Week of January 20, 2017
Up to 86% of women report that they have been sexually harassed at work, based on a 2016 Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) report.

ALIS Day One:  What Is the New Normal?

"You've got to know when to hold 'em, and know when to sell 'em," according to a hotel-centric adaptation of the Kenny Rogers classic performed at the opening plenary session of the Americas Lodging Investment Summit.

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Listen and Do:  A Mantra for Keeping Hotel Personalization Simple

Back in 2015, a guest staying at Starwood Hotels tweeted that his room was cold. A few days later, he walked into his room to find an alpaca throw, a box of tea and a handwritten note waiting for him on his bed.

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Is Airbnb Really Cheaper Than a Hotel Room in the World's Major Cities?

These days traveling is arguably more affordable than ever before, thanks to budget airlines and ride-sharing, among many other factors...however, a traditional hotel room will still cost you a pretty penny most of the time.

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Beware the Limitation of Hotel Cap Rates

A capitalization rate, or cap rate, is a ratio that can be used to estimate the value of income-producing properties. Put simply, a cap rate is the percentage of net operating income (NOI) to property asset value.

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Healthcare Spending Up 4.6%, While Service Use Plateaus:  5 Things to Know

While healthcare spending depends on price and service use, substantial hikes in healthcare spending between 2012 and 2016 were mainly due to price increases, according to a recent Health Care Cost Institute report.

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Johns Hopkins Researchers Use Big Data Analytics to Target Diagnostic Errors, Improve Quality

Reducing diagnostic errors is a crucial component of improving care quality, but current methods of monitoring such mistakes may be time consuming. Now, researchers at Johns Hopkins have developed a strategy that uses big data to speed up the process.

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Why Hospitals Aren't In the Drug Business

They want to address shortages and high prices. But existing manufacturers are likely to do so faster and more cheaply.

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Senate Confirms Former Pharma Exec Alex Azar as Secretary of Health and Services

Former pharma executive Alex Azar has a new title:  Secretary of Health and Human Services...the former head of pharmaceutical giant Eli Lilly's U.S. operations, to serve in the role vacated by Tom Price, M.D.

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Supreme Court May Decide Whether Extended Leave Is an ADA Accommodation

The U.S. Supreme Court has been asked to review Severson v. Heartland Woodcraft, Inc., a controversial appeals court ruling that held that "a multi-month leave of absence is beyond the scope of a reasonable accommodation" under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

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Salary Transparency Can Motivate Your Employees

A study conducted by researchers at Cornell University and Tel Aviv University, for example, found a link between employee collaboration and pay transparency that suggests employees work together more effectively when pay is transparent.

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Freelanced:  The Rise of the Contract Workforce

A new NPR/Marist poll finds that 1 in 5 jobs in America is held by a worker under contract. Within a decade, contractors and freelancers could make up half of the American workforce.

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