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February 6, 2013
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  • California club under investigation for volunteer workers
    The Rancho Mirage Country Club in California is under investigation regarding its use of volunteers who served as marshals or manned starter booths at the club, and officials with the California Department of Industrial Relations’ Division of Labor Standards say it may owe years in back pay. "There are courses throughout the state where the status of the volunteer is preserved, and cases where it’s not preserved,” says attorney Edward Smilow. “It really comes down to, Are they volunteers or not? -- someone who gives something without expectations of remuneration.” The Desert Sun (Palm Springs, Calif.) (tiered subscription model) (2/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • How to successfully restructure club committees
    While some club managers are content to have their board sit on the sideline, others want them to take more firm of a stance in the club's direction. Reorganize and reinvigorate your board by streamlining committees, clearly defining their roles and ensuring members are proactive and in it for the long haul. “Any club that wants to succeed in today’s world needs to take a good hard look not just at revenue streams and cost reductions,” says Michael G. Leemhuis, the COO of the Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Md., “but at their governance model and strategic plans as well, to ask ‘Is this right for where we want to go?’” (1/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Private Palm Beach country clubs attract famous golf pros
    Private clubs in Palm Beach, Fla., such as Medalist Golf Club and The Bear’s Club, are home to some of the world's best golfers, including Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy. “Our members just leave them alone,” says Bear’s Club general manager Bob Wesselman. “They realize that’s their job, and it’s a pretty high-profile membership to begin with.” The Palm Beach Post (Fla.) (1/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Operations & Membership Management 
  • HRAs limited by Affordable Care Act
    The Affordable Care Act will limit employers' ability to contribute to health reimbursement arrangements (HRAs) to fund employees' health-related expenses, says Timothy Jost, a professor at the Washington and Lee University School of Law in Virginia. "Some employers had hoped that with the advent of the exchanges in 2014, they would be able to offer their employees a fixed-dollar contribution through an HRA, which would permit the employee to take advantage of the tax subsidies currently available through HRA coverage but get the employer out of the health insurance business," he says. "(However, federal agencies) have concluded that stand-alone HRAs used to purchase individual coverage will not be considered to be integrated coverage that complies with the annual dollar limit requirement." Society for Human Resource Management (1/2013) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  NCA News 
  • Webinar: The New Health Care Law and Private Clubs, Part III
    Join NCA's Brad Steele, vice president of government relations and general counsel, for the next installment of NCA’s popular webinar series on Thursday, Feb. 14, at 2 p.m. In late 2012 and early 2013, the federal government released major regulations regarding the Affordable Care Act. With full implementation of the health care reform law beginning on Jan. 1, 2014, club leaders must act now to be ready. This webinar will review the new requirements and guide club leaders through what they must be doing now and in the future to prepare for the effects of this new law.

    Find out more about the webinar or register. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Save the date: 2013 National Club Conference, April 28-30
    NCA’s annual National Club Conference is an unparalleled opportunity to network with private club leaders and to put your club at the forefront of the industry through educational seminars conducted by our experts. Our landmark tenth annual conference will take place April 28 to 30 at the Boca Raton Resort and Club in beautiful Boca Raton, Fla. For more details, visit the NCA website. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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