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Employers Health care plans remain the most common employer benefit offering as well as the highest cost.  For 2015 healthcare cost increase projections for U.S. employers have been between 3.9 percent and 6.5 percent on average.  Many employers will make plan changes in order to offset the increases.  Changes to current benefits may include moving more of the share of the cost to the employee/participant, implementing and expanding consumer-directed health plans (CDHPs), and broadening wellness incentives. 

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Top Stories: Lodging & Gaming
And Now, Here Comes The OE Collection from Loews Hotels
This week we've seen the introduction of two new hotel brands to the market--the badly-named Vib by Best Western and the sadly-named Canopy by Hilton. But wait, The Week Where Everyone Announces a New Hotel Brand is not over! Here comes The OE Collection from Loews Hotels.
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Make Your Own Bed At Some Hotels And Get A Reward
Giving up in-room hotel housekeeping in exchange for points, discounts or a cash voucher is a growing trend, fully embraced by Starwood, one of the largest hotel operators in the country.
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Here's Why Those About To Enter Into The Workforce Need To Get The Right Type Of Training.
Visiting my extended family at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York - one of the continent's premier hospitality schools - I had the pleasure of staying at the Statler Hotel located on campus.
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Top Stories: Healthcare
Health Communication and Health Information Technology
Use health communication strategies and health information technology (IT) to improve population health outcomes and health care quality, and to achieve health equity.
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Innovation in Health Care Leadership
A growing demand for transparency has brought innovation in many areas of health care. In a video roundtable, three expert panels discuss the benefits and the challenges of these innovations, examining transparency in provider-driven quality data, in pricing, and in medical records
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National Nurses Union Calls on Obama to Protect Health Care Workers
The largest professional association of registered nurses in the United States is "deeply concerned" by the spread of Ebola, and is calling on President Obama to invoke his authority to protect health care workers.
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Top Stories: Human Resources
Bloomberg BNA Releases Annual Human Resources Benchmarks Report
Bloomberg BNA today released its HR Department Benchmarks and Analysis 2014-2015 report, the most in-depth source for research and analysis on HR department responsibilities, staffing, expenditures and budgets, influence, priorities and strategic planning. 
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Survey: Flexwork Works
Most human resources professionals in a new survey say flexible working arrangements are successful and expect them to continue to expand in the next five years. 
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Starbucks Employees Receive New Benefits
On Friday, it was announced that Starbucks will be adding to their pool of employee benefits as workers receive a number of additional perks. The coffee giant informed the public that they will be loosening the dress code, giving employees free food, and bumping their pay. 
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Health Plans Without Hospital Benefits Appear Doomed
Insurance consultants were shocked recently to learn that Obama administration rules allow large companies to offer 2015 worker health plans that don't include hospital benefits. Now the administration is concerned too.
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