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That’s Good HR Weekly News Update – August 19, 2011

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August 18, 2011
computer problemsIt has been a week of frustrating computer challenges and it is amazing how dependant we have become on the speed and efficiency of technology. When we cannot skim pages and pages of news articles in the blink of an eye we actually start to feel the stress of not being fully informed. Scary but true. It may just be a personal issue that I need to get some professional help for, but I am guessing it is not just me who feels this way. We want the news and we want it now and we want it fast. We want to read it and digest it quickly so we can move on to the next set of information to consume. Am I right? That said, here is a snapshot of some important news items from this week. Hopefully you can skim and consume quickly and glean some information of value so you can get on with your weekend!


How Google keeps up with the Quality of search results: SEO.com has released an infographic on Google’s efforts to provide quality search results high. It’s an interesting look back at the key initiatives that Google has undertaken to combat sites from undeservedly dominating search results. (marketing tech blog)

Federal agencies issue clarifying PPACA guidance; The one-year anniversary of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act has come and gone, and federal agencies continue to issue clarifying guidance on several of its provisions. (Benefit news)

Surprisingly High number of People live Paycheck to Paycheck: A new survey released by CareerBuilder – a major job board and global leader in human capital solutions, suggests that the number of workers living check to check has returned to pre-recession levels. (Careerbuilder)

Finding Finance talent a challenge: Nearly half of U.S. finance executives say it is somewhat or very challenging to find skilled talent, according to a recent study. (StaffingIndustry)

Recruiting and Hiring on the Increase – Get ready: The quarterly CFO Outlook Survey from Financial Executives International and Baruch College’s Zicklin School of Business found that 57% of U.S. CFOs plan to hire additional employees at their companies in the next six months. (Benefit News)

Performance Reviews – the Perfect Place to Improve your Coaching Skills… Had someone ask me yesterday how they could eliminate the performance review at their company. Really? Really. It’s trendy to say that performance reviews are broken and must be eliminated from corporate life. (FistfulofTalent)

5 Things To Know About The ADA : The Americans with Disabilities Act has been around for more than 20 years. Still, small businesses continue to be uncertain about what they are or are not required to do in order to comply (OpenForum)

Benefits Trends in U.S. Organizations:  An overview of the latest findings from the SHRM 2011 Employee Benefits Research Report (SHRM)

Employers Value Emotional Intelligence Over IQ: a majority of employers are listening their hearts when it comes to hiring, and placing a higher emphasis on candidates’ emotional intelligence than their IQ’s.

New Affordable Care Act proposal to help consumers better understand and compare benefits and coverage: the U.S. Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and the Treasury proposed new rules under the Affordable Care Act that will enable consumers to easily understand their health coverage and determine the best health insurance options for themselves and their families. (dol.gov)