Autumn may seem a long way away, but the Nebraska Chamber is already preparing for its fall legislative forums. For more than three decades, the Nebraska Chamber – in coordination with local chambers across the state – has held annual forums to inform chamber members on state legislative activities and to gather input from the business community on issues of concern. Members of the State Chamber, as well as members of local chambers of commerce and the news media, are invited to participate. State senators and candidates for the Legislature will also be invited to the forums. Enclosed in this issue of The Executive is the 2016 schedule of the Nebraska Chamber’s fall forum tour. (Note: More dates and locations may be added in the future.) For details online, please visit NEChamber.net and click on the “events” tab on the top menu. Forums are listed on the Chamber’s events calendar, beginning in August and running through November. If you would like to attend the forum in your community, contact information is listed with the calendar announcement or call (402) 474-4422 for more information.
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More often than I'd like to admit, I hear comments from Chamber of Commerce members who say, "The Chamber hasn't done anything for me." My initial reaction is to subdue a noticeable cringe or disapproving stare. My second reaction is to assess how this individual is contributing to his or her own cause.
It seems to me that many join the Chamber with the wrong impression. It's as if they view the Chamber as a momma bird who, after being given her Chamber dues, will go out and gather business, pre-masticate it, and finally regurgitate it into their little business mouths for consumption. Now, unless your Chamber is run by , I don't see this happening anytime soon.
The reality is that the Chamber is not a momma bird, but rather an ecosystem from which your business can exist and thrive. Much like a natural ecosystem, the Chamber ecosystem has an interrelated and interdependent food chain that is necessary for each entity to exist. The big businesses can't exist without the small businesses. The small businesses can't exist without the workers from the big businesses. The occupational health clinics can't exist without the manufacturing plants. The manufacturing plants can't exist without the construction companies. The construction companies can't exist without the building supply companies. You see? Interdependence.
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The US Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a conference call this Thursday, October 22 at 3:00pm ET to discuss the Obama Administration's proposed changes to the regulations defining who qualifies for overtime.
Under the proposed rule, workers will automatically be eligible for overtime compensation if they are not paid more than $970 per week ($50,440 per year). That's up from $455 per week ($23,660 per year) under current rules. Increasing the salary threshold so dramatically will mean employers will have to decide whether to reclassify millions of employees or increase their salaries to remain exempt. Many will likely be reclassified from exempt to non-exempt (eligible for overtime).
Learn more or register for the call here!