Entries by Fred Gaffney

Understanding New Overtime Regulations

Employers have until December 1, 2016 to comply with new overtime eligibility regulations developed by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL). The update, announced May 18th, is expected to extend overtime eligibility to 4 million workers. Detailed information, including fact sheets for non-profit organizations, higher education, and local governments can be found on the Department’s […]

DOL Releases New Overtime Regulations

Last Wednesday, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced updates to overtime regulations, which extends overtime eligibility to over 4 million workers. President Obama directed the Department to update the regulations in 2014. Employers have until December 1, 2016 to comply. Key highlights are as follows: The salary threshold will be increased to $47,476 annually […]

Flood Protection Project Proceeding On-Time

From SEDA-COG   The Columbia County flood risk management project is about 75 percent complete with full completion anticipated in November. To date, the project is on time and on budget. Construction started last March with the official groundbreaking following that April. The $30 million project will preserve over 700 jobs at the Autoneum North […]

FMLA Guide Available

From ChamberChoice In late April, the Department of Labor (DOL) announced that a new general Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) Notice will soon be issued. According to the DOL, the new poster won’t necessarily include an extensive amount of new information. Rather, the information in the notice will be reorganized so that it’s more […]

Representatives Optimistic About 2016-17 Budget Process

The State Representatives for Columbia and Montour counties are optimistic that finalizing a budget for the 2016-17 fiscal year will be quicker than the process for the current year’s budget. Despite a structural deficit of $1.4 to $1.8 billion in the proposal, Representatives David Millard and Kurt Masser feel this year’s negotiations are better. Their […]