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 The challenge in the interpretation of salary survey data is that it requires a combination of good analytics and common sense. The reality is that often a lot of work is required in order to analyze market pay and determine your pay point and pay range. This often involves analyzing several surveys and/or survey reports and considering other factors such as company strategy, payroll budget, and internal equity before landing on an appropriate salary.  As Compensation and HR professionals we have to be able to say, here is the data, here is how it is analyzed, and here are the judgments we made as experienced professionals.

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Top Stories: Lodging & Gaming
Atlantic City Casino Revenues Lowest Since 1989
Countless attempts to reignite gaming in Atlantic City are yet to show results, as 2013 casino revenue fell below $3bn for the first time in 22 years. Figures released by the state Division of Gaming Enforcement on Tuesday showed the city's casinos won $2.86bn, the worst performance since 1989 when revenue was $2.81bn.
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Room Service - The Need For Speed And Beyond
When Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, Toronto, launched a room service offering about two years ago focused on fast delivery - 15 minutes in most hotels, 20 minutes in some resorts - the goal was to serve mainly business travelers. Today, Executive Vice President of Product and Innovation Chris Hunsberger confirms the program has evolved to cater to a variety of guest needs and represents 15% to 20% of Four Seasons' overall room service business
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15 Essential #Hashtags For Hotels
Hashtags are everywhere these days, and the hospitality industry is no exception. They're valuable tools in a hotel's content strategy, catalysts for increased visibility and useful for capitalizing on trends. But with so many to choose from, which ones should you use? While this is by no means a complete list, here are a few to get you hitting "shift 3." 
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Top Stories: Healthcare
5 Points on Health System Strategy Today Versus That of 2003
A report from the Advisory Board compares health system strategy in 2003 with that of 2013-2023. Ten years ago, health systems practiced "price-extractive growth." Growth was positioned as input and a means to advance some larger end, such as funding innovation or extending the mission. One of the key success factors under this growth strategy was expanding market share.
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Healthcare Doesn't End at the Hospital Door
A patient with asthma visits the doctor, and is prescribed a nebulizer. She returns home to climb four flights of stairs to her damp and moldy apartment, where she can't use the nebulizer because her electricity was cut off weeks ago.
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Mobile Clinics Are Healthcare Lifeline For Those In Need
The mobile clinic - known as the "big blue bus" in some communities - travels throughout New York City's boroughs, complete with nurses, a physician and fully equipped examination rooms. Parents are able to get check-ups for their kids, and consult the doctors when they have questions or concerns - all for free.
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Top Stories: Human Resources
Your Employee Handbook Isn't Really Cutting Your Legal Risk
Most employers think that a stack of policies, codified into an employee handbook, will reduce their legal risk and make the messy business of managing people easier. But what if the reverse was true? What if the whole drive to make rules was just a counterproductive game of "Policy Whack-a-Mole" that only applied to a tiny fraction of your worst employees?
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Rules for Equal Coverage by Employers Remain Elusive Under Health Law
The Obama administration is delaying enforcement of another provision of the new health care law, one that prohibits employers from providing better health benefits to top executives than to other employees.
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Amazon Employees Vote to Reject Union

On Wednesday night, a majority of a group of 27 technicians at an Amazon fulfillment center in Middletown, Del., voted to reject an initiative to form a union under the auspices of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, according to John Carr, a spokesman for the IAMAW. The vote was 21 to 6.

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Want To Reduce Or Suspend Safe Harbor 401(k) Employer Contributions Mid-Year? IRS Final Regulations Provide A New Way
Last Friday, the IRS provided guidance on ways for employers to reduce or eliminate the employer contribution to a safe harbor 401(k) plan mid-year, guidance which employers looking to enhance their bottom lines will welcome with open arms. 
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