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August 15, 2012
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  • New York Athletic Club contributes to Olympic gold
    Six out of the 13 players on the gold medal-winning women's water polo team are members of the New York Athletic Club, which has had athletes compete in every modern Olympic Games. The water polo team beat Spain 8-5 in the final match to become the first team to bring the U.S. gold in water polo since 1904, when a team made up of NYAC members won. This year, the club had 55 members competing in the Games. Bloomberg Businessweek (8/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Unlike other generations, older Americans are living the good life
    While members of pre-Baby Boomer generations maintain a solemn mood about their financial situations, today's retirees are very optimistic about and satisfied with their lives. A poll conducted by USA Today, UnitedHealthcare and the National Council on Aging revealed that, among other positive attitudes, 75% of senior citizens think their quality of life will stay the same or get better over the next 10 years, and 85% think they will be able to stay in their homes for the next five to 10 years. The oldest Americans are also the wealthiest Americans, according to data from the Federal Reserve Board. USA TODAY (8/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Chefs cut costs, add flavor with sustainable seafood
    Using sustainable seafood on menus is one of the most popular trends among chefs, the National Restaurant Association reported in its What's Hot in 2012 survey. Sustainable and locally caught seafood costs less, and using the different varieties of seafood allows chefs to be more creative with flavors in the kitchen. Chef Logan Cox of Ripple in Washington, D.C., serves locally caught seafood, including pan-seared, crispy blue fish, which is one of Ripple's best-sellers. Nation's Restaurant News (free registration) (8/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  On the Green 
  • Phelps switches gears from swimming to golf
    After ending the 2012 Olympic Games as the most decorated Olympian of all time, Michael Phelps will focus on taking some strokes off of his golf game and winning his club's championship on the Golf Channel's "The Haney Project," which will begin filming next month. The reality show, which follows Hank Haney as he coaches various celebrities such as Ray Romano and Charles Barkley, will premiere in February 2013. Yahoo! (8/11), CBS Sports (8/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Operations & Membership Management 
  • Hiring temp workers presents employers with legal risks
    Last month, there were more than 2.5 million temporary workers on payrolls, and hiring temp workers can be a legal risk for employers if they aren't careful about following all the rules. In the year ending March 31, a record number of wage-and-hour lawsuits were filed, and restaurants accounted for about 10% of the $225 million in back wages that the Wage and Hour Division collected for FLSA violations in 2011. To avoid such problems, employers and staffing companies should take certain precautions, such as drafting clear and concise contracts, Patricia Nemeth, a partner at the employment firm Nemeth Burwell, said. National Restaurant Association (8/10), (8/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Employers' health care costs to rise 7%, report says
    Employers could see the cost of health care benefits increase by 7% on average next year, and most say they'll pass some of the additional expense along to workers in the form of higher premiums, according to a report by the National Business Group on Health. A key shift from last year is that more employers are pinning cost-control hopes on wellness programs, unlike in the past, when they looked primarily to cost-shifting. National Underwriter Life & Health (8/6), (8/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • How advertising in Club Director can work for you
    Club Director offers one of the most compelling ways to target the most-desired customers in the private club market. As one of the premier publications in the club industry, Club Director's reach and readership provide incomparable value for your advertising investment. Each issue offers in-depth analysis of current trends, reports and research and provides timely answers and solutions to a broad range of questions and issues, helping today's private club management teams make vital policy and purchasing decisions that support member services.

    By advertising in Club Director, you target the decision-makers of the club industry you value most — putting the right product or service in front of the right audience. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • How will the health care law affect your club?
    With the Supreme Court's decision to uphold most parts of the 2010 health care law, clubs need to begin preparing for how the employer mandate will affect them. To understand the law's impact and employers' new responsibilities, NCA will offer a two-part webinar series on Aug. 22 and 29 to address the most immediate mandates, compliance requirements and costs. These two webinars will present club leaders with a complete review of the most important law to impact the private club industry in the last 20 years and will provide a clear understanding of the aspects of the PPACA that make this law so unique. Webinars are free for NCA members. Register here. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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