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Bonus or incentive pay is compensation over and above base salary and is a reward to employees or to a team for achieving certain goals.  Bonus pay can be used to improve morale, motivation, and productivity.  Not all bonus plans achieve what they set out to accomplish. Therefore, it's important to analyze the advantages and disadvantages of various incentive plan components to determine the plan that will be the best fit for your organization, the specific department, team and employees being rewarded.  For example, you will want your plan for your sales employees who work with customers and are responsible for company earnings targets to promote high levels of performance as well as encourage ethical behavior.

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Top Stories: Lodging & Gaming
Why Aren't Casinos More Like Airlines?
This week, while moving to block a merger between U.S. Airways and American Airlines, the federal government was also trust-busting another industry: casinos. Pinnacle Entertainment has been trying to buy rival Ameristar for $2.8 billion, but the Federal Trade Commission worried that would create a monopoly in St. Louis, so it required Pinnacle to sell off a couple of its properties before closing the deal. 
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Department of Labor finds Grand Hyatt Denver violated Fair Labor Standards Act
The company that runs the Grand Hyatt Denver has been ordered by the U.S. Department of Labor to pay more than $55,000 in back wages to 52 temporary employees who worked as housekeepers. 
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Southwind Casino Recognized For Smoke-Free Casino
Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights recognized the Kaw City, Okla., casino for going smoke-free along with the Kaw Nation and Kaw Enterprise Authority for supporting the smoke-free property, according to a story today in Native American Times.  
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AZ Woman Named Best Hospitality Worker In US
Liv Fierro was named the No. 1 hospitality worker in the country. Fierro works at the front desk at the Four Seasons resort in Scottsdale where she just got promoted to a supervisor position. She's been at the resort for two years, working her way up from serving drinks to guests at the pool.  
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Top Stories: Healthcare
Fiscal Times: Employers Are Speeding Up Health Benefit Cutbacks Before Obamacare
Americans with so-called "Cadillac" employer-sponsored health plans may feel pinched soon because employers fear the impact of a fresh wave of government taxes on them, The Fiscal Times reported.
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30 Statistics on Physician Compensation
Of the 30 physician specialties studied by the American Medical Group Association, the highest-compensated physicians in 2012 were cardiologists in the cath lab, according to the AMGA's 2013 compensation and financial survey. 
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How Much Should We Expect Healthcare to Mimic Other Industries?
One way people point out healthcare's dysfunction is by comparing it to other industries. Analogies about a hospital's pricing scheme compared to that of a restaurant, for example, suggest hospitals are deficient, even out of control. Diners know the price of their cheeseburgers, for instance, but few patients know the price of their echocardiograms.  
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Top Stories: Human Resources
Flurry Of New Regulations Expected From Labor Department To Help Disabled, Vets, Labor Unions
With Thomas Perez now confirmed as head of the Labor Department, the agency is expected to unleash a flurry of new regulations that have been bottled up for months - a prospect that has business leaders worried and labor advocates cheering. 
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Feds Lose Another Case Against Employers Using Credit, Criminal Reports To Screen Applicants
A Maryland court has dismissed a lawsuit against an events-services company accused by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission of discriminatory hiring practices, a setback for a federal agency that increasingly argues the use of credit reports and criminal background checks can disproportionately impact minorities. 
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Department Of Labor Extends Family And Medical Leave Act To Same-Gender Couples
On August 9, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued regulatory guidance confirming that same-sex married couples are entitled to the same benefits of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) as heterosexual married couples (Trottman/Maher, "U.S. Extends Family Leave to Same-Sex Spouses," Wall Street Journal, 8/9/2013). This new DOL guidance will extend FMLA spousal leave entitlements to same-sex spouses in states that recognize same-sex marriages. 
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Questioning The Value Of Bonus Plans

Are employee bonus plans about to go the way of the dodo bird? Maybe they should. A Towers Watson study turned up evidence that employers may not be getting even partial value from these plans, and, perhaps worse, that employees don't really value them anyway.

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