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 to be published Wednesday 6/21/16

Ninety SNPA members shared data for the 2016 Salary Survey, which will be available on Wednesday 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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Hire and coach with accuracy 5/23/16

By Jules Ciotta

For a limited time, a 10-minute self-perception assessment is being offered to SNPA members without charge. Fill it out and forward it to organizational psychologist Jules Ciotta for confidential feedback.

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Checking your KPMs (Key Performance Metrics) 5/3/16

Eight Key Performance Metrics best represent superior performance in the printing industry based on historical analysis of PIA Ratios. Download this report from the Printing Industries of America and see how your newspaper stacks up.

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Outside sales exemption is constitutional 4/19/16

By L. Michael Zinser, The Zinser Law Firm

Ohio Supreme Court upholds a minimum wage amendment in the Ohio Constitution that states, in pertinent part, that "employer," "employee," "person" and "independent contractor" all have the same meanings as they do under the Federal Fair Labor Standards Act.

While not specifically discussing this case, federal law also excludes from the Wage and Hour Law individuals who deliver newspapers to the consumer. The same exclusion should also apply under Ohio law.

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Newspaper publishers to save Workers' Compensation money 4/12/16

By L. Michael Zinser, The Zinser Law Firm

On Feb. 26, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walk signed Act 180, which repealed a part of the Workers' Compensation law stating, "Every person selling or distributing newspapers or magazines on the street or from house to house is an employee." Prior to the repeal, most newspapers covered newspaper carriers and paid thousands of dollars each year in Workers' Comp premiums. This is a great success for Wisconsin publishers.

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