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Every company should perform wage and hour audits periodically; minimally once a year, twice if possible.  It is easier to catch and correct errors yourself than to risk discovery from employees or in the event of a DOL audit, and mistakes do happen.   To remain compliant with wage and hour regulations it helps to have the appropriate checks in place, such as up to date written policies and procedures, periodic training for supervisors and managers, effective complaint mechanisms should be in place and a regular audit process should be established. 

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Top Stories: Lodging & Gaming
Wages To Rise Faster In Several Sectors, Including Lodging
But there are mounting signs that pay hikes are poised to gain momentum in the second half of the year, Dales and other economists say. Wages in leisure and hospitality were up 2.7% in June from a year ago, vs. a 0.6% annual increase in June 2013.
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Casinos Chip In On Bill to Ban Online Gaming
Casinos are upping the ante over a ban on online gaming being considered in Congress, recent lobbying filings show. The Restoration of America's Wire Act, introduced in March by Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah),  has caused an outpouring of spending from groups either supporting or opposing the bill.
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Tips For Hoteliers: What To Do About Negative Hotel Evaluations
Hotel evaluations on the internet are gaining in importance in the final selection of the travel destination. Very often a negative evaluation online means that the person looking to book decides on an alternative hotel. The international booking portal hotel.info has analysed hotel evaluations from the past two years and established that most of the difficulties experienced by guests could be solved very easily.
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Top Stories: Healthcare
Hospital Or Hotel? New Hospitals Take Cues From Hospitality Industry
If the complimentary, fruit-infused water inside the front door of Palmetto Health's brand-new Baptist Parkridge hospital fails to remind patients and their visitors of a spa, then they should turn around.   Across the lobby, there's the actual spa. Or at least there will be once it's finished this fall.
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The Effect Of Health Care Quality On Hospital Credit Ratings
Many hospitals rely on bond funding for their expansion and the purchase of new equipment.  Revenue that is created by the hospital is then used to pay back the bondholders.  The risk to bondholders is that they are generally paid after the hospital pays its operational expenses.  
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More Healthcare Employers Plan To Keep Hiring In 2014: Survey
The majority of healthcare employers - 54 percent - plan to hire permanent, full-time employees in the second half of 2014, seven percentage points higher than the national average, according to a survey from CareerBuilder and MiracleWorkers.com.
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Top Stories: Human Resources
The 10 Best Perks You Can Give Employees
Employees can use a boost ever now and then, and these entrepreneurs know that. Here are some of the perks and benefits these startup leaders give to their employees.
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Managing The Quiet, Collaborative Mystery That Is The 'Invisible' Employee
Are you managing a staffer who seldom speaks in meetings? Who rarely relies on the first person singular? Who seems unnerved by the notion of building a "personal brand?" Yet who consistently produces exemplary work, often by herself?
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Apple Faces Class Action Lawsuit Over Employment Practices
Apple faces a class action lawsuit in California from former retail and corporate over claims of unpaid wages and denied break time.  Initially filed in 2011, the lawsuit has been slowly winding its way through California courts, and was certified as a class-action suit on Tuesday, allowing all the claimants to fight their case as a group.
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