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State and City minimum wage increases continue to make front page news.  Most recently, the nation's second-largest city, Los Angeles voted to increase it's minimum wage from $9 an hour to $15 an hour by 2020.  Several other cities, including San Francisco, Chicago, Seattle and Oakland, Calif., have already approved increases, and dozens more are considering doing the same.

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Top Stories: Lodging & Gaming
Dual-Branded Hotels: Do Operating Efficiencies Exist?
In theory, dual-branded hotels not only allow the developer to benefit from the marketing advantage of two brands, but financial benefits as well.  By combining back-of-the-house and guest amenity spaces, construction costs can be lowered.
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Third-party Management Of Food, Beverage Operations Catches On With Hotels
Hoteliers are divesting themselves of their properties, seeking to bring in companies that can manage the entire food and beverage package, opening the door for third-party operators.
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Conversations: The Basis Of Guest Intelligence
If hospitality is knowing, understanding and serving your guests, then increasing the quantity and quality of your conversations with guests is the key to improvement. Maybe these happen face-to-face or maybe they are digital interactions, but any "conversation" could be defined as having three parts
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Top Stories: Healthcare
Healthcare A Gleaming Target For Labor Unions, Report Finds
Hospital employees are seeing unions as an increasingly attractive opportunity as pressures for cost reduction spurred by healthcare reform increase, in addition to the growing trend of consolidation, according to IRI consultants, the Washington Bureau reported. 
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Nonprofit Hospitals Begin To See Financial Improvement
Moody's preliminary numbers are showing some improvement in that area with annual median revenue growth increasing to 4.7 percent in fiscal 2014. The revenue growth is attributable to a number of factors, including continued consolidation in the nonprofit sector and the initial influence of Medicaid expansion being realized, according to Moody's.
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Inside UW Medicine's Non-Compete: 30-Mile Radius, $50k Fine
Non-compete clauses have become a growing problem for Washington state physicians. Many say restricting where physicians can practice amid a physician shortage and deficiency of services in rural areas can mean patients' options for attaining necessary medical care are increasingly limited, according to the Puget Sound Business Journal.
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Top Stories: Human Resources
Guess Who Doesn't Fit In at Work
When done carefully, selecting new workers this way can make organizations more productive and profitable. But cultural fit has morphed into a far more nebulous and potentially dangerous concept.
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Employers Hustle To Retain Job-Hopping Workers
Companies are scrambling to hold on to workers amid a tightening labor market and higher turnover, doling out bigger raises, expanding benefits and providing more training and other perks.
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Boomer Bosses Need A New Management Style, OMB Chief Says
Growing up in management in the 1970s is very different than today. These were managers who were World War II veterans, and it was a very command-and-control kind of environment. The biggest lesson I learned was about the need to change to a leadership style that is more about collaboration, inspiration, motivation and working in teams to achieve the mission.
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