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LAW ELEVATED — The Department of Labor’s new OT rule put on hold

It seems that the US. Department of Labor (DOL)’s highly-anticipated overtime rules changes have been put on hold—and, quite possibly, on ice. On November 22, 2016, just days before the new rules were set to take effect on December 1, Federal District Judge Amos Mazzant, a 2014 Obama appointee, issued a preliminary injunction that prevents the DOL from implementing any ...

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BEN WILLIAMS — How the Democrats shot themselves in their self-righteous left foot

The old saying “What goes around, comes around” is a non-partisan axiom.  An analogous Biblical proverb advocates we should “do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” The Democrats can only hope the Republicans subscribe to the Golden Rule instead of an “eye for an eye.” I’ll leave it to objective historians to determine whether the Democrats, ...

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TODD SMITH — Cyber Monday smashed online sales record

Cyber Monday, the final lap in the Thanksgiving holiday shopping relay, yielded $3.45 billion in sales, a new online record. On the day when retailers traditionally roll out a raft of digital deals, Adobe Digital Insights said shoppers spent 12.1 percent more than Cyber Monday 2015, and 2.6 percent more than Adobe initially predicted. “Cyber Monday was one for the history ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — PERS’ deficit “mortgage” ballooning, not shrinking

You know how a mortgage works right? You make your monthly payments and gradually your mortgage balance comes down.   Pat Robertson, Executive Director of the Mississippi Public Employees’ Retirement System (PERS), tells legislators and retirees to think of PERS’ massive $16.8 billion funding shortfall as a mortgage: “Having an unfunded liability (deficit) is analogous to having a mortgage and ...

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TODD SMITH — Social marketing tips to bring luster to your holiday branding

As the holiday season shifts into high gear, it’s important to consider social media as part of your holiday marketing mix. Facebook, in particular is a great platform for holiday branding. Social Media Examiner has developed 10 tips to leverage visibility and extend your reach during the holiday season. Here are the Top 5i 1. Create a Content Calendar With ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Leaders’ power play puts egg on their faces

How appropriate.  Fate chose the week of the Egg Bowl for legislative leaders to have to wipe lots of egg off their faces.   How silly. House Republican leaders passed a rule, with Senate mimicry pending, to deny media access to the Legislature’s contracts, only to find out they were violating their own law.   How embarrassing. The state’s only statewide ...

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#justsayin — A look at the Dak Attack

This week, Ford Williams highlights the changing of the guard with Dak Prescott (formerly of Mississippi State) stepping up as the starting quarterback of the Dallas Cowboys, and Tony Romo, now recovered and dressed out, watching as the rookie leads the Cowboys on an impressive winning streak. Ford is a freshman at the Savannah College of Art & Design (SCAD) in ...

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