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The tip minimum wage has made headlines this past year.  The WAGES Act, introduced in Congress by Maryland Congresswoman Donna Edwards if passed would raise the federal tip minimum from $2.13 an hour for the first time since 1991.  The federal tip minimum wage was originated in 1966 and at that time was 50% of the federal minimum wage.  Today it is 29.4% of the federal minimum wage. 

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Top Stories: Lodging & Gaming
Spammers Target Google Hospitality Listings
Spammers targeted hospitality-related business listings on Google services, modifying links in what appeared to be an attempt to drive traffic to a hotel bookings site.
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Designing the Guest Experience: Four Approaches to Develop in 2014
The design of guests positive experiences through the year just ended, showed to be the most effective tool for differentiating hotels by providing numerous competitive advantages in the market.
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Nevada Casinos Lose $1.35b In 2013, Marking Fifth Straight Year Of Red Ink
The Nevada Gaming Control Board (GCB) released its annual Nevada Gaming Abstract on Friday, which tracked the collective performance of the 263 state gaming joints that grossed a minimum of $1m last year.
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Top Stories: Healthcare
Recruiting Primary Care for the Future
Earlier this year, the American Hospital Association convened a roundtable to examine the evolving roles of primary care physicians. As part of that work, the organization recognized that new care models - such as the patient-centered medical home - will become more the norm if organizations are to succeed in accountable care, bundled payments and other risk arrangements.   
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Why Culture Trumps Strategy
As author of the popular New York Times column, "Corner Office," Adam Bryant has interviewed hundreds of CEOs in hopes of uncovering what leadership and organizational traits contribute to success. His first book, The Corner Office," which was published in 2011, unveils five common personality traits of high performers, gleaned from Adam's interviews with 70 leading CEOs.
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Top Stories: Human Resources
Greatest Risk For Workplace Lawsuits In 2014 Revealed
However, a new report from employment law firm Seyfarth Shaw reveals class-action lawsuits in certain categories saw pronounced increases last year, which could lead to greater sales of certain insurance policies.
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Why Human Resources is Essential to the Brand Storytelling Equation

In order to have the right people on hand to tell the right brand story, we have to find and hire those "right people." That means sharing our companies' value and perspective consistently across all channels - not just to reach customers, but to reach prospective employees, as well. We need to consider the HR perspective when we work on top-of-funnel awareness.

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Pretax Limit On Transit Benefits Drops For 2014
The maximum allowed pretax mass-transit benefit for employees fell from $245 per month in 2013 to $130 in 2014, beginning Jan. 1.
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Smart Benefits: Next Steps in Healthcare Reform for Employers
While many employers enjoyed a temporary reprieve thanks to delays of some rules, 2015 is just around the corner and the first of four important requirements will kick in then. And the time to prepare is now.
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