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From regulatory rule changes to keeping pace with marketplace competition, here are a few items that are looming on the Human Resource Horizon in 2016:  FLSA Overtime Changes - The final rules were expected to be announced early 2016, but due to the overwhelming 270,000 comments received, it is likely the announcement and the effective date will be delayed until summer. What we do know for certain about the final rules:
Top Stories: Lodging & Gaming
 New York Workers Prepare For Wage Increases
Industry groups such as the American Hotel & Lodging Association and the Asian American Hotel Owners Association have been working to keep these increases at bay, going so far as to sue the city of Los Angeles for being the first to up employee earnings, but soon the interest groups will be fighting a battle on both coasts.
(Hotel Management)   Read the complete article
 Momentum 'Waning' On Lodging Upcycle
A Fitch Ratings report released Friday says the US lodging cycle has entered a "twilight zone" -- an unsettled time that can show up at the end of an expansion and before the beginning of a contraction. 
(Hotels Magazine)  Read the complete article
 Angry Guests Can Still Become Loyal!
Angry guests with insurmountable problems; we've all encountered them. Rivalry, opposition, antagonism, conflict or whatever other synonym you deploy to convey obstacles in the workplace like this would be better viewed as helping your business goals instead of detracting. What doesn't kill you makes you stronger, right?
(Hospitality Net)   Read the complete article
Top Stories: Healthcare
 Hospitals Try To Head Off Falls With Risk Assessments, Fall-Prevention Classes
U.S. hospitals treat 2.5 million adults ages 65 and older in emergency rooms each year due to injuries suffered in falls, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports. To reduce the need for these visits, many hospitals now offer programs to help older adults reduce their risk of falling, according to Kaiser Health News
(Fierce Healthcare)  Read the complete article
 Which Physician Specialists Are Happiest At Work And Beyond?
Medscape's 2016 Physician Lifestyle Report has revealed disparities among physician specialists regarding how happy they feel at and outside of work. The survey includes responses from more than 15,800 physicians across 25 specialties
(Becker's Hospital Review)   Read the complete article
 10 Top Patient Safety Issues For 2016
Healthcare has no doubt made giant strides in patient safety in recent years: According to an HHS report released in December, hospital-acquired condition rates dropped 17 percent from 2010 to 2014, leading to 87,000 fewer patient deaths in hospitals. However, there is always room for improvement in the journey toward zero patient harm.
(Becker's Hospital Review)  Read the complete article
Top Stories: Human Resources
 In Retreats, Start-Ups Find a Way to Recharge Workers' Batteries
Today, companies not generally given to embracing start-up corporate culture are finding retreats to be an effective way to accomplish seemingly conflicting goals: Getting people to relax and to work harder. And hotels have been eager to accommodate companies' increased willingness to reward hard work with off-site getaways.
(New York Times)   Read the complete article
 How We Came to Despise Email
When people aren't hating their inboxes out loud, they are quietly emailing to say that they're sorry for replying so late, and for all the typos, and for missing your earlier note, and for forgetting to turn off auto-reply, and for sending this from their mobile device, and for writing too long, and for bothering you at all.
(The Atlantic)  Read the complete article
 The High Cost of Caustic Workers
HREOnline.com recently spoke with Minor, a visiting assistant professor of business administration at HBS, to discuss the findings of his study, gain some further insight into just how costly it can be to carry caustic workers on one's payroll, and how employers and HR can spot insidious influences and root them out. The Q&A between the two follows:
(Human Resource Executive)   Read the complete article
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