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Click Here for CT-N video from our September 16, 2016 Breakfast Club Celebrates Program with Governor Dannel P. Malloy  at the Four Points by Sheraton.  This event was co-sponsored with the Midstate Chamber, the Cheshire Chamber of Commerce and HUBCAP Wallingford with our generous presenting sponsors 

AT&T and Protein Sciences Corporation.

  

Click here for details and registration.  We hope to see you all there!

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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.

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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

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We are PROUD to CELEBRATE 120 Years in Business in 2016!  We at the Midstate Chamber, your Chamber of Choice, 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 the name of the most deserving not-for-profit in the area "How Did You Learn About Us" and tell us your Charity of Choice!  Ten percent of the first year New Member dues will be donated to a 501(c)3 organization that has been in operation for at least two years!  You are always welcome to call our friendly, attentive staff - we are here to assist you!

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CHAMBER OF CHOICE VIDEOS

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!  

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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!

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 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.

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

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 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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