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  • After Original Offer Rescinded, AD Finally Approved

    by Dayton Daily News June 2016

    Mark Baker, the former Dunbar basketball standout, was offered the athletic director job with Dayton Public Schools only to have it rescinded.

  • Understanding the Department of Labor’s New Overtime Rules

    by Emily Attwood June 2016

    This article appeared in the July/August issue of Athletic Business. Athletic Business is a free magazine for professionals in the athletic, fitness and recreation industry. Click here to subscribe.


    In May, the Department of Labor announced updates to the Fair Labor Standards Act. One change in particular is generating a lot of discussion — and headaches — among employers and employees alike: the minimum salary for exempt white-collar employees more than doubled, from $23,660 to $47,476.

    What does that mean? "Before, if you were at least $23,660, you were considered exempt and an employer could make you work as much overtime as possible," says Susan Brown Foster, professor of sport business at Saint Leo University in Florida. Now, anyone making below $47,476 would need to be compensated at time and a half for working in excess of 40 hours during a workweek. "As you can imagine, college athletic and recreation departments have a lot of people who make between $23,660 and $47,476," Foster says.

    Between now and Dec. 1, employers will have to determine what to do with salaried employees falling into that range — the sooner the better, given the careful planning required to evaluate all employees' workloads and determine what the best course of action will be and how to transition employees smoothly. "You might find that you have to change your workforce and operations to meet these new standards," Alex Passantino, a partner with law firm Seyforth Shaw, told listeners of a webinar conducted in May in partnership with NIRSA and the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources. "There will be all kinds of issues related to keeping track of time. Those things need to be factored in on the front end. It's not necessarily as simple as flipping a switch."

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  • The Pros and Cons of Personal Trainer Business Models

    by Rob Bishop June 2016

    This article appeared in the June 2016 issue of Athletic Business. Athletic Business is a free magazine for professionals in the athletic, fitness and recreation industry. Click here to subscribe.

  • AD Job Offer Rescinded for Second Time, Board to Vote

    by Marc Pendleton June 2016

    The Dayton Public Schools board of education has rescinded for a second time an offer to fill the position of athletic director. Board President Adil Baguirov confirmed after an executive session Tuesday night at the DPS administration building a second offer had been made, then retracted.

  • Reasons Barry Klein Is Leaving Day-to-Day Club Operations

    by Barry Klein June 2016

    This article appeared in the May issue of Athletic Business. Athletic Business is a free magazine for professionals in the athletic, fitness and recreation industry. Click here to subscribe.

  • HS Coaches Left Unsure of Job Status After Meeting

    by James Yodice May 2016

    The head softball coach, baseball coach and boys basketball coach at Silver High have been fired. Or have they? A confusing situation is unfolding in Silver City, as Duane Trewern, Claudie Thompson and Brandon Siqueiros say they are unsure of their coaching status after a Monday meeting with outgoing Superintendent Lon Streib.

  • Gym Teacher Supported After Suspension Over Shouting

    by Ellen Yan, Rachel Uda May 2016

    About 35 students rallied outside George W. Hewlett High School Tuesday in support of a teacher who they say was suspended after loudly arguing with a student during a gym class, an incident that was captured on video and posted online.

  • New Expenses Loom for University Athletic Departments

    by Steve Berkowitz, @ByBerkowitz, USA TODAY Sports May 2016

    After years of sharply raising the compensation for some of their best-known employees, college sports programs across the nation face the prospect of having to make substantial pay increases for many of their less prominent workers.

  • Mistaken Baseball Internship Posting Leads to Backlash

    by Todd D. Milewski May 2016

    An internship listing for the Madison Mallards summer collegiate baseball team went viral on Sunday, and the backlash was heavy against the club. It was all a mistake, according to the team. A Twitter user posted a screenshot of a posting for the Mallards' radio play-by-play role, highlighting that the position - which also includes media relations duties and acting as the team's traveling secretary - was an unpaid internship. Within hours, the post had generated social media outrage and at least one blog post criticizing the Mallards for not paying someone who's expected to work long hours from May to mid-August.

  • Maine High Schools Scrambling for Coaches

    by Steve Craig April 2016

    Freeport High athletic director Craig Sickels was facing a big problem in early 2015. The softball season was fast approaching and he was still without a varsity coach.