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Archives for June 2016

Attention All Small Business Owners

us-chamberEmployers will face higher costs of doing business under Department Of Labor Rule starting December 1, 2016.

The Department of Labor unveiled the final ruling of the new federal overtime regulations last Tuesday. This ruling will extend overtime eligibility to more than four million additional workers within its first year of implementation. The new rule, which will be effective December 1, more than doubles the minimum salary level under which employees qualify as exempt from overtime pay requirements.

Currently, the minimum salary level is $23,660. Under the new rule, anyone earning less than $47,476 per year will be eligible for overtime compensation for hours worked over 40. “This policy will be an extreme hardship for small businesses,” said Jo Mixon, President and CEO of Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce. “Small business owners will be forced to make very tough decisions. Exempt employee’s salaries, by mandate, must be raised to at least $47,476 per year or be forced to go hourly with overtime. Business owners will have to decide who they can afford to keep in exempt positions, who to reclassify as hourly wage earners, and who to let go.” The Chamber took a position in opposition of this ruling in March.

The final rule includes a mechanism for automatically updating the salary threshold every three years. The next automatic update to the salary threshold would be on Jan. 1, 2020, and the new salary level will be announced 150 days before it takes effect. The minimum salary level is set based on the 40th percentile of wages of full-time salaried employees in the lowest wage Census region (currently, the South).

For any small business owner interested, the US Chamber is hosting a free webinar tomorrow, Tuesday, May 24 at 10:00 am to 11:00 am MST.

Webinar on DOL’s NewOvertime Rule

Please join us from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm EDT on Tuesday, May 24 for a webinar on the Department of Labor’s final overtime regulation released on May 18, 2016. Tammy McCutchen of Littler Mendelson P.C., former Wage and Hour Administrator in the Bush administration and outside counsel for the U.S. Chamber on this rulemaking who helped develop the Chamber’s comments on the proposed rule, will provide guidance on how to comply with the new regulation. Randy Johnson and Marc Freedman will also participate. Participants will be able to ask questions.

Please register for the webinar.

Participant Access Instructions

Dial in 5-10 minutes prior to the start time using the phone number and passcode below:

Phone: 888-523-1228
Passcode: 2971499

If you have any questions, please contact David Alim at

Greg Vincent Says “I Know Jo, Do You?”

greg-vincentBy Jo Mixon

Greg Vincent, Director of Moreno Valley High School

Greg Vincent, Director of Moreno Valley High School, came to Angel Fire nine months ago to what, he says, is the most interesting, exciting, and fulfilling year he has had in his fifteen year teaching career. “I love this school and I love this community,” he said. This year was everything but traditional for Moreno Valley High School. Classes were held in a two story strip mall, while the new school building has been under construction. It has been a creative learning experience for both staff and students.

In 2010 Greg and his wife built a house in Angel Fire. They knew eventually they wanted to make a move to the mountains, so he put his resume out. When the Director’s position at MVHS came available, he was more than pleased to accept the position. He had been coaching basketball and football, was a school councilor, and taught history in Amarillo, Texas. And although this year has been semi-tough on his family because his wife and youngest son remained in Amarillo to complete the school year, he believes it will be well worth it in the long run.

Greg says he is very proud of the students at MVHS. He recognized them as setting a higher standard for themselves. MVHS has been rated in the top 5 schools of New Mexico for five years in a row. They are rated 285th in the nation! He said, “Because we are not changing from our foundational philosophy of teaching kids how to speak, to read better, to learn better and to think outside of the box, we get them ready for college and success beyond high school.” He likes the outdoor, hands on approach of MVHS, too. Curriculum includes creative outdoor science, P.E., and music, and incorporates hiking, camping and skiing. And he is more than excited to get into the new school buildings next fall. He said the best technology in the world will be available to them. Classrooms will be high tech, set up for focused learning. He added, “Everyone at the school is ready to get back home. We are going to have a party!”

Here is the temporary school for the 2015/2016 year.


Here is some progress on the new school buildings.