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  • JW Marriott will open the 4,000-room Drew Las Vegas in 2020 at the site of the stalled Fontainebleau hotel project on Las Vegas Blvd.
  • Denver OK’d contracts for a $233-million expansion featuring an 80,000-sf rooftop ballroom and terrace at the Colorado Convention Center.
  • The latest numbers rank NAMM’s 2018 show the largest in its 117-year history with more than 115,000 attendees and nearly 2,000 exhibitors.
  • The deadline for nominations for Trade Show Executive’s Trailblazers Awards has been extended to March 16. Got to TSE Events for info.
  • International Assoc. of Amusement Parks and Attractions President and CEO Paul Noland has resigned. CFO Hal McEvoy steps in temporarily.
  • The Aria Resort & Casino $170-million expansion in Las Vegas adds 200,000 sf of flex meeting space, raising total space to 500,000 sf.
  • Gary Musich announced his retirement as Vice President of Sales for Meet AC effective March 2 after 25 years representing Atlantic City.
  • The San Diego Convention Center named ON Site, a GES company, its exclusive sound and rigging vendor and preferred audio visual provider.
  • Board members of UK-based UBM have accepted an offer from Informa for a reported 3.8 billion pounds ($5.3 billion).

Last Few Days to Register for Webinar on Monday on Health Care Reform

Hil Anderson
, Senior Editor
February 22, 2013
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Plano, TX – Show organizers can get the answers on how the U.S. Affordable Care Act will impact the trade show industry from a webinar presented on Monday, February 25 by the Exhibition Services & Contractors Association (ESCA) and the human resources consulting firm SESCO Management Consultants. The webinar is sponsored by Trade Show Executive.

President Obama’s State of the Union address on February 12 didn’t provide any new information on the ambitious healthcare program, but ESCA and SESCO have been analyzing the potential consequences for months and will provide a comprehensive overview of the new responsibilities businesses will face as well as the consequences of non-compliance with the new law.

“It’s a killer,” said SESCO Vice President Jamie Hasty, who will be the lead presenter. “The law makes it extremely hard on employers when you look at some of the penalties and other challenges involved. They will also be focusing more time on training, paperwork and communications.”

“There will be significant challenges to meet and decisions to be made, but some folks haven’t event started to address them.” Hasty added.

The ESCA webinar, titled Employer’s Guide to Healthcare Reform,  will take place February 25 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. CST. The cost is $25 for ESCA members and $50 for nonmembers.

SESCO has been monitoring the development of the Affordable Care Act since it debuted in 2010. The firm has drawn upon the expertise of lawyers, human resources specialists and federal officials to create a practical analysis of what the legislation means to the business community.

Employers will no doubt face some thorny questions, such as possible reductions in the hours of full-time workers and in collective-bargaining negotiations with unions. Adding to the high stakes will be the ongoing interpretations and adjustments coming out of the hallowed halls of the Internal Revenue Service.

“The challenge is companies are dealing with all of this when there is still so much that has to be defined,” Hasty added. “We are still at the point where one government agency is saying one thing and another agency is saying another, it is challenging for employers and groups.”

The ideal strategy is to be as pro-active as possible, which Hasty said was a challenge in itself due to the still-fluid situation.  Regardless of what individual show organizers have done so far to prepare for Obamacare, the ESCA webinar will provide useful guidance for the rest of the journey.

Reach Mitt Arnaudet, ESCA member services director, at (972) 447-8212 or mitt@esca.org

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