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For the past several years merit budgets have been small and therefore it has been a challenge to adequately rewarding top performers as well as those that are rated 'Good' and 'Average'.  Employees with performance ratings of Good and Average can be the largest percentage of employees and therefore the backbone of the workforce.   These employees should not be overlooked but raises for these employees often do not keep up with the cost of living.  

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Top Stories: Lodging & Gaming
Interstate Hotels & Resorts Aligns with Military Spouse Employment
Interstate Hotels & Resorts - the leading U.S.-based global hotel management company - proudly announces its association with Military Spouse Employment Partnership (MSEP), providing direct access to hospitality career opportunities for military spouses. 
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Trends In The Casino Industry -- A Shift From The Las Vegas Strip To East Asia
The gaming at Las Vegas Strip peaked in 2007 with revenues of $6.83 billion. However, the figure declined to $5.55 billion in 2009. This can be attributed to the economic recession and consequent fall in consumer discretionary spending. 
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New year, New Challenges: What Hospitality Employers Need To Know
According the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the hospitality sector added 321,000 additional jobs in 2014. With all those new employees, as well as the continued addition of jobs we expect to see in coming year, here are our top predictions for labor law issues that will play a vital role in the hospitality industry in 2015.
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Top Stories: Healthcare
Healthcare Strategy 2015 - Back To The Basics: 12 Key Thoughts
As one looks at the next couple of years and thinks about strategy, there are many different thoughts as to what is the right strategy. Increasingly, a number of these thoughts are untested and put forth by professors and consultants. The strategies resonate less and less with what is going on in the real world, what works and what is successful. 
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Surprise? Health Care Jobs Grew 50% More In 2014 Than In 2013

Here's Friday's jobs report, viewed through its two most important metrics:

*Jobs: Up by 300,000.

*Unemployment: Down to the lowest rate in 6.5 years.
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Mercer identifies 10 investment steps not-for-profit healthcare organizations should take in 2015
Many health care providers experienced modest improvement in 2014 as patient volumes improved and cost adjustments took hold. But they must navigate transformation in the delivery of care and how it is compensated, along with the ongoing effects of health care reform legislation (PPACA). 
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Top Stories: Human Resources
Two Holdout States Consider Minimum Wage Increases
Indiana and Kansas consider upping minimum pay.  Indiana and Kansas are among a shrinking number of states whose minimum wages are at or below the federal rate of $7.25. There were 28 last year, but that figure now stands at 21, as South Dakota, Nebraska, Minnesota, Hawaii, West Virginia, Maryland, and Arkansas increased their minimum wages last year.
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House Passes Bill To Amend ACA Definition Of Full-Time Employee
H.R. 30, introduced by Rep. Todd Young (R-Ind.), raises the hours used to calculate ACA benefits, from the current 30 hours per week per month, to 40 hours
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Some Salaried Workers May Soon See Overtime Pay
In March 2014, President Barack Obama signed a memo directing the Labor Department to review the Fair Labor Standards Act and require a higher threshold for people who are on salary. 
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