New Look Eyewear’s Revamped Training Program Receives Top Honors at Transitions Academy

By dba Staff
Tuesday, February 14, 2017 12:15 PM MONTREAL, Quebec—The most effective training tactics for employees often come down to whether the program combines education with enjoyment. That was the simple idea that New Look Eyewear employed last year in developing an employee training program for Transitions Optical’s various lenses offered by the retailer.

Many Retail Marketers Expect to Boost Investment in E-Mail Initiatives in 2017

By dba Staff
Tuesday, February 14, 2017 12:10 PM CHICAGO—A recent survey of retail marketers found that improving customer engagement is one of their highest priorities in 2017, and a larger investment in both e-mail and social media channels are the tactics they intend to use to meet their goal of enhancing engagement with customers/patients.

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Releases National Origin Discrimination Guidance

By dba Staff
Tuesday, February 14, 2017 12:05 PM NEW YORK—The federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has issued Enforcement Guidance on National Origin Discrimination, intended to communicate the EEOC's position on legal issues. The guidance discusses a variety of employment situations, including topics such as job segregation, human trafficking and intersectional discrimination, and outlines promising practices.

The EEOC also published a question-and-answer publication and a small business fact sheet that highlights practical tips from the guidance in plain language.

Wisconsin Vision to Open 40th Store at The Corners of Brookfield

By Mark Tosh
Thursday, February 2, 2017 12:15 AM NEW BERLIN, Wis.—Wisconsin Vision, the largest independently owned optical company in Wisconsin, will open its 40th location May 1 at The Corners of Brookfield, a new 750,000-square-foot lifestyle shopping destination with a lineup of premier retailers, the company announced.

Breaches of Protected Health Information Are Trending Higher

By dba Staff
Thursday, February 2, 2017 12:10 AM

BALTIMORE—If optical retailers were lax about how they monitor and secure the Protected Health Information (PHI) of their patients, then what happened in November should serve as a wake-up call.

In Health Care, Millennials Look Beyond Traditional Relationships With Providers

By dba Staff
Thursday, February 2, 2017 12:05 AM

NEW YORK—Understanding the Millennial patient population is a key operational element for all eyecare businesses, including the regional optical operators who often market to a well-defined local market that has a patient population flush with Millennials.

Stanton Optical and My Eyelab Prepare for 32 New Store Openings in 2017

By dba Staff
Tuesday, January 17, 2017 3:16 PM

PALM SPRINGS, Fla.—Stanton Optical and My Eyelab, two optical retailers owned by Vision Precision Holdings, are embarking on an ambitious expansion plan for 2017, with an expectation of entering a half dozen new markets and opening new locations at a rate of almost three new units per month, according to a Stanton Optical executive. Stanton Optical also will bolster its presence in Southern California, Texas and South Carolina as its builds out its store base this year.

2017 Brings New EEOC Reporting Requirements for Employers

By dba Staff
Wednesday, January 4, 2017 3:10 PM

NEW YORK—As the administration of President-elect Donald Trump begins to formulate its plans, employers are cautiously watching how changes to the tax code and Affordable Care Act (ACA), among other changes, could impact them in 2017.

Canada’s New Look Vision Group Completes Purchase of British Columbia Retailer

By Staff
Wednesday, January 4, 2017 3:10 AM MONTREAL, QUEBEC—New Look Vision Group Inc. (BCI.TO) has completed its planned acquisition of the retail optical assets and business portion of western Canadian retailer Visions One Hour Optical Ltd., according to a statement issued by New Look Vision Group.

[Partner Post] How to Prepare Your Optometric Practice for 2017

By CLICK Staff
Wednesday, December 14, 2016 1:10 PM NEW YORK—The end of the calendar year is the time to give thanks, be with friends and family, and spend any remaining employee health benefits. For most optometric practices, this means that you’ll potentially see more patients than you have in a while. As the year winds down, you need to find a balance to focus on your practices’ current needs, past performance and future direction.

Following the Bouncing Ball on the ‘New’ Overtime Rules

By dba Staff
Wednesday, December 7, 2016 12:15 PM NEW YORK—On Nov. 22, 2016, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas granted a request for a nationwide preliminary injunction enjoining the Department of Labor (DOL) "from implementing and enforcing" the new regulations increasing the salary basis test for overtime exemptions, set to go into effect on Dec. 1, 2016.

[Partner Post] Technology Helps Nebraska Practice Improve Staff Training and Increase Effective CL Sales

By dba Staff
Wednesday, December 7, 2016 12:10 PM OMAHA, Neb.—As business grew for Malbar Vision, a five-location practice in Omaha, Neb., challenges arose when it came to effectively managing its expanding contact lens business.

IRS Sets Earlier W-2 Filing Deadline for All Employers

By Hedley Lawson, Contributing Editor
Wednesday, December 7, 2016 12:05 PM NEW YORK—The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is reminding employers that the annual deadline for filing copies of employees' Form W-2 with the Social Security Administration (SSA) has been moved to Jan. 31. In the past, employers typically had until the end of February if filing on paper, or the end of March if filing electronically, to submit copies of these forms to the government.

Registration Opens for 2017 VM Summit, as Meeting’s Focus Turns to Artificial Intelligence

By Staff
Friday, November 18, 2016 10:15 AM NEW YORK—Diagnosing an illness that confounds the experts. Accurately predicting the perfect product choice. Interpreting massive amounts of data and spotting trends. These and other scenarios that involve Artificial Intelligence (AI), the most transformative technology in today’s digital world, will be explored at the VM Summit on March 29.

FTC Proposes Changes to the 2004 Contact Lens Rule and Sets Deadline for Comments

By Staff
Friday, November 18, 2016 10:10 AM WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Federal Trade Commission proposed changes to the 2004 Contact Lens Rule, and also provided details on how the public can comment on the agency’s proposal by Jan. 30, 2017.
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