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According to recent surveys, the majority of employers remain committed to providing benefits to active employees.  Offering health care benefits remains important for market competitiveness and employee satisfaction.   However, with the implementation of ACA and the rising cost of healthcare plans, many employers are focusing on restructuring their health and benefits strategies over the next three to five years.  Whether employers continue to choose to offer group health insurance or send their employees to the health care exchanges, voluntary benefits and employee perks will continue to emerge as solutions to maintaining a competitive employee benefits package.  

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Top Stories: Lodging & Gaming
Deutsche Bank Sells Casino To Blackstone For $1.7 Billion
Deutsche Bank (DBKGn.DE) has struck a deal to sell its casino complex in Las Vegas to buyout group Blackstone (BX.N) for $1.73 billion in cash, drawing a line under an unwanted investment that has weighed on its balance sheet for years.  
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How InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) Makes Mobile Guest Moments Great
IHG, owner of InterContinental Hotels Group, wants to fully inhabit the mobile moments of its hotel guests in their journey from booking to arriving to staying to departing. Bill Keen is the Director of Mobile Solutions at InterContinental Hotels Group. You can try out his app here. 
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5 Success Factors in Becoming a Top Hotel Manager
After interviewing more than 50 international top hoteliers, I can see a consistent pattern emerging.  What makes an individual a successful hotel manager? There are five factors that all successful top hoteliers possess:  
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Top Stories: Healthcare
How To Run The U.S. Health Care System Like A Business
This is precisely what health care needs. However, health care, as it exists today, is the antithesis of a market. Consumer information is scarce. Prices are hidden. A host of incumbents, from leading research hospitals to the government, preserves this lucrative status quo. Patients? They're virtually powerless, and treated largely as problems to fix and procedures to bill for.
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ERISA = Every Ridiculous Idea Since Adam
It is rumored that President Reagan once referred to the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) as Every Ridiculous Idea Since Adam. ERISA serves important purposes in our society, but it also presents tremendous challenges and potential liabilities for good-intentioned employers who merely want to provide nice benefits to their employees.  
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Executives' Top 5 Concerns About Strategy
The April 2014 "Strategy-Execution Survey" from strategy&, formerly Booz & Co., collected responses online from 501 executives. The majority (55 percent) believe their companies are not focused on executing their strategies. Also, executives are most concerned their strategies are not bold and coherent enough. 
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Top Stories: Human Resources
U.S. NLRB's Boeing Decision Puts Focus On Cameras In Workplace
A National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) administrative law judge on Thursday found the aerospace company violated U.S. labor law by videotaping union marches at its facilities in 2012, while also barring employees from using personal cameras at work without a special permit.
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Finding the Best Talent: It's Not Like Searching For the Holy Grail
With U.S. demographics showing that there will be a dearth of talent in the decades to come, we can expect that there will be fierce competition for scarce human capital. As a result, many executives and HR folks have decided that the key to success is finding and hiring the "best" talent.
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The Pros and Cons of Outsourcing Your HR Department
Before partnering with a PEO, small business owners should weigh the pros and cons. For instance, PEOs save you from the time-consuming task of doing payroll and may offer a robust benefits package,but there are disadvantages that come with giving up control of such critical services.
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