Week of January 14, 2019
While 2018 ushered in some important changes at the federal level in labor and employment law, it saw its strongest "advocate" in the passing of new laws from the local and state arena.  What will be some of the continuing trends for 2019? 
(Guest Editor : Pautsch, Spognardi & Baiocchi Legal Group)
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OTA's and How Hotels Can Best Use Them
What’s the alternative – no OTA’s at all? That’s probably not on anyone’s wish list at this time of the year. Would another alternative be lower fees?
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New Room Keys Streamline Operations, Increase ROI
When hoteliers consider trends in guestroom keys, mobile keys accessed via smartphones might be the first thought that comes to mind. However, some hoteliers are finding other ways to ditch the swipe card in order to streamline operations, improve the guest experience, and increase return on investment.
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5 Examples of Hotel Website Innovation
Online Travel Agencies (OTAs) like Booking.com and Expedia are taking ever bigger bites out of hotel profits. As of last year, they captured 39% of the US online digital booking market. Phocuswright forecasts that trend to continue, reaching 41% of market share by 2020.
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Addressing Gender Inequality in Housekeeping
A topic I am hearing incessantly from numerous hoteliers about is significant staffing problems, particularly amongst their room attendants…this should never be the case, and so I’d like to present a possible solution.
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In a Win for Casinos, a New DOJ Opinion Makes All On-line Gambling Illegal
The U.S. Department of Justice announced a new legal opinion that goes against an earlier one from 2011. The opinion says a law called the Wire Act–which prohibits any type of betting that uses wire communication to transmit information–applies to all forms of betting and not just sports betting. 
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A Quarter of U.S. Hospitals Cut Staff to Cope with Rising Drug Costs from 2015 to 2017, Study Finds
Hospital drug spending jumped by 18.5 percent between 2015 and 2017, a rate that caused one in four hospitals to cut staff to ease budget pressures, a new study found.
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Microsoft, Walgreens Team Up to Develop New Healthcare Delivery Models
Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. (WBA) and Microsoft Corp. announced on Tuesday that they will team up to develop new healthcare delivery models, including technology and retail innovations to disrupt the healthcare delivery space.
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How Mobile Medical Services Are Improving Healthcare
The mobile revolution has left few industries untouched. Health care, however, has been slower to adapt to the mobile transition, yet it’s the most convenient way to quickly share information.
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Apple in Talks to Subsidize Its Watch for Some Medicare Seniors: 6 Things to Know
Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. (WBA) and Microsoft Corp. announced on Tuesday that they will team up to develop new healthcare delivery models, including technology and retail innovations to disrupt the healthcare delivery space.
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Why Employers Are Spending More on Learning and Development
Too many employers believe they're in a Catch-22 when it comes to upskilling employees. The cost seems prohibitive, but the price paid for untrained workers may be higher. 
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'What's Your Spirit Animal?' And Other Curveball Questions You May Want to Start Asking
In this tight job market, you might want to go beyond the typical “Can you tell me a little about yourself?” and “What are your greatest professional strengths?” type of questions when interviewing someone.
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Struggling to Engage Employees? Try Approaching that Goal the Old-Fashioned Way
Finally, there’s “good” news on the employee-engagement front! According to Gallup’s latest survey on the subject, the proportion of engaged U.S. workers -- a whopping 34 percent -- is as high as it’s been since at least 2000.
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Top 10 Regulatory Issues for Employers in 2019
What are the top 10 regulatory issues for employers in 2019? “This new year brings with it a new class of legislators and a set of issues—both new and old—that these legislators will focus on at the federal, state, and local levels,”
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