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This blog features information and advice from industry professionals on relevant club topics and issues. A companion to CMAA's Research Archives, this resource is updated biweekly.

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Upgrading your pool without changing your budget

(Spa and Fitness) Permanent link

04_22_14
As an equipment supplier we get a lot of questions about pool upgrades, especially from existing clients looking to draw in more members or provide a better swimming experience to them. Over the last few years, as budgets have been getting tighter and tighter, some clients have had a hard time getting the upgrades they need to stay competitive. In some cases there is no projected growth so the upgrades are turned down, or in others, there have been membership losses and the funding simply isn’t there to drop thousands of dollars on an upgrade all at once. more...

Why Don’t you Just Chill!? How Blast Chilling and Shock Freezing is a Game Changer in the Modern Club Kitchen

(Food and Beverage) Permanent link

04_17_14_175wWe cook! We take carefully sourced and expertly prepared food and we apply heat to it. Heat gives us flavor, texture, appearance, temperature and aroma. Think of cooking and you think of heat. We use dry heat and moist heat and often a combination of both to get the very best of our food. Solid fuel, sous vide, vapor ovens, induction ranges and combi ovens are all the rage among chefs and the thirst for how we cook and the tools to do it seemingly never get quenched.  more... 

 

It Isn’t Too Soon to Start Thinking About the 2014 Elections

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icon blog blue - 100wThough still seven months away, it is never too early to start thinking about the 2014 elections. Election Day will be Tuesday, November 4. On the state and local levels, voters will choose thousands of state and local officials and decide hundreds of ballot initiatives, including business issues like minimum wage. On the federal level, this year’s midterm Congressional elections will be highly contested as majority control of the US Senate is decided. more...

It Pays to Know
Why Club Compensation & Benefits Data Matters

(Accounting and Finance, Statistics) Permanent link

04_15_14_175wHow a club’s staff is compensated is central to its success on many levels. When employees who interact with the club’s members directly are underpaid, the result is often high staff turnover and diminished member satisfaction. Behind the scenes, compensation below the going rate can lead to poor performance which can negatively impact the member experience. more...


Criminal rate for club employees much higher than you may think

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Icon Blog 2Background checks are always a good idea during the hiring process. But you may not realize just how valuable they can be when performed periodically on your existing workforce. When running background checks on employees for the first time, employers often are surprised by their ‘hit rate,’ the percentage of their employees that are discovered to have criminal records or other issues. more...

How to Get an Employer to Fall in Love With You Before You Even Meet—No Gifts or Cheesy Gestures Required

(Human Resources) Permanent link

04_10_14_175wHow do you put a love spell on someone you’ve never even met? Even harder, how do you make an employer, who has seen hundreds of résumés and interviewed dozens of candidates, fall in love with you before he or she sees you? 
 
Can you put a magic potion in his or her drink?more...

House Passes Measure to Change Full-Time Employee Definition, White House Threatens Veto

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icon blog blue - 100wOn April 3, the House of Representatives passed HR 2575, the Save American Workers Act by a 248-179 vote. Introduced by Representative Todd Young (R-IN), HR 2575 redefines the hours requirements of a full-time employee under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Under ACA, a full-time employee is anyone who works 30 hours or more per week. Under this new measure, the threshold is increased to 40 hours per week.  more....

Legal Tuesday: Changes to Federal Definition of Marriage Mean Changes for Employers – Part Two

(External and Governmental Influences, Human Resources, IRS Issues) Permanent link

04_08_14_175wFollowing a highly-publicized U.S. Supreme Court decision and subsequent guidance from both the Labor Department (DOL) and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), employers need to rethink how they treat same-sex spouses under their employee benefits plans and leave policies. more...


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