Don't think any praise is good praise 8/7/17

By Jules Ciotta

Many managers think that handing out praise indiscriminately is better than not praising at all.

They are wrong. If you hand out praise the wrong way, at the wrong time, or for the wrong reasons, it can do more harm than good. Here are some guidelines to follow when using praise to motivate employees:

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U.S. Department of Labor overtime rule update 8/1/17

By L. Michael Zinser, The Zinser Law Firm

The DOL is inviting comments on the 2016 revisions to white collar exemption regulations. Here are specific questions that will be addressed.

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Calculating your purchase price 7/24/17

By Lewis Floyd, senior associate, W.B. Grimes & Co.

Regardless of how a buyer and seller come to terms, even if the value seems to be there, there is one more factor a buyer should consider – can this business repay my investment in a timely manner or make loan payments – and still provide me with an income?

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NC governor vetoes bill to remove independent contractor presumption 7/18/17

By L. Michael Zinser, The Zinser Law Firm

On Monday, July 17, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper vetoed legislation that would have removed the independent contractor presumption that the state's newspaper industry has enjoyed for the last 20 years. As previously reported, the presumption was removed on June 28 when a modified version of House Bill 205 passed in a midnight session of the Legislature.

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President Trump moves to fill two NLRB vacancies 7/11/17

By L. Michael Zinser, The Zinser Law Firm

On June 28 President Trump formally nominated both Marvin Kaplan and William Emmanuel to fill the two Republican vacancies on the National Labor Relations Board. At the present time, the NLRB has a 2-to-1 pro-union, Democratic majority. These two nominees, once confirmed, will then shift the Board to a 3-to-2 Republican majority.

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North Carolina newspapers lose legislative presumption 7/10/17

By L. Michael Zinser, The Zinser Law Firm

Passage of a new bill removes a tremendous advantage North Carolina newspapers have enjoyed in Worker's Compensation litigation for nearly two decades.

The bill removes a legislative presumption of independent contractor status for newspaper carriers under the state's Workers' Compensation law.

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2017 Salary Survey available from SNPA 6/27/17

The results of the 2017 SNPA Salary Survey have been published.

For information about the study, please contact Cindy Durham in the SNPA office: cindy@snpa.org.

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How to be a team player 6/20/17

By Jules Ciotta

Here are some steps toward better team work.

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Motivate your team with a self-perception assessment 6/12/17

Motivation Communications Associates provides a different approach to the standard performance appraisals through the use of its "Self-Perception Assessment." The "Self-Perception Assessment" method stands out from the usual assessment instruments in that it focuses on providing an analysis that is specific to the individual and certain situations.

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Judge's ruling a win for press freedom 5/9/17

By Rufus Friday, president and publisher, Lexington Herald-Leader

I never imagined that my first Herald-Leader commentary would involve fighting for this newspaper's free-press protections. Yet it does.

Last Friday, U.S. District Court Judge Karen K. Caldwell, issued a momentous pro-First Amendment ruling in the lawsuit the Herald-Leader was forced to file against the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government.

She stopped a new city-county ordinance that would have banned driveway distribution of free newspapers and other printed material from going into effect on May 1. City officials have not decided whether to appeal the decision. If they are wise stewards of precious tax dollars, they won't go down that road.

The ordinance, which includes a $200 penalty for each violation, is likely unconstitutional because it would have the effect of cutting off circulation of our free Community News.

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