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Debunking Catfish, Manti Te'o and the PPACA

We're all going to be hearing lots more about the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in the coming year as organizations grapple with its full implications.  According to Paul DeCamp, partner, Jackson Lewis LL, "Many organizations had been taking a wait-and-see approach to PPACA compliance. Now that the election is over, it would be prudent for employers to get a strategy in place and develop tools and processes to comply before the 2014 deadline."

So what does this have to do with catfish and Manti Te'o? My heart goes out to this guy, but I'm flabbergasted by how wide the gap was between perception and reality here.  And just as his ignorance of the facts is causing him grief, ignorance of the law isn't going to protect organizations from the consequences of non-compliance with the provisions of the PPACA.

I don't know about you, but I'd never heard the term "catfishing" before this week.  The expression comes from the movie Catfish, and refers to getting duped by people who fake their identities online.  According to a character in the movie, catfish were mixed with codfish when they were shipped live in saltwater aquariums in order to keep the codfish more lively and their flesh thereby more tasty.  The character is basically defending an identity faker on the basis that she served as a "catfish", making life more interesting for those around her.

As the daughter and granddaughter of men who made their livelihood selling codfish, I'm calling foul on the catfish story.  Codfish was salted and dried for transportation, shipped whole on ice, and eventually filleted and quick-frozen for shipment when the technology became available in the 1920's.  I don't believe codfish were ever transported across the US live in salt water aquariums.  So, just saying, check your facts.

Here are some truth-telling items you may want to check out from this week:

I enjoyed  this interview on HR Bartender with our board member Andy Brantley where he shares his insights about how entry level employees can chart a career path- great competencies for anyone in any job (or in life in general!)

The top 5 reasons why people will leave their jobs this year according to Forbes.

TLNT on how to have a winning team in 2013

Love this article: making the software engineers take some of the customer service calls - that's one way to do it!

How to Get Employees Motivated After the Holidays via @WF_Institute

Coaching Employees To the Next Level via @HRBartender

A lot of Kronites attended the National Retail Federation conference this week.  Check out the items below for more information about how retailers are differentiating themselves via workforce management.

Check out some pictures from the #Kronos booth: #NRF13

#Kronos Sponsors #NRF13 Session on the Benefits of Investing in Labor

Visit the #Kronos booth and donate to #SandyRelief #NRF13

#Kronos Helps #Retailers Manage in the Moment with Workforce Tablet Analytics #nrf13

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