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November 2016 ENews
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issue #11
Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Congratulations to the 2016 NFDA Pursuit of Excellence Winners
Presented by NFDA annually, Pursuit of Excellence winners are firms that have demonstrated a commitment to raising the bar on funeral service excellence by adhering to strict ethical and professional standards and providing outstanding service to families and communities.
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ICYMI: Dept. of Labor Issues Final Rules for Overtime Regulations

On May 18, the Department of Labor (DOL) released the long-anticipated final rules defining overtime exemption requirements, including guaranteed salary requirements for white collar exemptions for executive, administrative, professional and highly compensated employees.

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Legislative Update
The election wasn't the only thing happening.  A few other items of note took place this past month.  We've listed a few of them here for you.
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The Truth is in the Numbers

One of the takeaways from this year's NFDA Convention were the discussions on change - families, trends, the profession, etc.  According to NFDA it dominated conversations.  Change is upon us that's for sure.  Are you prepared? 


  • Think Baby Boomers are the secret to your funeral success?
  • How long does it take for a person to decide if they like your website?
  • What are the 5 statistics that are the secret for keeping your funeral home alive?


Here are a few numbers NFDA pulled together. 

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Download Your 2017 Membership Sticker
Be sure to download your 2017 Membership Sticker to so that you can proudly promote your IFDA membership. The logo tells industry stakeholders and consumers that you and/or your funeral home are an active leader in the funeral care profession. Follow this link below for all the information.  Log-in required.
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ICYMI: No Scattering of Ashes of the Faithful
The Vatican announced Tuesday that Catholics may be cremated but should not have their ashes scattered at sea or kept in urns at home.  According to new guidelines from the Vatican's doctrinal office, cremated remains should be kept in a "sacred place" such as a church cemetery. Ashes should not be divided up between family members, "nor may they be preserved in mementos, pieces of jewelry or other objects."
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This month we feature a firm who sets a very high standard for  families by incorporating staff who have gone above and beyond their educational requirements.  They are also Pursuit of Excellence Eagle Award winners and a Hall of Excellence Inductee.   
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Please welcome our newest members.


McMurrough Funeral Chapel
Brian McMurrough
Libertyville, IL


Jimelle Dannette Finklea
Rockford, IL

District News

No District News to report this month.

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IFDA Office Holiday Schedule

The IFDA Office will observe the following holiday schedule:


November 24-25  Thanksgiving Holiday
December 23      Office will be open till Noon
December 26      Office closed in observance of Christmas Day

December 30      Office will be open till Noon
January 2           Office closed in observance of New Year's


Scary Stats!

Gen Y and Millennial (born 1982-1995)

  • Only 29% are engaged at work
  • 40% would like to leave their current employer in the next two years
  • They are spending $13 less per day than their same age group in 2008-a difference which costs the U.S. economy at least $949 million each day

Gen Z (born 1996-2009)

  • Send and receive over 67 texts every day
  • 42% say social media had a direct impact on how they feel about themselves
  • Spend 41% of time outside of school/work with computers or mobile devices, compared to 22% among millennials 10 years ago

Workforce ScaryStats

  • Baby Boomers will retire at a rate of 10,000 per day through 2030
  • 54% of workforce says it will be essential for them to get training and develop new skills to keep up with changes in workplace
  • Only 49% of U.S workers say they are very satisfied with their current job
  • 94% of employers are using social media for recruiting talent.

Be sure to check out the IFDA Career Center!

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