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Colfax changes rescue squad director position to hourly

By LeAnn R. Ralph

COLFAX  —  The Colfax Village Board has approved changing the director of the rescue squad to an hourly position if the Fair Labor Standards Overtime Act remains in effect.

The village board and the village board’s personnel committee met in closed session October 3 to discuss changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act overtime rules relative to the director of the rescue squad.

As of December 1, salaried workers who do not earn at least $47,476 per year, or $913 per week, must be paid overtime even if they are classified as managerial or professional.

Prior to the change in the overtime rule, salaried workers who did not earn at least $23,600 per year, or $455 per week, were required to be paid overtime.

The change in the rule extends overtime pay to a little more than four million workers in the United States who currently are not eligible for overtime pay under federal law.

Lynn Niggemann, village administrator-clerk-treasurer, reported that the Colfax Village Board had unanimously agreed if the Fair Labor Standards Overtime Act remains in effect, the rescue squad director position would become an hourly position at the current rate of pay.

The director of the Colfax Rescue Squad currently is paid $19 per hour.

The entire village board serves on the personnel committee. Scott Gunnufson, village president, chairs the village board meetings. Village Trustee Annie Schieber is chair of the personnel committee.

To avoid paying overtime on the salary for the rescue squad director, the village would have to increase the pay for that position by nearly $8,000 per year.

As an hourly position that currently pays $19 per hour, the village would pay the rescue squad director $28.50 per hour for overtime.