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Boards and Blogs: Does Your Association Need a Blog?

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.”

How to reward staff with alternative work schedules, telecommuting, and more time off

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.

ADA Rules Expanded

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.

Technology Use Policy

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.

Exempt or non-exempt? That is the question!

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:

Highly

Compensated

The Art of Engagement

January 1, 2009: 

It doesn’t seem that long ago that I was first introduced to e-mail with a network called Wang-Net in the late ‘80s. This now archaic network connected the Illinois governor’s cabinet members to his office and little more. It’s a far cry from the technology discussed at the recent Association Executives Institute in Colorado Springs.

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