Update on the Final Federal Regulations for Overtime Pay and Exempt Employee Status

Dave Tyahla | May 24, 2016
Last week, the Obama administration released its highly anticipated final regulations and guidelines for the updated Fair Labor Standards Act’s (FLSA).The new regulations state that beginning December 1, 2016, the standard overtime salary level threshold will increase from the current $455 per week to $913 per week (annual salary of $47,476). Read more

Congress Gets the Ball Rolling on Zika Funding

Oliver Spurgeon | May 20, 2016

After months of Congressional hearings, hours of expert testimony by some of the brightest minds in public health, and repeated warnings from advocates, including NRPA, about the dangers of waiting to mount a full-throated response to the Zika virus, Congress has taken the first step to paying for a comprehensive effort to ZIka’s spread.

 

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Key Findings from Survey on Zika and Summer Outdoor Plans

Kevin Roth | May 20, 2016

The Zika virus has been in the headlines over the past few months and it appears that one in four Americans are or will be changing their outdoor plans this summer as a result. This is the key finding from a poll conducted on behalf of the National Recreation and Park Association in mid-May.

 

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Top Tips from a Conference Newbie and Pro

Jay Tryon, CPRP | May 10, 2016

The NRPA Annual Conference is quickly approaching and the Young Professional Network (YPN) is very excited to bring you another blog to help you get ready for the event. Each year thousands of park and recreation professionals come together for an amazing week filled with vast amounts of knowledge and countless memories. The week is jam packed with hundreds of educational sessions, off site institutes, networking events, an ever growing exhibit hall and most importantly a time for professionals to grow, share and learn among each other. 

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Join the Fight Against Arthritis

Oliver Spurgeon | May 6, 2016

In an effort to improve the lives of the 53 million people suffering from Arthritis, NRPA is working with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the Arthritis Foundation, the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors and public health advocates across the country to spread the word that May is National Arthritis Awareness Month.

 

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Zika Virus Update: New Potential Northward Spread Feared

Richard J. Dolesh | May 2, 2016

There is a significant new development regarding the potential spread northward of the Zika virus with implications for large portions of the United States. For the first time, according to the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), the Zika virus has been found in a species of mosquito other than the Aedes aegypti mosquito.  

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7 Tips for Preventing Child Abuse at Summer Camps

Editor | April 28, 2016

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month, and with planning for summer camps in full swing, now is a good time to think about how your camps can help spot and prevent child abuse.

 

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One Step Closer to Making LWCF Permanent

David Tyahla | April 26, 2016
Last week, the U.S. Senate overwhelmingly approved a comprehensive energy reform package (S. 2012) which includes permanent reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). The bill includes a significant change to how future LWCF dollars would be distributed by requiring a minimum of 40 percent of annual LWCF support go to a "suite" of existing programs which benefit the states, including the State Assistance Program, Forest Legacy Program, Co-Operative Endangered Species grants and American Battlefields preservation grants. Read more

“Improving Child Nutrition and Education Act” Not Worthy of the Name

Oliver Spurgeon | April 22, 2016
After months of good faith efforts by NRPA to help craft a sensible, bipartisan renewal of the Child Nutrition Reauthorization, Rep. Todd Rokita (R-IN) and other House Republicans have introduced the Improving Child Nutrition and Education Act. This bill will not only deny thousands of hungry children meals during the school day, it will cut the number of kids parks and recreation agencies feed during the summer and impose budget-busting costs on our summer meals programs. Read more

Do We Represent the Diversity of Our Communities?

Kevin Roth | April 20, 2016
Different backgrounds bring different experiences to the workplace. For parks and recreation, especially, it’s important for our agencies to understand the needs of their community members. One way of doing this is to have staff representative of the community you serve. So in February we asked many of our nation’s urban and larger suburban park and recreation agencies about the demographics of their agency team members. Read more

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