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$1B contract signed between Convergys and J&J
Convergys Corp. has signed a 10-year contract with Johnson & Johnson Services, Inc. Convergys renders billing and human resource services to clients in more than 70 countries. It expects the contract to yield around $1 billion as returns. The revenues likely to start pouring in by 2009 are projected to create a "significant impact." This deal is claimed to be the biggest since one with DuPont Co. in 2005. Based in New Brunswick, Johnson & Johnson Services is an entity of Johnson & Johnson dealing with consumer and healthcare products. Band-Aid, Listerine, and Tylenol are products of the same company.



Decatur County appoints human resources director for the first time
Decatur County has named Marjorie Mayfield as its first ever human resources director. Mayfield presently works as an area manager in the South Atlantic division of the American Cancer Society. Her plan is to "set up the human resources department and bring all the functions of human resources into one department." She is awaiting the challenge of building the department that will be beneficial to the entire staff of the county. The department would assist in hiring, finding alternatives for training staff, and facilitating them with seminars and educational prospects. Her benefits package totals $55,000 per year, and Mayfield is likely to take charge of her duties by the middle of June.

Gevity offers solutions to avoid employment-related litigation
Gevity has started providing Employment Practices Liability Insurance (EPLI) to its clients to guard them against office liability claims. These claims are induced by damages like termination, sexual harassment, prejudice, unfair discipline, failure to promote, mismanagement of employee benefits plan, lack of career opportunities, and emotional suffering.

The number of employment-related court cases has been persistently rising. Such employment-related litigations lead to not only penalties, legal fees, and stiff fines, but the firms also have to endure loss of reputation, faith, employee morale, time, and efficiency. Gevity helps get the most out of the returns received on investments by providing its clients with human resources solutions. EPLI will repay small companies the costs of taking a case to court.

Georgia Department of Human Resources settles records
An infringement caused by the Georgia Department of Human Resources (GDHR) in supervising crucial confidential notification records have distressed many parents residing in the state of Georgia. Birth records holding fundamental data regarding the families of children born between April 1, 2006, and March 16, 2007, has been exposed. Concerned parents have been informed of it.

Terming the episode "a tremendous mistake", Stuart Brown, director of the Division of Public Health, however, denied any of the data being misused. The records contained information regarding pregnancy care, parents' race and education, social security numbers, and information regarding the delivery. The data is not believed to bear any names or addresses. The GDHR claims certain documents not to have been shredded, but only discarded. New confidential policy and procedural plans have been planned and executed in order to avoid similar recurrences.

Human resources management blog launched
Three HR faculty members of Capella University, Minneapolis, have developed a new blog focused on human resources management. The blog has been named Human Resource Management in the 21st Century (www.hrmanagementtoday.com). The blog deals with timely and controversial issues linked with alterations and transformation taking place inside the human resource management industry.

Michael Williams, Ph.D., SPHR, faculty chair of Human Resource Management and Leadership Specialization, created the blog along with Robert Bigelow, J.D., and Jean Gordon, D.B.A., both adjunct faculty members of the same university. Capella University is an online university offering graduate program degrees in services, public safety, business, information technology, education, and psychology. It also offers bachelor's degree programs in information technology, business, and public safety.
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