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Top Stories: Lodging & Gaming
Measure To Open Casino Jobs To Criminal Offenders Passes In In Maryland
The legislation, which limits automatic denial to those convicted, paroled or placed on probation in the previous seven years, would be among the most lenient in the country - though gaming regulators would still have the opportunity to deny licenses whenever they think it's appropriate. 
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World Ranking 2013 Of Hotel Groups And Brands
While there is no change at the top of the podium, steady growth for two years in the supply of Hilton Worldwide allows it to confirm its position in second place acquired last year to the detriment of Wyndham Hotel Group. The American group is gaining on the undisputed leader, InterContinental Hotels Group, and lags behind it by fewer than 24,000 rooms. 
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Hoteliers Will Sleep Tight in 2013
Anyone skittish about hotels, perhaps based on the performance of such assets in other recoveries, can rest easy this time around. That's because hotels are poised to do well in 2013 and beyond-on several fronts-according to analysts. 
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Washington Area Hospitality Industry Posts Stronger Job Growth

The leisure and hospitality industry recently has posted stronger job growth in the Washington region, a result that analysts say is likely linked to the surging business at local bars, restaurants and theaters.

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Top Stories: Healthcare
Health Care: The New American Sadism
You may have already read or heard about Steven Brill's excellent, long article in Time magazine, called "Bitter Pill: Why Medical Bills Are Killing Us." If you think it doesn't concern you, don't be so sure.
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Walgreen Expands Health Care
Walgreen, the largest U.S. drugstore chain, is expanding into treatment of diabetes, asthma and other chronic illnesses to lure new customers including millions gaining insurance under the Affordable Care Act. 
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When Your Boss Makes You Pay For Being Fat

Are you a man with a waist measuring 40 inches or more? If you want to work at Michelin North America Inc., that spare tire could cost you.

Employees at the tire maker who have high blood pressure or certain size waistlines may have to pay as much as $1,000 more for health-care coverage starting next year.

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Strategic Physician Onboarding: 7 Tactics for Minimizing Losses on Employed Medical Practices
How much money do hospitals lose on employed physicians? According to the New England Journal of Medicine, operating shortfalls range from $150,000 to $250,000 per provider during each of the first three years of employment. But for many hospitals, these initial losses are just the tip of the iceberg. 
(Becker's Hospital Review)  Read the complete article
Top Stories: Human Resources
5 Myths That Are Killing Your Talent Development

Talent development is a perennial issue for CEOs, but this year, it's more prominent than ever.

According to PricewaterhouseCoopers' 2013 Global CEO Survey, the shortage of key skills ranks second (behind higher taxes) among the threats to growth in 2013.

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Employees Value Good Benefits Education, Financial Protection
American workers say understanding their benefits is very important - and there's a lot their employers could do to improve benefits communication. That's according to new research commissioned by Colonial Life & Accident Insurance Company and conducted online by Harris Interactive. 
(Insurance and Financial Advisor)  Read the complete article
Quick Tips for Managing Introverted Employees
Most businesses will have a combination of two personality types. Extroverts are people who get their energy from external sources like meetings and interactions with others. Introverts, on the other hand, recharge from time by themselves to think and plan. 
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Court Overturns NLRB; Protects Company's Confidential Financial Information
The federal Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit has overturned a National Labor Relations Board decision that the maker of Stella D'oro cookies had illegally withheld an audited financial statement during collective bargaining. 
(Forbes)  Read the complete article
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