FLSA News Update: Changes to Overtime Rules Will 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 "exempt" from (not eligible for) overtime pay. VLCT had previously advised Towns to take certain steps before December 1st to prepare for the implementation of the new rules under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

The judge's order (a temporary injunction against the DOL) means that current overtime rules will remain in effect for the time being. For VLCT members that had planned to take actions such as increasing salaries or changing employees’ status from exempt to non-exempt to comply with the rule changes, this injunction means such plans may be put on hold. For now, at least, employers may continue to follow existing overtime rules.

Further information from the DOL is available at https://www.dol.gov/featured/overtime.

VLCT 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.

VLCT Annual Overview for 2016

Every year, VLCT provides a one-page summary of its services, suitable for inclusion in Town Reports, which you can download as either a Word document or a pdf file.

2017 VLCT Municipal Policy

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

Municipal Action Papers

During September and October, VLCT Advocacy published a series of six Municipal Action Papers that explain municipal priority issues and recommend actions during the 2017 legislative session. You can find them on the Municipal Action Papers webpage.

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.

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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.

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