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Last week, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released its employment statistics for March 2015. The lodging sector, referred to as the Accommodation subsector by the BLS, exceeded employment numbers for any March in history at 1,901,100 jobs. The highest previous March was in 2008. This is the third month in a row that employment has exceeded 1.9 million. 

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Top Stories: Lodging & Gaming
AH&LA Defends Industry Against Fed-Law Abuses
Katherine Lugar, president and CEO of AH&LA, said that, in many cases, wages are increasing too high and too fast, resulting in a loss of jobs. She added that the hotel industry as a whole employs above the minimum wage and works with employees to create opportunities for advancement.
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The Threat Most Hoteliers Are Ignoring
The peer-to-peer accommodations platform is a threat to both demand and rate. We've documented that fact time and time again. Hoteliers just don't want to hear it.  
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An April Fools Guide to Hotel Marketing
We're bombarded all year with squishy data, fancy technology and bold promises... it's important we're able to separate fact from fiction and focus on things that drive real revenue.  So, in honor of April Fools' Day, here are some tried and true ways to avoid being foolish:
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Top Stories: Healthcare
Ambulatory Care Centers, Hospitals Continue Jobs Growth Trend In March
Although the nation added just 126,000 jobs in March (breaking a 12-month streak of adding 200,000 jobs each month), the healthcare sector still posted decent job gains, contributing 22,300 new jobs, according to the most recent jobs report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
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5 Trends In Healthcare Inspired By Millennials
The survey asked more than 5,000 consumers between ages 21 and 72 years of age or older about patient centered care. It revealed the following key trends are being driven by millennials, indicating a growing purchasing power in society's youngest of-age generation.
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10 Latest Healthcare Industry Lawsuits, Settlements
From a single-hospital system in Ohio agreeing to pay $10 million to settle kickback allegations to the U.S. Supreme Court ruling hospitals can't sue states over Medicaid reimbursement rates, here are the latest healthcare industry lawsuits and settlements.
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Top Stories: Human Resources
McDonald's To Pay $1 Over Required Minimum Wage
On April 1, McDonald's announced that it will raise starting pay at company-owned restaurants to $1 over the locally mandated minimum wage. The change, effective July 1, will put the fast-food giant on the same track retailer Wal-Mart took to in February when it announced an increase in its starting wage. 
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Why is Employee Engagement So Important? Insights from Gallup Research
Employee engagement is key to company performance, leading to positive effects such as higher productivity, improved work quality, and decreased job turnover. But even though research shows that employee engagement is at its highest since 2000, only about 30 percent of U.S. employees report feeling engaged in their jobs. 
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A New Mind-Set for Executive Pay
Until relatively recently, experts say, it was extremely difficult to glean insights on compensation-based business drivers, even among publicly held firms. Indeed, before the Security and Exchange Commission released new requirements on executive compensation disclosure in late 2006, companies were unlikely to disclose details about their incentive programs, 
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