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HR. Named CODiE Award Finalist

January 24, 2006 - has been named a finalist in the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) 2006 CODiE Awards competition. is entered in the category of Best Online Government Information Service which recognizes the website that best utilizes legislative, regulatory and legal content; public record databases, government reports and data, and more.

Being selected as a finalist is a significant achievement in light of the more than 1,000 entries submitted this year. Winners will be announced May 16 at the SIIA annual conference in San Francisco.

"We are honored that has been selected as a finalist in this prestigious competition," said Chris Kilbourne, Business & Legal Reports' senior managing Web editor. "We have always felt that our plain-English analysis of complex state and federal regulations is the cornerstone of our service."

The website's practitioner-friendly analysis includes citations to source material, and the service is taxonomy driven using industry standard terminology based on more than 25 years of experience in the field.

Now in its twentieth year, the CODiE Awards program is designed to showcase the software and information industry's finest products and services and to honor excellence for corporate achievement and philanthropic efforts.

The awards' unusual name, "CODiE," is derived from the word "code" and alludes to the program's basis in the software industry. has been serving HR professionals with daily news, reference materials, and tools since 1999. It was significantly redesigned in May 2005 to allow even easier access to its ever-expanding content.

In addition to its regulatory analysis, the service provides a wealth of compliance and training tools, including more than 150 PowerPoint presentations, 450 sample policies, 130 quizzes, and more than 760 job descriptions.

A subscription to also includes Instant HR Answers, a revolutionary new service that lets subscribers browse or search for answers to thousands of complex HR questions. A "My Q&As" page lets subscribers view their previous questions and answers and sort them by topic, jurisdiction, or date. If an answer can't be quickly found on the website, subscribers can submit a question to BLR's team of legal editors for an answer guaranteed within one business day.