Business Law Hotline

Don't let your first brush with the law be in front of a judge and jury. The National Newspaper Association is offering, free to members, its Business Law Hotline.

Stave off possible court actions by consulting with media attorneys about a variety of issues. Attorneys -- all with backgrounds in media law -- in Nashville, TN, San Diego, CA, and Arlington, VA, support the hotline.

The hotline does not participate in conflicts between newspapers. It provides general information that will help you to determine when you need more legal assistance. For questions about libel, public notices, taxation or estate planning, consult your newspaper attorney.

Many state press organizations also provide hotlines for newsroom and other issues. Contact your state association to learn more.

American Press Works Inc. and King & Ballow of Nashville, TN, and San Diego, CA, sponsor the NNA hotline. Call 1-800-829-4662 option 1.


SCOTUS overturns FOIA precedent

June 24, 2019

The U.S. Supreme Court today closed a window into the workings of the federal government when agencies withhold information about businesses it acquires as part of administering taxpayer-supported programs, the National Newspaper Association said.

Legislation to permit non-profit status for newspapers draws NNA support

June 7, 2019

National Newspaper Association today applauded introduction of legislation that would make it easier for publishers to convert their newspapers to non-profit status if they choose.  The bill, the Saving Local Newspapers Act, by Rep. Mark DeSaulnier, D-CA, would clarify that publishing can be an acceptable purpose under non-profit tax rules.  It would also allow advertising revenues to support a non-profit operation without being taxed as unrelated business income.

National Newspaper Association recommends phasing in proposed salary threshold for exempt employees of small businesses

May 22, 2019

National Newspaper Association this week objected to a proposed 50% increase in exempt employee salaries under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and recommended instead a phased-in schedule for small businesses. 

In March, the U.S. Department of Labor proposed increasing the threshold salary for employees exempt from overtime pay under the FLSA to $35,300 annually, up from the existing threshold of $23,660. 

A second blow

March 14, 2018

A second blow against community newspapers was announced this week by the U S Department of Commerce in the form of heavy tariffs on the North American paper supply.

Newsprint tariff at the discretion of DOC

March 14, 2018

The Department of Commerce can legally use its discretion to mitigate the impact of proposed tariffs on newsprint so that job loss from a proposed set of duties on Canadian paper is minimized, a group of publishing organizations told the DOC in February.

House passes comp time bill, Senate now has the action

June 12, 2017

WASHINGTON—Newspaper staffs might soon acquire the ability to earn comp time from those late nights covering elections and waiting for the winning touchdown at a high school game.

 

New administration brings new laws and challenges

March 13, 2017

The arrival of the 45th president, Donald J. Trump, and the 115th Congress brings the potential of many legal changes for community newspapers. Here are just a few.

 

Can we edit our website’s online comments?

November 3, 2014

Q The comments feature on our website has certainly brought out the crazies in the community. We thought we were inviting civil discussion, but instead we’re getting profanity and name-calling. We’re thinking of taking it down entirely, but we do want to encourage debate. Can we edit these so we don’t offend our readers?

From what labor laws are newspapers exempt?

December 10, 2013

We have a newspaper with less than 4,000 circulation. Isn’t there a rule that exempts us from some of the labor laws?

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