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The difference between the regular minimum wage and the hourly rate in which the employer pays is called a "tip credit", which is essentially a credit for the employer towards the regular minimum wage rate.  If a tipped employee does not earn enough in tips to bring his/her total compensation up to at least the applicable minimum wage, the employer has to pay the difference.  Tipped employees' total earnings (base wages paid by employer + tips) must equal at least the minimum wage that governs in their jurisdiction. 

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Top Stories: Lodging & Gaming
Chicago Approves Minimum Wage Hike, Hospitality Industry Reacts
The Windy City just got a lot windier for the hospitality Industry, as the Chicago City Council yesterday passed a new ordinance that will raise the minimum wage for Chicago workers to $10 per hour within seven months, $11 per hour by 2017, and, finally, $13 per hour by 2019.
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Exclusive: Casino Trade Group Releases First Industry Standards
Under pressure from the federal government, the trade group for the U.S. casino industry has released the first ever set of best practices aimed at helping the industry police itself for money laundering activity.
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Housekeepers Protest Green Program At Chicago Hotels
Hotel workers and their supporters protested outside downtown Chicago hotels Friday afternoon, alleging the "Make A Green Choice" program leads to fewer hours and intensified workloads for housekeepers.
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Top Stories: Healthcare
10 Smartest Things People In Healthcare Do
There is no one type of "smart." The adjective changes meaning based on its context, and even then there can be different kinds of smart. Street smart, book smart, financially smart.  Healthcare is no exception: clinically smart, strategically smart, managerially smart
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10 Health-Care Jobs Projected to Grow
The health-care sector is proving to be one of the most resilient job creators in the U.S. It even kept hiring during the Great Recession. According to the Labor Department, the average hourly wage for all health-care workers stood just shy of $27 in October, above the private-sector average of about $24.50.
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Moody's: Outlook Remains Negative For Nonprofit Healthcare
Next year, Moody's expects operating margins will weaken as hospitals struggle to simultaneously operate under the fee-for-service model and models that focus on improving healthcare quality and reducing healthcare costs, such as those that are part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
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Top Stories: Human Resources
Climbing The Employee Engagement Pyramid
Human´s needs range from the need of survival, to the need of self-actualization, with stability, sense of belonging and esteem falling in between; but at the end of the day, the intense focus on profitability is what drives most business decisions.
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Employee Wellness Programs Continue To Focus On Obesity Despite Lawsuits
Rising obesity-related health care costs are leading some employers to take a firmer approach to workplace wellness programs despite the potential to violate anti-discrimination laws.
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The New Normal: Cloud-Based Human Resources on the Rise
As detailed in Human Resource Executive Online, the discussion in HR circles is no longer about simply migrating to the cloud, but rather the assumption that HR systems will soon be cloud-based. The article points to research that suggests HR departments are increasingly considering advanced analytics and the insights they will yield, but implementation remains slow.
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