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A variety of factors are influencing and changing the landscape of compensation and benefits today. With the uncertain economic outlook, employers continue to be asked to do more with less and continue to look for new ways to contain labor costs.  The millennial generation, are very worried about running out of money in retirement and they are focused on their long term financial security.  Boomers are working beyond the age of 65 and appreciate the benefits that their employers provide - even at a higher cost.  Employees today are less loyal then in the past, impacting employee retention and organizational competitiveness. 

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Top Stories: Lodging & Gaming
Hoteliers Capture Guests By Thinking Local
Hotel companies big and small are turning to local content in an attempt to expand their nets and capture more direct business on brand.com. The output varies. Some property Web pages are producing nearby restaurant and bar recommendations. Others are serving as guides to area attractions. 
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Pritzker Confirmed as Commerce Secretary
Pritzker, a Democratic mega-donor whose family founded the Hyatt Hotel chain, was the president's 2008 campaign finance chair and a 2012 campaign co-chair. Her nomination moved with relative ease in the Senate at a time when 
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Poker Players, Outraged, Target CEO Adelson Over Internet Gaming Stand

Online gambling isn't just bad, it's dangerous and immoral: So argues Sheldon Adelson, CEO of the biggest gaming company in the world. "Click your mouse and lose your house," warns Adelson, Chairman and CEO of the Las Vegas Sands Corp.

 
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The End Of Room Service? Not So Fast
When the New York Hilton Midtown said it was dispensing with room service starting in August, it caught the attention of frequent travelers who, after getting in from a long flight, have come to count on being able to order a burger at 2 a.m.  
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Top Stories: Healthcare
U.S. Unveils Health Care Web Site and Call Center
The Obama administration announced new steps to expand coverage under the federal health care law on Monday, less than a week after the Government Accountability Office, a nonpartisan investigative arm of Congress, found that the federal government and many states were "behind schedule"  
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Ford, UAW Come Up With Unique Way To Cut Health Care Costs
Ford is going to launch a new program that will make health care very personal for workers who are dealing with critical illnesses. 
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Why Twentysomethings May Reject the ACA
"Right now this generation has very low levels of insurance literacy, precisely because there were so few good options before," explains Tamika Butler, California director of Washington, D.C.-based Young Invincibles, an organization that seeks to expand opportunity for Americans between the ages of 18 and 34.  
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U.S. Doctors Are Dumping All Health Insurance And Charging Patients LESS
In some places across the US, high-cost health insurance coverage is being discarded altogether. The looming Affordable Care Act health insurance mandate seems to be inspiring constructive disobedience.
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Top Stories: Human Resources
Employers Face 'New Rules' With Modern Hiring Practices
       Modern-day employers are not only confronted with
       the challenges of adapting their policies and practices
       for their workforce to conform with the ever-changing  
       landscape of employment law, but are now grappling with
       new potential landmines arising from the hiring process.
Court Ruling Is Warning For All Employers With Unpaid "Interns"
A federal court in New York recently ruled that Fox Entertainment Group, Inc. misclassified two workers as unpaid interns. The complaint alleged violations of the Federal Labor Standards Act ("FLSA"), New York Labor Law, and the California Unfair Competition Law. The "interns" worked on the movie "Black Swan," 
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Aging Workforce Changes Workers' Compensation Trends
America's aging workforce brings with it some valuable experience but it also comes with concerns over increased workplace injuries.  
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Immigration Reform Keeps SHRM Grounded
According to the immigration reform experts, the United States' ability to remain competitive in the global economy is strongly linked to the passage of the proposed immigration reform bill currently being discussed in the U.S. Senate. 
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