E-Gateway 11.8.16

Posted on November 8th, 2016 under News Flash.
“The Courage to Transcend,” A Speaker Luncheon featuring
Matthew Sanford hosted by Women in Business 

Wednesday, November 16
11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at Wayzata Country Club
Register Now

Author Matthew Sanford turns his remarkable story of trauma and loss, of paralysis and yoga, into powerful life lessons for individuals and organizations alike.  Having survived a devastating car accident that killed his father and sister and left him paralyzed, Matthew inspires audiences to explore the true nature of strength and shows them the blueprint for transforming obstacles into opportunities.  The ultimate goal of any courageous path is the service of others.  Guests will leave with practical mind-body tips to improve the quality of their everyday lives.

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On the Calendar This Week 

Tuesday, November 8
Executive Committee Meeting, 8:30-10:00 a.m. at AmeriStar Agency

Tuesday, November 8
Election Day- Remember to vote at your designated polling place!

Wednesday, November 9
Ambassador Visit for Klein Bank, 4:00 p.m. at 6Smith Restaurant

Bushaway Road is open!  A fun morning at the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony last Wednesday. See more photos from the event here
A Change in Staff…

Our Communications Coordinator, Julia Warfield, is leaving the Chamber and her last day with us will be November 18. If you know of someone who is interested in helping with our communications short term while we evaluate the position please contact Chamber President Becky Pierson at  bpierson@wayzatachamber.com.

Stay tuned for a full job description and application details.

Reminder: New Labor Regulations Effective December 1
Updated Overtime Eligibility 

Are new regulations on your business’ holiday wish list?  If so, you can thank the Department of Labor for delivering a revised regulation that will effect an estimated 4 million employees starting in December. Under the Fair Labor Standards Act, most employees are entitled to minimum wage and overtime pay protections.  However, the Act also carves out certain classes of employees that are not entitled to these wage protections. These employees are exempt from the requirements and, as such, the two classes of employees are called “non-exempt” and “exempt.”  The broadest class of exempt employees are executive, administrative and professional employees with predetermined fixed salary requirements. The current weekly salary level for these exempt employees is $455 (or $23,660 annually). The new rule, which is effective December 1, 2016, will increase the weekly salary level requirement to $913 (or $47,476 annually). Employers will be forced to either raise exempt employees’ salaries to the increased requirement so they retain their exempt classification or to re-classify the employees as non-exempt at the same pay rate and pay overtime when applicable. Additional information is available on the Department of Labor’s website at www.dol.gov. As in-house counsel from the outside for closely held companies, Sanford, Pierson, Thone & Strean, PLC, provides creative and personalized solutions to navigate regulatory requirements such as these.  Follow our firm at www.ssmnlaw.com.

Project Updates in the Wayzata Area…


CR-101/Bushaway Road is open! Be aware of construction activities
still happening behind the curb.

I-494– All three lanes of traffic between Maple Grove and Highway 55 and I-94/I-694 have opened ending the two year construction project!

Member Spotlight 

Interfaith Outreach 
Register now for the Community Prayer Breakfast featuring Community Member Greg Rye on Thursday, November 10

The deadline to sign up for Shop with A Purpose is November 11. Together, let’s get shoppers out and do some good. Contact Ben Johnson for more information.

Real Estate Nation 
Real Estate Agent Ben Johnson has earned the company’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Click here to read more.