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  • A change to benefits policy for same-sex married federal employees

    A Minute With™... law professor Sean M. Anderson 

  • Research: Risks to government pension insurer worse than thought

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A study co-written by a University of Illinois pension policy expert warns that the financial risks facing the government-sponsored corporation that insures all private-sector pension plans in the U.S. are much greater than commonly thought.

  • Why we haven't seen the last of the fast-food workers' strikes

    A Minute With™... Steven Ashby, a professor of labor and employment relations

  • Long-term disability claims dominate benefits litigation, study says

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - An empirical study of employee benefits litigation from 2006 to 2010 reveals that cases involving long-term disability claims accounted for over 60 percent of all federal cases among five broad categories, including health care, life and accidental death, and pension cases.

  • What to expect in Illinois' general election for governor

    A Minute With™... Christopher Z. Mooney, the director of the Institute of Government and Public Affairs

  • 24-hour casinos a bad bet for Illinois, gambling critic says

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Casinos in the state of Illinois want to keep their roulette wheels spinning 24 hours a day, but a leading national gambling critic warns that round-the-clock gambling could be disastrous for the Land of Lincoln.

  • 'Causal overdetermination' provides middle ground for courts

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A disagreement among state courts on the subject of drunk-driving homicide can be resolved by requiring the prosecution to prove in these cases not that the driver's intoxication caused the fatal accident, but merely that it contributed to the causal mechanism behind the accident, says a forthcoming paper by a University of Illinois expert on criminal law.

  • Study: One-size-fits-all approach doesn't work for different markets

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - When evaluating the performance of a brand in a certain territory, it might be more appropriate to evaluate it against its local competitors as opposed to its performance in other territories, according to research from a University of Illinois expert in business strategy.

  • Expert: Taxation of retirement income in need of reform

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Although planning for a comfortable retirement is a mainstay of public discussion, far less attention has been paid to the tax consequences of generating retirement income, says a University of Illinois expert on taxation and retirement benefits.

  • Loopholes in health care law could result in employee harassment

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The contrasting incentives of employers and employees under the Affordable Care Act ultimately may result in increased employee harassment and retaliation claims, two University of Illinois law professors say in a paper they co-wrote.

  • New book a real-life thriller about rare book theft at New York Public Library

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A new book from a University of Illinois expert in crimes against rare books tells the real-life story of the biggest score in rare-book theft and the dogged hunt for the perpetrators by the special investigator of the New York Public Library.

  • Cancer drug tested in pet dogs is now bound for human trials

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Thanks to a new $2 million investment, a drug that spurs cancer cells to self-destruct while sparing healthy cells is on the road to human clinical trials. The compound, known as PAC-1, has so far proven safe and has promising anti-cancer effects in cell culture, in mouse models of cancer and in pet dogs with spontaneously occurring lymphomas and osteosarcomas.

  • Economy in Illinois improving, but recovery halting, study finds

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The economy in Illinois may have finally emerged from the depths of the Great Recession, but it hasn't rebounded fast enough to reach pre-recessionary levels of output, wages and employment, according to a new study from a University of Illinois labor expert.

  • U.S. forest management policy must evolve to meet bioenergy targets

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - In order to keep pace with the burgeoning demand for renewable energy, forest management policy in the U.S. must change to address environmental sustainability issues, according to an article by a University of Illinois expert in bioenergy law.

  • Cloud computing user privacy in serious need of reform, scholars say

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - When Web surfers sign up for a new online service or download a Web application for their smartphone or tablet, the service typically requires them to click a seemingly innocuous box and accept the company's terms of service and privacy policy. But agreeing to terms without reading them beforehand can adversely affect a user's legal rights, says a new paper by a University of Illinois expert in technology and legal issues.

  • Keystone XL pipeline and the cost of making fuel from tar sands

    A Minute With™... Don Fullerton, a finance professor and energy policy expert

  • Expert: State budget, pension woes tied to big gambling giveaways

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Budget and pension woes in Illinois are inextricably linked to giveaways to "Big Gambling," a University of Illinois expert in legal policy says.

  • Family-friendly tenure policies result in salary penalty for professors

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -Well-intentioned policies to make achieving tenure more family-friendly actually have negative consequences for the salaries of college faculty members, a study co-written by a University of Illinois labor and employment relations professor shows.

  • Retirement expert: Medicare already means-tested

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The Obama administration's controversial proposal to "means-test" Medicare recipients is ostensibly aimed at generating more cash for the government from those who can afford it - or squeezing more money out of upper-income seniors, depending upon one's point of view. But according to a University of Illinois expert on retirement benefits, the Medicare program is already means-tested.

  • Research: Common component strategy could improve profits

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - When designing product lines, one important decision marketing and manufacturing managers must consider is whether to use common or product-specific components. While the use of common components can reduce manufacturing costs, firms have traditionally shied away from that strategy over concerns of intensifying what scholars call "product cannibalization."

  • Personalized leadership key for keeping globally distributed teams on task

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - For companies with employees around the globe, the challenges of distance, diversity and technology may threaten team cohesiveness among their long-distance workers. But according to a new study by a University of Illinois business professor, out of sight doesn't necessarily have to mean out of mind for virtual teams.

  • IGPA plan endorsed by state's university presidents

    U. of I. President Bob Easter has joined 14 other state university presidents in endorsing an alternative pension plan for employees within the State Universities Retirement System.

  • 'Social capital' key to workers' success on the job, study says

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The quality of the social relationships that newly hired people develop with other employees in their work groups is critical to newcomers' job satisfaction, learning their responsibilities and their ability to fit in to the workplace culture, a new study suggests.

  • Research: Poor math skills affect legal decision-making

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The stereotype of lawyers being bad with numbers may persist, but new research by two University of Illinois legal scholars suggests that law students are surprisingly good at math, although those with low levels of numeracy analyze some legal questions differently.

  • Zoning restrictions also a key factor in foreclosure crisis, scholar says

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The causes of the foreclosure crisis seem obvious: Buyers purchased homes they couldn't afford, lured in part by lenders pushing subprime mortgages. Real estate values escalated, and when the bubble burst, buyers were left owing more than their homes were worth.

  • Study: Key differences between bankrupt churches, small businesses

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Although they share some important similarities, religious organizations, such as churches, that file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection differ from small business debtors in two significant ways - they seek to preserve the "going-concern value" of the organizations themselves, and their members are more integral to their successful reorganizations, says a new study by a University of Illinois law professor.

  • Supreme Court case could have tax consequences for same-sex couples

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The resolution of a U.S. Supreme Court case challenging the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act could have complicated tax consequences for same-sex couples, a University of Illinois expert on taxation and retirement issues says.

  • Symbols, such as traffic lights, on menus effective in educating diners

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A little-noticed provision of the Affordable Care Act requires all chain restaurants and retail food establishments with 20 or more locations to list calorie counts on their menus. But according to research co-written by a University of Illinois agricultural economist, numeric calorie labels might not be the most effective way to influence patrons to select "healthier" (often interpreted as lower-calorie) items.

  • State workers in Illinois underpaid, new study finds

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A comparison of public sector workers in Illinois with their peers in the private sector shows a general wage and salary penalty for state and local government employees, according to research by a University of Illinois labor expert.

  • Yahoo's CEO might not like it, but telecommuting benefits both employers and employees

    A Minute With™... Ravi S. Gajendran, a professor of business administration

  • Expert: States leveraging gambling on social media sites

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Recent efforts by Nevada and New Jersey legalizing some forms of online gambling could create virtual casinos on social media websites such as Facebook, a leading national gambling critic says.

  • Why employers, employees should frequently discuss ethics

    A Minute With™... C.K. Gunsalus, a professor emerita of business administration

  • Will ending Saturday letter deliveries save 'snail mail?'

    A Minute With™... Seung-Hyun Hong, a professor of economics

  • Illinois' credit rating drops: Will it ever solve its pension shortfall?

    A Minute With™... finance professor Jeffrey R. Brown

  • Courts mostly ignore immigration status in lawsuits, study says

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - When a person living in the U.S. without legal permission or suspected of doing so is involved in a work-related lawsuit, most courts disregard their immigration status when determining remedies, says a study from a University of Illinois expert in labor relations.

  • Study: Firms that purport to value shareholders pay CEOs more

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Ever wonder why CEOs at poorly performing companies continue to receive exorbitant pay packages? According to a study from a University of Illinois labor professor, firms that trumpet how much they value shareholders actually pay their CEOs more, regardless of the quality of their performance as executives.

  • Study: Store layout an important variable for retailers

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A retailer's optimal store layout is the result of balancing the interests of two different types of markets - consumers and suppliers, says new research co-written by a University of Illinois business professor.

  • High-frequency stock trading of little value to investors, public

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The increase in the speed of stock trading from microseconds to nanoseconds leads to an increase in order cancellation, but little else of value to investors and the public, says research by a University of Illinois business professor.

  • Research: Bad news can spur strategic change in businesses

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Negative media coverage may prompt firms to engage in greater levels of strategic change than previously thought, according to research by a University of Illinois business professor.

  • Expert: Fiscal cliff deal yields tax certainty at expense of simplification

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Although major battles over spending cuts and raising the federal debt limit have been punted for another two months, the fiscal-cliff bill passed by Congress settles most of the significant tax issues that would have an immediate and direct impact on the average taxpayer's pocketbook, a University of Illinois expert on taxation and retirement issues says.

  • Expert: Reid-Kyl Internet gambling bill could enable money laundering

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Legalizing online poker as proposed by two leading U.S. senators would be a boon to terrorist networks and organized crime syndicates, says a leading national gambling critic.

  • The selling of wartime needs sold the U.S. on advertising, author says

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - While it might be hard to imagine in the midst of the ad-soaked holiday season, there was a time - in the 1930s - when advertising faced fierce opposition from the public.

  • After delivering critical votes, what does labor expect from President Obama?

    A Minute With™... Robert Bruno,  a professor of labor and employment relations

  • Study: Job autonomy, trust in leadership keys to improvement initiatives

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Frontline employees will commit to improving their organization if they perceive a high degree of autonomy in their jobs and trust their leaders, says research from University of Illinois business professors.

  • Loser-pays-all rule in criminal cases could work for wealthy defendants

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Adopting a loser-pays-all rule for criminal litigation would likely be feasible only if the rule applied to defendants who are wealthy, says a study from a University of Illinois law professor.

  • Research: Pay satisfaction key driver of work-family conflict

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Employees who are more satisfied with their pay report lower levels of work-family conflict, a study by a University of Illinois labor and employment relations professor shows.

  • New book helps young professionals avoid workplace pitfalls

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A new book from a University of Illinois business professor aims to help those new to the working world avoid the common (and mostly predictable) workplace pitfalls that can often derail promising careers.

  • Workers the ones getting hosed at Chicago car washes, new study says

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The car wash industry that operates year-round in Chicago is rife with wage and hour law violations, occupational health and safety hazards, and poor overall working conditions, according to research from a University of Illinois labor expert.

  • Flash Index shows slow recovery

    The UI Flash Index for September increased slightly to 103.2 from its 102.9 level in August. This continues the pattern of slow, steady growth over the last year.

  • Illinois amendment would eliminate constitutional protections

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A little-publicized amendment to the Illinois Constitution on this November's ballot could have a big impact on the pensions and health care of state workers if Illinois voters approve it, a University of Illinois expert in legal policy says.