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Increasing the minimum wage to $10.10 could significantly impact the lodging industry across the United States particularly in states where the minimum wage is currently at the federal level of $7.25 per hour.  In order to better understand the potential impact of raising the federal minimum wage by $2.85, nearly a 40% increase, WageWatch analyzed wage data in states with current minimum wage rates below $8.00 per hour for which it has current and statistically valid data in its PeerMark™ Compensation Survey.

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Top Stories: Lodging & Gaming
Top 5 Legal Trends for Hospitality
There is much to be learned from 2013; below are 5 legal topics that made headlines last year, and should provide valuable guidance for managing labor and employment law issues in 2014.
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Casino Execs To Debate Merits Of Online Gaming At Conference In Las Vegas
As Nevada approaches its first anniversary in the online gaming market, experts from all corners of the industry - and their opposition - will gather for the iGaming North America 2014 conference next week at Planet Hollywood. 
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Boutique Hotels Break Into Vegas

Entrepreneurs here have always thought big. 

But lately, when it comes to hotels, their ambitions have been shrinking. Sort of.  Glitzy and glamorous mega-casino resorts have lined the Las Vegas Strip for years: Think the 5,044-room MGM Grand Las Vegas and the 4,049-room Venetian.
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Top Stories: Healthcare
The Decline of the Inpatient: 5 Observations
Hospital inpatient admissions are undoubtedly trending downward, and the transition to an outpatient and wellness model of healthcare will further deteriorate those volumes, according to a study from financial consulting firm Kaufman Hall. 
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Top 10 U.S. Cities for Healthcare
iVantage Health Analytics has released the best American cities for healthcare as determined by its Hospital Strength INDEX, a rating system analyzing publicly available data to measure hospitals across ten pillars of performance and 66 metrics.
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Healthcare Industry Still Lacking in Cyber Threat Preparedness, While Cyber Attacks Targeted
HITRUST, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is announcing they will conduct monthly cyber threat briefings. The briefings will aid organizations to better understand current and probable cyber threats relevant to organizations in the healthcare industry and share best practices for cyber threat defense and response.
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Top Stories: Human Resources
Obama's Expected Change To Overtime Rules Would Make More Eligible For Extra Pay
The latest move by the White House is expected Thursday, when President Obama plans to announce that he is directing the Labor Department to use its rulemaking authority to beef up federal overtime protections, leading to higher wages for millions of workers.
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Unum Study Points To Importance Of Employee Benefits Education, Voluntary Benefits
As health care reform continues to influence the benefits decisions of thousands of companies and millions of Americans, this easy-to-use guide offers valuable insight into what employees want and respond to, and the steps brokers and employers can take to communicate benefits options clearly and effectively.
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Is Your HR Department a Strategic Asset?
So, how can company leaders give their HR teams a helping hand? How can the administrative workload be reduced and more time created for value adding strategic thinking? What do HR divisions need to focus fully on further protecting and developing the organization's human capital?
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Employers Getting Slammed In Work Visa Application Process
Anyone who owns their own business knows this, and anyone involved in human resources knows how hard it is to be sure that everyone in the company is where they need to be, doing what they need to do.  Adding immigration issues on top of everyday concerns can overwhelm a human relations manager or business owner. Especially in March.
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