Major changes to H-2B visa program effective April 23
On February 21, the Department of Labor issued a final rule on the H-2B program that amends its regulations beginning April 23. Major features of the final rule will affect recruitment, wages, hour and income guarantees, limitations on deductions and records retention as well as an extension of rights to US workers who are recruited in similarly situated positions. Learn more in the Legislative Report Blog.
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Bill Benko plays more than 100 rounds of golf a year. But the 57-year-old wouldn't have that stat — in fact, he isn't so sure how much he'd play at all — without the new program called the Express Lane at Angel Park Golf Club in Las Vegas. This innovative promotion, which launched this spring, requires players to finish their rounds in three hours and 45 minutes. "There was no way I'd play golf if it was four-and-a-half-hour rounds. It's not enjoyable," he says. More
A major change in thinking?
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Butler National's male-only membership has kept the club from hosting a big-time golf event. But interest in a U.S. Open might cause it to open its doors to women. More
Riviera Country Club: Part golf course, part museum, part red carpet — all glamour
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The pinnacle for most golf courses is hosting a PGA Tour event. But The Riviera Country Club is not most golf courses. The site of the recent Northern Trust Open has a history that overshadows the action on the fairways and greens. Nestled in the Pacific Palisades of Los Angeles, Riviera has hosted the tournament since 1973, save for two years it was preparing for more prominent events. Before that time, though, it was the playground of the biggest names in Hollywood. More
North Sydney Yacht Club to get $520,000 facelift
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Upgrades at North Sydney's Northern Yacht Club mean the club will be able to resume holding national and international sailing competitions. The improvements also will "make a huge difference to club members," John Anderson, the club's commodore, said. The work includes removing and refacing the existing wharf, the establishment of a rock face with concrete anchors, the removal of a deteriorated wharf structure and the installation of a floating dock system. More
The magic of Ireland comes to life through its golf courses, castles
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The 2011 Solheim Cup introduced the dynamite Killeen Castle Golf Club to the world. The Jack Nicklaus course in County Meath, just outside Dublin, proved to be an excellent tournament venue as the Europeans won in dramatic fashion. But let's be honest. The course wouldn't induce such awe without the majestic 12th-century Killeen Castle hovering over the final green. More
See you in New Orleans!
The 85th World Conference and Club Business Expo kicks off on Friday. View the helpful hints including attire tips, plan your Conference sessions in advance, map your route across the show floor and manage your entire experience using My Conference Planner (Mobile format for your smartphone) and pre-print your Session Handouts. The CMAA Staff looks forward to welcoming you at Conference Registration beginning Friday, February 24, at 8 a.m. in the La Galeries Foyer, 2nd Floor of the New Orleans Marriott. See you in the Crescent City!
Look for the Club Connection Conference Daily
Starting Friday and continuing through Tuesday, CMAA will be sending out daily Conference updates featuring events and important information. Arriving bright and early each morning in your inbox, the Conference Daily can serve as a friendly reminder of the valuable items to include on your schedule each day. For a preview of all the Conference information, visit the Conference website.
Volunteers needed at Conference!
Volunteers still needed to assist with the distribution and collection of attendance cards at Conference. Please contact David McCabe if you are interested in volunteering.
Link up and learn webinar online now
The recording and handouts for the February 8 webinar, "How Fit Is Your Club's Wellness Program" by Via Gibson from Desert Highlands is now available. You can access the recording here and the handouts here.
This week on Back of the House — Pros and Cons of Severance Agreements
Employers who pay out severance to their employees run certain risks that need to be considered beforehand. Some employers have learned the hard way that severance agreements aren't always the best course of action. Last year, the University of Oregon received bad press when it was discovered that former head coach Mike Bellotti received a substantial payout upon his departure. More
Take advantage of free shipping at Bookmart during Conference!
During Conference, CMAA's Bookmart will be offering FREE SHIPPING (Domestic customers only, $75 minimum order). Bookmart, your one stop shop for the best resources in the club industry, is the leader in club industry books, videos, manuals and certification resources, offering a complete library of the club-specific resources club managers need. Shop Bookmart online or on site at Conference!