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Many states increased their minimum wage this year and state minimum wage increases will continue over the next couple of years edging close to and even above the potential federal increase to $10.10 per hour.  This is creating a concern regarding pay compression and the cost of maintaining equitable pay differentials among all employees and their supervisors and managers.  A minimum wage increase not only raises the wages of workers in entry level positions, it also can create pay compression issues as entry level worker wages creep closer to the wages of more experienced and tenured employees. Many organizations are already experiencing pay compression due to several consecutive years of modest annual salary increases between 2 and 4 percent, while salaries of new hires are often exceeding that of incumbents.

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Top Stories: Lodging & Gaming
The D Casino Unveils ATM That Will Exchange Bitcoin For Dollars
On Wednesday, the D Las Vegas became the first casino anywhere to install a Bitcoin ATM on its premises. Las Vegas-based Robocoin installed the ATM, which will allow customers to deposit cash into their Bitcoin wallets - usually a smartphone app - as well as exchange Bitcoin for dollars.
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InterContinental Rebuffs Secret 6bn US Bid
The identity of the bidder was unclear this weekend, although analysts said it may have been Starwood Hotels & Resorts, the owner of the Le Meridien, St Regis and Westin brands, or a specialist investment fund such as Starwood Capital.
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Mystery Shop Results Are An Opportunity
A hospitality mystery shopping (or mystery guest) program is a tool used by companies principally to measure compliance with company standards. They are not normally designed to measure subjective satisfaction, as this can be done really effectively today using tools such as TripAdvisor which gives feedback about real guest experiences 
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Top Stories: Healthcare
Health Care Becomes Entrepreneurial (Finally)
All of us know that you have to be a little crazy to be an entrepreneur. Launching, let alone sustaining, a new enterprise can be challenging along almost every dimension − mentally, emotionally, and often financially. Historically, this reality has been even more sobering in the health care sector, where the typical hardships experienced by any start-up have been amplified by numerous industry-specific challenges:
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4 Strategies to Improve Healthcare Competition
To effectively promote competition in the healthcare industry, antitrust enforcers and regulators should focus on whether the goods and services that providers supply are valuable to consumers, according to a Commonwealth Fund-supported study in Health Affairs.
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VA OKs More Private Health Care For Veterans
In a statement issued Saturday, Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki also said VA facilities are enhancing capacity of their clinics so veterans can get care sooner. In cases where officials cannot expand capacity at VA centers, the Department of Veterans Affairs is "increasing the care we acquire in the community through non-VA care," Shinseki said.  
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Top Stories: Human Resources
United Airlines Settles Suit Brought By Pilots Called Up For Military Service
A trio of Spokane attorneys claimed victory Tuesday in a $6.15 million settlement of a class action alleging United Airlines did not properly compensate pilots called into military service. 
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Infant-At-Work Programs Have Multiple Benefits
Infant-at-work programs have multiple benefits if they are set up correctly, according to Carla Moquin, founder of Parenting in the Workplace Institute based in Salt Lake City.
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What's With All the Turnover? 4 Reasons Your Employees Are Quitting
Employee job satisfaction has steadily decreased in recent years, from 86 percent of U.S. employees saying they were satisfied with their current jobs in 2009 to 81 percent in 2012. According to the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), "turnover rates are likely to increase as employees now perceive an employment market that is more hospitable to job seekers."
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