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Published Friday, April 1, 2016
Private clubs are inextricably connected to the nation’s history. From the country’s founding in which patriots exercised their freedom to associate, to today’s historic golf courses and clubs that are heralded more than a century after their construction, clubs represent a significant part of the American lifestyle. Recognizing the more»
Published Friday, April 1, 2016
A conservation easement is a legal tool originally created for the purpose of protecting and preserving natural landscape and acreage from development. In theory, a landowner agrees to keep a large section of his land free from development and in a natural state in return for some kind of benefit, usually financial. Many government agencies have used this more»
Published Friday, April 1, 2016
During the last few years, clubs have seen increased activity from federal agencies issuing rules and regulations protecting employee rights. The Department of Labor (DOL) announced groundbreaking proposed changes to its exempt employee tests in July 2015, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) attempted to expand sex discrimination protections more»
Published Friday, April 1, 2016
Club management is difficult enough without having an understanding of where potential environmental risks and liabilities might lie throughout the business. For instance, recently a golf course in Maryland received a $15,000 regulatory fine resulting from discharges of pollutants into buffer zones, along with discharges into a small stream. The monetary more»
Published Friday, April 1, 2016
Why is it so hard for my club to find a membership director? It’s difficult to find what you’re looking for because the title does not always define the role. Prior to 2007, a membership director fulfilled the role by way of processing member applications that were judiciously anointed to only top contenders. Today, the role of the membership more»
Published Friday, April 1, 2016
What’s the biggest challenge facing clubs today? Since clubs are in the dues business, it would seem the answer to this question should always be membership retention and attraction. Clearly, without an adequate supply of dues paying members, everything else is vying for second place. But if we leave that aside for a moment and assume membership is a more»
Published Friday, April 1, 2016
Published Friday, April 1, 2016
What are the challenges and trends in liability claims that clubs and their officers and directors are facing? The challenges that the private club Industry is facing now, and into the foreseeable future, continue to escalate, particularly in the area of Director’s & Officers (D&O) and Employment Practices Liability Insurance (EPLI). The more»
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