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 January 13 edition of VLCT Advocacy’s Weekly Legislative Report is here.
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.
As of January 1, 2017, most Vermont employers must comply with Act 69 (21 V.S.A. §§ 481 et seq.), Vermont’s paid leave law that provides for a minimal amount of accrued, paid leave for many employees. Employers with five or fewer employees have an extra year to comply. The Vermont Department of Labor (VDOL) has released a mandatory workplace poster to be posted by employers “in a place conspicuous to employees.” The poster has been added to VLCT’s 2017 workplace poster packet, available for purchase from the VLCT Bookstore or for free from VDOL. For information about the law and to download the poster, visit the VDOL website. VLCT has also compiled a list of frequently asked questions and answers about the law. If you have further questions about how this new law affects your municipality, contact Jill Muhr in the Municipal Assistance Center at 800-649-7915 or email your question to MAC-HR@vlct.org.
On October 5, 2016, VLCT's voting delegates discussed, debated, and ultimately approved the 2017 VLCT Municipal Policy.
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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.