OVR Seeking Host Sites for Job Shadows

OVR is currently having a difficult time finding host sites for students who are looking to job shadow in a career field of their choice and they are reaching out to you in the hopes you would be willing to help. A job shadow is usually around four hours long and does not need to be completed in one day. They have students that are interested in all types of employment and many need a job shadow to meet their graduation requirements. While they understand that many of you have concerns regarding Covid 19 and now may not be the right time to participate they hope you will still consider contacting them and they can add your name to the list of participants for the future.

At OVR their mission is to help their customers gain employment. There is a flyer below that can show you the benefits of hiring one of their adult customers as well. Their OJT's are a wage reimbursement program that simply helps cover the employers cost during the new hires training period. There are no strings, they are your employee and there are no other criteria. They simply reimburse the hours worked up to 480 hours. So if you are an employer who is seeking to hire now or at any time in the future, please reach out to Ken Wise and if they have qualified applicants he will help you make the connection. If you would like more information or have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Ken at kenwise@pa.gov or at (814) 946-6996.
Overtime Rules in Pennsylvania

New overtime rules in the federal Fair Labor Standards Act take effect nationwide Wednesday, January 1, 2020.

  • Pennsylvania employers will need to follow both the new federal overtime rules and the overtime requirements of Pennsylvania's Minimum Wage Act.
  • Pennsylvania employers must follow the rule that provides the greater benefit to the employee where there are differences between the two laws.

An employee is entitled to at least minimum wage and overtime pay at time and a half for all hours worked over 40 hours per week. However, the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and Pennsylvania's Minimum Wage Act do not require overtime pay for "any employee engaged in a bona-fide executive, administrative, or professional capacity" who is paid on a salaried basis instead of an hourly wage and meets the minimum salary threshold defined in federal and state regulations.

The United States Department of Labor (USDOL) published its revised final regulations concerning its overtime requirements under the FLSA on September 24, 2019. (29 CFR 541).

The update to federal regulations includes:
  • raising the "standard salary level" from the currently enforced level of $455 to $684 per week (equivalent to $35,568 per year for a full-year worker); and
  • allowing employers to use nondiscretionary bonuses and incentive payments (including commissions) that are paid at least annually to satisfy up to 10 percent of the standard salary level.

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SBA & Treasury Announce Simpler PPP Forgiveness for Loans of $50k or Less

The U.S. Small Business Administration , in consultation with the Treasury Department, released a simpler loan forgiveness application for Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans of $50,000 or less. This action streamlines the PPP forgiveness process to provide financial and administrative relief to America's smallest businesses while also ensuring sound stewardship of taxpayer dollars.

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Member Sponsored Webinar: Medical Marijuana in the Workplace

Presented in Partnership with Steptoe and Johnson PLLC
Thursday, October 22, 2020  | FREE |  11 a.m. – Noon
Continuing Education Credits Available

The 2016 legalization of medical marijuana in Pennsylvania created an array of challenges for employers. Businesses across the Commonwealth continue to report significant confusion interpreting the Medical Marijuana Act and navigating its impact on the workplace.
With insight and expertise from one of Steptoe and Johnson PLLC’s top Labor and Employment Law attorneys, this FREE one-hour webinar will provide business leaders and HR professionals with clarity on the law, offer strategies for compliance, and discuss considerations if Pennsylvania legalizes recreational marijuana. 
The program has been approved for SHRM, HRCI, CLE and CPE credits.

On October 13-15, 2020, in partnership with Chase for Business, CO— by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce will connect business owners like you with the tools you need to navigate a business world that's been forever changed. Register now to reserve your spot to this complimentary virtual event. Share you successes and challenges with your peers and gain the skills and perspective you need to come out on the other side stronger than ever.

Free Re-opening Signage

As Pennsylvania businesses begin to reopen, each business owner will need to examine their operations and make changes to meet public safety guidelines. PASBDC has created signage to address common health concerns. All images are completely free to use, so please share, download, print and distribute as you wish!
Flowchart Helps Employers Understand New Tax Credits

The IRS recently issued Publication 5419, New Employer Tax Credits (PDF) to help employers understand the tax credits available to them due to the coronavirus pandemic. The one-page document breaks down the details of the Employer Retention Credit and the credits for paid sick and family leave in easy-to-follow charts. Using the document, employers can quickly determine whether they are eligible for the credits, the amount of the credits and which wages apply to the credits.

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Office Hours

Following the Governor's guidance, staff is once again working remotely and only going to the office as necessary. If you need to reach us, please call 814-643-1110 and leave a message for us or email ymartin@huntingdinchamber.com or mhuntsman@huntingdonchamber.com
Huntingdon County Strong:
Business and Community Resources

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Quick Connect Coaching Sessions
Weekly, Tuesdays at 8:30 am

Looking for a quick answer to a question related to disaster recovery, reopening, stabilizing, or projecting for growth? Then attend a "Quick Connect" session to get your questions answered. Each week a consultant will address answers related to a specific topic.

Chamber Events
Legislative Luncheon
Huntingdon Country Club
October 30, 2020
11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Lessons Learned, Positive Practices & More!
October 26, 2020

Small Business Saturday
November 28, 2020

Business After Hours
SPE Federal Credit Union
March 17, 2021
5:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Spring Jam
Huntingdon Country Club
April 11, 2021
5:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Administrative Professionals Luncheon
Huntingdon Country Club
April 21, 2021
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

Highway to Rock!
Beside Lincoln Caverns
May 22, 2021
4:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Annual Golf Tournament
Huntingdon Country Club
June 16, 2021
11:30 a.m. Registration
1:00 p.m. Shotgun Start

Business After Hours
Lincoln Caverns
June 24, 2021
5:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Family Fest & Car Cruise
Huntingdon Presbyterian Church
July 3, 2021
6:00 p.m. Car Cruise
6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Family Fest

Sporting Clay Tournament
Shenecoy Sportsmen Club
September 15, 2021
September 22, 2021 Rain Date
2:15 p.m. Registration
3:00 p.m. Shoot

Annual Awards Gala
Huntingdon Country Club
October 7, 2021
5:30 p.m. Reception
6:00 p.m. Dinner

Partners In Excellence
Fulton County Medical Center

Stern Insurance Agency
Community State Bank
Mutual Benefit Group
Bumgardner & Flasher Oil, Inc.
Orbisonia Hardware, Inc. 
BottomLine Pros LLC
FirstEnergy Corporation
Helpmates, Inc.
Jeff Tate Paving, Inc.
Juniata College
Keller Engineers
Lincoln Caverns, Inc. and Whisper Rocks
MDB Drafting & Design
Stiffler, McGraw and Associates, Inc. 

Interested in learning about becoming a Partner in Excellence?

Contact Yvonne at  ymartin@huntingdonchamber.com  or 814.643.1110

Packages range from $125 to $1,000.

Contact Us

Yvonne Martin
President/ CEO

MacKenzie Huntsman
Program Director

Phone: 814-643-1110
Fax: 814-643-1115
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