• Register your team today for The Great Hudson Valley Scavenger Hunt by clicking here! Solve clues and visit participating locations to earn points for a chance to win $2,022 in cash, and other great prizes. #hvscavengerhunt

     

     


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  • Business Resources


  • The Chamber is an advocate and resource for businesses and organizations of all sizes in the community. We understand the challenges associated with doing business, especially in New York State, and strive to pave the road for growth. Below are resources relevant to businesses, employers, and employees.

  • REGULATORY UPDATES FOR EMPLOYERS REGULATORY UPDATES FOR EMPLOYERS

    HERO Act Designation Not Renewed
     
    The New York State Commissioner of Health will not be extending the HERO Act designation beyond March 17, 2022. 
     

    New Regulations for Federal and Federally-Assisted Construction Projects

    On March 18, 2022, the Department of Labor (DOL) published a proposed rule to update regulations implementing the Davis-Bacon Act, which applies to federal and federally-assisted construction projects. 

    Comments are due by May 17, 2022.
     

    Getting Clarity on New York Marijuana Laws

    In October, the New York Department of Labor issued new guidance on adult cannabis use and the workplace, which covers all New York state employers.

     

    The Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce, Business Council of New York and RBT CPAs cannot provide legal advice on these or any issues. 

     

  • Updates to the New York State sexual harassment policy law Updates to the New York State sexual harassment policy law

    Key Dates & Actions
     
    • By October 9, 2018, all employers in New York will be required to adopt a written sexual harassment policy.
     
     
    • By October 9, 2019, all employers in New York will be required to conduct annual training, which must be “interactive”.

     

    Contact The Chamber To Learn How To Get Your Staff Trained For Free!

     
     

     


  • Poughkeepsie Public Library District is offering the opportunity for you to receive individualized help addressing your computer-based needs. Specific tasks staff can help with include: learning basic computer skills, creating email accounts, performing job searches, filling out job applications, formatting resumes, filing for unemployment, and creating and editing Microsoft Office documents. 

    Registration for computer and job classes is open.

    Please note: Thursday afternoon labs from 1-3 at Boardman Road Library (141 Boardman Road). All other computer labs and classes are at the Adriance Library (93 Market Street), including the third Saturday of the month lab and two Saturday classes each month (usually the second and third Saturday). For more information on all Fall labs and classes from January 1 through March 31 please visit: PokLib.org

    Microsoft Office Classes

    Word 101 • Word 102 • Excel 101 • Excel 102 • Excel 103  Excel Functions • Excel Tips & Tricks •
    PowerPoint 101 • Mail Merge in Word & Excel • Resume Critiques • Job Search • Publisher • Access

     

    Technology You Can Use

    PC Basics  Working with Digital Photos • Intro to Google Drive & Docs • Creating a Website • Intro to Selling Online • Intro to 3DPrinting Services • Intro to Instagram • Intro to Twitter • Windows 10 • Ancestry.com • Job Club

     

     

    For dates, times, and location info and to register, visit PokLib.org

  • Get Free Sexual Harassment Prevention Training Today! Get Free Sexual Harassment Prevention Training Today!

    As part of your membership with the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce, you qualify to receive free sexual harassment prevention training for all of your employees.  This training was mandated by the state for every employer to provide every employee in New York, regardless of business size or the type of employee.  Outside organizations and businesses will charge you $25-$75 per employee to conduct this training but it is complimentary to you. Thank you to RBT CPAs for sponsoring this member benefit.  Call our front desk to learn how to get take advantage of this! (845) 454-1700 ext. 1000

  • RESOURCES & QUICK REFERENCES RESOURCES & QUICK REFERENCES

    • A Quick Guide for employers and employees on the Paid Family Leave benefit requirements in New York State.

    Please click here

    • The Chamber's Guide to Government, with contact information for Federal, State, County and Local elected officials, as well as county and municipal resources

    Please click here

  • A workweek is not the same thing as your hours of operation. Rather, it defines the 168-hour period (i.e., seven 24-hour days) in which you track your nonexempt employees’ time to determine whether they’re owed any overtime premium pay. The workweek can start and end whenever you would like (e.g., Saturday at midnight or Tuesday at noon), but it should change rarely, if ever. Changing it to avoid paying overtime would violate the Fair Labor Standards Act and could lead to wage complaints. Your employees should know what the workweek is. We recommend posting it in a place they’ll see, like a wall in the office kitchen or in the employee handbook.

    Download Ethan Allen's Wage and Hour Checklist: eapeo.com/ensure-compliant-wage-practices/‚Äč

    For more information please visit https://eapeo.com/workers-compensation-new-york/

    Contact Tom Lemmey at tom@eaworkforce.com or call 845.471.1200

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