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"Giving women my Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act without the Paycheck Fairness Act is like giving them a nail without a hammer." Lilly Ledbetter (AAUW.org) 1/28/13 

If you don't already have the compensation structures, policies and administrative processes in place to ensure fair and equitable pay within your organization, this may be a good time to do so.  The Paycheck Fairness Act (PFA), which has been rejected twice by the United States Congress, was reintroduced by Senator Mikulski & Representative DeLauro earlier this year.  Additionally, in his recent inaugural speech, President Obama highlighted equal pay for women as a priority for this next term.  The PFA, if passed, would close 'loopholes' in the historic 1963 Equal Pay Act (EPA) and build upon The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act which was signed by Obama four years ago.  The Lilly Ledbetter Act most significantly stated that the 180-day statute of limitations for filing an equal-pay lawsuit regarding pay discrimination resets with each new paycheck affected by that discriminatory action.


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Top Stories: Lodging & Gaming
Many major US markets still trail peak RevPARs
The U.S. hotel industry industry's near-term prospects generated plenty of optimism during last month's Americas Lodging Investment Summit. The positive outlook was fueled largely by the dearth of new supply and the trending of revenue per available room, which jumped a healthy 6.8% during 2012. 
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Indian casino revenue edges up
Indian casinos brushed off weak consumer spending in a sluggish U.S. economic recovery to post a modest increase in revenue in 2011, an industry study reported Wednesday. Not only did revenue rise 3 percent, to $27.4 billion, but Indian casinos are holding on to their share of total casino gambling revenue, competing closely with commercial casinos, according to the report, "Casino City's Indian Gaming Industry Report."
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New AH&LA CEO promises strong leadership
Katherine Lugar, the new president and CEO of the American Hotel & Lodging Association, wants to be a bold advocate for the U.S. hotel industry. During a conference call Wednesday, Lugar said it's important to build strong lines of communication between the association and its members.
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 On-Line Gaming Giant to Buy Atlantic City Casino
After being drummed out of the U.S. two years ago, the parent company of several of the internet's biggest online gaming sites is looking to reestablish itself with a brick-and-mortar toehold on the Jersey shore.   
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In Filing, Casino Operator Admits Likely Violation of Antibribery Law
The Las Vegas Sands Corporation, an international gambling empire controlled by the billionaire Sheldon G. Adelson, has informed the Securities and Exchange Commission that it likely violated a federal law against bribing foreign officials.
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Hotel industry's image is at stake
The public image of the U.S. hotel industry could be in for a shock in the coming months. A lawsuit over ugly allegations of price fixing by online travel agencies and several brand companies is beginning to take shape.
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Top Stories: Healthcare
Analysts Differ on How ACA Will Affect Hospitals
The uncertainty of the effects of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and delivery reform seem to be pulling investors and analysts in opposite directions.
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More than 700 pages of healthcare rules released
The Obama administration on Friday released more than 700 pages of new regulations to implement portions of the Affordable Care Act. The four rules, which are scheduled for publication in mid-March, finalize both major and minor parts of the healthcare reform law that Congress passed in 2010. 
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 U.S. Healthcare Is Even More Broken Than We Thought
"Bitter Pill: Why Medical Bills Are Killing Us" is a serious, exhaustively reported piece about the scam the U.S. health-care system has become. The article, by Steven Brill, has created unusual buzz in Washington; it spares no vested interest.
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Shift in how employers will deliver future health benefits
In the wake of unprecedented health care market changes and rising health care costs, new survey findings from Aon Hewitt reveal that the way U.S. employers offer, manage and deliver health care benefits to employees is likely to change significantly in the coming years.  
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Top Stories: Human Resources
Competitive Pay is Not Enough
You've seen your company's want ads and heard the pitch from your recruiters; you provide competitive wages. That's got to be a strong hook for attracting talent.   Big deal. Pay structures are based on market trends, so the opportunities offered employees support your retention and motivation strategies. Not enough.
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Union Leaders Call on Obama to Fill Labor Board
The nation's union leaders are voicing alarm that the National Labor Relations Board might remain paralyzed for a year or more as a result of a federal appeals court ruling that found President Obama's recess appointments to the board to be unconstitutional.
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Blue Cross CEO compensation skyrockets
The release Friday of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina's executive compensation for 2012 reopens the debate about what is fair and competitive for a not-for-profit health system to offer.
(Winston Salem Journal)  Read the complete article
Employee Benefits Gone Wild
Say "employee benefits" and pensions and health care will jump to most people's minds. Maybe life and disability insurance will pop up as well. But employers in Silicon Valley are going way beyond that. They're providing housekeeping, cooking, babysitting and a host of other services as perks for their employees
(NCPA Health Policy Blog)  Read the complete article
Corporate Profits Soar as Worker Income Limps
With the Dow Jones industrial average flirting with a record high, the split between American workers and the companies that employ them is widening and could worsen in the next few months as federal budget cuts take hold.
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