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It's that time of year again when companies are preparing their budgets for the upcoming year.   For HR professionals, it is probably not one of your favorite tasks, but by embracing the process, it can be an opportunity to reinforce the HR function as a strategic partner. In the WageWatch 6/12/13 blog, Budget Boot Camp, we covered the fundamentals of the HR Budgeting process.  Now we will dive a little deeper into the specific elements of the HR Budget.

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Top Stories: Lodging & Gaming
N.J. Judge Rules Casino Can Limit Weight Gain Of Cocktail Servers
A New Jersey judge ruled in favor of an Atlantic City, N.J., casino saying its weight limits for cocktail servers were reasonable.  Twenty-two cocktail servers, known as "Borgata babes," sued their employer, Borgata Hotel and Casino, alleging weight discrimination.
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Hotels With Highest Guest Satisfaction Rates In North America
According to the 68,700 Canadian and American guests polled in the JD Power 2013 North American Hotel Guest Satisfaction Index Study, guests at hotel chains such as the Hyatt Place, Kimpton Hotels, the Holiday Inn, and Drury Hotels are most likely to leave happy and be satisfied with their stay. 
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The New York Hilton Midtown is eliminating 55 jobs
when it shuts down room service on Aug. 20, but its
employees are hardly crying. Many of them hit the 
jackpot with a sweet deal Hilton recently hammered out
with the New York Hotel & Motel Trades Council, which
represents the employees.
Casino operator Caesars Entertainment Corp. posted a smaller loss for its fiscal second quarter on Monday, but results still missed expectations, as slots and tables drew fewer gamblers. 
Top Stories: Healthcare
Walgreens Introduces "Healthcare Clinic," Rebranding its In-Store Take Care Clinics
Walgreens (NYSE:WAG) (Nasdaq:WAG) today introduced its "Healthcare Clinic" at select Walgreens as the new branding for the more than 370 in-store retail clinics, replacing the former Take Care Clinic name that has stood since the brand's inception in 2004. The national rebranding effort is already in process and expected to be complete by the end of August. 
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ACA Likely to Deliver Bigger Bang in Rural Areas
The rural uninsured may reap a bigger benefit from the Affordable Care Act than their city-dwelling counterparts, which prompted health policy experts to call for a ramped-up campaign to publicize ACA in rural communities. 
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Top Stories: Human Resources
What's Their Beef? Striking Fast Food Workers Say Low Wages
Building on the momentum of an initial strike last November in New York City, organizers say dozens of restaurants in New York City, Chicago, St. Louis, Milwaukee, Kansas City, Detroit and Flint, Mich., will be affected by waves of worker walkouts over the course of the week. 
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Weak Employee Engagement Efforts Affect Six out of Ten Large Firms, Says New Temkin Group Research
Temkin Group recently published a research report, State of Employee Engagement Activities, 2013, showing that only one-quarter of employees within large organization are highly engaged. This is an critical shortcoming because engaged employees are extremely valuable; 
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How To Gag Office Gossip

Gossip in a workplace is as ubiquitous as a water cooler.

But like an elephant in a room few bosses want to see, if left unattended gossip can drain business productivity and sabotage morale.
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