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The Vermont Retail & Grocers Association is proud to provide the right resources for the right time to our members.  We have compiled a variety of links, websites and other resources to help you do business better.  We try to update these resources often and welcome ideas for other resources to add.

FREE resources are available in the menu on the left and Members Only Resources are available HERE. We hope this information is helpful to all members. 

VRGA scholarships provide financial assistance to eligible students entering their first year at an accredited two or four-year school.

The applicant must:

  • be a Vermont resident or be affiliated with a VRGA Member in Vermont;
  • be a graduating high school senior planning to attend an accredited two or four year postsecondary school or;
  • plan to attend for the first time an accredited two or four-year postsecondary school in 2018 and have received a high school diploma;
  • file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) no later than four weeks prior to the scholarship deadline listed below; and

Meet one or more of the following conditions:

  • be the dependent of an employee or owner of a VRGA member company. Company or Employee must be located in Vermont or have responsibility in Vermont;
  • be an employee of a VRGA retail or associate member company in Vermont. Employee must be located in Vermont or have responsibility in Vermont.
  • The employee must be employed a minimum of 15 hours per week or 750 hours per year; and have been employed at a VRGA retail member store or company for a minimum of one year at the time the student applies for this scholarship.

For more information or to get an application, email chelsea@vtrga.org.


Tip of the Month

DOL VIOLATIONS CASE STUDY

Over the past few years, the Department of Labor (DOL) has ramped up its enforcement of federal laws. The Richards Group is committed to helping you learn more about these laws and to giving you the tools you need to remain compliant. Listed below is a case study of a recent judgement on Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) violations.

The case: An enterprise operating six limited-service restaurants with pizza delivery in Worcester, Shrewsbury, and Auburn has paid $292,016 in back wages and an equal amount in damages for 73 employees. It has also amended its payroll practices to comply with federal FLSA requirements in an agreement with the DOL.

Investigators in the Department’s Wage and House Division found that Tavco Chandler Street Inc. and five associated companies— all doing business as Gold pizza— failed to comply with the FLSA’s overtime and recordkeeping requirements between July 1, 2013 and July 31, 2016.

The company failed to record all the hours employees had worked and failed to pa them overtime when they worked more than 40 hours a week. The Division found the recent violations to be willful, as the company was previously investigated twice in 2011.

“This agreement recovers back wages for the workers who earned them. Golden Pizza’s prompt payment and agreement to a consent judgement ensures that its employees will receive all the wages they are due now, and in the future,” said Carlos Matos, director of the Division’s Boston District Office. “Unfortunately overtime and recordkeeping violations are no uncommon. Employers are obligated to comply with the FLSA and are encouraged to contact us with any questions they may have.”

The Division has received the back wages and is in the process of distributing them to employees.

AVOID VIOLATING THE SAME LAWS

The FLSA requires that employees receive one and one half times their regular rates of pay when they work more than 40 hours in a workweek and that employers maintain adequate and accurate records of employees’ wages and work hours. Attorney created resources can help you learn about your compliance obligations and make sure you are following the DOL’s rules.

Contact the Richard’s Group today and ask for the following resources:

  • Fair Labor Standards Act Reference Guide
  • DOL Worker Classification Test
  • DOL Wage and Hour Audits
  • HR Q&A: State and Federal Labor Laws
  • Federal Overtime Wage Laws
  • HR Q&A: Overtime

 


 

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