Week of January 7, 2019
Voters across many states approved ballot measures to raise their state minimum rates over time, with increases occurring through 2020 and beyond. There are 19 states which have an increase that takes effect on December 31, 2018 or January 1, 2019 , including...

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How Tariffs, Labor Are Affecting Development Strategy
Each development site has its own set of risks and rewards, and as disruptors such as labor challenges and tariffs remain on the horizon, hotel developers are tasked with assessing their current strategies.
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From a Year on the Road
This year's travel gave me an opportunity to experience over 50 different hotels in what would typically be classified as part of the upscale, upper upscale or luxury levels. As these tiers see a fair amount of innovation, year-over-year site visits at this frequency have afforded me a unique perspective on the general trends in our industry.
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Fighting the Trap of 'Authentencity'
Today’s buzzword for customer experience enterprises is authenticity and all brands, big and small, seek it. But what is it, and when does authenticity achieve its true power?
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Four Trends to Watch in Hospitality in 2019
Aethos Consulting Group’s U.S. partners have gathered their collective thought leadership and now share predictions, concerns and issues for the coming year. While some of these issues transcend across borders and continents, the commentary here is geared on its impact in the United States.
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Technology Breakthroughs Poised to Improve Healthcare in 2019
Advances in healthcare technology are just the tip of the iceberg. Healthcare is poised to revolutionize itself into a number of exciting opportunities in the coming year.
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Hospital-Based Doctors Have Key Role in Battling Opioid Epidemic
The Drug Enforcement Administration’s recently released 2018 National Drug Threat Assessment estimates that opioids killed roughly 200 people a day in 2017.
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Medicaid Plans Cover Doctor Visits, Hospital Care--and Now GED's
AmeriHealth Caritas, a Philadelphia-based insurer with 2 million Medicaid members in Pennsylvania and five other states, helps connect members with nonprofit groups providing GED test preparation classes, offers telephone coaching to keep members on track and pays the testing fees.
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Private Equity Firms Buying More MD Practices: 5 Notes
During the past few years, private equity firms have dramatically increased their acquisition of physician practices, according to a research and opinion brief published in the Annals of Internal Medicine.
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7 Learning Trends on the Rise in 2019
Businesses, government agencies and educators across the country are recalibrating the workforce. To meet the needs of an increasingly digital workspace, upskilling and continuous learning have never been more important.
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Recruiting Trends to Watch for in 2019
If you thought recruiting top talent was tough going in 2018, experts predict 2019 will be even tougher. Why? Because today’s increasingly competitive recruiting challenges are set against a backdrop of ever-changing, more sophisticated and even more costly recruiting trends.
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Company Culture Isn't What You Do, It's How You Do It
For me, company culture comes down to one thing and one thing only: How you treat what it is you’re doing for eight plus hours a day.
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What Can Recruiters Do About Ghosting?
Companies say more candidates and new hires are ghosting them, disturbing hiring plans and rattling recruiters.
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