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US DOL Announces FINAL RULE Defining and Delimiting the Exemptions for Executive, Administrative, Professional, Outside Sales and Computer Employees under the Fair Labor Standards Act

On May 18, 2016, President Obama and Secretary Perez announced the publication of the Department of Laborís final rule updating the overtime regulations, which will automatically extend overtime pay protections to over 4 million workers within the first year of implementation.  

The Midstate Chamber still maintains our position that this regulation will have far more unintended consequences than USDOL has considered.

Key Provisions of the Final Rule

The Final Rule focuses primarily on updating the salary and compensation levels needed for Executive, Administrative and Professional workers to be exempt. Specifically, the Final Rule:

  Sets the standard salary level at the 40th percentile of earnings of full-time salaried workers in the lowest-wage Census Region, currently the South ($913 per week; $47,476 annually for a full-year worker);

  Sets the total annual compensation requirement for highly compensated employees (HCE) subject to a minimal duties test to the annual equivalent of the 90th percentile of full-time salaried workers nationally ($134,004); and

  Establishes a mechanism for automatically updating the salary and compensation levels every three years to maintain the levels at the above percentiles and to ensure that they continue to provide useful and effective tests for exemption.


Additionally, the Final Rule amends the salary basis test to allow employers to use nondiscretionary bonuses and incentive payments (including commissions) to satisfy up to 10 percent of the new standard salary level.

The effective date of the final rule is December 1, 2016. The initial increases to the standard salary level (from $455 to $913 per week) and HCE total annual compensation requirement (from $100,000 to $134,004 per year) will be effective on that date. Future automatic updates to those thresholds will occur every three years, beginning on January 1, 2020.

Although the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has reviewed and approved the Final Rule, the document has not yet been published in the Federal Register. The Final Rule that appears in the Federal Register may contain minor formatting differences in accordance with Office of the Federal Register publication requirements. The OMB-approved version is being provided as a convenience to the public and this website will be updated with the Federal Registerís published version when it becomes available.

You may click here to be redirected to the USDOL site for guidance and to sign up for a series of webinars to assist businesses.


5/11/16:  Eversource Reminds Customers to Celebrate Spring Safely:Click HERE for KEY SAFETY TIPS

5/6/16: Eversource Warns of Scammers Posing as Employees:Click Here for Details and Important Tips


29th Annual Golf Tourney: Ray Parmentier Classic
June 8, 2016 at Hunter's GC and Violi's Restaurant
Click Here for details OR Download Brochure NOW.


It is with deep sadness that the Midstate Chamber of Commerce mourns the passing of Sanford S. Shorr on February 1, 2016.  Born on April 8, 1919, Sandy had been the Executive Director of the Greater Meriden Chamber of Commerce for more than 29 years, starting at the Meriden Chamber in 1956.  Among his many accomplishments, Sandy recognized the truly regional feel of central Connecticut and added the word "Greater" in 1957.

You may  click here to view the Obituary


We are PROUD to CELEBRATE 120 Years in Business in 2016!  We, at the Midstate Chamber, EXIST to SERVE our MEMBERS and this is a true honor for them as well, as OUR MEMBERS are our FOUNDATION.  Not a member?  Please JOIN US in this milestone year so that we may celebrate YOUR SUCCESSES too.  Click Here to JOIN NOW - enter Campaign650 in the area "How Did You Learn About Us" and receive a $25 credit off of your membership OR for a future program or event!  You are always welcome to call our friendly, attentive staff - we are here to assist you!



Why belong to the Midstate Chamber of Commerce?-

Click HERE to see what our Midstate Chamber members are saying!

Our Members can even submit their own video too!  


VIDEOS of Recent Midstate Chamber Events:

VIDEO:  December Breakfast Club Celebrated RESOURCES for BUSINESSES, sponsored by MEDCO - Click HERE to view now!

VIDEO:  November Breakfast Club Celebrated ENERGY, sponsored by Eversource - Click HERE to view now!


 Please feel free to click here to learn about all of the exciting things happening in Meriden's central Business District.

It's up to all of us to spread the word when GREAT things are happening.  Feel free to download and pass along this  to learn a bit about what's happening in the City!  Great quotes from Economic Development Director Juliet Burdelski and Chamber President Moore.


Eversource to Work on Gas Project in Downtown Meriden:  Click  for 6-4-15 UPDATE:HEREdetails, schedule and contact information.


 The Midstate Chamber of Commerce supports and promotes its member businesses in Berlin, Cheshire, Meriden, Southington, Wallingford and throughout central Connecticut (CT).  

There is certainly a LOT happening...and we want to keep our members and our communities informed and involved!   

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