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I began my career in Compensation in the early 1990s using a combination of market pricing and job evaluation to establish pay structures. Market pricing is the 'external' method, collecting salary data, usually through a salary survey, for similar jobs from other organizations to establish the 'market rate' or 'price' for the job. Job evaluation is the 'internal' method, focusing on internal job worth, each job is rated or scored on several different factors and the total score equates to the job's salary grade in the pay structure. (WageWatch) Read the complete article

Top Stories: Lodging & Gaming
Why all long-term hotel management agreements are now terminable
Under a New York Appellate Division court decision issued March 26, 2013, virtually all hotel management agreements are now terminable at will by owners. And this result will obtain even against the Marriott-style management agreements that seek to avoid an "agency" characterization of the owner-operator relationship. 
(Hospitality Net)  Read the complete article
Top 5 gripes about casinos - and yes, losing is No. 1

What annoys casino habitués most? Losing money, of course!

But other annoyances reported by casino gamblers are slightly more nuanced. The publishers of the 2013 American Casino Guide combed through thousands of comments posted on a companion website of casino reviews and lists these top offenders.
(USA Today)  Read the complete article
Maryland raising stakes in casino wars with Delaware and West Virginia
For years, casinos in West Virginia and Delaware siphoned hundreds of millions of dollars in gambling revenue from Marylanders. Now Maryland is poised to win back increasing numbers of those gamblers - and their millions. 
(The Washington Post)  Read the complete article
Why Hilton finally conceded
UNITE-HERE members at Hilton Hotels in six cities have approved a long-term deal, reports Carl Finamore, a former president of IAM Local Lodge 1781 in California.
(Socialist Worker)  Read the complete article
Top Stories: Healthcare
Healthcare Reform Law Creates 111M Hours of Paperwork: Study
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act has imposed approximately 111.4 million hours of paperwork, according to a new study from American Action Forum, a conservative think tank.  Based on that finding, the AAF said it would take 55,742 employees working 2,000 hours in a year to complete the red tape required in the PPACA.  
(Becker's Hospital Review)  Read the complete article
5 Key Elements of the Mayo Clinic Best Practice Diffusion Model
Rochester, Minn.-based Mayo Clinic uses a model of diffusion to spread best practices throughout the 24-hospital organization, according to a report in The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety. The model is designed to standardize best practices quickly and efficiently across the health system.  
(Becker's Hospital Review)  Read the complete article
Local health-insurance marketplaces struggle to get people enrolled

With almost one in five residents in Palm Beach County lacking health insurance, officials here thought they had hit on a smart solution.

The county launched a program that offered subsidized coverage to residents who could not afford private insurance but who made too much to qualify for Medicaid, the state-federal program for the poor. 
(The Washington Post)  Read the complete article
Top Stories: Human Resources
Millennial Myth Busting
Listing complaints about the younger generation is not a new pastime. Aside from continued dependence on constant connection, the rising millennial workforce seems to be most focused on personal fulfillment in all aspects of their lives, especially at work.
(HR Online)  Read the complete article
Employer Health and Retirement Plans Converging
Driven by rising costs and the Affordable Care Act, employee health programs are beginning to look like employee retirement plans. Using 401(k)s and other tools, administrators of those plans have spent decades trying to influence employees to save more money and make better retirement investment decisions. 
(US News Money)  Read the complete article
The march in jobs continues, but how long?
A pile of evidence suggests the U.S. economy hit the accelerator in early 2013, but the improvement will go for naught if job creation suffers another letdown.  
(Market Watch)  Read the complete article
Labor and Business Reach Deal on Immigration Issue
The nation's top business and labor groups have reached an agreement on a guest worker program for low-skilled immigrants, a person with knowledge of the negotiations said on Saturday. The deal clears the path for broad immigration legislation to be introduced when Congress returns from its two-week recess in mid-April. 
(The New York Times)  Read the complete article
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