well-thought out compensation plan can help retain your best employeees.

  • Employers Turning to Quirky Perks for Workers in 2012 Friday, 30 Dec 2011 | 12:12 PM ET

    Firms are offering unusual perks as they try to appease employees frustrated by pay cuts, heavy workloads, high health insurance costs and reduced 401(k) matches, USA Today reports.

  • Countries With the Best Holiday Entitlements Friday, 16 Dec 2011 | 11:19 AM ET
    It's that time of year again, when workers go on leave, businesses shut down and the general work-life balance scale dips heavier in the social direction. But employees in some countries have it especially good, with generous government-mandated holiday entitlements.With that in mind, we've put together a list of the top 10 countries with the highest number of statutory paid holidays per year, according to human resources consulting firm Mercer's Worldwide Benefit and Employment Guidelines. The

    Some of the results may surprise you and some of the benefits may make you envious.

  • Youth Facing 'Not Hired at All' Dilemma Wednesday, 14 Dec 2011 | 3:13 AM ET

    Although unemployment was steady at 8.3 percent in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development area, youth unemployment, at 17.2 percent, is high and likely to go higher, Stefano Scarpetta, deputy director for Employment, Labor and Social Affairs at the OECD, told CNBC.com.

  • Making Wellness Work for Small Business Monday, 14 Nov 2011 | 11:25 AM ET

    When most small business owners think of initiating a wellness program to help employees lose weight or stop smoking, they conclude it’s a luxury they can’t afford. Others have concluded they can’t afford not to. 

  • Welfare Reform Targets Workers’ Hours Monday, 14 Nov 2011 | 3:49 AM ET

    Workers claiming state help with childcare and housing costs will be expected to seek longer hours, or risk sanctions that could include loss of benefits or a requirement to undergo training, in a radical shift in Britain’s welfare system, the Financial Times reports.

  • Flexible Savings Accounts Become Even More Valuable Now Wednesday, 6 Jul 2011 | 11:27 AM ET

    “Flexible savings accounts are today what the 401(k) match was 10 or 15 years ago, where people didn’t grasp that this free opportunity was sitting there,” says one financial expert.

  • With health care costs skyrocketing, companies are wondering how they are going to afford coverage for their employees in the years ahead. Bloom Health in Minneapolis re-thought the traditional managed care model and came up with something different.

  • Temps May Become a Larger Part of the Workforce Monday, 20 Dec 2010 | 6:32 AM ET

    Despite a surge this year in short-term hiring, many American businesses are still skittish about making those jobs permanent, the New York Times reports.

  • Unions Yield on Wage Scales to Preserve Jobs Saturday, 20 Nov 2010 | 10:39 AM ET
    Auto assembly line

    Even at manufacturing companies that are profitable, union workers are reluctantly agreeing to tiered contracts that create two levels of pay, the New York Times reports.

  • Holidays at the Office: No Spouses, More Booze Tuesday, 16 Nov 2010 | 3:25 PM ET

    A survey by executive recruiting firm Amrop Battalia Winston says, "The worst holiday party slump in the past 22 years has been recorded in 2010, with only 79 percent of businesses conducting some type of holiday celebration."

  • Will the French Passion for Strikes Cross the Channel? Tuesday, 19 Oct 2010 | 9:26 AM ET
    The Palace of Westminster, home of the UK Parliament in London.

    The UK is bracing itself for the big squeeze. On Wednesday we will find out just where the axe will fall as the government tries to get its fiscal house in order.

  • Gavel

    A Delaware bankruptcy judge has told auto parts supplier Visteon that it must restore health and life insurance benefits for thousands of retirees.

  • New Rules on Changes to Benefits Monday, 14 Jun 2010 | 10:48 AM ET
    Cost of healthcare

    The White House on Monday will issue new rules that strongly discourage employers from cutting health benefits or increasing the costs of coverage to employees, reports the NYT.

  • Facebook, Twitter Cost UK Firms $2.25 Billion a Year Monday, 26 Oct 2009 | 9:50 AM ET
    Twitter

    Social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter are costing UK businesses over £1.38 billion ($2.25 billion) per year in lost productivity, research from IT services company Morse stated Monday.

  • Unemployed Feel 'Traumatized' by Recession: Study Thursday, 3 Sep 2009 | 3:51 AM ET
    Out of work man

    A new study finds that the recession has left many jobless workers struggling to cope with the psychological stress caused by becoming unemployed in a weak economy.

  • Hundred Dollar

    One major bank's recent announcement that it will boost base pay while reducing bonus opportunities for certain employees spawned headlines around the globe, and with good reason.

  • Of all the problems thrown up by the ailing economy, an aging workforce is certainly one of the smaller ones, but for those in leadership positions, recognizing its effect on the next generation of talent is likely to be key in retaining that talent beyond the new retirement dates of their more experienced employees.

  • Intern Nation Thursday, 11 Jun 2009 | 11:59 AM ET
    Secretary/Intern

    Welcome to the wonderful world of working for no pay.