by Nan Roytberg
By Masha Zager
As REALTOR® associations watch their advertising revenues dwindle, many face a tough choice: support their magazines with membership dues or radically trim the publication schedule. Neither option is appealing. In today’s economy, most associations are looking to reduce dues-funded activities, not add to them. And no one wants to curtail publications, which are among the most useful and popular association benefits.
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.
by Carolyn Schwaar
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?
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.