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The conference focused on the current challenges for human resources today including the minimum wage movement - the fight for $15 an hour, how to work with unions - improving guest service and productivity while making the relationship beneficial to both sides, and strategies for working with hotel owners that identified key obstacles and how to build a healthy and sustainable working relationship. 

Top Stories: Lodging & Gaming
 Marriott Wins Back Sheraton-Owner Starwood With New Offer
The move dramatically raises the stakes in the bidding war since the deal with Marriott prohibits Starwood from communicating with Anbang, which already owns New York's Waldorf Astoria hotel.
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 Hotels Are Using Guest Perks to Battle Online Travel Agencies - Los Angeles Times
Hotels are giving out extra perks to guests who book directly from their websites as part of an increasingly heated war with online travel businesses.
(Los Angeles Times)   Read the complete article
 Hotels Get Heavy With General Managers If Guests Have Problems With Wifi
There remains a fair amount of debate as to what level of wifi a hotel should be providing (free for basic level, premium for super-fast, etc), but there is pretty much universal acceptance that guests consider access to the internet as important a service as any other that a hotel can offer
(Tnooz)  Read the complete article
Top Stories: Healthcare
 ER Workers Must Learn To Spot Elder Abuse
Emergency department personnel have a crucial role to play in spotting signs of elder abuse, according to two papers published in the Annals of Emergency Medicine.
(Fierce Healthcare) Read the complete article
 2016: The Year of Data Security
Nearly 90 percent of healthcare providers have been hit by data breaches in the last two years, according to security research firm Ponemon Institute, with many large-scale and criminally driven attacks publicized in 2015.
(Modern Healthcare)   Read the complete article
 4 Areas Of Focus For Strategic Hospital Leaders As They Prepare For The Future
Although the shift from volume- to value-based care is occurring at a slower pace than some may have anticipated, many CEOs are still taking action. Hospital leaders are focusing efforts on developing capabilities that deliver benefits under the current fee-for-service model while building the infrastructure to support value-based payments.
(Becker's Hospital Review)   Read the complete article
Top Stories: Human Resources
 Nationwide The Latest To Ease Dress Code In Business-Casual World
Although workplace dress codes have become increasingly casual through the years, it's still possible to have a tipping point.
(The Columbus Dispatch)  Read the complete article
 Judge: Chipotle's Social Media Policy Violates US Labor Laws
An administrative judge found Chipotle's social media policy violated federal labor laws while ruling in favor of a Philadelphia-area employee who was fired after criticizing the company on Twitter last year.
(Seattle Times)   Read the complete article
 Why 2016 Is The Year Of The Hybrid Job
In an age of big data, having tech skills is important, but the pendulum might be starting to swing the other way. More companies are requiring a mix of technology and people skills, and 2016 is being called the year of the hybrid job.
(Fast Company)   Read the complete article
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