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February 13, 2009

Editor's Note
In this special issue of In the Zone, we are turning our focus to some of the latest developments in the Human Resources arena. Not only is the HR department under pressure to streamline staff and reduce costs in a down economy, but there are new considerations as Generation Y moves into the workforce with a vengeance. Generational expert Phyllis Weiss Haserot continues her series on the challenges of the multi-generational workplace.

And because it's Friday and, for many, the start of a long weekend, we've included something light for our readers - the latest installment in our Life in the Big Four series.

Best regards,
Gail Perry, CPA
Managing Editor


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