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Tonda Rush

Tonda Rush is general counsel to the National Newspaper Association. Email her at tonda@nna.org

It's a long river ...

It is a reasonable assumption that if you are reading this, you are counting on Periodicals mail. Maybe you are relying upon it for 80-100% of your distribution. If that is you, I am worried about ...

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What happens when a letter-writer wants to take back their letter?

Q: A reader sent a letter to the editor on a topic of great controversy in our community. Then, after thinking more about it, the reader told us not to publish. But we have the letter. We have the ...

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While we wait ... here are some great mileposts along NNA’s 137-year history

If experience over the last decade means anything, it will be more than a year before a new idea jells within the USPS management team and gets on the regulatory path to enactment. NNA has requested action ...

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Newspaper mailers not saved from dramatic postage increases by postal reform

The U.S. Postal Service today announced it would hike Periodicals postage rates an average of 8.5% for Periodicals on July 10, 2022, disappointing publishers who expected passage of the Postal Service ...

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Newspaper promotions at Within-County mailing rate can begin

President Joe Biden today signed the Postal Service Reform Act of 2022, which implements reforms of federal employee benefit programs and shaves more than $50 billion off the USPS balance sheet. It also ...

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Congress passes Postal Service Reform Act of 2022, but ‘our work is not done’

FALLS CHURCH, Virginia — The National Newspaper Association capped a decade-and-a-half legislative campaign in March when Congress passed the Postal Service Reform Act of 2022.

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Higher salary threshold for exempt employees on the horizon again

The Biden Administration’s Department of Labor is expected to propose a higher salary threshold for exempt employees under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

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When one of the centipede legs stops moving — arrangement in Virginia is not unique

“It is like the story of the spider and the centipede. The spider said to the centipede: ‘I have enough trouble keeping my eight legs working together. How do you manage 100 of them?’ ...

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Congress passes long-awaited postal reform legislation

The Postal Service Reform Act of 2022, HR 3076, cleared the U.S. Senate today, sending legislation to President Biden that would give the U.S. Postal Service relief from a 16-year-old requirement to fund ...

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Encrypted police scanner systems shut out press and the public

The disappearing police scanner has been a topic for journalists since 9-11. That is because the need for a national communications policy to bring federal, state, local and tribal law enforcement and ...

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Our job now is to make newspaper mail more visible and efficient

We are working on a series of case studies using specific newspapers, subscriber lists and mail prep reports as our homework. The goal is to improve their specific service, but more importantly to diagnose ...

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US Court of Appeals rules in favor of PRC

Users of the mail could face substantial postage increases in 2022 and 2023 after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit turned down an appeal by the National Newspaper Association, ...

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NNA welcomes progress on portion of Local Journalism Sustainability Act

The National Newspaper Association today welcomed news that the sections of the Local Journalism Sustainability Act that would provide tax credits for newsroom jobs have survived as part of the Build Back ...

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OSHA vaccine mandate put on hold by federal appeals court

The Emergency Temporary Standard by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has been stayed by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in New Orleans, which ordered OSHA to ...

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NNA Members: Budget in 2022 for July/August postage increase; in 2023, two increases

Following a week of meetings and consultations with USPS pricing officials, NNA believes the Postal Service intends to continue its pattern of using the “rate authority” provided by the Postal ...

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OSHA issues vaccine mandates for companies with 100 employees or more

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration today released its emergency regulations requiring companies with 100 employees or more to develop, implement and enforce ...

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Employers begin to comply with potential vaccination mandate to avoid scrambling to meet deadline

Q. Does the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration require a business to mandate vaccinations now?

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Prominent community newspaper publishers comment to House Subcommittee about impact on newspaper readers from failures in mail delivery

Chicago publisher Dorothy R. Leavell and central Illinois publisher John Galer advised the House Subcommittee on Government Operations today that delayed mail delivery is costing newspapers time, money ...

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How to solicit business via fax ⁠— fax machine is still an important business tool in many small companies

Now comes the question — what if you send a fax to someone with whom you do not have an established business relationship and it contains a little bit of advertising, like a tag line about your special ...

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