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June 1, 2009

By Masha Zager

The economic downturn presents challenges that many REALTOR® association executives have never faced before: declining membership, budget shortfalls, and members who may need more help just when some associations are least able to provide it.
June 1, 2009

by Carolyn Schwaar
June 1, 2009

by Ralph Holmen

Surely your members understand their fiduciary duty to their clients, but do they understand that they also have a fiduciary duty to the association when they assume a leadership role? Furthermore, do they fully recognize that they have legal obligations in the way they carry out their responsibilities?

Here we provide an overview of fiduciary duties so association leaders and executives can ensure that they satisfy those obligations.

1. What kind of legal duties do elected association officers and directors have?
March 1, 2009

By Cindy Butts, RCE, CAE, CEO of the Maine Association of REALTORS®.

I was terrified that blogging would only bring problems: My staff and officers would hate what I wrote or a random regrettable thought would exist for eternity. And besides, there isn’t any extra time to do it.

But nearly two years later, I’ve written 400 posts about work, life, and association management on a personal blog (http://cindyae.blogspot.com) and developed a multiauthor blog for my own association.
March 1, 2009

By Katherine Raynolds, staff attorney with the National Association of Realtors® in Chicago.

It’s time to draft a policy for regulating employee use of blogs, chats, and social networks.
January 1, 2009

By Kevin Fritz and Carolyn Schwaar

Blogging is like a conversation; some sound like the local coffee shop on a Saturday morning and others, well, they sound like a library. “Good blogs provide a point of view, fresh news, and opinions that inspire thought, feedback, and action,” says Todd Carpenter, social media manager for the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®. “They're personal and enlightening and they can build real relationships.”
January 1, 2009

by Isham Jones

More of your employees may now have a protected disability under the law, which means
they may be entitled to a reasonable accommodation and other job-related protections. Changes to the Americans with Disabilities Act, which became effective on Jan. 1, significantly expand coverage under the act by lowering the bar for qualifying disabilities. The ADA applies to all employers with 15 or more employees.
January 1, 2009

When I had the pleasure of meeting some of you during the AE Institute in Colorado, there was a consistent concern: What type of “reward” can I offer my staff during tough economic times, especially when bonuses and salaries are frozen this year and maybe next year as well.
January 1, 2009
Detail how staff can and should be using the technology at your association to avoid liability.
When President Barack Obama took office, he fought for the right to bring along his BlackBerry. If the president of the United States had trouble relinquishing his PDA, just imagine how difficult it might be for your staff to shelve their personal electronic devices or curtail Internet usage during working hours. Without a communications section in your employee policy establishing appropriate phone, fax, e-mail, and Internet usage, managing staff productivity could become a problem.
January 1, 2009

The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) sets the parameters by which you determine whether or not a position is exempt or non-exempt from overtime.

But how do you make that determination? Well, contrary to popular belief, a position’s title does not determine whether or not a position is exempt or non-exempt. Rather, it is the position’s responsibilities, level of decision making, and other factors which are the criteria.

There are five categories by which a position can be considered exempt from overtime: