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In the WageWatch blog on 2/20/14, we reported that based on the WageWatch PeerMark™ Wage Survey of over 4,900 hotels for 2013, US national wage and salary increases were reported as 2.7% for the year, which was comparable to the increases in 2012 of 2.6%, and twice the annual increase of 1.4% in 2011. There was no statistical difference in wage increases for limited or select service hotels and for full service hotels in the survey.  Now let's zoom in on a few select cities and see how they compare to each other and the national average. 

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Top Stories: Lodging & Gaming
Caesars to Sell Four Casinos to Affiliate for $2.2 Billion (4)
Caesars is selling the Bally's, Quad and Cromwell casino-hotels in Las Vegas, as well as Harrah's New Orleans, to the affiliate, Caesars Growth Partners LLC, according to a statement today. The transaction leaves Caesars Entertainment Operating Co., the company's largest subsidiary, with more than $3 billion in cash, some of which will be used to reduce debt. 
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Benchmark Hospitality Int'l Formally Unveils New Hotel Brands
"Benchmark is taking a bold step forward in launching these two brands in order to link our properties together," said Mr. Cabañas. "While our new hotel brands will never take the primary position over the individual brand of each property, we want our guests to know they belong to a distinctive collection of properties that can serve their needs for luxury leisure and business travel, as well as meetings and events in many of the country's most important destinations."
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Hotel Ceos Talk Free Wi-Fi, Twitter, Room Service
The hotel industry is thriving once again as more Americans hit the road for business and for pleasure. But today's travelers are ever-more demanding and tech-savvy, and they're expecting hotels to adapt. 
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Hotel Chain Launches Virtual Concierge Service With Hyper-Local Focus
A hotel brand that pitches itself as an alternative to cookie-cutter properties with its slant on hyper-local experiences has introduced an interactive touchscreen service that helps guests find local gems off the beaten path.
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Top Stories: Healthcare
Pay Gap Between Specialists, Primary Care Physicians Diminishing
Between 2012 and 2013, median total cash compensation for primary care physicians rose 5.7 percent, while medical and surgical specialist compensation grew at slower rates, according to a physician compensation and productivity survey from Sullivan, Cotter and Associates.
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The Real Paradox In American Health Care
We have a real paradox in American health care. On the one hand we have exceptionally well educated and well trained providers who are committed to our care. We are the envy of the world for our biomedical research prowess, funded largely by the National Institutes of Health and conducted across the county in universities and medical schools.
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How do Physicians View Incentive-Based Payments?
For the most part, many physicians expect the rise of incentive-based bonuses to benefit themselves and their patients, according to a survey by The Medicus Firm and MDLinx.com Career Center.  The following portion of survey respondents believes incentive-based bonuses would have a "positive" effect on these five specific areas:
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Top Stories: Human Resources
Making Their Wellness Your Business
As the Affordable Care Act (ACA) aims a spotlight on the value of preventive care, employers will likely take an ever more active role in getting employees fit and healthy. 
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How Do You Convey To Employees That You Are A Thoughtful Leader
The Young Entrepreneur Council is an invite-only organization comprised of the world's most promising young entrepreneurs. YEC recently launched StartupCollective, a free virtual mentorship program that helps millions of entrepreneurs start and grow businesses. Read previous SmartBlogs posts by YEC.
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Value Of Benefits Begins To Erode For Employees, Study Shows
While benefits remain a critical part of the overall employee experience, the perceived value of workplace benefits among employees who participate in both health and retirement plans is starting to erode, according to a new report by global insurance consultancy Mercer.
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How To Talk To Employees About Dress Code Violations
Do you have any pointers on how to talk to an employee about their appearance?   We have a casual dress code at our office (jeans are OK) but it isn't clearly defined in a policy. Most people wear nice jeans and tops, and we typically don't have any problems.  However, a new employee (this is her third day at work) came in today with dirty hair and a ratty sweatshirt.
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