HR Changes Coming, along with Chamber-hosted bootcamp

Life is full of changes. The weather changes, jobs change, people change relationships change, presidents change – you name it, it probably changes. Some changes are great, like getting married. Some changes are less than desirable, like a tax increase. 

Whether you are a person who embraces change or someone who tries to avoid change, what I have learned so far in my life about change (besides that it is inevitable) is that it is best to be prepared for it. Change is coming, so I like to be ahead of the curve and know what to expect. 

One change coming up that the Chamber of Commerce wants all businesses to be aware of and especially prepared for is the Fair Labor Standards Act, which will affect many businesses and nonprofit organizations in our region. The new standards will change the federal guidelines for exempt employees: employees that are paid a salary and are exempt from having to be paid overtime. The Sheridan County Chamber of Commerce is in full support of employees being paid fairly for their work, but the new rules have more than doubled the amount of salary required to qualify to be exempt, from $23,660 per year to $47,476 yearly. We are talking to many businesses and organizations who are concerned about this new rule, as their employees are below this new threshold and this change severely affects their ability to do business.

Well, the change is happening, starting December 1, and we want our local businesses and organizations to be prepared. So, in conjunction with the Center for Vital Community and the Bighorn Chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), the Chamber is hiring an expert on the subject and is offering two half-day work sessions free of charge to anyone in the community that will be affected.

Bradley T. Cave, a lawyer from Holland and Hart in Cheyenne, has served as the group leader for the firm’s Labor and Employment Practice and represents businesses, nonprofit organizations, and public employers in litigation matters involving employment-related issues.  compared. This guy is good, and we want you to get all your questions answered!

On Thursday, November 17, the Chamber is hosting the Wage & Hour Bootcamp, with the option to come during the morning session (8 a.m. to noon) or the afternoon session (1-5 p.m.) – held at the Chamber offices, 171 N. Main St.. These four-hour seminars will teach what you need to know to keep your organizations in compliance with federal and state pay laws. You will learn what the Fair Labor Standards Act is, how to count hours and overtime, how to administer the exemption, and how to implement the new salary threshold. Plus, Mr. Cave is prepared to answer any of your employment compliance questions. 

This new change is a big deal, and the Chamber wants you to be prepared. It is such a big change for local businesses, that we are offering these seminars free of charge just so that you can get what you need to make your organization weather this change as smoothly as possible.

Please call the Chamber at 672-2485 and register for this valuable training, so this change doesn’t catch you off guard!

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Chamber Staff - Ryan KoltiskaBy Ryan Koltiska, Director of Marketing and Communications, Sheridan County Chamber of Commerce.

[This article originally appeared as a “Community Perspectives” column in The Sheridan Press, November 12, 2016.]

 

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