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Perceptions of compensation vary.  It is seen as a measure of equity and justice.  Stockholders are focused on executive compensation.  Legislators may view average annual pay changes as a guide to adjusting eligibility for social services.  Employees see compensation as a reward for their services and a job well done.  Managers will view compensation from the perspective of a labor cost, but also from a competitive perspective that enables them to recruit, engage and retain employees.  The four basic compensation policy decisions that an employer must consider in managing compensation are: 1. Internal consistency, 2. External competitiveness, 3. Employee contributions, and 4. Administration of the pay system.  The balance between the four policies becomes the employer's compensation strategy.

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Top Stories: Lodging & Gaming
Grocery Delivery Gaining Traction Throughout Hotel Industry
Hotel grocery delivery is not just for select-service, extended-stay or family resorts anymore. Denihan Hospitality's Affinia Hotels, a small luxury-boutique chain, reached an agreement last month with the online grocer FreshDirect to provide specially packed meals for guests. The service was introduced at the 241-room Affinia Dumont and has since been added to the other four Affinia-branded hotels in Manhattan. 
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Casino Union Decries Revel's Use Of Part-Timers

Atlantic City's main casino workers' union is complaining to state labor and political officials about Revel Casino Hotel's use of part-time employees. Local 54 of the Unite-HERE union says Revel is using part-time workers at twice the city's average. In a letter sent Thursday to state Labor Commissioner Harold Wirths, the union says nearly 29 percent of the 3,388 workers Revel employed as of the start of August were part-timers.

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Making The Hotel Lobby A Place To See And Be Seen
Long treated as dead spaces that hotel guests raced through on the way to the elevator, lobbies are being transformed into places to work, surf the Web or meet friends for a drink.  
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Top Stories: Healthcare
You, Dr. Mcdreamy And The ACA
What are your options under the Affordable Care Act? Here are some examples - with the help of some (slightly re-imagined) characters from "Grey's Anatomy."  
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6 Hospital Workforce Trends
Employee productivity, staff retention and the quality of hires are all major issues within the hospital and healthcare workforce, and many labor trends related to those issues bubbled to the surface last year, according to the 2013/14 Human Capital Effectiveness Report from PwC. 
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The State Of Health IT Hiring (And 6 Steps To Recruiting The Best Staff)
Talent management software provider HealthcareSource recently compiled hiring data from the 2,000 hospitals that use its software that supports Ms. Cardenas' observation. Results showed that, on average, IT vacancies took about 50 percent longer to fill - 48 days as compared to 31 or 32 days for other positions. "This result has been fairly consistent over the past couple of years," says Michael DiPietro, the company's chief marketing officer.  
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Top Stories: Human Resources
IRS Rule Leads Restaurants To Rethink Automatic Tips

An updated tax rule is causing restaurants to rethink the practice of adding automatic tips to the tabs of large parties. Starting in January, the Internal Revenue Service will begin classifying those automatic gratuities as service charges-which it treats as regular wages, subject to payroll tax withholding-instead of tips, which restaurants leave up to the employees to report as income.

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What's The Next Investment After Your 401(K) And Kid's College Fund? Health Care

You already can invest your retirement money and your kid's college savings on Wall Street. Next on the list: your health care.  A growing number of employees are required by companies to set up special savings accounts to cover part of their medical bills. Over time, they are also encouraged to invest a portion of it in stocks, bonds or a mutual fund, just like they do with a 401(k) or IRA.

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Job Action Against Walmart Brings Scrutiny To Its Inadequate Wages
Walmart is the target of a job action scheduled today in 15 cities across the country, as workers protest inadequate wages and benefits at the giant retailer, which has come under increasing scrutiny from lawmakers and labor experts because of its employment practices.
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I-9 And E-Verify Developments Department Of Justice's Office Of Special Counsel's Activities Provide Roadmap For Employers
Retailer Macy's entered into a settlement agreement with the Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices (OSC) last June for "unfair documentary practices" during the I-9 Form employment eligibility re-verification process. The OSC is responsible for enforcing anti-discrimination provisions of the Immigration and Nationality Act prohibiting citizenship and national origin discrimination against employers when hiring and firing. 
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