We provide a collective voice and forum for advocacy and education of non-profits in Mesa County
The newly formed (2015) Community Impact Council is a merger between the long-standing Human Services Council (HSC) and the newer Community Impact Network (CIN).
Our Mission: To provide a collective voice and forum for advocacy and education of non-profits in Mesa County.
Our Vision: Ensure the sustainability and positive impact of non-profits in Mesa County through education, advocacy and collaboration.
Our Goals: Developing connections between agencies and the community at large through:
- Education and training
- Collaboration and networking
- Advocacy and sustainability
The Community Impact Council encourages partnerships with a broad coalition that fosters collaborations among organizations providing services and education in Mesa County and those business and governmental organizations that support them:
- Participate in a unique forum to network with other community organizations on projects, events and funding opportunities.
- Access to venues and tools to update other agencies on new programs, events, and changes.
- Receive information pertinent to creating effective programs, organizational efficiencies, and better policies and procedures.
The Community Impact Council is proud to build on the foundation of the Human Services Council and excited to explore new opportunities in our community for the local non-profit sector.
For more information, and to submit your questions, visit our Candidate Forum Page.
Last week, a Texas federal district court placed a temporary nationwide injunction blocking implementation of the Department of Labor’s (DOL) new overtime rule scheduled to go into effect on Dec. 1.
Responding to lawsuits filed by twenty one states and a coalition of business groups, the court found that Congress intended for exempt status to be based on an employee’s actual duties rather than the employee’s salary, and therefore, DOL exceeded its authority by issuing a rule based on a “de facto salary-only test.”
We asked Mary McClatchey, President of WorkSmart Partners, to review and comment on the court’s decision. Mary delivered several trainings to Colorado nonprofits this year about the rule change:
What Should You Do Now?
- For now, employers are not required to implement changes by Dec. 1 based on the new overtime regulations.
- Effective Jan. 1, 2017, employers are required to pay $9.30 an hour or more to comply with Amendment 70.
- Employers still contemplating changes to adhere to the new rule should consider waiting to see what happens before taking action.
- Employers who announced or implemented changes must decide if they will proceed with them or roll them back, whether this decision is made now or after the dust clears.
- For changes based on this ruling, employers should notify employees that a federal court halted implementation of the rule. More changes may follow from the courts or actions by the new administration or Congress.
Employers should handle their communications with employees with care particularly if their decisions rescind pay increases or affect other favorable changes for employees.
Because each workplace is unique, employers should consider which approach causes the least disruption and adverse impact on their workplaces.
What Can We Anticipate Next?
The preliminary injunction is likely to become permanent. The DOL is likely to appeal to the Fifth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals which has a business-friendly reputation.
The prior overtime rules remain in effect including the duties test for exempt employees, the existing minimum salary for exempt positions ($455/week or $23,600/year), and no automatic increase in the salary threshold.
The timing of any future changes to the rules is completely up in the air. The new administration could end the rulemaking permanently or issue a new amended rule with a different salary threshold. The Trump campaign platform called for a small business exemption.
Congress could vote to block the new rules under the Congressional Review Act or enact legislation to remove the salary increase or phase it in over several years.
The bottom line is no one knows what will happen next legally or politically.
What is Colorado Nonprofit Association Doing to Help Nonprofits?
First, based on information from the National Council of Nonprofits, we posted a new webpage that we will update periodically with new developments on the overtime rule.
Second, if your organization is in need of a legal assessment and has a budget of $500,000 or less, we are holding a free Legal Audit Clinic. Nonprofits will be paired with volunteer attorneys to review documents, assess potential problem areas, and address special legal issues.
Although attorneys are available to discuss various legal needs, this is great opportunity to have your employment policies and practices reviewed no matter what happens with the overtime rules.
Third, Association members receive a discount on membership with Mountain State Employers Council, which is one of our group purchasing partners. This includes on-call access to experts and information resources on employment issues.
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