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The National Newspaper Association’s mission is to protect, promote and enhance American’s community newspapers. NNA needs the support of every community newspaper in order to work closely with policy officials to create a legal and regulatory environment conducive to the growth of community newspapers.

Tax cuts could see movement before year’s end

December 28, 2017

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act moved apace through the House and Senate steps set out by leadership to achieve passage before the end of the year.

Tax Reform is Completed without a Tax on Advertising

December 20, 2017

Congress has recognized the importance of advertising in the U.S. by electing not to impose a new tax on this economic driver, according to National Newspaper Association President Susan Rowell.

Ad tax looms for businesses

October 16, 2017

The threat of a federal tax on advertising loomed large in September as the nation awaited the appearance of proposed tax reform legislation from Congress. Groups with a stake in any aspect of the Internal Revenue Code, first passed in 1913 with a deduction for advertising expenses, swarmed Capitol Hill to speak up for their concerns.

Ad tax fight heats up

October 13, 2017

We are fighting an advertising tax.

Health Insurance For Small Businesses Is Part of the Solution

September 25, 2017

Health insurance plans that America’s small business associations could create to serve members across state lines should be a piece of the nation’s health care solution, according to National Newspaper Association (NNA). Legislation to authorize national association health plans by Sen. Mike Enzi, R-WY, could make such plans a reality.

How to test possible employees

September 13, 2017

Q In this age of social media acronyms, finding people who can write a complete sentence without IMHOs, LOLs and ICMYIs is a challenge. We want to give applicants a try-out before hiring them. What do we need to know?

Congress to tackle federal tax code

July 11, 2017

Where will the money come from? That is the big question facing the 115th Congress as it tackles the daunting effort to reform the federal tax code. The latest major revision was in the Reagan administration. With scores of exemptions, deductions, write-offs, depreciations and variable rates to calibrate, the code’s revision is not a task for the faint of heart.

 

Around the legal world in 30 minutes

November 1, 2016

A major topic on many conference attendees’ minds is the new overtime rule finalized by the U.S. Department of Labor last May and set to become effective on Dec. 1, 2016. When the final rule becomes effective, the standard salary threshold will increase from $23,660 to $47,476 per year. Employers will be able to count non-discretionary bonuses and commissions toward as much as 10 percent of the standard salary threshold.

 

New overtime rule may backfire into less news and fewer jobs

May 18, 2016

A new rule governing overtime pay for employees will create disruption at small newspapers and likely lead to more job cutbacks, National Newspaper Association President Chip Hutcheson, publisher of The Times-Leader in Princeton, KY, said today. He expressed disappointment that the U.S. Department of Labor had rejected calls by many small businesses to introduce a more modified and gradually-rising threshold that sets overtime-eligible employees apart from professional staff.

New FLSA fluctuating option explained

May 9, 2016

Q Our company is looking at our alternatives if the new Fair Labor Standards rules for exempt employees go into effect. We are hearing we may be able to put some people on a salary basis under a “fluctuating” workweek rule. Our newsroom people definitely have fluctuating workweeks, and we are reluctant to have them all on hourly rates because some will have very meager paychecks during slow weeks. Can you explain this “fluctuating” option?

 

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