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New Overtime Rules for 2016

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A recent rule change by President Obama could possibly make millions of workers eligible for overtime impacting businesses of all size and all industries nationwide. The rule is set to go into effect in 2016.

Some background … The  Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) determines minimum standards in four main areas of federal labor law: minimum wage ($7.25/hr), overtime (time-and-a-half pay), definition of “hours worked,” and standards for record keeping of time and wages.  The FLSA was established to increase the federal minimum wage and address treatment of specific classifications of workers. They determine the rules for exempt (salaried) and non-exempt (hourly) employees.

There are a few rules required for an employee to be considered exempt from the FLSA, however there is one that President Obama aims to change … the minimum salary requirement.

Now, according to the FLSA, an exempt employee must be paid a minimum of $455/wk or $23,660/yr. President Obama intends to change the rule by increasing the minimum pay from $455 to $970/wk, or from $23,660 to $50,440/yr.

The minimum salary level is meant to cover all professionals with high skill levels, executive level responsibilities, and significantly higher income than the average worker. This threshold for the “exempt” salary has remained unchanged since 1975 when it was last modified … 40 years unchanged!

So what does that mean for your business?

This significant change will likely affect many workers in your business, and with the newly raised threshold, businesses will have to pay the workers that fall below the threshold overtime if they exceed 40 hours. So, for all employees who currently earn between $23,660 and $50,440per year, employers will have to reclassify them as non-exempt, track their hours, and pay them time-and-half for hours over 40 per week. Many businesses must now find out how many employees will be impacted in this change and develop a plan for managing and tracking time.

 

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Tribute to a Great Man

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in lieu of flowersRandy “Euby” regretfully announces the passing of his father Clarence Eubanks. He was a great man, father, grandfather, mentor, example for all and another grand U.S. war hero of the greatest generation! He led a wonderful life and left an incredible legacy.

Our condolences to the Eubanks family whom respectfully requests that anyone wishing to pay their respects send a donation, in lieu of flowers, to Clarence Eubank’s favorite museum the D-Day WWII museum in New Orleans, LA. Follow the link below if you wish to pay your respects to a great and honorable man.

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Why Should You Attend Trade Shows?

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With Suncoast’s Trade Show coming up Thursday, May 21 … here is exactly why trade shows are beneficial to you.

There are many advantages to attending trade shows, whether you are a retailer or wholesaler. Despite any travel expenses and/or registration fees you may encounter when attending a show, the value more than outweighs the cost. Trade shows allow you to gain valuable experience, knowledge, product exposure, and more.

Trade shows are a great way to keep up with industry trends, new products and resources that are available to your business. Walking the trade show floor can easily tell you what you need to implement in your marketing campaign and what you might need to put away for a while. Shows allow you to see the best of the best and what’s hot from many different suppliers …  it’s like walking through hundreds of catalogs and interacting with an expert from each to help you find what is best for you.

Physically seeing, touching and comparing items at a show is a great way to stimulate new and creative ideas that will help promote your business. Not only that, it is the best way to make a relationship with vendors you can trust and gain business from who you might not have had the chance to outside of the show.

Trade shows are also a great way to generate leads and make relationships with potential customers. Collect business cards and directory contacts to add to your database of contacts. Trade shows are powerful educational tools and networking events that exposes you to new people, new businesses and new creative ways to enhance and promote your business.

Not only can you network and make strong relationships with vendors, you will get answers right away since communication is immediate and easy.

And do not forget … trade shows are also fun! Having fun gives you the energy and motivation to work and better your business. Value each opportunity to attend a trade show, and sign up today! Suncoast Marketing’s “Make a Splash!” Trade Show is only three weeks away!

Click here to read more from “Ten Reasons to Attend Trade Shows.”

The American Fine Wine Competition Gala raised thousands for Deliver to Dream!

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As a proud sponsor, Suncoast was part of a great event by American Fine Wine Competition that helped raised thousands of dollars for Deliver the Dream on Friday, April 24th. The Gala began with a “Sparkling Reception,” a silent auction, and the sounds of a classical guitar. More than 700 wines from the competition were showcased during the magnificent wine-centric dinner!

Read more about the Gala event and find out the results of the competition on AFWC’s website!

Administrative Professionals’ Day!

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Suncoast Marketing, Inc. appreciates its employees who work hard every day to make Suncoast a great company and an even better place to work. On Administrative Professionals’ Day, we are now enjoying personalized, Suncoast CROSS pens!

Have you Met these Amazing Winemakers? or Tasted these Incredible Wines?

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Euby and Suncoast Marketing are PROUD sponsors of this outstanding event … for Deliver the Dream!

The event is hosted by Shari Gherman and American Fine Wine Competition at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel … Friday night April 24th!

A limited number of tickets are still available at $300 per person …

Hope to see you there!

GCPPA: District 2 Regional Association

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GCPPA  President Randy “Euby” Eubanks, along with past President Gary Tuchler and ED Kelly Wilson, participated in the RAC District 2 Regional Association planning meeting in Nashville, TN earlier this week … The group took a moment for a photo prior to leaving for the airport.

A special package representing our industry’s products and services was agreed upon for PPWW (Promotional Products Work Week) next month and each region will be getting few bags for presentation to local officials and/or major clients.

Anyone interested in arranging a meeting with a local, county or state official for delivering a package (and photo opp) are encouraged to contact their local rep to obtain the packages.

PSDA P2P Solutions Summit: Chicago

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PSDA chicago2Randy and the sale team had a great experience at the PSDA Summit in Chicago!

PSDA, the association for the community of professionals who make, buy and sell print and print-related products, held the event in Chicago March 31-April 2. The event was a great opportunity to build connections and grow business. Randy Eubanks served on the PSDA Board for two years.

“West Coast Dock Standoff Ends”

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The nine-month dispute that clogged cargo traffic in 29 West coast ports has finally come to an end, and through much negotiation, dockworkers and shipping companies have agreed to a tentative deal. Ports are now fully back in operation and those affected by this standoff should no longer face any problems. “The new five-year deal affects 29 ports from San Diego to Seattle that handle roughly 25% of all U.S. international trade . . . Specifics of the contract have not been publicly disclosed. What is known is that negotiators most recently were at odds over the arbitration system used to resolve workplace grievances” (Advantages April 2015).

This agreement will lead to a huge relief of our economy since so many American workers and businesses have been affected by this dispute. Workers have been urged to efficiently take care of tangled backlogs and release all the cargo to its destinations. As the situation grew to worker slowdowns and lockouts, negotiators were brought in to find a resolution before the dispute got even worse. The government is working to ensure that this nightmare issue never happens again. Many industries were affected by congested ports, including specialty ad firms, which caused delays in inventory and customer cancellations. So, though it may take weeks to fully resolve this issue and unload all the backed up cargo, a deal will be finalized and the government will continue to monitor so that nothing this severe ever happens again.

Check out the Advantages Magazine article below!

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