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Law firm Pinsent Masons launches a new iPod-based news service
From now on, HR professionals can keep tab of what is happening around the world in an innovative way. Law firm Pinsent Masons has launched a new iPod-based news service to suit the needs of HR professionals. The program allows subscribers of HR Network TV to directly download the news updates that are aired twice a week onto the specially adapted iPod. Along with news, detailed discussions on employment law and risk management will be covered once a month. This newly developed technology can automatically order and then archive the programs to be viewed later on, all without special software installed on the computer. Joe Glavina, employment lawyer and media consultant at Pinsent Masons, said HR professionals have been finding it difficult to keep pace with the evolving legislation and landmark court rulings, but with the use of HR Network TV's specially designed risk management program, in combination with the new iPod, the problem is taken care of.



Helios Excellence in HR Award goes to ICF International
The Helios HR Apollo Award for Excellence in Human Resources has gone to ICF International. On receiving the prestigious award, Miriam Wardak, senior vice president of human resources, commented, "We're honored to be recognized with the Helios HR Apollo Award for our commitment to our employees." The award is given away in four different categories after taking into account each company's employee growth and development. ICF International won in the "large company" category, even though bigger companies with more than 1,000 employees were competing against it. The other categories companies were competing for included mid-size company, small company, and emerging company. Well-known industry experts in the area of performance management, professional development, and coaching were part of the panel.

A free webinar to be held for HR and payroll professionals
WorkForce Software, Inc., a leading name in workforce management software solutions, is all set to launch a free webinar for HR and payroll professionals. The webinar, titled Payroll Technologies: Past, Present, and Emerging, will be held during the month of June by CPP and payroll consultant Roger Smith. The focus of webinar will be on educating payroll and HR professionals on the advantages of technology. Kevin Choksi, the CEO of WorkForce Software, commented that the web-based format would allow attendees to get the information within normal working hours. He further stated, "We are pleased to provide resources that help give back to the industry."

2007 HR Compensation Survey released
The results of 2007 Human Resources Compensation Survey were recently released by Salary.Com, Inc., a leader in on-demand compensation management solutions. According to the survey reports, an HR manager's ideal pay package should be $78,800, which is the national median salary. However, the figures vary across geographical areas. A manager in New York is paid $92,100, while HR professionals in North Carolina are paid 27% less than their New York counterparts. Pay packages for HR professionals vary across industries, as well. The finance and insurance industry are paying its HR managers $94,400—which is 20% higher than the national median. However, there are several industries—like the health care industry and the administration industry—which pay less than what is expected. The survey report covers the salary data of more than 360 organizations for 115 different human resources positions and considers nearly 95 aspects of the field. However, industry, geographic location, type of organization, annual revenue, and size of the organization are the deciding parameters.

Hewitt Associates makes a series of appointments
Hewitt Associates, a global human resources services company, has made four senior appointments to its consulting business. Monica Burmeister, Richele Soja, Andrew Bell, and Joanne Dahm have been appointed as global chief of consulting operations, North American consulting leader, global leader of Hewitt's talent & organization consulting (TOC) and North American practice leader of TOC, respectively. The new appointments have been made to cash in on the growing opportunities in the consulting industry, as well as to focus on delivering excellent customer services and innovative solutions to address the growing HR challenges, informed Perry Brandorff, president of Hewitt Consulting.
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