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For many HR Directors, drafting the annual HR department budget comes with the understanding that future project costs will be hyper inflated with the expectation that the majority of it will be left on the cutting room floor leaving a shoe-string level of funding for critical projects. If this matches your experience, this week's blog on budgeting fundamentals and best practices can help.

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Top Stories: Lodging & Gaming
Conn. Casino Cocktail Waitresses Fight Shoe Rules
Cheryl Haase has been serving cocktails for more than two decades, and the 52-year-old waitress says she has a list of foot ailments to prove it. The miles she has walked carrying trays of drinks through the Foxwoods Resort Casino in high heels have sent her over the years to chiropractors and podiatrists for injections to treat inflammation.  
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Long Chicago Hotel Strike Ends
     The longest U.S. hotel strike ever, by 130 workers at Chicago's
      Congress Hotel, ended May 29, just short of its 10th
      anniversary. 
Maryland Casinos On A Roll: State's 4 Venues Collected $69 Million In May
Maryland's burgeoning casino business is on a roll, generating more revenue than expected, according to figures released Wednesday by the state's Lottery and Gaming Control Agency. The state's four casinos collected $69 million in gross gambling revenue last month.  
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The Idea of Hotel Front Desk Management Software
We are seeing a drastic change in the way things were done earlier. Since the reach of the internet is fattening with every passing day the management systems of businesses are looking into the opportunities which internet brings on the table. 
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Top Stories: Healthcare
Adding Employed Practices to Your Organization? 6 Ways to Getting Buy-in From the Practice
Strong relationships between the hospital and employed physicians start when organizational leaders define their expectations of financial performance and measures of practice success. This sets the stage for others in the organization to launch into practice development efforts.  
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Talent Management and Health System Performance: 16 Statistics
Talent management involves identifying and developing emerging leaders early on in their careers, helping new leaders adjust to their roles and ensuring current leaders maintain and even improve their leadership capabilities.  
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Healthcare Pricing Transparency Gains Momentum
Two of the hottest topics in healthcare right now are pricing transparency and data interoperability. Both are squarely aimed at dramatically reducing healthcare costs and increasing patient safety/health outcomes.  
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10 Recent Investigations, Lawsuits and Settlements Involving Hospitals
The following investigations, lawsuits, settlements or other legal developments involving healthcare providers were reported within the past month, beginning with the most recent. 
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Top Stories: Human Resources
5 Ways to Screw Up Employee Incentives
Incentive plans are designed to reward specific behaviors, but they're often ineffective at best and harmful at worst. Here are five common ways employee incentive plans can produce the wrong results:  
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Managing Corporate Records Retention and Electronic Risk
Does your company hold on to too much data for loo long? Are your employees storing business records that you don't know about? Do your employees actually know what business records are-and why they matter to the company?  
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Why the Coming Battle to Increase the Minimum Wage is High Political Ground for Democrats
Here is the bottom line: if the minimum wage in 1968 had been adjusted for inflation, right now instead of $7.25 per hour, it would be $10.55 per hour -- 45 percent higher.  
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Employers Firm Up Health Insurance Benefit Plans For 2014
More employers will continue offering insurance to their workers rather than dropping it as a benefit and make them seek out individual plans on state-level health insurance exchanges as fuller implementation of the Affordable Care Act nears.  
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