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Many business owners find it to be a huge challenge to attract and retain a group of talented and hardworking employees that are loyal to the company and its mission. Finding high caliber employees with advanced skills to complete important jobs within a company is a challenge that not only exists in today's marketplace, but one that business owners have had to navigate for years. Everyone is looking for top talent, and those companies that excel in attracting and retaining this talent are the ones that will reap the rewards. (WageWatch) Read the complete article  

Top Stories: Lodging & Gaming
Las Vegas union protest: 98 arrests in casino demo
Las Vegas union protest: Police made 98 arrests Wednesday outside the Cosmopolitan casino. The protest was the first time union members deployed civil disobedience outside a unionized casino in more than two decades. 
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Tribe hopes to build casino north of Galt
Anita Franklin long ago forgave her son, Andrew, for his inability to dance. He was a shy child and, besides, he preferred playing baseball to prancing shirtless in Miwok dances celebrating the blessings of the Earth. 
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Union reaches labor agreement with Hilton hotel
San Francisco's largest hotel has a new contract settlement with its workers, union and hotel officials announced today. Mayor Ed Lee joined members of Unite Here Local 2 and management from the Hilton San Francisco Union Square this morning to announce the five-year agreement. Hilton officials have agreed to increase compensation by more than 4 percent annually for the 750 hotel workers at the 1,900-room hotel at 333 O'Farrell St. 
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Top Stories: Healthcare
Why 700 Striking Health Care Workers in Washington Matter
Duncan is a member of SEIU Healthcare 1199NW and one of 700 Providence Health & Services employees at Providence St. Peter Hospital and Providence SoundHomeCare and Hospice who went on a six-day strike last week to protest the company's decision to shift workers from an affordable health care plan that spreads risk over a large pool of workers to a "catastrophic" plan that exponentially increases deductibles and co-pays, making health care unaffordable for many employees. 
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Why Health Care Spending Will Explode Under ObamaCare: Evidence From Medicare
President Obama and the Democrats repeatedly claimed that getting every American insured would lower health care spending. However, every indication is that health care spending will explode. 
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Report Card on Health Care Reform

Republican leaders in Congress regularly denounce the 2010 Affordable Care Act and vow to block money to carry it out or even to repeal it. Those political attacks ignore the considerable benefits delivered to millions of people since the law's enactment three years ago Saturday

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Top Stories: Human Resources
Evolved recruitment methods have pushed our turnover down - we hire for culture and train for skill, say Tesco and Yo! Sushi at Caterer.com event
Speaker Rob Ryan, Recruitment & Talent Manager at Tesco Telecoms, said the brand's recognition that business was driven by behaviour and not skills has revolutionised their recruitment strategy: "Skills are the easiest thing to train. The most important element is what you bring to work in values and approach." 
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10 Tips for Employers Preparing for 2014 ACA Changes
Two Dallas-based experts had 10 takeaway tips for employers at a recent SouthWest Benefits Association meeting in north Dallas on complying with the 2014 changes in the Affordable Care Act. The panel included Jake Barney, an attorney with the Dallas law firm Locke Lord LLP, and Christopher Beinecke, a senior consultant in the Dallas office of Towers Watson. Here are 10 takeaways from that presentation: 
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Casting a Wider Net
After the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs revised its guidance for compensation discrimination, legal experts weigh in on the best ways for contractors to get through compliance audits without sparking an investigation. 
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Number of the Week: Employers' Benefits Costs

31%: The percent of employer costs that goes to paying for benefits.

Nearly a third of employers' costs per worker goes to benefits on top of regular wages and salaries, and the share is even greater in some industries.

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