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ACA (aka Obamacare) continues to be the topic du jour in most hotel and restaurant management companies. Given all of the problems that ACA continues to experience with its website roll out to date, and the premium shock many individual plan buyers are receiving over the healthcare insurance exchanges in the last couple of months; many hotel and restaurant managers and owners are extremely worried about the havoc that the federally mandated regulation of employer plans beginning in December 2014 may have on their operations.

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Top Stories: Lodging & Gaming
Go Hard on Soft Service Skills
In today's world, a lot of times we think HARD is better. Work hard! Play hard! Drive a hard bargain! Hard may mean strength such as "hard as a rock" versus soft which may seem weak as in "Don't be a softy." Apples taste better hard and too many peoples' tastes, so does cheese.
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5 Tips for Creating Your Hospitality Social Media Posts
If you want to stay competitive in the tourism market, social media and reputation optimization are no longer just "an option" for hospitality professionals. You have to be active and consistent in your efforts.
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Virginia Resists The Siren Call Of Casinos

State by state, they ante up, betting on gambling taxes as the casino industry spreads to every corner of the country and most points in between.  Contained to just Nevada and New Jersey a quarter-century ago, casinos now hold sway, in various forms, in 39 states.

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Top Stories: Healthcare
Fitch: Preserving Profitability No. 1 Challenge for Healthcare Next Year
Of all the challenges facing the healthcare sector in 2014, maintaining profitability will be the most pressing, according to a report from Fitch Ratings.  Hospitals represent the largest category of healthcare spending in the U.S., and their profitability will be at risk for the foreseeable future as Medicare and Medicaid are a "perennial focus of deficit reduction negotiations," according to the report.
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Health Care: Five Myths About 'Young Invincibles'
Coined by the health insurance industry, the term "young invincibles" has come to describe 18- to 34-year-olds who go without coverage because they expect to remain healthy. But young invincibles are crucial to making the Affordable Care Act work: The White House is counting on them to buy coverage under the new law, helping to spread the risk and hold down premiums for everybody.
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Small Employers Expected To Drop Health Benefits For Workers: Mercer
Nearly one-third of small business employers say they will drop health benefits for workers within five years, according to a survey conducted by global benefits consulting firm, Mercer.
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Top Stories: Human Resources
Employee Surveys: Time To Take Action
Despite conducting them, many organisations are failing to take action based on annual employee survey results. This means that problem areas aren't addressed, driving up recruitment costs and lowering retention.
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Push For Minimum Wage Hike Led By Localities, Democrats
States and municipalities across the country are leading a localized push to raise the minimum wage, driven largely by Democrats, who see an opening to appeal to working-class Americans at a time of growing inequity.
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ERISA & The Affordable Care Act: A Primer
The constitutionality of the ACA was challenged in 2012, but the US Supreme Court left most of the law intact, including the controversial individual mandate provision. Since the law's inception, there have been concerns about how this legislation would affect other federal programs, most notably the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA). 
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