Henrico/VDOT Lay Out Transportation Plan for 2017 and Beyond

Recently, the Henrico County Board of Supervisors heard an update on upcoming public works projects. The projects are coming from a mix of state, local and federal funding. Here’s a look at some of them:

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October Dinner Meeting - New Overtime Rules!

Ryan Glasgow

On May 18th, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued the final version of a much‐anticipated rule to expand overtime eligibility. This new rule will take effect December 1, 2016 and, based on DOL estimates, will expand overtime eligibility to more than 4.2 million additional workers. The new rule focuses primarily on updating the salary and compensation levels needed for executive, administrative, and professional workers to be exempt. In particular, the final rule: (1) increases the salary threshold for the standard White Collar Exemptions (from $23,660 to $47,476), and the Highly Compensated Employee Exemption (HCE) (from $100,000 to $134,004); and (2) establishes a process for updating the thresholds automatically every three years, beginning on January 1, 2020. Employers may include non‐discretionary bonuses, incentive pay, and commissions in calculating whether an employee meets the salary threshold‐up to ten percent of the threshold ($4,747). The incentive must be paid on a quarterly or more frequent basis to be used for this purpose.

PHOTO: Ryan Glasgow ‐ Labor & Employment Partner ‐ Hunton & Williams, LLP

Guest speaker was labor lawyer Ryan Glasgow with the Hunton Williams law firm who presented a thorough explanation of the new rule, and answered many questions from the membership as to its applica􀀁on. Copies of his handout from that mee􀀁ng are available by contacting the RAMCA office.

 

 

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SCC Considers Fine Increase for Excavator Violations - RAMCA Resists!

The State Corporaon Commission (which oversees enforcement of the Virginia's underground damage prevention laws) and at least one large gas company are interested in pursuing increases in civil penalties currently assessed against excavators for cutting or damaging underground utility lines in the hope that doing so will further reduce damages, particularly those caused by repeat and egregious offenders. The SCC is particularly concerned about gas damages associated with horizontal directional drilling and RAMCA shares those concerns, but RAMCA staff has informed the SCC that excavators are currently not in favor of such an approach and suggested that the SCC meet with all stakeholders to explore the current options for enforcement as well as discuss expanding those options to include new ways to address the problems created by these few bad actors. Efforts are ongoing to reach some consensus about how to proceed and RAMCA will keep the membership informed as this matter evolves.

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OSHA Issues New Workplace Injury Reporting Rule

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a new rule to improve tracking of workplace injuries and illnesses.

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Penalties to Increase for OSHA, Health and Environmental Violations

Last year, Congress enacted the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act of 2015. The Act directed federal agencies to adjust their civil penalties annually. On August 1, 2016, maximum civil penalties imposed by the Occupational Safety and Health Administra‐ tion (OSHA) increased significantly. OSHA increased maximum civil penalties by 78 percent, as OSHA had not made any inflationary increase since 1990. The relevant key increases are as follows:

  • Maximum penalties for willful and repeated violations increased from $70,000 to $124,709 per violation.
  • Maximum penalties for serious and other‐than‐serious violations increased from $7,000 to $12,471 per violation.
  • Maximum penalties for failure‐to‐abate violations increased from $7,000 to $12,471 per day per violation.

Even though Virginia implements and enforces its own OSHA programs, according to the U.S. Department of Labor, the Commonwealth must also adopt these maximum penalty levels.

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Virginia Signs MOU to Target Misclassification of Independent Contractors

The U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (DOL) and the Virginia Employment Commission (VEC) recently signed a three‐year Memorandum of Understanding regarding the misclassification of independent contractors or other non‐employee statuses.  The VEC will collaborate with DOL by providing enhanced enforcement through joint investigations and the sharing of information.  

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Jack Bargamin Memorial Golf Outing

On Thursday September 8th, RAMCA held the second golf tournament of the year at the always popular Mattaponi Springs Golf Club. For the second year in a row, this tournament was a complete sellout with 30 teams competing for bragging rights. After the sweltering heat and humidity on the golf course, a delicious BBQ dinner and awards were enjoyed in the air conditioned clubhouse. Plans for a return to Mattaponi Springs for 2017 are underway with sights set on a date a few weeks later in September or early October with the hopes of playing on a beautiful fall day! 

Flight 1 Winners
Score: 57
Team: Fortiline ‐ Rich Leeper Team
Rich Leeper
Donnie Beasley
Nick Tipton
Jason Boyd
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Flight 2 Winners
Score: 66
Team: Ayers & Stolte
Alexander Ayers
Christian Rickers
Scott Stolte
Doug Cornell
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Flight 3 Winners
Score: 69
Team: LB Water
Dave Redford
Chris Harrison
Andy Martin
Jamie Castleberry
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Thank you to Jack Bargamin Memorial Golf Outing Sponsors!

Special thanks to our Jack Bargamin Memorial Golf Outing sponsors!

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2016 Installation of Officers & Legislator’s Night

Every year, as the Installation of Officers and Legislator’s Night event approaches, RAMCA staff checks the weather updates hourly for the week prior to the event. This year, it didn’t look good, tor‐rential downpours and heavy winds were forecast to start just as the event was due to get underway. The day before the event, the forecast looked wonderful ‐ the joys of planning an outdoor event! Luckily, RAMCA works with some wonderful people. Our venue, the Virginia War Memorial, helped get a tent erected with just two hours notice, the caterers redid all their service plans and a RAMCA member (Fortiline Waterworks) calling to see if the event was still on, volunteered to sponsor the costs of the tent ‐ a last minute, unexpected expense!

The turnout was super, the rain held off until 5 minutes before the event was due to end, and everyone had a great time! The tent, adorned with lights, only added to the atmosphere! Thank you to everyone who attended and all the sponsors for making this event special. It is always a wonderful night at the VA War Memorial!

Event Gallery

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June 16th Networking Social - Pearl’s Raw Bar

RAMCA held a summer Networking Social on  Thurs‐day June 16th at Pearl’s Raw Bar in the Fan District. Over 60 RAMCA members gathered in the private Vintage Room above Pearl’s for great appetizers sponsored by Louis Smith Construction, delicious oysters sponsored RJ Smith Companies, and cool, refreshing beverages sponsored by Allan Myers.  The networking socials are casual gatherings with no  formal agenda and have proven to be very popular outings.  Your RAMCA Social Committe is busy planning winter and summer networking events for 2017! 

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George Bickerstaff Memorial Golf Outing

On Thursday May 12th, RAMCA held the annual George Bickerstaff Memorial Golf Outing at Brickshire Golf Club. A new contest, Closest to the Pins (not pin), gave players 5 chances (R‐A‐M‐C‐A) to get closest to a pin and win a prize. Two kegs featuring Sweetwater Brewery beers from Atlanta, Georgia were strategically placed on the front nine and back nine for all players to enjoy. The Golf Committee had a surprise for everyone and arranged a drone (flown by Dave Stowall and approved by Dave Moore of Slurry Pavers) to film some high‐lights of the outing.

Event Pictures

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Thank You to George Bickerstaff Memorial Golf Outing Sponsors!

Special thanks to all of our sponsors!

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Sincere Appreciation to our March Meeting Sponsors

Special thanks to our March meeting sponsors!

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