Vermont’s Election Day Voter Registration Law

Vermont’s Election Day voter registration law went into effect on January 1, 2017. This means that eligible Vermonters may now register to vote on any day up to and including Election Day. Voter registration is now available during all normal business hours for your town or city clerk and during polling hours on Election Day. This law applies to all elections. For more information, visit the Office of the Secretary of State’s webpage for voter registration.

Weekly Legislative Report

A link to the January 6 edition of VLCT Advocacy’s Weekly Legislative Report is here.

Town Meeting 2017

  • Resources to prepare for and conduct your annual meeting are available here.
  • VLCT's Annual Overview for 2016 is a one-page summary of VLCT services and member benefits suitable for inclusion in Town Reports [Word] [PDF].
  • Register now for MAC's Town Meeting Tune-Up Workshop, Feb. 8. It's for Town Moderators and others who are interested in how to conduct your annual town meeting.

FLSA News Update: Changes to Overtime Rules Did Not Go into Effect on December 1.

A federal judge has ordered that new overtime rules will not go into effect on December 1, as originally planned by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL). The DOL rules would have made changes to what it takes for an employee to be considered not eligible for overtime pay. Further information from the DOL is available at https://www.dol.gov/featured/overtime. We will let our members know when there is a further development in the case. In the meantime, if you have any questions about overtime or other employment issues, please call us at 800-649-7915.

New Poster and Information Available on Vermont’s Paid Sick Leave Law

As of January 1, 2017, most Vermont employers must comply with Act 69 (21 V.S.A. §§ 481 et seq.), Vermont’s paid leave law that provides for a minimal amount of accrued, paid leave for many employees. Employers with five or fewer employees have an extra year to comply. The Vermont Department of Labor (VDOL) has released a mandatory workplace poster to be posted by employers “in a place conspicuous to employees.” The poster has been added to VLCT’s 2017 workplace poster packet, available for purchase from the VLCT Bookstore or for free from VDOL. For information about the law and to download the poster, visit the VDOL website. VLCT has also compiled a list of frequently asked questions and answers about the law. If you have further questions about how this new law affects your municipality, contact Jill Muhr in the Municipal Assistance Center at 800-649-7915 or email your question to MAC-HR@vlct.org.

Current Risk Management Resources

  • Who at your workplace is responsible for filing workers' compensation claims? Who else keeps records of employee injuries? At least one of these people should also be maintaining your organization's OSHA Log. If their knowledge is rusty or lacking, our January 19 webinar "To the Log and Beyond: Everything You Always Wanted to Know About OSHA Recordkeeping" will explain everything.
  • PACIF members can again apply for Grants and Scholarships in 2017! Applications for Round 1 of the 2017 Grants Program are being accepted now through April 30. Scholarships are awarded on a rolling basis, but no less than 30 days before the desired training is to take place. All must have a convincing claim-reducing element. Please use the new 2017 guidelines and applications on our Grants and Scholarships webpages.
  • PACIF Loss Control has renamed its former "Drug and Alcohol Testing Manual" to the  more accurate and comprehensive "Commercial Motor Vehicle Operations Manual" and updated it at the same time.

2017 VLCT Municipal Policy

On October 5, 2016, VLCT's voting delegates discussed, debated, and ultimately approved the 2017 VLCT Municipal Policy.

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GASB 68 Impacts on Municipal Financial Statements

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PACIF WorkStrong Wellness Consultations

This YouTube video gives a quick overview of one way we are helping PACIF members' employees get serious about wellness. Studies show that healthy workers are injured less often and recover more quickly than unhealthy ones. In each One-to-One Wellness Consultation, Heidi Joyce spends 30 minutes with a single employee to get a handle on his or her wellness status and develop customized strategies for improving. Members just need to schedule several consultations for a single day so Heidi can share her know-how and enthusiasm.