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Most of our Human Resources clients already have begun planning for a post-ACA world in 2014. For those who have not, let's take a look on where to start and how to navigate the employer's concerns.


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Top Stories: Lodging & Gaming
Is $15 an Hour a Fair Wage for Serving Fast Food?
In this Op-Ed, the author makes the case for increasing the minimum wage to $15 an hour. WageWatch will leave it to the reader to decide if his arguments have merit.(Thruthout) 


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Companies Help Immigrants Obtain US Citizenship
Health clinics, hotels and a clothing factory are pairing up with immigrant advocates to offer on-site citizenship assistance as one of the perks of the job in greater Los Angeles, Miami, Washington and Silicon Valley as they aim to make naturalization more convenient for the 8.5 million legal immigrants eligible to become U.S. citizens.  
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Hyatt Completes Investment in the All-Inclusive Resort Segment
A wholly owned Hyatt subsidiary has closed an investment in Playa Hotels & Resorts B.V. ("Playa"), a company that has been formed to own, operate and develop all-inclusive resorts.  
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Intercontinental Fashion Week
Internationally popular designers give back during New York Fashion Week Runway Show on Friday, September 6, 7-9pm in New York City Global Shopping Bazaar, Saturday, September 7.
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Casino Awards Two Men $1 million Prizes after Name Mix-up
A Cincinnati casino is shelling out two million-dollar prizes after mistakenly putting a jumbo-sized check in the hands of the wrong man. 
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Top Stories: Healthcare
Health Care's Employment Boom May be Over
Healthcare employment has been on a steady rise for the last 20 years, but the latest jobs data indicates that the continued climb is showing signs that it may be flattening out.  
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Health Insurance Choices: High Deductibles and Health Savings Accounts
Is healthcare a public good like police protection or is it a market good like a car? How you answer that question likely depends on your political leanings. Regardless of your position, you will need to make a decision soon as to what health care plan is the right plan for you.  
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ObamaCare Employer Fine Will Swell Despite Delay
Here's the problem: Average wages generally grow slower than health premiums, and the wages of low-income workers lag average wage growth. That means the penalties will gradually loom larger and larger relative to wages for modest-skilled workers, ...  
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Top Stories: Human Resources
Cyber security professionals earn an average of $116,000 per year, according to a survey by Semper Secure. However, survey results indicate an organization's reputation and mission contribute strongly to these professionals' choice of employer.  
EEOC Loses a Major Early Battle on Background Checks
A Maryland federal court dismissed the EEOC's action against Freeman Companies, a nationwide convention, exhibition and corporate events marketing company, for its use of background checks to disqualify applicants.  
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BMW Responds to Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Lawsuit
BMW Manufacturing Co. says in a federal court filing that it did not engage in unlawful employment practices or deny access to employment opportunities on the basis of race. The EEOC alleged that "BMW disproportionately screened out African-Americans from jobs, and that the policy is not job related and consistent with business necessity."  
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Tips for Recruiting from the Gay Community
Recruiting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender workers makes sense because data indicate that they are more educated, more creative and "are likely to be experienced in handling uncomfortable situations," John Sullivan writes. He provides suggestions for developing an LGBT recruiting plan.  
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