Department of Labor Proposes New Overtime Rules

The United States Department of Labor (DOL) has proposed a rule that would extend overtime pay to salaried workers earning less than $55,000 a year. Currently, salaried “executive, administrative or professional employees” making over $35,568 are exempt from overtime eligibility. The proposal, if finalized, would likely grant an additional 3.6 million salaried workers the ability to get paid “time-and-a-half” if they work over 40 hours in a week. Additionally, the salary threshold for overtime eligibility would be automatically updated every three years to “reflect current earnings data”.

It is anticipated that salaried employees in the hospitality, manufacturing, and retail industries would be most impacted by the proposed rule. The National Association of Manufacturers expressed immediate concern with the proposal, saying, “The DOL’s proposed rule would inject new regulatory burdens and compliance costs to an industry already reeling from workforce shortages and an onslaught of other unbalanced regulations. Creating new regulatory processes and imposing additional mandatory costs will act as a drag on the sector and upend productive employer–employee relations.”

The rule is not finalized and will undergo the federal rulemaking process. Once published in the Federal Register, the proposed rule will be open for a public comment period of 60 days.

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Florence & Hartsville Chambers To Host The SC Chambers’ Grassroots Tour – Are You Attending?

The Greater Florence & Hartsville Chambers will be hosting the 2023 SC Chamber Grassroots Tour Luncheon on Tuesday, September 26 at The Edition in Hartsville, 221 North 5th Street. Doors open at 11:15am and the program begins at 11:30am. Lunch is provided by Sonoco.

Bob Morgan, President & CEO of the SC Chamber of Commerce, will be leading the program discussion and legislative review.

Each year, the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce partners with local chambers to present the SC Chamber’s Alliance Grassroots Tour providing businesses a look at the future legislative agenda.

The interactive luncheon offers the SC Chamber delegation the opportunity to hear from local business and industry leaders about operational issues faced in today’s business environment. The feedback received will help shape the Chamber’s 2024 Competitiveness Agenda and set the Chamber’s priorities for the next legislative session.

Florence and Hartsville Chamber members may register here :…/2023-sc-chamber… . If you have questions, please call 843-665-0515 or 843-332-6401.

BMW 2023 Supplier Diversity Conference

The Greater Florence Chamber attended the BMW 2023 Supplier Diversity Conference In Greenville on Wednesday, August 30th.

The program and luncheon was attended by thousands of executives, businesses and agencies from around the world.

The keynote presenter was Mervant Vera of “America’s Got Talent” fame.

MUSC Health Florence and Marion Medical Centers Announce DAISY Award Recipients

MUSC Health Florence and Marion Medical Centers would like to announce the most recent DAISY honorees. The DAISY award is given to a nurse whose job performance exemplifies the mission, vision and values of MUSC Health. The recipient must also keep a consistent focus on meeting patient-family goals, collaborate with the healthcare team to meet patients’ needs, use critical thinking to deliver extraordinary patient care, and demonstrate a caring attitude, as well as professionalism in the workplace during all situations, according to the hospital announcement.

MUSC Health Florence Medical Center recently named 8th floor MedSurg registered nurse, Teresa Jenkins, as the latest recipient of the DAISY Award for nursing. She has spent 37 years in nursing.

MUSC Health Marion Medical Center recently also named Licensed Practical Nurse Shenna Davis, as the latest recipient of the DAISY Award for nursing.

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24HR Home Care Services LLC Holds Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Tammy Martin and husband Nicholas, along with staff and Chamber Ambassadors cut the ribbon welcoming them to the Greater Florence Chamber of Commerce. They recently opened an office in Florence at 811 S Cashua Dr Ste A.

At 24HR Home Care Services LLC their mission is to establish and maintain a respected home care agency that provides the highest standard of quality home care by dependable, responsive, caring, trustworthy, and skill personnel. Tammy’s goal is to exceed the expectations of all that will use their services. With the client at the center of their mission for their unique needs, while also serving their families, physician, and the community.

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SPC Credit Union Featured On ChamberLink Radio

Linda Weatherford, President and CEO of SPC Credit Union, was on ChamberLink Radio this weekend to talk about SPC and the local financial services they have offered over the past 80 years. SPC serves Darlington, Florence, Chesterfield, or Marlboro Counties.

You can catch the conversations on ChamberLink Radio each Sunday from 12:00-12:30pm on LIVE 95.3FM in Florence, SC.

ChamberLink Radio is brought to you by the Greater Florence Chamber of Commerce and The UPS Stores.

Annual Membership Luncheon Scheduled For September 20

The Greater Florence Chamber of Commerce has announced its guest speaker for the 2023 Membership Luncheon set for Wednesday, September 20.

Jeff Deaton, Managing Director at AESC US., will address the more than 500 plus business and civic leaders who will attend the Chamber’s fall luncheon. In his role, Deaton is responsible for the US business operations for the facilities in Florence, SC, Bowling Green KY, and Smyrna, TN.

AESC is a global leader in developing next generation EV battery technology and will be opening operations here in Florence County soon. The AESC Florence site will support a partnership with BMW Group, supplying technology-leading battery cells for next generation electric vehicle models produced at BMW’s Spartanburg plant.

The event will also include the announcement and presentation of the Business Person of the Year, which is sponsored by Wells Fargo.

The luncheon will be held at the Florence Center, the doors will open at 11:30 a.m. and the program begin at noon. Registration is $40 for members, $50 for non-members and $475 for a special reserved table of 8.

To register online, click here.

Trucks ‘N Treats Coming To Darlington Raceway

Touch-A-Truck is getting a fun Fall update this year! Find your favorite costume, grab the kids, and join us at Darlington Raceway on October 21 for Trucks ‘N Treats. Explore, climb, and touch trucks and more for this family-friendly fun event.

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The Naomi Project 17th Annual Lunch Scheduled For September 14th

Join the Naomi Project on September 14th from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM for their 17th Annual Lunch.  The lunch will be held at St. John’s Church (252 S Dargan St).  Lunch includes chicken, mac & cheese, green beans, dinner roll, drink and dessert for $10.  10 or more plates receive free local delivery. For more information, call (843) 615-1548.

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Virtus Academy Announces High School Addition

Florence’s Virtus Academy announced last Thursday that the school has finalized a deal to purchase surrounding property and receive funds to build a high school facility with a gymnasium to serve the school’s students.

On Tuesday, August 22nd the school, acting through its board of directors, closed on the issuance of South Carolina Job Economic Development Authority Facilities Revenue Bonds in the amount of $13,890,000. The school selected Hubrich Contracting, Inc., which will begin construction on the high school in early September to open the facility for the 2024-2025 school year. The new high school building will be more than 28,000 square feet with a gymnasium that is about 12,000 square feet.

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