Last chance to participate FREE in SNPA Salary Survey 4/18/17

Publishers and human resources directors at daily newspapers can compare salaries paid at their papers – no cost – by participating in the 2017 SNPA Salary Survey. Questionnaires must be returned to the SNPA office by Wednesday, April 19.

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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Instill initiative in employees and a sense of ownership will be your reward 4/4/17

By Jules Ciotta

Teaching your employees to take initiative in solving problems and seeking opportunities around the workplace is one of the best ways to give them a sense of ownership and commitment. If your workforce wants to do more than just follow your orders, these tips will help.

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U.S. Department of Labor overtime rule litigation update 3/6/17

By L. Michael Zinser, The Zinser Law Firm

May 1 is the new due date for the Department of Labor's reply brief involving the overtime rule.

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Lexington passes ordinance that newspaper vows to fight 3/6/17

By Beth Musgrave, bmusgrave@herald-leader.com

The Lexington Urban County Council approved an ordinance recently that would require businesses to put unsolicited fliers and circulars on doorsteps or mail slots or face fines.

The 9-5 vote came despite a warning from the Herald-Leader that it would sue the merged government if the ordinance was passed.

Rufus Friday, president and publisher of the Herald-Leader, said after the vote that he will "aggressively defend the Lexington Herald-Leader's First Amendment rights, which does include any infringement on the press' distribution rights."

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Mega-Conference presenters offer tips for combating ad tech fraud 2/28/17

By Cindy Durham, SNPA

Two presenters at the Key Executives Mega-Conference shared a case study showing how easy it can be for a code developer to skim display ad dollars from a newspaper's website, as well as tips for preventing this type of fraud.

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Employer must pay medical premiums for strikers 2/28/17

By L. Michael Zinser, The Zinser Law Firm

On Feb. 23, in a 2-to-1 decision with Acting Chairman Miscimarra dissenting, the National Labor Relations Board ruled that an employer had to continue health insurance premiums during a strike.

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Are you a winner? 2/7/17

By Jules Ciotta

Winners develop the habit of doing the things that losers don't like to do. We first make our habits, and then our habits make us. Here are the basic habit patterns of a winner.

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Effective supervision 12/20/16

By Jules Ciotta

Good leadership needs lots of skills to effectively deal with today's worker. Certainly enthusiasm, empathy, alacrity and humility are important characteristics of leaders who get the job done in a participatory manner.

Here are some day-to-day traits needed to truly supervise effectively.

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Update on overtime rule 12/13/16

By L. Michael Zinser, The Zinser Law Firm

The Department of Labor has appealed the nationwide preliminary injunction that halted the planned Dec. 1 implementation date of the overtime rule. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit will hear the appeal on an expedited basis. Briefing of the issue will be complete by Jan. 31 – 11 days after the inauguration of President Donald Trump.

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New York newspapers have major legislative success 12/5/16

By L. Michael Zinser, The Zinser Law Firm

After a more than two-year battle, the New York News Publishers Association (NYNPA) and its members have succeeded in passing legislation to make it much easier to prove the independent contractor status of newspaper carriers under the state's unemployment, workers' compensation, and wage and hour laws.

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