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With traditional annual salary surveys, the process of data collection starts when the survey opens. The opening is followed by a window of time that is typically two to four months, and sometimes as long as six months. This survey window depends on the industry and number of positions surveyed, for which survey participants would report their payroll data for incumbents. At the end of the collection period, the survey closes and no additional survey participation can occur until the following year when the survey cycle is completed and the survey reopens. The date the survey closes to participation is referred to as the survey's effective date.

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Top Stories: Lodging & Gaming
Happy Guests
ACCORDING to the 68,700 Canadian and American guests polled in the Power 2013 North American Hotel Guest Satisfaction Index Study, guests at hotel chains such as the Hyatt Place, Kimpton Hotels, the Holiday Inn, and Drury Hotels are most likely to leave happy and be satisfied with their stay.
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New Casino Makes Vegas More Grand

The newest addition to Las Vegas' downtown announced itself with a marching band, a ribbon cutting and, of course, showgirls. The Downtown Grand hotel and casino, which opened its doors in late October, aims to introduce an element of luxury among the retro casinos that populate old Las Vegas.

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Top Stories: Healthcare
Fitch: U.S. Healthcare Industry Ratings Stable in 2014 Despite Secular Challenges
Fitch Ratings forecasts mid-single-digit EBITDA growth for most companies in the U.S. healthcare sector in 2014, despite secular challenges affecting the operating environment. Fitch's 2014 rating outlook for the U.S. healthcare industry is stable.  
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The Least Surprising Impact of the Affordable Care Act: Lower Pay For Physicians
The Wall Street Journal today reports on one of the impacts on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act that should have been viewed by all as the most expected repercussion - lower commercial reimbursements to physicians. 
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11 Observations on the Affordable Care Act So Far
Here are 11 thoughts on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act as it moves into 2014, what many call its biggest year yet.
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Top Stories: Human Resources
Mass. Senate Approves Hike In State Minimum Wage

The Massachusetts Senate has voted to raise the state's minimum wage from $8 to $11 per hour by 2016 and tie subsequent increases to inflation.  The bill, approved by a 32-7 vote Tuesday, would increase the wage for the state's lowest-paid workers in increments over the next three years, starting in July 2014.

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What's Your Best Excuse For Not Delagating?
Delegating work is one of the most endlessly challenging things a leader can do. Leaders at any level in an organization can struggle with decisions about entrusting others to do some of the work they're hanging on to.
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Severance Payments May Not Be Subject to FICA Tax
As corporate downsizing becomes more commonplace in today's challenging business environment, severance payments to departing workers are under more scrutiny. It is well established that such severance payments are included in workers' gross income and subject to federal income tax withholding.
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