From the December 2012 issue of CeridianVoice.

December 2012 News Brief

Nucleus Research predicts BI adoption will double worldwide in 2013

As part of its Top Ten Predictions for 2013, Nucleus Research is expecting business intelligence (BI) adoption to double worldwide next year. The research organization cites greater usability, lower-cost options including cloud-based technology, and efforts by vendors to make BI accessible to every user as key factors driving greater adoption of BI and predictive analytics.

Section 127 tax-free education benefits in the hands of Congress

One of the many tax-related issues Congress must resolve by the end of the year is the future of Section 127 of the Internal Revenue Code. The key provision of Section 127 allows employers to provide tax-free reimbursement up to $5,250 for higher educational courses at associate, undergraduate and graduate institutions. Congress has extended the provision 10 times since it was created in 1978, most recently in 2010. Currently, Section 127 is set to expire January 1, 2013 unless Congress extends the law once again. Read more at SHRM.

Deadline extended for state-based health insurance exchanges

The Obama administration has extended the states' deadline for submitting plans to set up health insurance exchanges. While states are still required to tell federal regulators if they plan to pursue a state-based exchange by November 16, 2012, they will have until December 14, 2012 to submit detailed plans for their online marketplaces. States that want to partner with the federal government to set up the markets have until February 15, 2013. Read more at Kaiser Health News.

Hiring on the rise for fourth consecutive month

The Society for Human Resource Management's (SHRM) Leading Indicators of National Employment (LINE) survey suggests that hiring continues to increase in the manufacturing and service sectors. HR professionals in these sectors reported that their organizations will be adding more staff in November 2012 than they did in November 2011. The LINE Employment Report examines four key areas: employers' hiring expectations, new-hire compensation, difficulty in recruiting top-level talent and job vacancies.

Ventana Research awards Ceridian at its Business Technology Innovation Summit

Ceridian Dayforce HCM was honored with the business technology award for Human Capital Management at the inaugural Ventana Research Business Technology Innovation Summit on November 8, 2012. The Ventana Technology Innovation Awards recognize advanced applications and technology that improve productivity and efficiencies, and improve the outcomes and performance of an organization.