Municipal Clerk Fee Changes from the 2016 Legislative Session

Act 149, passed during the 2016 legislative session, increased several fees that are paid to municipal clerks: (1) the fee for issuing and recording a marriage or civil union license from $45 to $60, with $10 retained by the municipal clerk; and (2) the fee for issuing a tobacco license from $100 to $110. The legislature also created a “tobacco substitute endorsement,” required for the retail sale of tobacco substitutes (e-cigarettes and vape products), and which entails a $50 fee. Funds received by a municipality for a tobacco license or endorsement are forwarded to the Department of Liquor Control, which issues the license, renewal, or endorsement. All fee changes, which took effect on July 1, 2016, will be reflected in the updated VLCT Municipal Clerk Fee Schedule poster. Members will be notified when the poster is available.

VLCT Municipal and Legislative Service Awards

Please consider nominating an exceptional local official or legislator for one of VLCT’s annual awards: Municipal Service, Legislative Service, or Lifetime Achievement. The deadline to submit a nomination is Friday, August 26, 2016. More information is on the Municipal and Legislative Service Awards webpage.

News from the Municipal Assistance Center

News from PACIF

  • An incident at a PACIF member site prompted us to write this July 15 Loss Control Memorandum to review the importance of adhering to excavation safety standards including the proper use of trench boxes or other OSHA-compliant techniques to prevent injuries and fatalities.
  • In September, three separate trainings around the state will prepare attendees to determine if there is reason to suspect an employee who drives a commercial motor vehicle (CMV) for the municipality of using alcohol or drugs on the job. Federal law requires that the manager of every such driver receive this training. More information is in the 2016 Regional Reasonable Suspicion Trainings flier.

Legislative Wrap-up

The Legislative Wrap-up summarizes legislation passed during the 2016 session that affects Vermont municipalities. Also, every Weekly Legislative Report from the 2015-2016 biennium is archived here.

FLSA Overtime Exemption Rule Changes

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. A general overview by the U.S. DOL is at https://www.dol.gov/featured/overtime.

VERB's New Dental Option: Voluntary Direct Coverage

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.

PSD Comprehensive Energy Plan

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.

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.