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Currently, the United States is the only industrialized nation not to offer paid maternity leave. The Family and Medical Insurance Leave Act, or FAMILY Act, is new legislation that would guarantee all workers would receive paid family and medical leave. The bill was introduced on 12/12/13 by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT).

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Top Stories: Lodging & Gaming
U.S. Meetings Industry Moves Away from Traditional Convention Cities in 2013
Major hotel brands are still capturing the majority of the U.S. meeting and convention sector but traditional convention cities are starting to lose ground, reveals data from event management platform Cvent.
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AAA Projects Slight Uptick In Year-End Holiday Travel
Some 94.5 million Americans will travel at least 50 miles from home during the year-end holiday season, a 0.6% increase over last year, according to AAA.
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Remakes Of Properties, Work On Resorts World Expected To Enliven Las Vegas Strip In '14
Malaysia-based Genting Group is expected to begin construction sometime in 2014 on the $2 billion-to-$7 billion Resorts World Las Vegas, returning construction activity to the 87-acre Echelon site that has sat dormant for almost five years.
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Top Stories: Healthcare
The 10 Biggest Hospital Stories of 2013

2013 was a challenging year for healthcare, and one marked with much uncertainty.  Perhaps the most uncertainty in the industry stemmed from the rollout of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act's healthcare exchanges. For months leading up to their launch, health systems worried as they struggled to estimate, and therefore plan for, the number of patients who would enroll in plans offered on the exchanges and reimbursement rates under these plans.

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10 Statistics on Hospital Labor Costs as a Percentage of Operating Revenue
According to Fitch Ratings, personnel costs represented 54.2 percent of hospital operating revenue in fiscal year 2012, one of the highest figures of the past several years. This high total comes despite the fact hospitals have somewhat grown revenue and reduced their labor force through layoffs and attrition. However, Fitch analysts believe the high labor spend is due to two prevalent trends: physician practice acquisition and health IT.
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6 Top Reasons Physicians Move From Private Practice to Hospital Employment
Physician employment and quasi-employment transactions were among the most frequent types of hospital-physician integration activities in 2011 and 2012, according to the HealthCare Appraisers 2013 report.
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Top Stories: Human Resources
7 Leadership Gift-Giving Ideas For The Workplace
Regardless of your company's protocol, (and even if your company has a strict policy against gift-giving) you can easily give every one of your team members a meaningful and useful gift this holiday season. With just a bit of introspection, you will know exactly what each person on your team needs.
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Facebook Engages Younger Workers in Benefits Discussion
If there's one thing Americans collectively know about health care, the Affordable Care Act and company-provided benefits, it's that they are complicated. Because of this, Diane Leary and her company, Buck Consultants, help employers communicate benefits to their staff in a way that is clear, concise and fun.
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Taking Vacation Boosts Productivity
Employees who haven't used all of their earned vacation days should consider taking time off work. According to new research by the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM), employees who take vacation leave enjoy greater productivity, increased job satisfaction, and higher organizational morale than those who do not.   
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