PANCAP hosts sensitisation forum for Suriname Parliamentarians

first_img Jun 25, 2020 PANCAP Advocates for Treatment Continuity for People Living… What is PANCAP? PANCAP is a Caribbean regional partnership of governments, regional civil society organizations, regional institutions and organizations, bilateral and multilateral agencies and contributing donor partners which was established on 14 February 2001. PANCAP provides a structured and unified approach to the Caribbean’s response to the HIV epidemic, coordinates the response through the Caribbean Regional Strategic Framework on HIV and AIDS to maximize efficient use of resources and increase impact, mobilizes resources and build capacity of partners. – 10th European Development Fund (EDF) Programme of Support for Wider Caribbean Cooperation Under the 10th (EDF) Programme of Support for Wider Caribbean Cooperation, PANCAP will strengthen coordination on human rights issues in keeping with the Justice For all Roadmap through the HIV and AIDS Thematic Task Force in CARIFORUM. – CARIFORUM CARIFORUM refers to the Grouping of Caribbean States, which are signatories of the Georgetown Agreement establishing the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP). The ACP grouping is composed of 79 African, Caribbean and Pacific states. CARIFORUM is the recipient of and manages the implementation of Caribbean Regional Indicative Programmes financed by the EDF and Caribbean regional programmes financed by individual Member States of the European Union. It also provides technical assistance to agencies/institutions implementing projects under these programmes. – European Union The Member States of the European Union have decided to link their expertise, resources and destinies. Together, they have built a zone of stability, democracy and sustainable development whilst maintaining cultural diversity, tolerance and individual freedoms. The European Union is committed to sharing its achievements and its values with countries and peoples beyond its borders. Background to the PANCAP Justice for All (JFA) Roadmap The PANCAP Justice for All (JFA) Programme was established in September 2013 as a regional response to the UN High-Level Political Declaration (June 2011) designed to reduce AIDS-related stigma and discrimination. The objectives of the JFA Roadmap are:  Enhancing family life and focusing on those in need Increasing access to treatment and affordable medicines Reducing gender inequality including violence against women, girls and adolescents Promoting prevention with special reference to sexual and reproductive health and rights including age-appropriate sexual education Implementing legislative reforms for modifying AIDS-related stigma and discrimination Helpful links:PANCAP Justice for All (JFA) programme – 10th European Development Fund Project (EDF) – Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… Priority Areas Coordinating Committee (PACC) Convenes… The objectives of the Forum are to identify the barriers to achieving the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV and AIDS (UNAIDS) 90-90-90 Targets including stigma and discrimination. The Forum will also seek to define parliamentarians’ legislative, representational and oversight roles in addressing the barriers to ending the AIDS epidemic. Participants will also discuss and agree on a timeline for specific actions to be undertaken by parliamentarians. In an invited comment, H.E. Dr. Jeniffer Geerlings-Simons, Speaker of the National Assembly, Suriname said: “Fundamental rights and liberties for all, justice and fairness are common ideals that the people of Suriname strive towards and hold dear. These ideals are underpinned by the values enshrined in our constitution, which include peaceful coexistence, mutual respect, and equality. Our nation, therefore, is one where consideration needs to be given to those who are rendered more vulnerable and/or marginalized, which brings us to a specific quest: work together, across sectors, creeds and other seeming differences and unite to realize the commitments we’ve made as a country, as a partnership, as a region, and as a world. 90-90-90 by 2020 and End AIDS by 2030!” Parliamentarians to define their legislative, representational and oversight roles to address the challenges towards ending the AIDS Epidemic Call for non-partisan approach to issues related to stigma, discrimination and HIV transmission as PANCAP Regional Parliamentarians Forum concludesDeputy Secretary General, CARICOM Secretariat, challenges parliamentarians to implement CARICOM Model Anti-Discrimination Bill The Pan Caribbean Partnership against HIV and AIDS (PANCAP) Regional Parliamentarians Forum, 30 – 31 May, Kingston, Jamaica, concluded with recommendations from parliamentarians on a non-partisan approach to issues related to stigma, discrimination and HIV transmission. Approximately…June 1, 2017In “CARICOM”St. Kitts/Nevis Prime Minister to attend PANCAP Regional Parliamentarians ForumFriday, May 12, 2017 (PANCAP Coordinating Unit, CARICOM Secretariat): The Pan Caribbean Partnership against HIV and AIDS (PANCAP) will host the Hon. Timothy Harris, Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis at the PANCAP Regional Parliamentarians Forum from 30 – 31 May, 2017 in Kingston, Jamaica. In addition to Prime…May 12, 2017In “Jamaica”Suriname Faith Leaders to establish main goals for inter-religious network Emphasis on contributing to end AIDS (PANCAP Coordinating Unit, CARICOM Secretariat)  The Pan-Caribbean Partnership against HIV and AIDS (PANCAP), will host the Suriname National Faith Leaders Consultation in Suriname 19 -20 October, 2018. The consultation is being held with funding from the CARIFORUM 10th European Development Fund (EDF) Programme of Support for…October 19, 2018In “Antigua & Barbuda”Share this on WhatsApp Apr 24, 2020center_img Jun 3, 2020 Friday, 19 October 2018 (PANCAP Coordinating Unit, CARICOM Secretariat): The Pan-Caribbean Partnership against HIV and AIDS (PANCAP), will host a Parliamentarians Sensitization Forum in Suriname 22- 23 October, 2018. The Forum is being held with funding from the CARIFORUM 10th European Development Fund (EDF) Programme of Support for Wider Caribbean Cooperation. The Forum is part of a series of engagements involving parliamentarians under the PANCAP Justice for All Programme (JFP). Parliamentarians will be sensitized on issues regarding their advocacy role for the elimination of stigma and discrimination, as well as their legislative, representational and oversight roles. 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The wizard Balakov was among the best foreigners in the history…

first_imgKrassimir Balakov spent eight years in Stuttgart and although he played his last match as a professional footballer a long time ago, he still continues to receive respect for what he has done in Germany. The 54-year-old former midfielder found himself in the ideal team of foreigners who wore the “Swabian” team.The wizard in the middle of the field defended the honor of the team from the city of Mercedes between 1995 and 2003, winning three trophies and remaining at the foot of several more. To this day, Bala is one of the most beloved players wearing the white team.“Balakov was part of the “magic triangle”, alongside Giovanni Elber and Freddie Bobic. The Bulgarian arrived in Stuttgart from Sporting (Lisbon) in 1995, won the National Cup in 1997, and when he resigned in 2003 he had played 298 games for the club, in which he had scored 73 goals and 64 assists.“, write the authors of the ranking from Spox.Balakov is accompanied by a number of proven names – Franz Wolfart (Austria), Mathieu Delpierre (France), Fernando Meira (Portugal), Frank Verlaat (Netherlands), Arthur Boca (Côte d’Ivoire), Pavel Pard (Mexico), Zvonimir Soldo ( Croatia), Carlos Dunga (Brazil), Gilbert Gres (France) and Giovanni Elber (Brazil).Stuttgart was the most successful stop in Bala’s professional career, lasting two decades. In addition to his excellent individual performance and triumph in the German Cup, the Bulgarian helped the team win twice the non-existent European tournament “Intertoto”. His partnership with Elber and Bobic continues to make fans smile today at the memory of the three masters who left them breathless with their performances during one of the most memorable periods in the club’s history.last_img read more

Utah Jazz’s latest worry is surging Dallas Mavericks

first_imgDALLAS — As if the Jazz didn’t have enough problems chasing the Rockets and the Lakers for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference, now they have a new concern — holding off the surging Dallas Mavericks.The Mavericks team the Jazz play Sunday night has crept to within just one game of Utah in the West standings, meaning that a Dallas victory at American Airlines Center will pull the Mavericks into a tie with 12 games left in the regular season for each team.The Jazz and Mavs tip it off at 5:30 p.m. MST, after which the Jazz return home for games Monday against Philadelphia and Wednesday against Phoenix.Since the start of the month, the Mavericks have made up five games in the standings, going 7-3 in their last 10 games, while Utah has been an abysmal 2-8. On Friday, while the Jazz (34-35) were losing in overtime at San Antonio, the Mavs (33-36) had little trouble beating Boston at home by 10.The Mavericks are getting healthy — Shawn Marion is back after missing eight games with a leg injury — and Dirk Nowitzki is playing better after sitting out the first 27 games due to knee surgery. Over his last five games, Nowitzki has averaged 20.2 points, well above his 16.4 scoring average on the year.O.J. Mayo leads the Mavs in scoring at 16.7, while sixth man Vince Carter averages 13.1 and point guard Darren Collison scores 12.3 per game.The Mavericks, who haven’t even been mentioned as playoff contenders, suddenly have plenty of motivation with the postseason in sight. Clear back on March 4, coach Rick Carlisle said the team still had a chance at the playoffs and now it does, being just 2 1/2 games behind the Lakers, who lost at home to Washington Friday.The Jazz are hanging on for dear life, but Utah coach Tyrone Corbin likes his team’s chances of making the playoffs if they can play like they did against San Antonio Friday.“If we play this way every night against everybody, we’ll be OK,’’ he said “That’s what we’re looking for is the effort. You get sick and tired of being sick and tired. You feel sorry for yourself and at some point you have to step up and fight.’’“I thought we showed a lot of that tonight, to come out and lay everything on the line,’’ he continued. “This kind of effort will give you a chance any night. The guys just decided to let it go and play.’’Mo Williams had his best game since returning from his thumb injury with 23 points, while Al Jefferson had another double-double with 18 points and 11 boards.Two of the biggest difference makers, however, were young guys Derrick Favors and Alec Burks. Favors played a strong defensive game with four blocked shots and eight rebounds, while Burks ran the team well as the backup point guard and also scored 14 points.“Derrick did a great job of clogging up the middle and coming across early and making great plays on the ball,’’ said Corbin. “Alec Burks is a young guy who continues to get better. It doesn’t matter which position he plays. He just comes out and plays his game. We put him in a tough spot and he continues to respond and it’s going to be great for him going down the stretch.’’Burks played 24 minutes and looks to be Corbin’s choice for backup point guard as veterans Jamaal Tinsley and Earl Watson each never left the bench. Also playing minutes of late is forward Marvin Williams, who logged nearly 35 minutes, more than any player except Jefferson and Mo Williams. Jazz will try to replicate Friday’s effort Relatedlast_img read more

Suanna wins Jaa Memorial trophy

first_imgKhao Kheow caddies pose with Tara Court Golf organizers at the conclusion of the 5th annual Jaa Memorial Cup.Tuesday, August 22, Khao Kheow – Jaa Memorial CupToday the Tara Court Golf Society helped organized the 5th annual Jaa Memorial Cup here at Khao Kheow Country Club.  This is held in memory of the late Jaa who was a very well liked and respected caddy here and who unfortunately died at the very young age of 26 years from a mosquito bite from which she contracted dengue fever.This is a very special competition which is confined to the caddies only, most of whom would have been very good friends of Jaa and all of whom very much want to get their names on the much coveted trophy.  The competition is co-organised and run mainly by the management and staff here and we want to thank them very much for all the work and effort they put in to it.The Cup is awarded to the best gross score and once again for the fifth year we got a new winner.  This year Suanna Kerdjaroen, who was playing off a nine handicap, had a gross 81 and came out the winner.  In second place was Sompis Sam-ang-in, handicap 11 and gross 82 while the third place went to Ms Prakaydao, handicap 12 and gross 84.  These were all excellent scores on what as everyone knows is a very difficult course. We had two long drives, which were actually very long drives and they were won by Panita Srisuk and Ms Puschanattha and the near pins were won by Panita Srisuk, Rungnapa Puengseeklao, Tippawan Kanpakdee and Aumpa Seehla.Khun Jaa.last_img read more

Kinders must clean up act

first_imgBy ANEEKA SIMONIS PRESCHOOL workers who staged a 24-hour strike against pay and conditions last week say they could make…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

Two In A Row For Galway Tribesmen Rugby League Team

first_imgThe Galway Tribesmen hosted the Dublin City Exiles last Saturday in a rematch of the Republic of Ireland semi-final from last year and were the eventual victors in a high scoring contest. Galway Tribesmen 62 Dublin City Exiles 42 This was the first outing for the team in their new kit sponsored by Hyundai Galway and in partnership with Act for Meningitis and the Tribesmen was keen to impress. The match was barely two minutes old when James ‘Junior’ Kennedy skipped across the line to open the Tribesmen account and with the conversion secured by the ever reliable Conor Loughrey, the Tribesmen were six points to the good. The lead however didn’t last long as the experienced Adam Cox found his way over the line for the Exiles and with the two points added by Collie Ryan the scores were all even.After the initial exchanges, both teams had their fair share of possession and several handling errors and mistakes. Myles Upton and Gavin Dolan were particularly impressive for the tribesmen in the battle upfront, setting the platform for the backline and it eventually paid off in the 17th minute when Seosamh McDonagh crossed for four points. Again, Loughrey added the two points. The Exiles though, were determined to push the Galway men all the way and powerful centre John Rhattigan found his way over the line to register another four points. The Dublin men continued to apply the pressure with more expansive play and crossed the line again with Collie Ryan after 25 minutes. This was the first time that the Tribesmen were behind so far this season and they were keen to make amends. A succession of converted tries from Ed O’Keeffe, McDonagh and Loughrey put the scores at 30-16 and this was how the scores remained until half time.The second half began exactly as the first half had with Kennedy scoring his second try, this try however was cancelled out when Rhattigan crossed again moments later. The Tribesmen began to look a little more composed and during a period of sustained pressure, Loughrey scored his second, Kennedy attained his hat-trick and Ed O’Keeffe added his name to the scoresheet. With only a quarter of the game remaining the scores were now at 52-22 in favour of the Galway men in what would seem an unassailable lead, however the Exiles were not finished. Further tries from Ryan and Cox added to the Exiles score line and in what becoming an increasingly sea saw affair the Tribesmen hit back with a first ever try for Nathan Cooley. Shane Faulkner finished off the scoring for the Tribesmen but not before Rhattigan had secured his hat-trick for the opposition. The match finished at 62-42 to the Tribesmen in what was a high scoring, entertaining game to watch from a casual bystander’s viewpoint, but it was a deeply frustrating performance from the Galway perspective. Much improvement will be needed if they are to present a challenge to Waterford Vikings in their next outing in couple of weeks’ time as they continue their pursuit to reclaim the All Ireland title.print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img read more

Newcastle vs Tottenham preview as both teams look to make perfect start

first_imgTOTTENHAM kick off their season away at Newcastle looking to hit the ground running.It is a repeat fixture of last year, where Spurs won 2-0 at St James’ Park.44 Newcastle and Spurs faced each other on the first game of last season as wellCredit: ReutersBut this year Toon could have the upper hand with Mauricio Pochettino missing several top stars due to their involvement in the World Cup.Which channel is it on and can I live stream it?You can watch this game live on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Football.To stream the game live, you can buy a Sky Sports Day Pass from NOW TV from £7.99Or you can save £160 across the season with a 10 month season pass.Alternatively, you can keep up-to-date with the latest action on the SunSport LIVE blog.Wag watchRuby Mae raised her profile at the World Cup as she cheered on Dele Alli in Russia.The lingerie model met the Tottenham and England ace in early 2016 and first hit headlines when she consoled him after defeat to Iceland at the Euros.4 Dele Alli’s girlfriend Ruby Mae is the Wag to watch in this fixtureCredit: Getty – ContributorFashion victimAlli not only has a stunning girlfriend, but his own fashion brand.His clothing range with BoohooMAN may look trendy but is more of a hit with reality TV stars than the average football fan.Look ahead to the weekendManchester United vs LeicesterNewcastle vs TottenhamBournemouth vs CardiffFulham vs Crystal PalaceHuddersfield vs ChelseaWatford vs BrightonWolves vs EvertonLiverpool vs West HamSouthampton vs BurnleyArsenal vs Man City MOST READ IN FOOTBALLRETRACING STEPSJack Charlton’s granddaughter Emma Wilkinson ‘would love’ to visit IrelandROY RAGEFurious Roy Keane launched foul-mouthed rant at Pique over Fabregas friendshipPicturedTOP FORMBrazil icon Ronaldo soaks up sun with partner Celina Locks on yacht in FormenteraPicturedON THE PAOLPaolo Maldini shows off shredded physique at 52 while on holiday with wifeExclusiveLOCK CLOWNPaul Scholes flouts local lockdown rules by throwing huge 7-hour birthday bashLive BlogUNITED LATESTMan Utd transfer news LIVE: All the gossip and updates from Old TraffordLikely line-upsNewcastle: Dubravka; Yedlin, Lascelles, Schar, Dummett; Shelvey, Ki, Ritchie; Perez, Kenedy; RondonSpurs: Vorm; Aurier, Sanchez, Vertonghen, Rose; Dembele, Wanyama; Lamela, Eriksen, Son; KaneThe stat that mattersThis will be the fourth time Newcastle and Tottenham have met on the opening weekend of a Premier League campaign, more often than any other fixture in the competition.What the boss saidRafa Benitez: “I am confident we can do something (in the transfer window) – how many players? For me, to balance the team, we need four players.”Sign up for Dream Team 2018/19 nowDream Team is back and better than ever ahead of the new Premier League seasonCompletely free to play£400k jackpot up for grabs across the seasonREGISTER FOR DREAM TEAM 2018/19 HERE 4 Rafa Benitez and Mauricio Pochettino are both looking for a perfect start to the seasonCredit: Times Newspapers LtdMauricio Pochettino: “It would be better for these players to miss the first one or two games than to play and end up getting injured and missing more games further down the line.“It’s a massive challenge for these players to get fit in time for the Newcastle game. Almost impossible.“If we feel it is too much of a risk to play these players then, no matter how much work they have been doing, we will not play them. Simple as that.”PredictionNewcastle 1 Tottenham 1Salomon Rondon posts emotional farewell video to Baggies fans as he moves from West Brom to Newcastlelast_img read more

Northwestern State Continues Climb in Southland Standings

first_imgFRISCO, Texas – Northwestern State, the preseason favorite to win a regular-season championship, has won five consecutive games after Thursday’s 85-74 home victory against McNeese State. The Demons started conference play 1-4 and were tied for 11th in the 14-team league. Now, Northwestern State is 6-4 and within four games of first place and only two games out of second. The Demons face Nicholls on Saturday. Twenty-Win Teams: The Southland could have at least three 20-game winners for the third consecutive season. At 21-2, SFA has already topped 20 wins for the sixth time in the last seven seasons. UIW and Sam Houston State are closing in on 20 wins. UIW is 17-5 overall and is trying to reach the milestone in its first season in the Southland Conference. Sam Houston State is 16-6 and looking for its first 20-win campaign since 2009-10 when it claimed its last league title and finished 25-8 overall. Week 14 Weekend Update (PDF) Stephen F. Austin Continues Streaks: After surviving a 76-74 scare last Saturday against UIW, Stephen F. Austin responded with an emphatic 93-64 victory Thursday against Nicholls. The Colonels entered the game in third place, only two games behind the Lumberjacks and were riding a three-game win streak of their own. SFA, now 21-2 overall and 10-0 in the Southland, is riding an 18-game overall win streak and tied Duke with its 29th consecutive home-court victory for the longest win streak in the nation. Last year, SFA had the same record through 23 games, but lost 54-50 at Southeastern Louisiana in its next game. The Lumberjacks went on to win their next six games, including a 68-57 victory over the Lions in the semifinals of the conference tournament. No Southland team has gone undefeated in league play since Arkansas State won all four of its conference games in 1973-74. Only four Southland teams have finished undefeated in conference play. Louisiana Tech was 8-0 in 1971-72, Arkansas State was 8-0 in 1966-67 and Abilene Christian was 8-0 in 1965-66. With eight games to play, SFA is in search of its fourth regular-season Southland championship and is trying to be the league’s first back-to-back champion since it claimed consecutive titles in 2008 and 2009. West Nets Third 30-Point Game: Northwestern State sophomore Jalan West scored 30 points in the Demons’ win over McNeese State. His three 30-point games are the most by a Southland player this season. He scored 30 Nov. 15 in a win over Auburn and had 30 against Houston Baptist Jan. 11. West was among the nine players that scored at least 20 points on Thursday. Oral Roberts got 27 points from Shawn Glover and 21 points from Korey Billbury in their win over New Orleans. Glover continues to lead the conference with 21.7 points per game. West is second, scoring 19.6 points each time on the court.last_img read more

Slot machines ‘target the poor’

first_img15 August 2003South Africa does not need the rollout of additional slot machines, as they are likely to target poor people, according to Rob Davis, chairman of the parliamentary portfolio committee on trade and industry.Davis was speaking at the Human Rights Research and Advocacy Project’s public debate on poverty and gambling on Wednesday.The issue has been under constant debate since three months ago, when the Western Cape Gambling and Racing Board announced its intention to roll out 3 000 gambling machines in the province by the end of 2005.“The limited payout machines (LPMs) are not intended to be placed in casinos, which targeted by tourists; they will be in licensed taverns, in corner shops and will be largely targeted at the poor,” Davis said.He explained that large numbers of people were ignorant about the odds and the extent of the prize money involved in this form of gambling.“They expect to win large amounts of money to pay household debts and support their families. The fact is that if you hit the jackpot on one of these machines, you will not win more than R500.”He said a lot of people were hooked on gambling as they believed if they won once, they would keep on winning, making them spend much more money than they could afford.Waldie Terblanche, of the Western Cape social development and poverty alleviation department, said the constant availability of the LPMs would have a largely negative impact on poor communities.“We pay out about R280-million per month on social grants in the province. We are worried by certain indicators that people use their grants for gambling instead of household necessities,” he said.According to Terblanche, gambling is a non-productive activity serving as a source of entertainment for rich people who could afford to lose money, but acting only as a temptation to poor people desperately trying to break away from poverty.“We believe that legal gambling should not be rolled out in our poorer communities and that LPMs should not be rolled out at this stage,” he said.A recent study on the socio-economic impact of gambling revealed that 72.5% of the 2 050 participants in the study gambled in the 12 months preceding the study. Of those interviewed, 71.3% indicated that they would have spent their money on household necessities if they had not gambled.The study also found that 22.1% of casino gamblers were unemployed, and that 21.2% earned less than R500 a month.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

The Proposed DOL 2015 Overtime Rule Changes in Minimum Salary

first_img1.       The employee must be paid a minimum weekly salary;2.       The employee must be paid on a salary rather than on an hourly basis. This means that only certain deductions are permitted from the employee’s pay for time not worked and no deductions are permitted based on the quality or quantity of work; and3.       The employee’s primary duty must be exempt in nature.The DOL proposed changes are to #1. They have asked questions about #3 (which we will address in another post) and left #2 alone (at least for now).What are the changes being proposed to the minimum salary?[Jonathan] Currently, the minimum salary is $455 per week for most white collar positions. No minimum salary is required under federal law for some positions, such as medical doctors. Note: a minimum salary may be required under state or local law, even where not required under federal law.Under the proposed regulations, the minimum salary will be equal to the 40th percentile of weekly earnings for full-time salaried employees as determined by the DOL’s Bureau of Labor Statistics. That amount is projected to be $970 per week in the first quarter of 2016, more than double the current minimum salary.Plus, the minimum salary will be indexed ‘to guard against the erosion’ of the salary threshold. The DOL has suggested two options for indexing, inviting comment on the different approaches. Option one would be to increase the minimum salary so that it remains at the 40th percentile. The second option would be inflationary increases.What do you think the rationale is for proposing automatic adjustments to the minimum salary?[Jonathan] The reason for the proposed automatic adjustment is, as the DOL has said, to ‘guard against the erosion’ of the minimum salary requirement. Although the proposed increase itself is quite substantial, to be fair, the reality is that the minimum salary from 2004 is extremely low relative to today’s labor market.On the other hand, the proposed automatic adjustments may be too much for some employers too afford. The DOL sometimes does not appreciate fully how businesses work. If the number is too high, an employer simply may convert the employee from exempt to non-exempt and not permit overtime.The DOL has suggested that the employee still ‘wins’ even if  this occurs, because they may have more time off. The DOL entirely misses the employee relations aspect of this change.Most employees are dedicated, hardworking and take pride in their jobs. Some are upset when they feel their value is reduced because they are reclassified as non-exempt. When some employees were reclassified in 2004, the last time the regulations were modified, we saw this phenomenon take place in many workplaces.Rather than automatic increases, I would hope the DOL would consider periodically proposing increases. That’s why submitting comments to the proposed regulations is so important. None of us knows what the future will bring. What if there had been an automatic minimum salary increase in 2009 at the height of the Great Recession?Why should employers care about the proposed changes to highly compensated employees (HCE)?[Jonathan] It is important to remember the highly compensated employee is not a separate exemption. Instead, if an employee is a highly compensated employee, under the current regulations, it is easier for him or her to meet the primary duty test.Currently, the minimum salary for a highly compensated employee is $100,000 / year. The proposed change would increase the minimum salary to the 90th percentile of weekly earnings of full-time salaried workers. Under current statistics, that would be $122,148 annually.This is a considerably smaller increase than the increase in the minimum salary: approximately 22 percent compared to more than 100 percent. Of course, the DOL has proposed that this amount be subject to automatic adjustments, too.How important will this increase be? Well, I hate to sound like a lawyer, but ‘it depends.’ It depends on what happens to the primary duty test, because the higher level of compensation is relevant only to meeting the primary duty test. More on this issue in the next post in this series on the DOL’s proposed changes.What is the impact of the proposed changes on state or local laws?[Jonathan] It is important to keep in mind that employees always get whichever is better for them under federal, state or local law. So no matter what the DOL does or does not do, employers still must check to see if there are any areas where state or local law imposes additional requirements or restrictions.What should employers be doing now in light on this action?[Jonathan] It is really hard for the employer community to plan until we know what the DOL will do with the primary duty test. If the DOL implements or proposes changes to the primary duty test so that it is quantitative rather than qualitative, then employers are going to need to re-evaluate an even larger universe of positions.More specifically, the DOL has asked whether it should adopt the California approach—the employee must spend more than 50 percent of his or her time performing exempt duties. If the DOL were to adopt this approach, I am not sure it will mean more money for employees. There actually could be less money available after employers pay lawyers to defend the inevitable flood of legal challenges that a percentage requirement all but invitesFor now, employers should focus only on cost issues associated with the proposed minimum salary increase. Employers will need to assess whether they can pay the minimum salary to employees below the minimum knowing that the minimum will keep increasing. In this regard, it is important to note the final number could be the proposed number or it could be lower or even higher. Let’s not forget that back in 2004 the final number for highly compensated employees was higher than initially proposed by the DOL.But, even if an employer can make the necessary minimum salary increase, whether it should may depend on what happens with the primary duty requirement. That’s why this is so frustrating—we don’t know whether and what changes the DOL will propose, if any, with regard to the primary duty requirement, the subject of our next blog post.Many thanks to Jonathan for sharing his knowledge. If you’re interested in keeping up with this topic, be sure to follow him on Twitter @Jonathan_HR_Law or read his blog at Duane Morris. As he mentioned, we have another post in the works on the primary duties test. Stay tuned for more on this important change. On July 6, 2015, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) published its proposed changes to the overtime regulations under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The changes are significant and fall into two categories: salary basis and primary duties test. This post will focus on the minimum salary part of the proposal. We’ll address the primary duties test in a separate post.  To help organizations sort this out, I’ve asked Jonathan Segal, a partner with the firm Duane Morris LLP to share his knowledge of the subject. Please remember that Jonathan’s comments should not be construed as legal advice or as pertaining to any specific factual situations. If you have detailed questions, they should be addressed directly with your friendly local labor attorney.Jonathan, let’s start with a little refresher. Currently, what are the requirements for an employee to be exempt under one of the FLSA’s white collar exemptions (such as, administrative, professional and executive)?[Jonathan] An employee must meet three (3) requirements:last_img read more