The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) is changing its rules regarding which employees may be considered exempt from overtime pay requirements and other protections under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The most significant change is a substantial increase to the minimum salary an employee must earn before his or her position meets the so-called “white collar” exemption. Effective December 1, 2016, that minimum threshold is doubling from $455 per week ($23,660 per year) to $913 per week ($47,476 per year). If an employee earns more than that amount and his or her position meets certain criteria, he or she is not entitled to overtime pay. Fact sheets on the various “duties tests” for the “white collar” exemption are posted on the DOL website.
VLCT will review how these changes affect municipal positions at the upcoming Human Resources-Employment Law Workshop to be held Thursday, June 2. To view the agenda and register, click here. A general overview by the U.S. DOL is at https://www.dol.gov/featured/overtime.
Municipal Assistance Center workshops on the roles of municipal officials and employees are listed here.
Now that the legislative session is over, VLCT Advocacy staff are preparing their annual comprehensive wrap-up. In the meantime, all of the Weekly Legislative Reports from the 2015-2016 biennium are archived here.
The 2016 mileage summaries, prompted by the 2016 Certificates of Highway Mileage, are now posted on the Vermont Agency of Transportation's Mapping Unit Publications page.
The Federal Issues Paper 2016 of the Northeast Municipal Associations is a collaboration among the municipal associations in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont. It highlights the main concerns local governments have of legislation in Washington, D.C.
VLCT members that don't offer group dental coverage can now have VERB's help in letting their employees sign up directly with Delta Dental for Voluntary coverage. See the Feb. 10, 2016 Memo and our updated Dental page for more information.
The IRS has given employers more time to comply with its requirements for reporting 2015 ACA (health insurance) information. The deadline to provide employees with their Employee Statements by January 31 was extended to March 31, 2016, and the other two deadlines were extended by three months. IRS Notice 2016-04 explains this. We added electronic yellow sticky notes to the relevant article in the January VLCT News to indicate this update.
The Public Service Department recently hosted five hearings on its draft Comprehensive Energy Plan to solicit Vermonters’ thoughts on the state’s energy future. The goal of the plan is to meet 90% of the state’s energy needs by renewable energy in 2050. Learn more about the plan or comment on it here.
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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.