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New Bill Gives Public Employees Two Unpaid Religious Holidays Per Year: What Does It Mean for Employers?

In this month’s HR Advisor column, Kristin Anger and the Attorneys of Summit Law Group, review the requirements of SB 5173 giving public employees two unpaid religious holidays per calendar year.
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Using Lodging Taxes for Staff Support of LTAC (Jul 30)
Can you use lodging tax revenues to pay for staff support of the Lodging Tax Advisory Committee (LTAC)? It’s a good question that we’ve been getting lately. After conferring with the State Auditor’s Office, we’ve concluded that this is an allowed use of the lodging tax, as long as important requirements are met. More from MRSC Insight.

Strategies to Manage Well Given Scarce Resources (Jul 30)
Governments here and around the world face constant pressures to do more with less, and these pressures are likely to grow over the next several years. More from IBM Center for the Business of Government.

The Infrastructure the Next Generation of Cities Will Need (Jul 30)
It will be technology that will enable "Cities 3.0" -- the transformation of metropolitan centers into hubs of innovation and entrepreneurship. More from Governing.

Smart Cities Summer Reading List (Jul 30)
You could pack along that futuristic sci-fi bestseller when you head to the beach this summer. Or, instead, you could dig deeper into the smart city movement where the future is arriving now. If you opt for the latter, here are five recently published titles to peruse under your beach umbrella. More from Smart Cities Council.

7 Advanced Presentation Tips to Become a Great Public Speaker (Jul 30)
The best public speakers practice, practice and then practice more. Carmine Gallo advises spending at least 10 hours rehearsing each major presentation. "Being an average speaker -- or even a 'good' one -- won't get you the notice you deserve," he writes. More from Forbes.

How Civic Engagement Platforms Can Bring Back the Expertise of Urban Planners (Jul 30)
The increasing use of online civic engagement platforms offers a chance for planners to improve the planning process—that is, if they take full advantage of the opportunities presented by the new technology to showcase their expertise. More from Planetizen.

How Much Cleaning Up Brownfields Is Really Worth (Jul 30)
A new study shows the enormous effect that the EPA's brownfield remediation program has on real estate values in cities. More from The Atlantic CityLab.

Upzoning Can Create Opportunities for Affordable Housing (Jul 30)
Surging demand for urban living is providing cities and older suburbs with a new way to engage private developers in creating mixed-income communities. A new report on inclusionary upzoning explains how. More from NHC Open House Blog.

Transportation at the Crossroads (Jul 30)
Money, millennials, technology, and sustainability drive the future of transportation. More from American City & County.

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