Monthly Archives December 2014

21 States Raising Minimum Wage on January 1.

The New Year will start with higher paychecks for over 3 million employees in 21 states due to minimum wage increases January 1, 2015. This bringing more than half the states, a total of 29, above the current federal minimum wage. Some states also have county and city specific minimum wage increases so be sure to check the areas where you are currently doing business. The CNN wire has provided some specific information in the article below.

NEW YORK — The New Year will start well for over 3 million workers — they’re getting a raise.

Employers in 21 states and Washington D.C. will hike their minimum wages on January 1.

This has been a huge year for low wage workers...

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The case for giving hotels the same health grades as restaurants; Hotels are full of hidden hazards.

A grading system for hotels based on the quality of a hotel’s security? Do you make the grade? Discover key security risks plaguing the hotel industry in this article from the Washington Post, Anthony Melchiorri.

The difference between a hotel room at $75 a night and $750 a night is the view, the extra shampoo, the cost of the pillows, the fluff of the towels. Price is a measure of comfort and service. What must always be the same — at every price — is your security, your safety and cleanliness. Unfortunately, it’s not. Across the country, hotels are skimping on key safety and security measures, and the consequences range from stolen laptops and Peeping Toms to sexual assaults and robbery at gunpoint...

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Hotel Industry Groups Sue Los Angeles To Block $15.37 Minimum Wage Law

With the City of Los Angeles tentatively approving the Hotel Workers Act boosting minimum wage for workers of large hotels to $15.37 per hour, we are forced to consider how it may eventually affect hoteliers across the country. Will the hotel industry succeed in blocking the ordinance? Bloomber BNA, David McAfee, brings us up-to-date on the issue.

Dec. 17 — Lodging industry organizations sued Los Angeles in federal court in California Dec. 16, seeking to challenge a city ordinance passed in October that increases the minimum wage at large hotels to $15.37 per hour.

The American Hotel & Lodging Association and the Asian American Hotel Owners Association said the Citywide Hotel Worker Minimum Wage Ordinance, which was codified in October, “attempts to exercise power beyond the limits...

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Fire at Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel could lead to safety changes

You can never be “too” safe! Continuous improvements to hotel safety and fire protection systems is crucial to providing a safe environment for all occupants of your facility. Phoenix (CBS5), Christina Estes, calls our attention to the key components surrounding the recent  fire at Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel.

Fire Inspector Brian Scholl calls the Oct. 25 electrical room fire at the Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel a “once in a lifetime event” that now has the city looking at possible changes.

In an exclusive interview with CBS 5 News, Scholl said an electrical short caused an explosion that knocked out power to the 31-story building.

“The actual transformer that was part of the fire was fed to the generator,”he explained...

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Identifying 9 Solutions to Key Hotel Security Concerns

Have you refreshed your Hotel Security Program lately? Your reputation and bottom line depend on it! It is essential to continually evaluate security programs keeping department Managers and other employees mindful of safety and security. Security Magazine, Bob Chartier,shares some key hotel security solutions below.


Business and recreational travelers demand safe and secure hotel accommodations and responsive and friendly customer service. How can hoteliers ensure that their property provides as secure an environment as possible, while maintaining friendly customer service?

As Warren Buffet said: “It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you’ll do things differently.” A single act of crime on your property could diminish your brand...

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Wearable technology will be a game-changer in 2015

“2015 promises to be an exciting year for travel.” Wearable technology will explode onto the travel scene. As a means to search and book travel plans as well as optimize hotel experience from beginning to end, mobile technology will soon become “the norm”.  Hotel Management; Esther Hertzfeld, shares the significance of  wearable technology throughout the travel industry in this informative article.

Wearable technology will be the real technology game-changer in 2015. That’s according to UK travel company Thomson. This year saw mobile technology become ‘the norm’ as a way to search and book a holiday...

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Hiring R2D2 to protect your mall or campus—all for $6.25 per hour

How long before robots are checking in your guests? Crime-fighting robots that look like they’re straight out of a sci-fi movie are on patrol in Silicon Valley. Make sure you check out this fascinating article from Michelle Fox; CNBC.

Department of Precrime?

Source: Knightscope
K5 robot by Knightscope

Meet Silicon Valley’s newest crime fighter: the K5 robot.

As the world grapples with the onset of drones and trembles at the increasing likelihood of sentient machines, a 300-pound machine is being deployed in places like corporate campuses and shopping malls. Like something out of a science fiction movie, the K5 is part of a broader effort to predict and prevent illegal activities.

While they are not quite artificially intelligent, these autonomous robots can see, feel, hear and s...

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How to Save $234 a Year on Gasoline

Lower gas prices mean more travel and more hotel nights being used! Good times at the gas pumps roll on with prices slipping to their lowest in more than two years. Start saving today! Break those old habits and learn how to find the best deals in your area by reading Uncommon Wisdom Daily.Brad Hoppmann’s article below for money saving tips on gasoline.

$1.99 gas sign


Crude oil prices resumed their decline today and we’re starting to feel the impact at neighborhood gas pumps. Prices are falling fast across the nation.

Shockingly, this picture below shows the price at one American service station in the last 24 hours. Can you remember the last time gas prices were this low in the U.S.? It’s been a while. Will the price in your area drop below $2 soon?

It just might — but I have a way you can sa...

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Top 10 Most Unsafe Toys of 2014

Ah, the holidays! A wondrous time in a child’s life. Lights, songs, presents…OH-the PRESENTS. Despite government safety regulations and advancements in technology, dangerous toys still hit the shelves! We should all review the Top 10 Most Unsafe Toys of 2014 provided by W.A.T.C.H. (World Against Toys Causing Harm).

World Against Toys Causing Harm, or W.A.T.C.H., has just issued its “10 Worst Toys” list. By familiarizing ourselves with this list we start to learn types of things to look out for.

Organizers have been compiling this list for over 40 years. They say the toys singled out this year are representative of some of the typical problems they come across, and that the list does not include all potentially dangerous products on the market.

 Surprisingly, many of the same hazards wi...
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Some of the items on your child’s holiday wish list may pose a serious safety threat. “A lot of parents have a false sense of security – that once toys get onto shelves they’re OK.” Contrary to popular belief, just because a toy in on store shelves does not mean it’s automatically safe for children. Be aware of the 10 most dangerous toys of all time brought to us from AAJ Research.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recalls millions of toys every year but is stretched too thin to guard against all dangers.  In the face of such risks, parents have come to rely on consumer groups for warnings and the civil justice system as an enforcement mechanism against negligent corporations.  Here are the ten most dangerous toys of all time:

1. CSI: Asbestos

The CSI Fingerprint Examinat...

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