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April 25, 2017
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Fla. grapples with bill to criminalize condo election misconduct
The Florida Legislature is divided over a bill that would criminalize forgery in condo board elections and set up penalties for withholding documents from owners. Opponents say such misconduct should be handled in civil court and could discourage owners from wanting to serve as a board member, while proponents state the bill helps financially-strapped members who have been wronged.
Miami Herald (tiered subscription model) (4/18) 
Nev. bills seek to restore HOAs' ability to sue for construction defect
Two bills in the current Nevada legislative session would once again give HOAs the ability to sue builders over construction defects. In 2015, Nevada banned HOAs from filing lawsuits against developers, resulting in a rise in multifamily construction, including condos and townhomes.
Northern Nevada Business Weekly (Reno) (4/17) 
Condo association supports recognition of tribal burial ground
The association of Bay Pointe Condominiums in Limestone County, Ala., has backed the installation of a historical marker at a Native American burial ground on its property. The gravesite of the Echota Cherokee Tribe was discovered in 1989, and the condos were built around three sides of the site.
The Decatur Daily (Ala.) (4/18) 
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Leadership Strategies and Organizational Management
How to get employees to speak their minds
Many employees are afraid to speak up when something is wrong out of fear for retaliation even when there's no history of that, writes Susan Mazza. For leaders to encourage dissent and contrary opinions, they need to get comfortable with criticism and publicly ask for and thank people for it. (4/19) 
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Doing Good in the Community
HOA's Easter egg hunt delights 100-plus people in N.Y.
The Cape Cod HOA in New York hosted an Easter egg hunt of almost 1,200 candy-filled eggs and an Easter Bunny-led parade. Up to 150 kids and adults attended, which was a better-than-expected turnout for the annual event, said HOA president Susie Pezzello Travia.
Herald Community Newspapers (Garden City, N.Y.) (4/20) 
Ethics and Professional Conduct
How to create an ideal employee experience
Positive work experiences have been tied to increased levels of discretionary effort. This article examines the elements that create positive work experiences and explores how companies can improve to accommodate employees.
Inc. online (free registration) (4/19) 
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Join CAMICB at the CAI Block Party
We're joining the CAI Block Party at the upcoming CAI annual conference and tradeshow May 3-5 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas! Come have your complimentary headshot taken at the CAMICB Headshot Lounge. The CAMICB Headshot Lounge offers an opportunity to interact with CAMICB staff to learn more about the CMCA exam. We'll have a professional photographer on hand to take your photo. Updated, professional headshots are a must and perfect for refreshing your LinkedIn or other social media pages!

Headshot Lounge hours:
Wednesday, May 3, 3:00-7:00 p.m. 
Thursday, May 4, 1:00-5:00 p.m.
Friday, May 5, 1:00-4:30 p.m.

We're also hosting a fun game of CMCA Roulette. Come play CMCA Roulette and test your knowledge of the CMCA exam: get the question right and you'll spin the wheel for a cool prize. And, don't miss Friday's grand prize drawing! We look forward to seeing you in Las Vegas.
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