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DOL ruling allows for reporters, photographers to be treated as salaried employees

Camille Olson of Seyfarth Shaw encourages newspapers to take a fresh look at the specific duties of their reporters and photographers, in light of new guidance from the Department of Labor that allows small town and local journalists to qualify for the creative professional exemption to federal overtime rules and be paid a salary, as opposed to hourly wage.

Pat Dorsey joins America's Newspapers board of directors

Pat Dorsey has been appointed to the Board of Directors of America's Newspapers to fill the unexpired term of Bill Barker, who stepped down from the board after leaving Gannett. In other news, America's Newspapers welcomes two new newspaper members. 

State COVID-19 vaccination plan map

Seyfarth Shaw's team of industry-leading employment attorneys has developed Seyfarth's State COVID-19 Vaccination Plan Map, which provides links on state vaccination plans, including executive summaries, full vaccine plans where available, and other updates and sources.

Department of Labor issues Final Rule on independent contractor status

The Final Rule published Thursday, Jan. 7, in the Federal Register by the U.S. Department of Labor with regard to "Employee or Independent Contractor Classification" uses an "economic reality" test to determine a worker's status. It is currrently scheduled to become effective March 8, 2021. The Final Rule considers whether a worker is in business for himself or herself (independent contractor) or is instead economically dependent on an employer for work (employee).
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Kevin Warren has been named publisher of The Natchez (Mississippi) Democrat, Natchez the Magazine, Brookhaven Daily Leader, Brookhaven Magazine, the Prentiss Headlight and related digital and print products.
Jim Gouvellis, the former executive editor of the Sun Newspapers in Sarasota and Charlotte counties, has been named publisher of the Clermont News Leader in Lake County.
A trio of Gannett publications tucked into North Carolina’s Piedmont area – The Times-News in Burlington, The Courier-Tribune in Asheboro and The Dispatch in Lexington — recently underwent some leadership changes.