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The idea of extreme minimum wage increases, which is also known as a living wage by unions and the political left in the U.S. and socialist regimes around the world, has been with us for centuries.  In fact, last December 6th President Obama in making a political speech for an increase in the national minimum wage to $10.10 used Adam Smith and The Wealth of Nations, published in 1776, as the foundation for his argument.   

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Top Stories: Lodging & Gaming
How Hospitality And Customer Service Experts Hire For Customer Service Positions
You can't make people like other people. You can't teach empathy. Can't teach a team orientation. Can't teach people to smile sincerely.  (To be more realistic, you can sort of teach people to smile, sort of teach them to have empathy, sort of teach them to favor teamwork.  But it's really hard if you don't start with people inclined this way.)
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Cyber Monday is Almost Here - Are Hoteliers Ready for the Largest Online Shopping Day of the Year?
By offering potential guests a highly valued special package including discounted rooms and / or onsite add-ons, hoteliers can watch the revenue pour in this December 1st.
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Defined: The Spa Delivery for Luxury Hotels
The recent developments in the last 4-5 years show a changing trend for hoteliers.  Also for online booking sites, like Mr and Mrs Smith that have breaks & pamper section, or some travel companies are even fully focused on this particular travel, like Sanctuary Spa holidays offering tailor made trips.
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Top Stories: Healthcare
11 CEOs: The One Healthcare Problem I Would Like To Fix Tonight
"If I could wave my magic wand, I would have the population and the healthcare system truly embrace wellness and prevention. The impact on mortality, cardiac events, joint replacements, diabetes and hypertension - to name just a few conditions - would be enormously positive, not to mention the huge reduction in healthcare costs that would follow."
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Healthcare Employees Report Declining Confidence, Survey Shows
U.S. healthcare employees' confidence has fallen to the lowest level in over a year, decreasing from 59.8 in the second quarter of 2014 to 54.3 in the third quarter, according to the Randstad Healthcare Employee Confidence Index, Rand Healthcare's system for measuring and tracking numerous components contributing to employee confidence.
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The State of Healthcare Transformation
When Susan Dentzer, healthcare policy analyst and journalist, took the stage to deliver a keynote address at this week's FDB and Zynx Health Conference, she delivered a "State of the Union" address (in honor of her speaking on Election Day) as it pertains to healthcare transformation.
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Top Stories: Human Resources
Top Trending EPLI Claims
Unpaid internships, illegal background checks, pregnancy and health-related employment discrimination continue to be the top trending employment practices litigation cases, according to industry experts.
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Google Adds Benefits, Walmart Cuts Them; Oddly, the Logic Is the Same
The percentage of workers with a retirement plan from their employer dropped from 47% in 1992 to below 35% a decade later, according to the Employee Benefit Research Institute. The percentage with health insurance provided by their employer also dropped about 10 percentage points from 2000 to the end of the decade, continuing to erode slightly since then.
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Do Annual Salary Increases Still Make Sense?
Salary increase budgeting time is here again. Every year, at about this time, many consulting firms get calls asking how much the caller's organization should budget for salary increases during the coming year.
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