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New Labor Law Goes into Effect January 2020 – Is Your Private Club Ready?
By Jay Salem, Chief Operating Officer, GSI Executive Search

The Department of Labor’s new overtime law, passed on September 24, 2019, raises salary cutoff from $23,660 annualized to $35,568 annualized, or $684 per week. This means to be an exempt employee from overtime under the Federal Labor Standards Act (FLSA), an employee must be paid a salary of at least the threshold amount of $35,568 annualized and also meet certain duties tests. If employees are paid less or do not meet the specific duties test, they must be paid 1.5 times the regular hourly rate worked for time worked in excess of 40 hours per week.

It is estimated that 1.3 million currently exempt workers will have to be reclassified to the non-exempt classification or given a pay raise to get them to the exempt classification if they truly are exempt per the duties test.
Complying with federal labor laws can be a complicated and a tedious process. However, failure to do so can be very expensive if your private club or hospitality organization is audited either randomly by the Department of Labor or by a complaint from an employee. Either of these situations will generate an audit by the Department of Labor.
To avoid significant financial loss from an audit, your employee records must be correct . To compile and maintain correct records, many factors must be considered, including job descriptions, duties tests, pay scales, time keeping systems (manual or automated) and compliance by supervisors and employees. All employees must be coded either exempt or non-exempt in their employee records.

The professionals at GSI Executive Search are available to provide a comprehensive audit of your employee records. If you have questions or would like a free phone consultation, please call me – Jay Salem, Chief Operating Officer – at 214-533-5165 or email jsalem@gsiexecutivesearch.com .

Thank you for your attention to this very important matter.

Jay Salem brings over 40 years of senior management experience to GSI Executive Search. Currently, he serves a dual role as Chief Operating Officer of GSI Executive Search, as well as Human Capital Leader for its parent company, Ethos Club & Leisure LLC. In this capacity he provides HR administration and compliance services to the private club and real estate development community.
GSI Executive Search to Sponsor and Present at Great Lakes Regional Conference
GSI Executive Search is proud to be a sponsor of the Great Lakes Regional Conference, scheduled for October 6-8 in Buffalo, New York and hosted by the New York State Chapter of CMAA. The conference will feature several industry-leading educational speakers, as well as a wonderful progressive dinner/club tour of the Park Club, the Country Club of Buffalo and the Saturn Club. 

This is a featured educational event of the fall season with over six educational credits available. The GSI team will be presenting on  “Social Media and the Impact It May Have on Your Job Search.”   Click here for more information.
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At GSI Executive Search, our search expertise extends across the private club and hospitality industry spectrum. You already know about our track record of success placing top professionals in private clubs and hospitality organizations throughout the U.S.—but did you know we also work with spas, assisted living communities and HOA community associations ?

GSI maintains longstanding and productive relationships with many of these entities—we welcome the opportunity to share our experience with you and discuss your requirements.

GSI principals primarily responsible in each area are:
Spa executive placements: 
Matthew Wooldridge matt@gsiexecutivesearch.com

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Assisted living executive placements: 

For more information about all of our search specialties, visit:  www.gsiexecutivesearch.com
Search Specialties
If you are looking now or anticipate a future need to fill one of your key leadership positions, please contact GSI so we can provide a proposal, discuss our guarantee, and assist in consulting guidance.
  • General Manager/COO
  • Assistant General Manager
  • Community General Manager
  • Chief Financial Officer
  • Clubhouse Manager
  • Food & Beverage Director
  • Executive Chef
  • Director of Tennis
  • Director of Golf
  • Director of Membership & Marketing
GSI identifies top leaders to present for highly specialized requirements and time-sensitive placements. In addition to core executive placement services, additional services   include:
  • Post-Hire Consulting Services 
  • Coaching, Mentoring and Guiding the New Executive Leader
  • One-Year Formal Review of the GM/COO
  • Club and Board Consulting Services
  • One Vision One Voice
  • The Master Planning Process
  • Turning Trainers Into Great Teachers
  • Human Resources Consulting Services
Contact us  today and begin the journey to finding your next club leader!
Search Consultants
Scott McNett

Daniel J. Farrell, CCM

Ned Welc, CCM, CCE

Patrick Ferkany

Matthew Wooldridge
Management Team
Bob Jones
972-341-8133 Office

Jay Salem
972-341-8143 Office
214-533-5165 Cell
About GSI Executive Search:  

GSI Executive Search, an  Ethos Club & Leisure  Alliance company, is a full-service executive search firm serving the private club and hospitality industries throughout the U.S. The firm's hands-on, thorough, and results-oriented approach has led to successful placements for over 20 years with more than 500 client clubs/organizations and over 900 search assignments.