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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:



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.

Back to Basics

January 1, 2009: 

Find the programs and services your members really need—NOW!

By Bridget McCrea

There comes a time in every association’s life when its leaders must ask themselves whether they are truly offering the right mix of programs, products, and services to meet member needs. For many REALTOR® organizations, the time to ask that question—and to tweak as needed—has arrived.

Show Them Your Worth

January 1, 2009: 

By Leonard Pfeiffer

Association boards of directors often think your job is easy. When we sit with boards that have retained our executive search firm to replace a CEO (whether the person is retiring, leaving voluntarily, or being nudged out) we are continually surprised by the sheer volume of volunteer leaders who think they can do your job. How many times have you sensed that?

The Art of Empathy

January 1, 2009: 

As each of us prepared for 2009, we did so with some trepidation, knowing that the 2009 housing market would parallel or surpass the 2008 drop in sales and home prices. Many association executives and REALTORS® have never experienced such a -market, and terms like “upside down,” “short sale,” and “mortgage crisis” simply weren’t in our vocabulary. So what advice is there for AEs and their members?

Initiative-Based Advocacy

January 1, 2009: 

GADs from across the country say their legislative and regulatory battles are growing. From the U.S. Congress to local city halls, politicians are being asked to answer for a multitude of problems stemming from the real estate lending crisis. Many areas have shrinking property and transfer tax revenue, growing numbers of vacant and foreclosed property, and increasing rates of homelessness—all of which lead to increased regulation and legislation of home-owners, homebuyers and homesellers, and real -estate practitioners.