• 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.


    On March 7, 2019 the Department of Labor announced a proposed rule that would would increase the minimum salary level for employees to be considered “exempt” from overtime regulations.

    For more information click here and here

    The Notice of Proposed Rulemaking includes:

    • Increasing the minimum salary required for an employee to qualify for exemption from the currently-enforced level of $455 to $679 per week (equivalent to $35,308 per year).
    • No changes to the job duties test.
    • No automatic adjustments to the salary threshold.
    • Increasing the total annual compensation requirement for “highly compensated employees” (HCE) from the currently-enforced level of $100,000 to $147,414 per year.
    • A commitment to periodic review to update the salary threshold. An update would continue to require notice-and-comment rulemaking.
    • Allowing employers to use nondiscretionary bonuses and incentive payments (including commissions) that are paid annually or more frequently to satisfy up to 10 percent of the standard salary level.


    The new proposed rule has yet to be published in the Federal Register. Once it is, interested parties will have 60 days to submit comments. The Department will then evaluate the comments and issue a final rule or continue to revise proposed rules.


  • Resource: Presentation on New York State’s New Sexual Harassment Laws: What You Need to Know Resource: Presentation on New York State’s New Sexual Harassment Laws: What You Need to Know

    New York State’s New Sexual Harassment Laws: What You Need to Know, as presented by Frank Kerbein, SPHR, Director, Center for Human Resources, The Business Council of New York State at November 2018 Contact Breakfast.  

    Please click HERE to download.

  • 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”.
    The model training program and policy documents are available HERE . Also included is a model PowerPoint presentation as well as FAQs.


  • PAID FAMILY LEAVE Effective in 2018 PAID FAMILY LEAVE Effective in 2018

    Is Your Business Ready?

    On January 1, 2018, Paid Family Leave launches in New York State. Signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo in April 2016, this landmark benefit will enable employees to take job-protected, paid time off to bond with a new child, care for a sick family member, or assist loved ones when a family member is called to active military service abroad.

    Paid Family Leave is provided through an insurance policy fully funded by employee payroll contributions. Studies show that paid leave increases workplace morale and retention, which reduces hiring costs.

    Complete details on Paid Family Leave are available online at ny.gov/PaidFamilyLeave, including an Employer page where you’ll find helpful implementation resources such as:

    • a checklist of important actions businesses must take before December 31, 2017
    • general information on benefits and eligibility
    • details on how to obtain insurance coverage
    • a weekly payroll deduction calculator
    • Paid Family Leave request forms
    • model language for handbooks and other written materials for employees

    Here's a helpful, downloadable Quick Guide for employers & employees. Just add your company's logo and distribute. Please click here.


  • 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

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    • 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

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