Zinser offers employer action plan for addressing new rule on overtime 7/19/16

Michael Zinser outlined an action plan for all employers during last week's webinar on the U.S. Department of Labor’s New Rule on Overtime.

While he noted that the November 2016 election could impact the finality of the rule, he encouraged all employers to take steps now so they are prepared to implement the changes.

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Last chance to submit a NEX GEN nomination 7/12/16

Don't forget to nominate your "rising star" to participate in the 2016-17 SNPA NEX-GEN Mentor program by Friday, July 15.

This year-long program offers newspaper professionals with executive potential the opportunity to develop their industry knowledge, analytical skills and aptitude for innovation. Nominate your "rising star!"

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NEX GEN nominations due by July 15 7/5/16

There are just 10 days left to nominate your "rising star" to participate in the 2016-17 SNPA NEX-GEN Mentor program.

This year-long program offers newspaper professionals with executive potential the opportunity to develop their industry knowledge, analytical skills and aptitude for innovation.

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Department of Labor Persuader Rule enjoined on a nationwide basis 6/28/16

By L. Michael Zinser, The Zinser Law Firm

The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas, in a case filed by the National Federation of Independent Business and other groups, granted a nationwide preliminary injunction, stopping the July 1 implementation of the U.S. Department of Labor's "Persuader Rule." This is a first step in protecting the attorney-client privilege and the First Amendment rights of employers everywhere.

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When to disregard negative criticism 6/28/16

By Jules Ciotta

It's important to remember that not all criticism is valid. To benefit from negative feedback, you must learn to appraise criticism and decide whether to act on it. Otherwise, you may react to every negative comment and end up adopting counterproductive habits. Use these criteria to determine how to respond to negative feedback.

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2016 SNPA Salary Survey 7/8/16

Ninety SNPA members shared data for the 2016 Salary Survey, which is available from the SNPA office.

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Nominate your star employee for SNPA Mentorship Program 5/31/16

Looking for a program to develop and keep a staff member with executive potential?

SNPA is recruiting eight "rising stars" to participate in the 2016-17 SNPA NEX GEN Mentor program – and we urge you to nominate your best staff member to be a part of this special group. The payback for your nominee and your newspaper is significant.

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Mississippi Supreme Court finds at-will doctrine exception 5/31/16

By L. Michael Zinser, The Zinser Law Firm

The State of Mississippi statute provides that "a public or private employer may not establish, maintain or enforce any policy or rule that has the effect of prohibiting a person from transporting or storing a firearm in a locked vehicle in any parking lot, parking garage or other designated parking area."

Despite this statute, an employer fired an employee after learning he had a firearm locked inside his car on company property. The employer had a company policy forbidding firearms anywhere on its property.

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Last chance to qualify for FREE copy of SNPA Salary Survey results 5/24/16

All questionnaires for this year's SNPA Salary Survey must be returned to the SNPA office by this Friday, May 27.

Publishers who share data for this important study will receive a benchmarking report the first week of June that looks at salaries and wages of department heads and non-supervisory staff.

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Getting ready for the new FLSA overtime rule 5/23/16

By L. Michael Zinser, The Zinser Law Firm

On May 18, the U.S. Department of Labor finalized its proposed rule to increase the salary threshold necessary to be classified as exempt from overtime. When the final rule becomes effective on Dec. 1, 2016, the salary threshold will increase from $23,660 to $47,476 per year. Non-discretionary bonuses and commissions may count toward as much as 10 percent of the salary threshold. Every three years, the salary threshold will increase.

Though the final rule still may be challenged, every employer must be developing a plan now to address this huge budgetary issue. Here are some suggestions.

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