During Vermont’s 51st Biennial Session, VLCT helped persuade the legislature to price municipal license plates at $6 for five years. (Taking into account an annual inflationary increase of 4.06 percent, that figure would be 34.50 in 2016 dollars.) The bill, H.174, which amended 23 V.S.A. § 376, also provided that there was no charge to register state-owned motor vehicles, and a replacement license plate cost three bucks. The law went into effect on January 1, 1973.
The 50th year of VLCT’s service to Vermont’s cities and towns continues! Throughout the year, we will revisit our history and report on news of festivities commemorating the people and the events of VLCT and how local government has helped define our organization during the past 50 years. We have a lot to share, and hope that you will add any memories and accomplishments you have as well. We celebrate all of you who make a difference in local government every day and work to make your communities better, more efficient, and more responsive to their residents. As we move though the year, we will also look ahead to what may be in store for the next 50 years and how can we help local government prepare for innovation, change, and progress. —Maura Carroll, Executive Director, VLCT
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.
A link to the February 17 edition of VLCT Advocacy’s Weekly Legislative Report is here.
Most Vermont employers must comply with Act 69 (21 V.S.A. §§ 481 et seq.), the paid sick leave law that provides for a minimal amount of accrued, paid leave for many employees. For more information please see:
Please contact MAC with questions about the law and how to make sure your personnel policy is up-to-date. Call or email Jill Muhr, Human Resources Consultant at 800-649-7915 or MAC-HR@vlct.org.
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.
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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.