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The US Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a conference call this Thursday, October 22 at 3:00pm ET to discuss the Obama Administration's proposed changes to the regulations defining who qualifies for overtime.
Under the proposed rule, workers will automatically be eligible for overtime compensation if they are not paid more than $970 per week ($50,440 per year). That's up from $455 per week ($23,660 per year) under current rules. Increasing the salary threshold so dramatically will mean employers will have to decide whether to reclassify millions of employees or increase their salaries to remain exempt. Many will likely be reclassified from exempt to non-exempt (eligible for overtime).
Learn more or register for the call here!
Many community-based affiliated funds include scholarship accounts. But scholarships shouldn't be a one-way ticket out of town; they should be a round trip ticket for kids to eventually return home. Where appropriate, scholarship committees may want to reassess their guidelines.
In 2011, Jordan Pick and Emily Wood were the first students to benefit from the newly formed Nelson Hometown Scholarship program, which awards scholarships of at least $1,500 or more annually. The fund was established by Senator Ben Nelson. Applicants must attend the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture in Curtis, Mid-Plains Community College in McCook or North Platte, or the University of Nebraska-Kearney.
Importantly, they must express a sincere desire to return to southwest Nebraska sometime in the future. Now, four years later, Jordan and Emily have not moved back to McCook-yet-but they are working their way home in the foreseeable future. Jordan graduated from UNK with an early childhood education degree which allows her to teach young children up to third grade. She has applied for a teaching position in McCook. Jordan is also working on setting up a 501(c)(3) non-profit with the intent of helping military families. She is currently in the process of filing the paperwork.
Emily graduated from UNK as an English major with a Business Administration minor. She will attend law school at UNL. She is no longer eligible for the renewable scholarship, but she plans to return to McCook to practice law with her father, County Attorney Paul Wood.
"They are exactly what I had hoped we would have for the Nelson Hometown Scholarship program - to get their education where necessary and to return to their roots in Southwest Nebraska," Senator Nelson said.
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The McCook Area Chamber of Commerce committees get you involved in the heart of the Chamber. Becoming a member of a Chamber committee provides an opportunity to work with McCook's most active citizens in planning and implement changes in our community's future. The Chamber of Commerce offers numerous opportunities for you to become involved in your business community.
Chamber committees meet regularly, offering networking opportunities, education and community outreach.
We encourage you to get more involved by joining one of our committees. To participate, contact us.