OSHA Update: New Electronic Reporting in 2017

ClubPeople - 20 July 2017
OSHA published a notice of proposed rule making to extend the electronic submission date from July 1, 2017 to December 1, 2017. This action allows time for the new administration to review the electronic reporting requirements prior to implementation, and allows time for affected entities to familiarize themselves with the electronic reporting system, which will be available on August 1st.

Juy 2017 - CMAA Research and our New Industry Survey

CMAA CEO's Perspective - 17 July 2017
I am excited to share our plans for the topic of our second industry survey that will be launching in the next few weeks. First, I’d like to share an update on CMAA’s research initiative that is now in its second year of development. Research at CMAA is developed through three core research practices: Internally led and performed CMAA research initiatives leveraging expertise of our CMAA staff – Sarah Bal and Amilcar Davy. Internally led, but conducted using an outside research firm according to CMAA’s standards and oversight like the Center for Generational Kinetics and Industry Insights. Member reviewed and approved academic or third-party research meeting CMAA’s Research Guidelines.

OSHA Proposes New December 1 Deadline for Electronic Reporting Requirements

CMAA Legislative Report Blog - 12 July 2017
For clubs with 250 or more employees, the first reporting deadline for the updated OSHA reporting requirements was slated to be July 1, 2017.

EPA and Department of the Army Propose Rule to Rescind WOTUS

CMAA Legislative Report Blog - 28 June 2017
On June 27, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Department of the Army (Corps) issued notice of the forthcoming publication of their proposed rule to repeal the 2015 Waters of the US (WOTUS) rule. The proposed rule will be published in the Federal Register in the next few days.

DOL Withdraws Independent Contractor Guidance

CMAA Legislative Report Blog - 12 June 2017
On Wednesday, June 7, Department of Labor (DOL) Secretary Alexander Acosta announced the withdrawal of the independent contractor guidance first issued in July 2015.  The July 2015 guidance offered an expanded application of the multi factor

The CCM: A Global Brand

CMAA CEO's Perspective - 9 June 2017
Since joining CMAA just under three years ago, I have been part of club management events in several countries. Our core focus areas of CMAA – professional development, peer-to-peer interaction, and information sharing – are each a global focus for club management professionals. The value of CMAA around the world, specifically the value of holding the Certified Club Manager (CCM) designation, is a strong anchor worldwide.

Risk Management Update - Drones and the Club Industry

CMAA Legislative Report Blog - 23 May 2017
As clubs continue to seek new ways to market their products and amenities, and to gain efficiency in the services they provide, more and more they are relying on innovative technologies such as drones. Drones or Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) have gained in popularity in a variety of industries over the past several years and have developed some very useful applications for the club industry.

Handling the Upcoming July 1 OSHA Reporting Deadline

CMAA Legislative Report Blog - 17 May 2017
For clubs with 250 or more employees, the first reporting deadline for the updated OSHA reporting requirements is coming up on July 1, 2017. Under the final rule published in May 2016, businesses with 250 or more employees will now be required to electronically report injury and illness information to OSHA. This is the type of information that is currently maintained on OSHA Forms 300, 300A and 301.

Passes Health Care Overhaul Repealing Employer Mandate

CMAA Legislative Report Blog - 8 May 2017
On Thursday, May 4, the House of Representatives passed HR 1628, the American Health Care Act (AHCA) of 2017 by a vote of 217 to 213. This measure eliminates several of the unpopular tax provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) including the individual mandate penalties to have insurance and the employer mandate.

Congress Expands H-2B Availability Through FY2017 Spending Package

CMAA Legislative Report Blog - 5 May 2017
The FY2017 spending package will provide much-needed relief to clubs and other seasonal employers who rely on H-2B visas to fill peak season jobs at their businesses. A provision included in the measure would give the Department of Homeland Security the authority to adjust the annual limit of 66,000 visas. The increase would be limited to no more than the maximum number of visas issued in years when the returning worker exemption was in effect. It is estimated the new cap could be approximately 84,000.

House Passes Bill to Alter Overtime

CMAA Legislative Report Blog - 5 May 2017
On Tuesday, May 2, the US House of Representatives passed HR 1180, the “Working Families Flexibility Act of 2017.” The measure amends the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) to allow private employers, including clubs, to utilize compensatory time in lieu of providing overtime pay.

April 2017: Mutually Beneficial Volunteerism, Or Keeping Our Volunteers Happy

CMAA CEO's Perspective - 18 April 2017
A few weeks ago I received a new research study done by my professional association – the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE). ASAE’s latest research is titled “Mutually Beneficial Volunteerism.” Like associations, clubs share the importance of volunteers in our organizational success, so I thought the research results might help you to spend a few moments to think about your club’s volunteer experience.

Supreme Court Declines to Halt WOTUS Consideration

CMAA Legislative Report Blog - 4 April 2017
On Monday, April 3, the Supreme Court declined a request by the Trump Administration to delay consideration in the National Association of Manufacturers vs. the Department of Defense. This case is not specific to the merits of the Waters of the US (WOTUS) rule but instead addresses the issue of jurisdiction, specifically which courts should hear challenges to the Clean Water Act. The Trump Administration requested a delay in consideration due to its recent executive order to the Environmental Protection Agency to proceed with rescinding and/or revising the Waters of the US (WOTUS) rule through the regulatory process.

Myth Busters Guide to Hiring in 2017 -Ep. 1

ClubPeople - 27 March 2017
"Is it better to promote employees from within to management or hire new? Watch the first episode of our 5-part webinar series, Myth Busters Guide to Hiring in 2017 and find out if this myth is totally busted... We asked our VP of HR Services at CertiPay, -Alfred Roush Esq. SPHR, SHRM-SCP, to help us expose the truth around hiring best practice in 2017. During each 15 minute episode of this 5-part webinar series, Alfred will debunk the myths around compensation analysis, when to do background checks, and if it is better to promote employees from within to management or hire new.

March 2017: What's In a Name?

CMAA CEO's Perspective - 13 March 2017
In last month’s blog, I wrote about CMAA being 90 years young as we focus on the future of club management ensuring members are served with energy, enthusiasm and foresight. Did you know that the original name of the Association in 1927 was the National Association of Club Managers? It didn’t take long for that name to change to the Club Managers Association of America or more fondly CMAA. Our name has been with us ever since, but is it the right name for 2020 and beyond?

February 2017: 90 Years Young

CMAA CEO's Perspective - 13 February 2017
A few weeks ago, my wife Susie and I went to visit her parents in North Carolina for the weekend. As my father-in-law approaches 90, I am impressed by his ability to stay young. He continues to be eager about learning, trying new things and ensuring he is staying up to date. I greatly admire my father-in-law and I hope I have the same mindset when I approach his age. He is 90 years young, as there is nothing old about him!

Ten Myth Busters for Hiring in 2017

ClubPeople - 3 February 2017
Ten Myth Busters for Hiring in 2017 Will you be at CMAA? Visit our HR Consultant Alfred Roush Esq. SPHR, SHRM-SCP, and VP of HR Services at CertiPay, as he debunks the Myths for Hiring in 2017 at the CMAA Conference on Club Management this Tuesday, February 7th, 12-1pm. Competency Area: External & Governmental Influences; Human & Professional Resources.

The best beach clubs for a French Riviera yacht charter

- 31 January 2017
Glamorous, decadent, and dripping in celebrity history, the beach clubs of the Cote d’Azur have long been synonymous with the superyacht set. Yet of the hundred or so beach clubs along this stretch of storied coastline, which ones should you visit on your superyacht charter? The best beach clubs have a seductive magic about them, an allure that goes far past the sophisticated decor, the handsome charm of the waiters, or even the softness of the sand where white-cloth tables sit before the sparkling sea. At the top beach clubs—the ones that the A-list compete to get into in the long, languorous days of a Mediterranean Summer — there’s a lingering sense of summers past, of all the famous people who have mingled, dined and danced here, passing happy days diving off pontoons and basking in the sun. So join us as we float from the towering cliffs of Monaco down to the Gulf of Saint Tropez, dropping anchor at the most glorious beach clubs along the French Riviera.

Explaining the Business to Your Board

Club Benchmarking - 23 January 2017
The most successful private club executives are in a class of their own when it comes hospitality. They are experts at delivering an extraordinary club experience and managing large teams of people, but we’ve only met a handful that would be comfortable calling themselves experts in accounting or finance. While that’s not surprising since the skillsets are so different, it does present a challenge.

H-2B Visa Cap Met for First Half of FY2017

CMAA Legislative Report Blog - 19 January 2017
On January 10, US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that the H-2B visa cap for the first half of the 2017 fiscal year had been reached. Currently, the H-2B visa cap set by Congress is 66,000 per fiscal year, with 33,000 to be allocated for employment beginning in the first half of the fiscal year (October 1 - March 31) and 33,000 to be allocated for employment beginning in the second half of the fiscal year (April 1 - September 30). Any unused visas from the first half of the fiscal year will be made available for use by employers seeking to hire H-2B workers during the second half of the fiscal year. However, there is no carry over to the next fiscal year.

Wishing You a Gritty New Year!

CMAA CEO's Perspective - 17 January 2017
Happy New Year! Inspiration for this month’s message comes from CMAA’s elevator. The CMAA HQ building has three floors with roughly seven to twelve people on each. With a National staff team of 28 people on multiple floors, it requires some movement if you are going to run into everyone each day. This gets me to this month’s focus. One way CMAA’s staff stays connected, besides the elevator and two stairwells, is a white board in the elevator. This white board starts out clean each day and whoever has an inspiration, writes it on the board for all to see.

Medinah Country Club Says "Yes" to Innovation & Value Creation

Club Benchmarking - 16 January 2017
Guest Author and Club Benchmarking SubscriberMedinah Food Truck.jpg As most club managers do, I try to spend our capital dollars in the most prudent way possible. When the idea struck me to obtain a food truck and brand it with our logo, I kind of figured that I was going to get some raised eyebrows along with some direct questioning. Once the interrogation was over, the end result was surprising and very gratifying.

Perspectives From the Other SideHow To Turn CMAA World Conference Into A Mastermind Group

Club View / a Chambers Blog - 12 January 2017
“No man is an island.” We’ve all heard this famous turn-of-phrase, but it’s difficult to internalize. No one has all the answers to life’s questions. Though self-reliance is certainly critical, it’s equally important to make the most out of your relationships.

Selling Fitness Experiences To Make Happy Gym Members

Gym Insight Blog - 9 January 2017
The digital economy has changed everything about the fitness experience. Your gym membership is now as much about connecting with people as it is about the workout. The workout experience counts most, but the club experience as a relationship is vital too. Everything from social media engagements, shout-outs for results, to the attitudes and demeanor of your staff members count as part of that experience. Look at everything that you do and evaluate it from the perspective of your members.

Best Practices for Private Club Membership and Marketing

Private Club Marketing - 7 January 2017
If you Google 'best practices' for practically any form of private club marketing or membership campaign-print, e-mail, or social media-the word 'relevance' is sure to come up. Simply put, your messages need to resonate with your audiences. Sounds obvious enough, but how do you do... The post Best Practices for Private Club Membership and Marketing appeared first on Private Club Marketing.

300 Days of Sun, You Say? Find Out Where to Go in the Algarve

- 4 January 2017
Portugal's Algarve region sees at least 300 days of sunshine per year, meaning that there's an approximately 80 percent chance that visitors here will be basking in the warm sun all vacation long. However, deciphering just where to spend a week or two of vacation can be a little tricky, as the jagged coastline is peppered with innumerable large and small towns. Do you want to relax in relatively undisturbed quiet next to surf-ready beaches? Or does exploring narrow cobblestoned alleyways sound more appealing? How about making rounds of nightclubs and bars night after night? The Algarve seemingly has it all, and our handy guide to some of its most popular destinations guarantees that you won't have any problem soaking up the sun.


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