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The U.S. Department of Labor has promised a renewed emphasis on enforcement and important changes to key policies in 2015. The targeted enforcement areas include: (1) federal and state minimum wage and overtime law violations; (2) the classification of workers as independent contractors; and (3) an overhaul of the Fair Labor Standard Act's overtime exemption for white collar employees.

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Top Stories: Lodging & Gaming
Six Key Payment Trends for 2015
From security strategies to mobile payment, the payment space is poised for major changes in the year ahead. With huge disruptions in the payment space including EMV and the debut of Apple Pa, 2014 was a watershed year for payments technology. Ingenico summarizes six key payments trends that hospitality tech executives need to know about in 2015.    
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Technology Trauma May Cause Guests to Need the ER-Emotional Recovery
Please press '1' if you are frustrated, please press '2' if you are annoyed and please press '3' if you just want to SCREAM about technology replacing human resources and decision making!!!
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Should Hoteliers Be Concerned with Amazon Becoming the Next Mega OTA?
The industry press is full of articles about Amazon entering the travel retail space, opening travel industry-focused offices, and contacting hoteliers to strike merchant-model wholesale deals. Industry "oracles" are predicting that Amazon will become the next Expedia or Booking.com.
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Top Stories: Healthcare
Surgical Checklists May Not Be Effective At Improving Safety, Study Finds
Checklists are often used in healthcare settings, like operating rooms, to try to prevent adverse patient events like surgical site infections or wrong-site surgery. But checklist-based quality improvement initiatives may not be effective at achieving that goal, according to a study published in JAMA Surgery.
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5 Mistakes Health Systems Make When Cutting Costs
Harvard Professor Robert Kaplan, PhD, and Derek Haas, CEO of Cambridge, Mass.-based tech company Avant-garde Health, are conducting field research in more than 50 healthcare organizations to find better ways to cut costs.  Here are five common cost-cutting mistakes Dr. Kaplan and Mr. Haas identified, presented by Harvard Business Review.  
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Engaging the Health Care Community to End Human Trafficking
Health care professionals can play a significant role in addressing sexual exploitation and sex trafficking of adolescents and young adults through clinical care, research, and policy. Although recognition of the extent and importance of these problems is relatively recent-among health care professionals as well as the general public-carefully designed strategies are beginning to emerge from the dedicated and innovative work of NGOs and professionals in diverse settings in the U.S. and globally.
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Top Stories: Human Resources
U.S. Top Court Rules For Employer In Retiree Benefits Fight
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday sided with a company that amended a collective bargaining agreement to force retirees to pay toward healthcare costs, throwing out a lower-court ruling that favored the former employees who objected to the change.
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Company Tracks Employees' Steps For Insurance Benefits
"We were seeing our health care costs go up," Dalal said. "Even though we offer great benefits, we were noticing our employees were not taking advantage of all their health screenings."  So, his company started offering incentives. Employees get points for reaching certain healthy living goals. They can earn $100 gift cards and win a raffle for free health premiums if employees earn enough points.
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What's Lurking in Our Workplaces
There's a big gap between illegal and exclusionary conduct. Here's why: in most parts of the U.S., if you remove tangible actions and overt forms of mistreatment, such as blatant disparate treatment or outrageous verbal or written actions, it's nearly impossible to raise viable claims of discrimination.  
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The Top Employment Issues Of 2015
XpertHR compiled a list of 15 of the top issues for benefit and HR professionals to bear in mind going in to 2015. "Employers will have to comply with new obligations in 2015 that may require them to change the way they operate," says Beth Zoller, legal editor, XpertHR.   
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