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The application and rules for the federal FLSA salary basis test are often misunderstood and not administered accurately or consistently.  During my human resource career I have seen mistakes made regarding this rule over and over again.  First let's understand what the term "salary basis" means. An exempt employee that regularly receives a predetermined amount of base salary each workweek is paid on a "salary basis".  This applies to employees who are determined to be exempt under the federal FLSA exemption tests including both the minimum salary test and qualifying under one of the duties tests (ie., administrative, executive, professional, computer, outside sales, etc.).

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Top Stories: Lodging & Gaming
New York Voters Approve Constitutional Amendment Expanding Casino Gambling

Voters on Tuesday easily approved a Cuomo-backed amendment to the state Constitution that allows up to seven Las Vegas-style casinos in New York.

"The passage of Proposal One is a big win for local governments, school districts, and taxpayers across New York State," Cuomo said in a statement.

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5 Things To Know: 5 November 2013
The American Hotel & Lodging Association has shaken up its government affairs and advocacy teams, according to a Politico report. Lisa Costello, Kevin Maher and Shawn McBurney all left the organization Friday, according to a note from CEO Katherine Lugar.
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Nev. Casino Winnings Up 7.4% in September
Nev. -- Nevada casinos won $958.8 million from gamblers in September, representing a 7.4 percent increase over the same month last year due largely to big betting on baccarat and luck that favored the house, state regulators said Thursday.  
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Hospitality Industry Bouncing Back in the Northwest
During the Great Recession the hospitality industry (restaurants, bars and hotels) was one of the first to take the hit. Now, it's experiencing one of the fastest recoveries in the nation.
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Top Stories: Healthcare
5 Ways for Hospitals to Become Better Employers
Healthcare has become an extremely competitive industry, with hospitals and health systems striving not only to attract patients, but to attract and retain employees and physicians as well. Being seen as a "good" employer will allow organizations to not only attract top talent, but to keep them engaged and retain them for the long haul as well. 
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The Power of Priorities: How Hospital Leaders Can Regain Control of Their Time
Prioritization is one of the biggest challenges leaders face today. In fact, I hear about this issue all the time from leaders at all types of healthcare organizations, from huge multi-hospital systems to physician practices.
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5 Traits of Hospitals Awarded EHR Incentive Payments in 2012
Hospitals were awarded approximately $3.5 billion in electronic health record incentive payments in 2012, up from $1.3 billion in 2011. The amount awarded to hospitals in 2012 ranged from $4,827 to $4.7 million, with the median amount being $1.4 million. In total, 48 percent of all eligible hospitals received a payment in 2012.
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Top Stories: Human Resources
Gay Rights in Workplace Bill Advances in Senate

The Senate cleared its first procedural hurdle today on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), legislation which would ban discrimination in the workplace based on sexual orientation and gender identity.  The Senate voted this evening 61-30 in favor of invoking cloture on the motion to proceed to ENDA. One more procedural vote remains until the Senate can vote on final passage.

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Best Practices for Managing Employee Departures
As the job market improves, job options for workers are increasing and so is employee turnover. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average tenure of the American worker is 4.6 years. For a Millennial worker born between 1977 and 1992, the wanderlust comes even sooner. Millennials move on an average of every 3.2 years.
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How To Eliminate Performance Reviews In Your Organization
Performance reviews don't work. They are disliked by managers and employees alike. They are usually poorly written and disappear as soon as they are completed. Everyone knows this but most are not going to admit it. So why do organizations still use them?
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