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Common review date or focal point increases means that performance/salary reviews are done for every employee effective on the same date once a year. Anniversary date means reviews are done at each employee's "anniversary" date of hire.  Many companies have moved to the common review date method but there are still companies using the anniversary date system.  If you are considering one or the other or making a change, below are advantages and disadvantages for each method.

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Top Stories: Lodging & Gaming
Unite Here and Hyatt Hit Hiccups in Peace Process
A widely heralded union peace agreement that would end a global boycott of Hyatt Hotels Corp and usher in a new era of better labor relations at the sprawling lodgings chain is hitting some potholes on the road to completion, but both sides are still expressing confidence in its ultimate success. 
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Hotels Offer New Amenities for Pets, Such As Pet Psychics

As more people bring pets along on their vacation, more hotels are working to accommodate them, according to NBC News. Market researchers refer to the trend of bringing pets with them as "humanization." Currently, 62 percent of hotel properties permit pets, an increase from 52 percent in 2010, according to a survey conducted by the American Hotel & Lodging Association.

Group, Transient Business Becoming One
The transient and group traveler don't necessarily represent different streams of business for hotels any longer; rather, the two groups are melding together, panelists said last week during the 5th annual Hotel Data Conference, hosted by STR and Hotel News Now.
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Top Stories: Healthcare
With Obamacare Coming, 30-Plus N.J., Pa., And N.Y. Hospitals Form 'Alliance'
Driven by the demands of the Affordable Care Act, about 30 hospitals in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and New York's Hudson River Valley have banded together to form what its founders describe as the largest alliance of health systems in the country, The Star-Ledger has learned. 
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10 Administrative Workers For Every Physician - Why Healthcare Job Growth Reflects Inefficiency
Despite the many headlines about hospital layoffs, the truth is the healthcare sector as a whole adds jobs month after month. While many consider this a reflection of the industry's strength, a new article in Harvard Business Review by Robert Kocher argues that recent job growth actually reflect a lack of efficiency in the industry. 
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Top Stories: Human Resources
Home Depot To Tap Health Insurance Exchanges For Part-Timers

The world's largest home improvement retail chain announced its move shortly after a similar announcement from Trader Joe's Co, a popular privately held grocery chain.

Home Depot's change would affect roughly 20,000 part-time workers who previously had chosen the limited liability medical plan the company offered, spokesman Stephen Holmes said.

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First Glimpses Of A New Health Care World
As health insurance is reshaped, some major corporations are switching the way they offer coverage to current employees and retirees, in a move that is likely to pave the way for major change to the American health care system.
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Your Talent Review Process Lacks Relevancy
Some organizations use assessment tools to evaluate and document employee performance and to estimate future potential. These tools - 360 surveys, 9-box grids, crowd-sourcing feedback through a cloud-based mobile tool - are often part of a broader talent review process that can be linked to performance management, succession management, and even compensation.
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