U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit heard oral arguments recently in Chicago in AAPS v. Koskinen, a lawsuit brought against the Obama administration by the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons. AAPS contends President Obama has waived the Employer Mandate but is still imposing the Individual Mandate on workers anyway. The president's rewriting legislation, without congressional approval, violates the separation of powers in the U.S. Constitution, AAPS argues.
Recognizing that the entire agency community depends on a strong national trade association, Signature Travel Network told its members they will be required to belong to the American Society of Travel Agents, effective Jan. 1. ASTA will be seeking this type of cooperation from more members like Signature, a company that generates more than $6 billion per year in travel sales.
National Business Aviation Association will debut its Young Professionals In Business Aviation initiative at NBAA Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition, Oct. 21 in Orlando, Fla. The next generation of business aviation professionals will have the opportunity to strengthen their contributions to the industry through participation in NBAA’s Standards of Excellence in Business Aviation, and Professional Development Programs.
Businesses that use professional employer organizations for HR, benefits, and compliance have a significantly higher rate of business survival and a lower rate of employee turnover than businesses that don't use PEOs, according to a new study by the National Association of Professional Employer Organizations. Small businesses that use PEOs grow 7 percent to 9 percent faster, have employee turnover that is 23 percent to 32 percent lower, and are 50 percent less likely to go out of business than companies that don't use PEOs.
Center for Advancing Retail & Technology and National Grocers Association announced a new online platform for the supermarket industry. The CART marketplace advancingretail.org is designed to help the supermarket sector keep pace with technological innovations that are rapidly transforming the way people shop. The marketplace is a free resource for retailers, providing a place to discover new solutions, to learn from available white papers and case studies, and obtain guidance in the form of ratings and reviews provided by fellow retailers.
Grocery Manufacturers Association and the Chinese National Food Industry Association signed a memorandum of understanding to enhance their joint food safety efforts in China and the U.S. The organizations agreed to increase government-industry exchanges and dialogue on food safety, trade facilitation, and other common interests and to also seek opportunities to collaborate regionally and globally.
International Association of Exhibitions and Events entered into a reciprocity agreement with the Indian Exhibition Industry Association to develop new exhibitions and face-to-face events. IAEE currently has 19 reciprocity agreements with non-U.S. exhibition industry associations.
Center for Exhibition Industry Research released its latest Guru report, Once the Conversation is Over – It’s Over! Written by exhibit marketing expert Barry Siskind, this report reviews essential disengagement techniques to enable exhibit staff to effectively and positively conclude conversations with participants. Details: www.ceir.org.
Virginia Society of Association Executives Educational Symposium & Expo will take place Oct. 2 at the Greater Richmond Convention Center. This is the 18th consecutive year that VSAE has partnered with Virginia Business magazine and GRCC on this event.
Fusion Productions and digitalNow announced that digitalNow 2015 will be May 28-30 at Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort. It will be digitalNow’s 15th anniversary and the Swan and Dolphin’s 25th anniversary.
Greg DeSandy, from the Augusta (Ga.) Marriott and Augusta Convention Center, to GM, SMG/Cobo Center, Detroit.
National Newspaper Publishers Association contracted Stevie Larkin for national advertising sales with NNPA Media Services.
American Society for Nutrition’s scientific meeting website, scientificsessions.nutrition.org, received a “Best in Class” distinction from the Interactive Media Awards in the association category for 2014. The “Best in Class” is the highest honor bestowed by the Interactive Media Awards.
Kathleen Blouin, former conventions and forums SVP, and William H. "Bill" Stine II, former international operations director, will receive National Business Aviation Association's Pillar of the Association Award, formerly known as the Staff Lifetime Achievement Award. In its 67-year history, NBAA has only recognized two other former employees for their lifetime contributions to NBAA. The two will be recognized at NBAA's annual awards luncheon, Oct. 21 in Orlando, Fla. as part of the association's 2014 Business Aviation Convention.