You’re invited to join the celebration for the opening of the UF Health Wildlight medical office building at the public open house event, scheduled for Saturday, November 23rd. Meet UF Health providers, tour the building and receive free health screenings. There will be fun for the whole family! UF Health is proud to be the official medical provider for Wildlight and looks forward to serving residents from Nassau County and surrounding areas beginning Dec. 6.
Saturday, November 23rd
9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (Noon)
UF Health Wildlight
76011 William Burgess Blvd.
Yulee, FL 32097
Scheduled to open on Dec. 6, the 40,000-square-foot facility will include:
For more information, please visit www.wildlight.ufhealthjax.org or call (904) 383-1000.
Nassau County will host a Town Hall meeting on November 12th, 2019 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the Nassau County Multi-Use Facility at the Fairgrounds to present the Western Nassau Heritage Preservation Vision Book. On October 1, 2019, after a year and a half of community outreach and engagement, the draft Vision Book was presented to the County Planning and Zoning Board. The Vision Book was approved by the Western Nassau Heritage Preservation Committee during the October 22nd regular meeting.
We are pleased to invite the community to a family-friendly event to celebrate the work of the dedicated citizens of Western Nassau County. Join us as we reveal the top goals, objective and strategies that emerged from our community planning process.
Please join the County on Tuesday, November 12th, 2019 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the Nassau County Multi-Use Facility at the Fairgrounds located on 543350 US Hwy 1, Callahan, FL 32011. For more information, call (904) 530-6300 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our partners will be on hand to highlight programs and services available to the community. Children can participate in a hands-on craft activity sponsored by Nassau County Extension staff. Nassau Fire and Rescue will showcase a fire truck and rescue vehicle and distribute Safe Routes to School reflective armbands and other safety materials. Refreshments will be served following a brief welcome and project summary by Nassau County staff.
Residents will have an opportunity to speak with representatives from the Department of Health-Nassau Nassau Transit, Micah’s Place, Northeast Florida Regional Planning Council, Nassau County Emergency Management, North Florida Land Trust, and others.
Beginning in 2017, the Nassau County Department of Planning and Economic Opportunity (PEO) facilitated an extensive public outreach campaign to gather input from residents, property and business owners, local agencies to craft their vision for the future. The resulting vision provides guidelines for policy makers as they set priorities and make decisions about the future of Western Nassau. Information on the work of the Western Nassau Heritage Preservation Committee and the Vision Book can be found at www.nassaucountyfl.com/westernnassau.
The Nassau County Planning and Economic Opportunity Department is charged with leading long-range and current planning for the community, with a focus on technical planning, implementation and management of the Land Development Code and Comprehensive Plan, development and site plan review, and assistance to citizens, the Board of County Commissioners, County Manager and other staff, advisory boards, government agencies, and the private sector regarding growth and development in Nassau County. For more information on our Plan, Code, or current initiatives, visit www.nassaucountyfl.com/planning, call (904) 530-6300 or email email@example.com.
The First Coast Infant and Toddler Center, LLC (C04NA0072) just received their license from the Florida Department of Children and Families to provide child care in Fernandina Beach. The new center, located just off Old Nassauville Road, next to Pak's Karate Academy on Parliament Drive, supports infants beginning at 12 weeks, and toddlers progressing into their threes. There are also limited seats for children up to four years of age not enrolled in VPK.
Director Victoria Smith explains the philosophy behind the new center. "We support programs for infants, toddlers and children up to four years of age, infusing various philosophies to include Magda Gerber's Resources for Infant Educarers (RIE), Dr. Emmi Pikler Principals, Waldorf and Montessori."
The curriculum-based center seeks to provide an alternative for working families in the area that provides a nurturing and developmentally appropriate environment which supports encouragement of individuality, creativity, and a love of learning.
Active enrollment is underway, and with a maximum capacity of under fifty children, there is an anticipation the seats will fill up quickly. The Center is open daily, Monday through Friday.
For more information, contact Center Director Victoria Smith at (904) 432-7267 or at Victoria@FCInfantAndToddler.com.
More information can also be found by going to www.FCInfantAndToddler.com.
Every year, thousands of tourists and locals alike rely on our Discover Nassau Life & Leisure Guide to help them navigate Nassau County. Whether you're looking for restaurants that are dog-friendly or a list of real estate agents around town, the Discover Nassau Guide has you covered.
As a benefit of membership, every Chamber business has at least two listings in the guide. To ensure that the information in the guide is as accurate as possible, we are asking you to go to our website and check your listing in the Business Directory. If you see something that isn't right, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and your listing will be updated (both on the website and the new edition of the Discover Nassau Guide). We ask that you contact us with any and all changes to your business listing by November 1st.
Along with your business listing on our site, we're also asking that businesses check the 2019 Discover Nassau Life & Leisure Guide. Click the buttons below to view the various sections of our digital guide and make sure your information is up-to-date.
The Nassau County Clerk of Court offices will join other Clerks in the state to help restore Driver Licenses of citizens who have had their licenses suspended. Operation Green Light is a statewide Driver License Reinstatement Event.
On Friday, Oct. 18, Clerk of Court locations in Yulee and Fernandina will open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. for Operation Green Light.
“This is a great opportunity to save some money and get back on the road – legally,” said John A. Crawford, Nassau County Clerk of Circuit Court and Comptroller. “Those eligible can potentially save up to 35%.”
For more information, or to find out if you are eligible for this program, call the Clerk of Court Office at 904-548-4608 or visit www.NassauClerk.com.
Last week, the U.S. Department of Labor issued its Final Rule regarding the salary thresholds that apply to certain exempt white-collar employees. The new salary thresholds will take effect on January 1. The DOL received more than 116,000 comments about its proposed regulations, which were issued in March. However, many of the comments were “form” comments with the same content.
Standard salary levels (Executive, Administrative, and some Professional exemptions)
The salary threshold levels for these exemptions were set at the 20th percentile of earnings of full-time salaried workers in the lowest-wage region (the South) or in the retail industry nationally.
For workers to be exempt from the overtime requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act based on the executive, administrative, or some professional exemptions, they must be paid at least the amounts indicated below as of January 1:
Because the DOL used the most recent salary data available at the time it drafted the Final Rule (from June 2019), there will be no updating in January 2020 to adjust for inflation.
Employers may count non-discretionary bonuses, incentives, and commissions toward up to 10 percent of the standard salary level as long as the employer pays those amounts at least annually.
Highly compensated employees
The total annual compensation level for the “highly compensated employee” exemption will be set at the 80th percentile of earnings of full-time salaried workers nationally. Under the proposed rule, the exemption would have been set at the 90th percentile.
For workers to be exempt from the FLSA overtime requirements based on their status as highly compensated employees, they must be paid at least the amounts indicated below as of January 1:
Special threshold rates
The final regulations also include special rates that apply in certain circumstances:
The final regulations do not make any changes to the “duties tests,” nor do they include any provision for automatic “adjustment” of the salary thresholds in the future. Regarding the latter, the DOL has said that it will periodically revisit the minimum salary and compensation levels through future notice-and-comment rulemaking.
According to DOL estimates, 1.2 million employees who are currently exempt under the executive, administrative, and professional exemptions will, without some intervening action by their employers, become eligible in 2020 for overtime under these new salary levels. Absent employer action, approximately 101,800 employees who are currently exempt as highly compensated employees are expected to become eligible for overtime in 2020.
The most significant differences between the new final regulations and the version issued in 2016 by the Obama Administration (which was invalidated by a court ruling), are that the current increases are more modest, and that there is no mechanism included for automatic adjustments in the future.
Some employee advocacy groups have publicly said that they plan to challenge the new regulations in the courts. Even if their challenges are successful, the effect would almost surely be to leave in place the current (significantly lower) threshold levels, which were set in 2004. Thus, the logic behind a legal challenge by worker advocates is not readily apparent.
Assuming, as we must, that the new regulations will take effect on January 1, employers will need to quickly reassess the exempt classifications of employees who are paid less than the levels mandated in the new regulations. Employers will have to evaluate whether to increase the salaries of those employees to retain the exempt classification, or whether to reclassify the employees as non-exempt (eligible for overtime).
While that reassessment is taking place, it is also an excellent time for employers to evaluate compliance with the job duties requirements applicable to the white-collar exemptions. Although the new regulations did not change the “duties tests,” job duties nonetheless remain requirements that must be satisfied in addition to the salary and compensation requirements.
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With the 2019 Hurricane Season upon us, it's more important than ever to make sure you're safe and ready for anything. A stocked hurricane supply kit should have non-perishable food items, water, flashlights and a first aid kit.
Learn more about what to have in your kit and how to prepare for the 2019 Atlantic Hurricane Season by going to www.ready.gov/hurricanes.
There are two things every business should always have on hand: a complete and updated emergency response plan and a stocked emergency supply kit.
A disaster of any size could have a large impact on your business. Natural disasters like hurricanes can mean your business closing for a period of time and impacts to electricity, internet service, damage to your business and inventory, insurance changes and more.
Taking the steps to build a business disaster continuity plan, as well as encouraging your employees to create a family emergency plan, can reduce the financial and physical impact on your business. It is important to consider how a disaster could affect your employees, customers and workplace.
Step 1: Put together a business plan by answering these questions:
Step 2: Consider specific needs of your business:
Step 3: Create an emergency plan and share with your employees
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