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The U.S. Labor Department has released proposed regulations to raise the minimum-wage rate for workers on federal contracts from $7.25 per hour to $10.10 per hour  - subject to annual increases after 2015.  The proposed regulations generally apply to "new" contracts in one of four contract categories; 

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Top Stories: Lodging & Gaming
Another Atlantic City Casino Closes: Caesars Showboat
Casino contraction hit Atlantic City again Friday, as the parent company of the Showboat Casino Hotel announced it will close the Mardi Gras-themed casino Aug. 31.
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25% of Hyatt Hotels Now Participating With Clean the World
Hyatt, which is based in Chicago, has contributed 81,000 pounds of soap and 80,000 pounds of bottled amenities to Clean the World's Global Hygiene Revolution since 2010. Those discarded items translate to 431,000 new bars of recycled soap, and 160,000 bottles that can go into ONE Project hygiene kits.
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Going Keyless Is The Key: The Hotel Room Key Goes Mobile
Door lock vendors have developed the technology to let smartphones function as keys, and the hotel industry is starting to experiment with it.
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What Women Want From Their Hotel Experience
According to a Cornell Center for Hospitality Research report titled "Creating value for women business travelers: Focusing on emotional outcomes," hotel companies to remain competitive must develop and focus their services to meet the needs and preferences of women business travelers. 
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Top Stories: Healthcare
Healthcare Design I: Focusing on Patients + Staff
More and more consideration is being given to patient comfort and making the experience as pleasant as possible. Therefore, the following have become popular patient-centered concepts for hospitals and medical centers: 
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Improving Healthcare and Reducing Cost Through Clinical Data Analytics
Although hospitals and health systems have long monitored financial and operational data, the difference comes with tracking clinical data. This includes information such as a patient's diagnosis, treatments, prescriptions, lab tests and hospitalizations.
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Health Care Fraud in a Broken System
Just last month, law enforcement authorities announced the arrest of 90 people (including 16 doctors and nurses) charged with separate Medicare scams that collectively billed the taxpayer-funded program for roughly $260 million in fraudulent charges. Healthcare fraud is so common in the U.S. that in some cases doctors, pharmacies and patients conspire together, making the scam harder to identify.
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Top Stories: Human Resources
Why Is Writing a Killer Job Description So Important?
HR pros and industry thought leaders will often wax poetic about the importance of job descriptions and how writing a killer job description is an essential first step in the recruiting process. But if you work in the every-day trenches of the HR world, finding the time to continuously develop and refine your job descriptions may seem like an impossible task. 
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Simplicity: The Next Big Thing
I just completed a three-month world tour meeting with business and human resources leaders, giving speeches and talking with HR and business leaders about Deloitte's Global Human Capital Trends research. The meetings and feedback have been amazing, but over and over one big topic keeps coming up: the need to make work, business, and life more "simple."
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ACA-Scuse Me? Ag Companies Sift Through Employer Mandate Confusion
The employer mandate for employers with more than 50 workers was already delayed a year and will go into effect Jan. 1, 2015, instead of having gone into effect January 2014. For medium-sized employers with 50 to 99 employees, it's delayed another year, until Jan. 1, 2016.
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