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June 26, 2007

Itz Cool
Late last week, after a thousand missed intersections, I finally had a chance to walk through the latest version of Itzbig. Long term readers will remember that this is the next project from Jim Hammock and Hank Stringer who were ground zero for With the old company in the solid hands of the team at Authoria, Hank and Jim have set off on another, non-competitive adventure.   (Read More)

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According to Nielson/NetRatings, with 275% annual growth, ZoomInfo is the fastest growing network in the country, closely followed by YouTube at 271%. Now, through an agreement with to serve syndicated ads across its business information search engine, ZoomInfo enables business-to-business marketers to have direct access to over 4.5 million unique monthly visitors. Marketers will now be able to target a highly coveted business audience, based on searches for product categories, companies, industries and more., the nation's largest, locally-focused online recruitment media provider, announced today that it has acquired Milwaukee-based Inc., an online network that encompasses some 400 local and niche employment Web sites across the United States. The agreement marks's eighth acquisition since its founding in 2000, clearly indicative of the need for improved local recruiting resources in the nation's booming employment markets. A two-time Inc. 500 "Fastest Growing Company," currently serves seven states with a combined online and brick-and-mortar presence through local branches in 17 metropolitan communities, including Phoenix and Tucson.

Announced at the 59th annual Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) Conference and Exposition in Las Vegas:

New enhancements strengthen SonicRecruit's ability to streamline the recruiting process and help companies increase the quality and timeliness of their hiring efforts.

Monster announced that it will be rolling out a new portfolio of job posting products and a redesigned employer site ( in the third quarter. This new set of products will offer customers increased flexibility and simplified account management. Monster is the leading global online careers and recruitment resource and flagship brand of Monster Worldwide, Inc. (NASDAQ: MNST).

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Resourcing difficulties will persist if employers continue to overlook diversity when recruiting

Annual Talent Management, Recruitment and Retention Conference 2007

Only 50% of organisations have a formal diversity strategy to help guide recruitment practice, according to the latest Recruitment, Retention and Turnover survey from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). This research suggests that many organisations are failing to tap into the relatively underused sources of potential labour to help overcome the persistent recruitment and retention difficulties that they face today.

The CIPD's Annual Talent Management, Recruitment and Retention Conference 2007 will offer practical advice on how organisations can develop a successful approach to recruiting a diverse workforce.

On Wednesday 20 June, Donna Miller, European HR Director, Enterprise Rent-A-Car and Alan Wainwright, Director of Human Resources, Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service will draw on their own experiences and talk about the practical challenges organisations face and how to overcome them when recruiting, in order to appeal to a broader range of candidates.

Dianah Worman, CIPD Diversity Adviser, says: "The survey finds that only half of responding organisations have an explicit diversity strategy, with three quarters lacking a policy for recruiting ex-offenders.

"Practising diversity in recruitment is fundamental in order to gain access to the best people from the widest labour pool possible.

"Organisations that fail to take a proactive approach to diversity will miss out on business benefits such as improved creativity, innovation and customer service that arise from a more wholehearted approach to diversity."

Donna Miller, European HR Director, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, adds: "We carry out our business where our customers live and work - in their neighbourhoods. This is why we feel so strongly about mirroring the communities we serve. Enterprise reaches out to people of all backgrounds and our commitment to being an inclusive company extends to every employee, customer, service provider and business partner. We see it that there is way too much to miss out on if we don't."  Pay per Shop

Deep Release:
HR Policy Association Announces Retiree Health Access(SM) First of a Kind Health Insurance Solution for Pre- and Post-65 Retirees

HR Policy Association has reached agreement with Aetna Inc. to offer a first of its kind retiree medical offering for pre- and post-65 retirees. Beginning January 1, 2008, participating companies in the Association will be able to offer their retirees access to comprehensive, guarantee issue health benefits through the Retiree Health Access(SM) program.

Finding guaranteed access to affordable retiree medical health care coverage, especially for pre-65 retirees who are not yet eligible for Medicare, presents a vexing problem for large employers, their retirees, and their families. Accounting rule changes in the early 1990s (FAS 106 obligations) required employers to begin to account for future retiree medical obligations. This and skyrocketing health care costs have made it fiscally impossible for many employers to continue paying for retiree coverage at previous subsidy levels, and FAS 106 discourages others not currently offering coverage from doing so.

Against the backdrop of difficult economic and social forces, Retiree Health Access offers a unique solution by providing access to a fully-insured, pre- and post-65 retiree medical solution that will be available to retirees regardless of their health status or their employer's level of premium contribution.

Retiree Health Access was developed for the Association by the Health Care Policy Roundtable, LLC. Following a rigorous selection process, Aetna was chosen as the carrier to provide this unique offering because of its willingness to work creatively with the members of the Association. Jeffrey C. McGuiness, President of HR Policy Association, said, "With Retiree Health Access, we tried a different approach to health care reform -- help the marketplace understand what the consumer wants instead of settling for what is currently on the shelf. We've definitely had a breakthrough by getting a guarantee from Aetna that all retirees can get access to comprehensive insurance regardless of health status. The key question now is if we can make this affordable for retirees regardless of how much their employer subsidizes coverage."

Association Chairman and Senior Vice President, Human Resources for IBM Corporation, J. Randall MacDonald said, "The past system of offering retirees medical benefits has proven difficult to maintain and cost prohibitive for many employers. This Association recognizes that new solutions are needed if companies are to remain economically competitive, and it is committed to developing ways to create affordable and accessible retirement options for workers."

Retiree Health Access features significant advantages for employers and their retirees:

  -- Guaranteed-issue comprehensive coverage: Employees considering retirement are primarily concerned with securing coverage that protects their assets against significant health care costs. Retiree Health Access guarantees access to an array of comprehensive coverage options for individuals who enroll at retirement are regardless of their health status.

  -- Fully insured solutions: Aetna has agreed to bear the risk of Retiree Health Access through a fully insured arrangement.

  -- Coverage for pre- and post-65 retirees: Employers need a retiree health insurance solution for all their retirees -- early retirees (those younger than 65, the age of Medicare eligibility) and Medicare eligible retirees -- and Retiree Health Access is the first program of its kind to offer a comprehensive, fully insured, guaranteed-issue coverage for both categories of retirees.

  -- Flexible employer contribution: Retiree Health Access is available to retirees of participating employers regardless of how much their employer contributes to their premiums.

  -- Comprehensive administrative support: Retiree Health Access allows employers to take advantage of comprehensive administrative support, minimizing resources that employers would need to provide retiree benefits while giving retirees all the support that they need.

  -- Built in incentives for aggressive disease management: Because Retiree Health Access is being offered as a fully insured product, Aetna bears the insurance risk and has a direct incentive to aggressively promote effective disease management and healthy lifestyle decisions among enrolled retirees.

HR Policy Association, established in 1957, consists of chief human resource officers representing nearly 250 of the largest corporations in the United States. From nearly every major industry sector, HR Policy members have a combined market capitalization of more than $8.2 trillion and employ more than 18 million employees worldwide. Due to extreme concern over skyrocketing health care costs in the United States and deficiencies in efficiency and quality, the Association has been working through its public policy agenda and market reform initiatives to address the problems that plague our nation's health care system.

Retiree Health Access is a Service Mark of the Health Care Policy Roundtable, LLC. Used under license with Health Care Policy Roundtable. All rights reserved.

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