County Officials E-News
December 2019, Volume 123
Inside this issue...
U.S. Department of Labor Announces Final Rule to Update the FLSA’s Regular Rate Regulations
CTAS Offices closed for holidays
Important COCTP Training information
Promoting better county government.
The U.S. Department of Labor today announced a Final Rule that will allow employers to more easily offer perks and benefits to their employees.
The rule announced today marks the first significant update to the regulations governing regular rate requirements under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) in over 50 years. Those requirements define what forms of payment employers include and exclude in the FLSA’s “time and one-half” calculation when determining overtime rates.
The previous regulatory landscape left employers uncertain about the role that perks and benefits play when calculating the regular rate of pay. The new rule clarifies which perks and benefits must be included in the regular rate of pay, as well as which perks and benefits an employer may provide without including them in the regular rate of pay.
Specifically, the final rule clarifies that employers may offer the following perks and benefits to employees without risk of additional overtime liability:
the cost of providing certain parking benefits, wellness programs, onsite specialist treatment, gym access and fitness classes, employee discounts on retail goods and services, certain tuition benefits (whether paid to an employee, an education provider, or a student-loan program), and adoption assistance;
payments for unused paid leave, including paid sick leave or paid time off;
payments of certain penalties required under state and local scheduling laws;
reimbursed expenses including cellphone plans, credentialing exam fees, organization membership dues, and travel, even if not incurred “solely” for the employer’s benefit; and clarifies that reimbursements that do not exceed the maximum travel reimbursement under the Federal Travel Regulation System or the optional IRS substantiation amounts for travel expenses are per se “reasonable payments”;
certain sign-on bonuses and certain longevity bonuses;
the cost of office coffee and snacks to employees as gifts;
discretionary bonuses, by clarifying that the label given a bonus does not determine whether it is discretionary and providing additional examples and;
contributions to benefit plans for accident, unemployment, legal services, or other events that could cause future financial hardship or expense.
The final rule also includes additional clarification about other forms of compensation, including payment for meal periods and “call back” pay. It can be viewed here and will take effect 30 days after its publication in the Federal Register.
More information about the final rule, including FAQs and a Fact Sheet, is available at https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/
U.S. DOL Announces Final Rule to Update FLSA’s Regular Rate Regulations
CTAS offices will be closed December 23-27 and January 1.
We look forward to serving Tennessee in 2020!
Certified Public Administrator Yearly Renewal Fees
Please note that if you have not paid your 2019-2020 Certified Public Administrator Yearly Renewal Fees, those fees are now past due (due date for this year was 11/30/2019). You have the option to pay the $100 fee either by credit card or you can request an invoice to pay by check. Please contact email@example.com if you need assistance.
Also, a reminder that all Certified Public Administrators must complete/submit their 16 credits/hours along with their renewal fee to be in compliance by June 30, 2020.
NOTE: If you attended Capstone in 2019, you only need to complete your hours; your renewal fee was covered by your Capstone fee.
Important K@te Information for COCTP Enrollees
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(615) 532-3555 ctas.tennessee.edu
Your curriculum dashboard (located in K@TE) will help you keep track of your progress. Please verify that you have the following in your Active Training on your K@TE transcript:
To view the curriculum dashboard, click on “Open Curriculum” to right of the icon from your transcript. You will then be able to view training details.
NOTE: Elective credits will NOT show here as the training department has to verify elective credits. You can locate elective credits by toggling from Active to Completed view of your transcript:
If you DO NOT have the County Officials Certificate Training Program 2.0 on your transcript, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for verification of enrollment to the program.