Tuesday, May 24, 2016

U.S. Department of Labor announces new overtime rules

The United States Department of Labor has finalized its overtime rule amending the “white collar” exemptions to the federal Fair Labor Standards Act.

This rule is expected to cause 4.2 million employees nationwide, including some 380,000 in New York State, to become eligible for overtime pay.

The Department estimates that the new rule will cost employers approximately $12 billion over the next ten years.

For more on the new rules click here.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Schuyler County to offer Medicare 101

These classes are open to anyone and provide participants with basic knowledge of Medicare. If you are caregiver, social worker, Medicare recipient or just planning for retirement this is an excellent opportunity.

Monday, May 2, 2016

New York State Domestic Incident Report Revised

The Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) has redesigned the Domestic Incident Report (DIR) form "to improve its format and enhance its effectiveness and usability by law enforcement professionals.

These improvements make it easier to complete the form accurately and allow law enforcement to capture additional information, making the form more useful to law enforcement and enhancing the data included in the state's Domestic Incident Report Repository."

The DIR instructions also include "a list of some frequently seen offenses in domestic violence incidents." DCJS has produced an online training program about using the new DIR, which takes about 30 minutes to complete.

Additional documents provided with the training include an overview of the DIR Repository, a community action toolkit for addressing intimate partner violence against transgender people, and information about strangulation, including symptoms, visible signs, and interview questions