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For any incentive plan to be effective it needs to be meaningful and have clarity relating both to the plan provisions, and to the results needed to earn and maximize an award and the award should be attainable.  Employees need to see a link between how their job performance affects results, and the award amount needs to be sufficient enough to motivate.   

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Top Stories: Lodging & Gaming
Marriott Hotels May Soon Let You Stream Netflix and Hulu on Its TVs
Bloomberg is reporting that Marriott is currently beta testing streaming entertainment access at a handful of locations. Offering access to Netflix and Hulu for video content as well as Pandora for music,
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Hotels Add Art, Whimsy To Upgrade Conference Centers
Hotels across the country are spending millions of dollars to attract conferences by upgrading their meeting spaces. The rooms are no longer tucked away in dark underground corridors. Instead, they're appealing spaces often located on higher-level floors or even outdoors.
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Hilton Introduces 'Meet with Purpose' to Inspire Sustainable, Healthy Choices for Events
Inspired by Hilton's corporate responsibility strategy, Travel with Purpose, Hilton gathered feedback from customers and sales Team Members to identify the most pressing sustainability issues for meetings and events. To meet these needs, Hilton created Meet with Purpose, supported by two focus areas:  
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Top Stories: Healthcare
Healthcare Hiring Boom Will Bypass Hospitals
The outlook for growth in hospital employment-healthcare's largest employer-is modest at best. Many hospitals will be reducing head counts. Others are holding the line on adding new employees since the federal government plans to keep a tight rein on reimbursement while private insurers are pushing more participation in risk-based contracts. 
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Report: 2014 Health Care Workers Compensation Barometer
The second Health Care Workers Compensation Barometer report explores trends in frequency, severity and overall loss rates related to workers' compensation for approximately 1,150 heath care facilities across the country.
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White Coats For Black Lives: Toward Racial Equality In Health Care
Acknowledging the public health impact of racism and deep disparities in the quality and accessibility of medical care for patients of color, a national organization, White Coats for Black Lives, says it's launching a new effort today, in celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Top Stories: Human Resources
America Needs Mandatory Sick Days: Obama
President Barack Obama has declared it is time for hard-working Americans to have mandatory sick leave allowance. 
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Judge Rules Against Joint Employer Responsibility in Minimum Wage Case
Last week, a California judge ruled that Massage Envy is not the employer of massage therapists in franchised locations. As a result, only franchisees, not the franchisor, could be held responsible for alleged wage violations.
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The Benefits of Settling Employee Wage Claims Through the Department of Labor
DOL investigation and/or audit is typically followed by a settlement demand from that agency.  Employers are often conflicted about whether to settle through the DOL or fight the agency or employee in court. This is particularly true when the employer feels DOL is overreaching or just plain wrong.
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Cancelling Employer Health Insurance Can Be A Kindness
Subsidies created by the ACA (1) plus ongoing escalation of health insurance premiums make canceling health insurance plans financially attractive for many employers. In fact this transition can be even more attractive for employees.
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