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July 1, 2011
American FlagNot a lot of fireworks in the news this week, but a lot of "sparklers" that could blossom into big HR challenges as things progress if you are not paying attention. This week, some updates on what the NLRB and DOL are up to and sobering news about benefits and IT talent pools. The good news? Indianapolis has been a hotbed for capital investments and new job commitments so far in 2011. Another bit of good news: If your company is focusing on Wellness, you are likely headed for some positive outcomes. Happy Independence Day and be sure the wave that flag proudly this weekend!

Mixed reactions on federal appeals court ruling on individual mandate: Employer organizations and trade groups expressed mixed reactions Wednesday afternoon when the first federal appeals court to rule on the health care reform law upheld the constitutionally of its so-called individual mandate provision. (Benefit News)

The positive outcomes of a healthy Workforce are well worth the effort:  If every company was as progressive in their thoughts and actions as Lincoln Industries the U.S. would be full of healthy, happy and productive workers who are bringing down the cost of healthcare. (Industry Week)

Over 2,600 New Job Commitments, $553 million in Capital Investment for Indianapolis in First Six Months of 2011:  The City of Indianapolis has secured commitments from 33 companies to relocate or expand in Indianapolis/Marion County through the first half of 2011.  Together these companies have committed to creating 2,661 new jobs and investing $553 million over the next few years. (DevelopIndy.com) 

It is a mistake to stop Recruiting your top people the day they start working for you: It seems to me that after a company recruits, wows, and hires an individual, the recruiting and candidate courting process stops. (Blogging4Jobs)

State limits on jobless benefits take effect Friday: Indiana residents who fail or refuse a drug test given by an employer before they’re hired will soon be unable to claim unemployment benefits. (IBJ)

Shrinking Benefits: Interesting statistics…Seventy-seven percent of surveyed human resources professionals said the economy has negatively affected benefits to some or to a large extent this year, up from 72 percent in 2010. (Staffing Industry and SHRM)

Update on NLRB Aggressive Stance On Handbook Policies and More Recently, in two key developments, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has indicated there is some truth to predictions regarding the types of drastic changes the “new” NLRB will undertake. (Indiana Chamber HR Notes)

DOL puts tracking your workweek right in the palm of your hand. Just Check Your Phone: The Department of Labor (DOL) has announced the launch of its first application for smartphones. The app is a timesheet to help employees independently track regular work hours, break time and any overtime hours for one or more employers. (Indiana Chamber HR notes)

Logistics firm planning 415 jobs in Plainfield: Brentwood, Tenn.-based Ozburn-Hessey Logistics LLC plans to expand its distribution center in Plainfield and create up to 415 new jobs by 2015, the Hendricks County town announced on Monday. 

2010 statistics show a decline in the number of teleworkers: Official telework tracking data began in 2003 and for the first time since this tracking began, the number of people working remotely at least one day per month decreased to 26.2 million in 2010, down from 33.7 million in 2008, according to the Telework 2011 WorldatWork study. (FCW)

Where has all of the IT talent gone? Considering that employment has been growing considerably in IT, particularly compared to general employment, and that salaries are at the high end of the spectrum, it is a mystery to me why schools have not been able to attract more graduates in this field in the past few years. (Staffing Industry)

Social Media from and Executive perspective: Fifty-three percent of executives believe they must adopt Social Business or risk falling behind. (TechCrunch.com)