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Minimum wage continues to be a hot issue in the states for the 2014 legislative session. Thirty-eight states have considered minimum wage bills during the 2014 session and thirty-four states are considering increases to the state minimum wage. Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Minnesota, West Virginia and D.C. have enacted increases so far in 2014.  West Virginia is raising the state's minimum wage to $8.00 an hour in 2015 and $8.75 in 2016.

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Top Stories: Lodging & Gaming
Genting To Start Building $4 Billion Las Vegas Gaming Resort Later This Year
Genting Bhd, Southeast Asia's biggest gaming group, will begin construction of a $4 billion gaming resort on the Las Vegas strip in the second half of this year, it said in a statement on Thursday.  
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Hilton To Introduce New Four-Star And Boutique Hotel Brands This Year
Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc. will launch a new "four-plus star" brand and boutique hotel brand before the end of the year, bringing the McLean, Va.-based company's portfolio up to 12 distinct brands.
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Judge: Casino Worker Wrongly Pressured By Union
The National Labor Relations Board has ruled in favor of a casino restaurant worker who says she was threatened with the loss of her benefits and her seniority if she didn't pay dues to a powerful Las Vegas union.  
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Top Stories: Healthcare
Why The Quality Measures Used In Health Care Are Deeply Flawed
Nobody stands up to argue against quality and value in health care. You might as well argue against motherhood, or puppies. Yet many physicians are inherently skeptical of definitions of "quality" that are imposed from above, whether by outside evaluators like The Joint Commission, or (worse) by the government.
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Advocate Health Care's 5 Keys to Patient Safety
Earlier last week, The Leapfrog Group released its 2014 spring Hospital Safety Scores. The report showed an overall 6.3 percent average improvement in hospital performance since 2012.  Advocate Health Care, based in Downers Grove, Ill., is one system receiving high marks, especially noting that nine of the health system's hospitals received an A grade.
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Is Your Hospital a Great Workplace? To Get the Answer, Look in the Middle
Definitions of a "great workplace" can vary depending on who you ask. But according to Quint Studer, founder of Gulf Breeze, Fla.-based Studer Group, most hospitals and health systems that pride themselves on excellent workplace cultures and performance do one simple thing well: They cultivate and nurture a strong middle management team.
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Top Stories: Human Resources
Legal Considerations To Avoid Disaster When Hiring Summer Temps
As summer approaches, many employers bring on temporary workers to assist with seasonal business needs. Such workers can offer a number of benefits, such as increased efficiency and flexibility, including through saved money on recruiting, training and payroll.
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Cultivating A Creative Workforce
We all want to work in a gratifying and stimulating environment - one that brings out the best in us and our colleagues. But how do you cultivate such a work environment? The place to start is by building a creative workforce.
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Legalized Pot Use Vs. Employer Drug Testing
The lawsuit Brandon Coats filed against his former employer Dish Network stemmed from anger.  Coats was angry because Dish Network fired him in 2010 after his random drug test came back positive for traces of pot.  Coats had been upfront about his pot use. As a quadriplegic with powerful muscle spasms that make it hard to stay still while seated in his wheelchair, Coats used medical marijuana to calm his muscles and allow him to function.
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