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Based on its investigation of two deaths caused by carbon dioxide (CO2) canisters flying off paintball guns, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is issuing a new warning. Paintball gun users should be advised that the brass or nickel-plated valve that connects directly to the canister must not be unscrewed from the canister when removing the canister assembly from a paintball gun. This valve must stay secured and rotate with the CO2 canister.

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The ACA Camp Crisis Hotline continues to be a valuable service to the camp community during challenging times. The hotline saw an increase in usage of 11 percent from the previous year. The majority of calls still come in during the summer months (June through August) while 13 percent of calls received were during the nonsummer months (September through May). The hotline serves as a sounding board for camp professionals who want to talk with another camp professional about a situation in their camp either before it becomes a crisis or during the event.

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The U.S. Department of Labor ("DOL") has adopted (effective August 2004) new regulations affecting employers.1 The new regulations focus primarily upon "white collar exemptions" included in the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 ("The Act").2 That Act was designed to, and still does, cover issues of minimum wages, work hours, and overtime pay. The new regulations are intended to clarify the Act’s white collar exemptions, focused primarily on executive, administrative, and professional type employees.

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AEDs in Camps
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Automatic External Defibrillators (AEDs) are portable units used to electrically stimulate the heart during cardiac arrest. In the camp environment, cardiac arrest usually involves older staff, older guests attending during parent visitation days, or spring or fall rental groups. Although cardiac arrest can happen without an outside event or prior health problems, there is usually a contributing cause.

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While the Internet continues to replace traditional forms of commerce communication, the use of contracts to memorialize business agreements remains constant. To fully implement the transition to Internet commerce communications, businesses are struggling to find an appropriate replacement for traditional authentication procedures. In short, businesses are looking to replace traditional signatures with lawful electronic signatures. The result is six viable e-signature options.

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For some time now, media has highlighted accidents in fifteen-passenger vans. We’ve talked about it here in CampLine. We’ve offered camps numerous resources upon which to rely in making their decision about transportation. We’ve updated you on what insurance companies are saying. What more can be said? Well, here’s what we know:

On November 1, 2002, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issued a safety recommendation to the Ford Motor Company and the General Motors Corporation:

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This article is an update of one previously published in CampLine, Winter Issue 2002.

Many camps have been challenged by the time, effort, and frustration of doing criminal background checks of employees who will be supervising children. The public seems to expect this step, the ACA standards require it for those with direct supervision or access to children, and many youth organizations and schools serving children require it.

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Preparing yourself and your senior staff for interviewing potential staff? Here are some highlights from the latest EEOC guidelines concerning legal interview questions related to disabilities. The ADA makes it unlawful to ask about the existence, nature, or severity of a disability until AFTER the employer makes a conditional offer of employment to the applicant. This is done to ensure that one’s hidden disability is not considered prior to assessing the applicant’s qualifications for the job.

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In a case of first impression, a federal district court in Florida has held that the Americans With Disabilities Act does not require organizations or companies to make their websites accessible to individuals who are visually impaired [Access Now Inc. v. Southwest Airlines, No.02-21734 (S.D.Fla.)]

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