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WageWatch is forecasting employment growth seasonally adjusted on average of 15,000 jobs in 2015.  Our forecast is based in part on the financial forecasts for the lodging sector by PKF Hospitality Research and Smith Travel Research.  Both research firms are forecasting strong RevPAR growth in 2015 of 7.6% and 6.4%, respectively; as well as occupancy reaching new highs for the industry, approaching 66%.

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Top Stories: Lodging & Gaming
Competitive Strategy for the Hospitality Industry
Developing a business strategy is admirable but executing the strategy is the key:  Based on this, I thought I would try to simplify the essence of strategy for today's hospitality leaders. 
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How Technology Is Changing The Hotel Concierge
Apps and user-generated review sites are rendering the traditional hotel concierge moot in some cases, although luxury guests still expect personalized service. 
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Accor signs the United Nations' "Women's Empowerment Principles"
Accor, the world's leading hotel operator and market leader in Europe, today announces that it is a signatory of the Women's Empowerment Principles (WEPs).  This program, an initiative of UN Women and the United Nations Global Compact
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Top Stories: Healthcare
Healthcare Professionals Now Advised to Ask About Military Service
The American Medical Association's (AMA) official Current Procedural Terminology (CPT®) Evaluation and Management (E/M) Services Guidelines have been updated to include a call for healthcare professionals to inquire about a patient's current or past military history.
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Healthcare and the Role of Cable
Advances in nanotechnology, internet of things, 3D printing, personalized medicine, genomics, and big data are creating a convergence that will allow lower-cost, more effective, and more convenient medical practices to become the norm over the next few years.
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Remote Patient Monitoring Lets Doctors Spot Trouble Early
Richard Setzenfand had a wireless router installed in his Pittsburgh home last fall. But it wasn't for surfing the Internet or streaming video to his computer.  The router was sent by the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center to track how Mr. Setzenfand's diseased heart was doing.
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Top Stories: Human Resources
How Everyone Benefits When New Fathers Take Paid Leave
Paid maternity leave is mandated in nearly every country but ours: As President Obama noted in the State of the Union when he called for national paid family leave, "We're the only advanced country on Earth that doesn't guarantee paid sick leave or paid maternity leave to our workers."
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Avoiding The Ten Management Traps
What should managers be doing? They need to actually manage, not to do the work of those they supervise. This requires being aware and avoiding the ten management traps. 
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Employee or Contractor? Health Care Law Raises Stakes
The I.R.S. is emphasizing the distinction between employees and self-employed independent contractors this year, tax specialists warn. That makes it important for workers and critical for businesses that use their services to make sure to get the classification right. If you flub the answers, it could be costly.
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