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April 2015

Dear Readers,

Failure to comply with the Affordable Care Act and other government regulations took a considerable toll on companies in 2014. According to a new study from the ADP Research Institute, a third of employers said they experienced fines and penalties last year because of such non-compliance.

In her insightful article this month, Melissa Winn details how the penalties often occurred due to lack of awareness. More than three quarters of midsized business owners reported they lack confidence that their organizations understand all the new ACA regulations.

Staying current on the level and volume of government regulation was a top concern of more than half of business owners in the study. One answer to the challenge: the use of benefit brokers. For more, read Winn's article summarizing the research and exploring fixes to the problem.

     Dave Zielinski, Editor

Fixing the Broken Promises of Performance Management

By Jason Averbook 

We have all fallen into the trap of believing magical things will happen when we take manual processes and put them online. For two decades now, I have watched (and in some cases helped) companies succumb to the allure of this formula. So many promises and so little ability to fulfill them.
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Compliance Penalties Hurt Employers' Bottom Lines in 2014

By Melissa Winn

Although complying with the Affordable Care Act and other government regulations is a top concern for midsize business owners, only a relatively small percentage of them have strategies in place to manage their compliance...and many say non-compliance has hit their bottom lines. 
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There is No Such Thing as Mobile Recruiting

By Ed Newman

If you have been following recruiting technology trends over the last few decades, you have seen the evolution from Internet recruiting in 1999 to social recruiting in 2008. More recently, you have seen the emergence of mobile recruiting. But I am here to tell you: There is no such thing as mobile recruiting!
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5 Tips for Solving Conflicts with Workplace Behavior

By Aubrey Daniels

A recent Forbes article citing data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics found that the typical manager spends anywhere between 25 and 40 percent of his or her time addressing conflicts between employees. The ability to productively resolve conflict in the workplace is a vital skill for supervisors and managers.
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Online Degrees and Certificates: What Instructional Designers Need to Know

By Lorna Collier

Monica Surrency graduated with a degree in classic civilizations...not your most marketable of degrees. Unsure what she wanted to do with her life, Surrency worked in various positions, ultimately landing an instructional design position at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.
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