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Overtime Pay Update: DOL Rule

December 11, 2019| Risk Management News

The Department of Labor (DOL) announced its final rule updating the earning thresholds for exempt employees and allowing employers to count a portion of bonuses and commissions toward meeting the exempt employee salary level.

Changes to DOT Drug and Alcohol Testing for 2020: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's Clearinghouse

December 06, 2019| Risk Management News

Starting Jan. 6, 2020, all employers — including counties — who employ drivers with commercial driver’s licenses (CDL) will be required by federal law to use the U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's (FMCSA) Commercial Driver's License Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse.

Happy New You!

November 25, 2019|

You don't have to give up your favorite foods to lose weight and feel your best. Naturally Slim® is an online program that will teach you how at NO COST.* Apply online Dec. 9 -13 to join the next Naturally Slim class that begins Jan. 13.

Whitelisting: Livongo & Naturally Slim

November 25, 2019|

Please have your IT department whitelist the provided IP addresses and domains to your county's safe sender's list. This will ensure that employees in your county receive Livongo and Naturally Slim announcements and important program information. Click read more to download the whitelisting documents.

Healthy for the Holidays

November 25, 2019|

Our last contest of 2019, Healthy for the Holidays, is ending soon! Log 30 days of 7,000 steps by Dec. 1 to complete the contest.

How to use your Boomer Bucks

November 25, 2019|

Have you completed the first three Healthy County contests this year? Way to go! Keep on reading for instructions on how to redeem your Boomer Bucks for gift cards or merchandise in the Boomer Bucks Catalogue.

Happy New You!

November 25, 2019| Health and Benefits News

You don't have to give up your favorite foods to lose weight and feel your best. Naturally Slim® is an online program that will teach you how at NO COST*. Apply online Dec. 9 -13 to join the next Naturally Slim class that begins Jan. 13. Learn how to apply.

Healthy for the Holidays

November 25, 2019| Health and Benefits News

Our last contest of 2019, Healthy for the Holidays, is ending soon! Log 30 days of 7,000 steps by Dec. 1 to complete the contest.

New Apple Watch & Apple Health Integration!

November 25, 2019|

Great news! Sonic Boom now has a direct integration with Apple Healthkit. This eliminates the need to sync your data with Human API, and now with the integration your time will also be transferred to Sonic Boom along with steps, calories and distance.

Keep Stress Away for the Holidays

November 25, 2019|

Are the holidays a stressor for you? If so, you’re not alone. Americans list lack of money (61%), the pressures of gift giving (42%), lack of time (34%), and credit card debt (23%) as top causes of holiday stress. To deal with stress from the season.

How to use your Boomer Bucks

November 25, 2019| Health and Benefits News

Have you completed the first three Healthy County contests this year? Way to go! Keep on reading for instructions on how to redeem your Boomer Bucks for gift cards or merchandise in the Boomer Bucks Catalogue.*

New Apple Watch & Apple Health Integration!

November 25, 2019| Health and Benefits News

Great news! Sonic Boom now has a direct integration with Apple Healthkit. This eliminates the need to sync your data with Human API, and now with the integration your time will also be transferred to Sonic Boom along with steps, calories and distance.

2020 Healthy County Boot Camp Registration is Open!

November 25, 2019|

Registration is NOW OPEN for the 2020 Healthy County Boot Camp! We hope you are able to join us Feb. 12-14, 2020 at the Renaissance Austin Hotel.

Keep Stress Away for the Holidays

November 25, 2019| Health and Benefits News

Are the holidays a stressor for you? If so, you're not alone. Americans list lack of money (61%), the pressures of gift giving (42%), lack of time (34%), and credit card debt (23%) as top causes of holiday stress. To deal with stress from the season.

2019 Healthy County Communication Materials

November 25, 2019|

Check out our new 2019 Healthy County communication materials linked below! Please email healthycounty@county.org to request copies of the communication materials be mailed to you.

County government key to protecting citizens

November 15, 2019| TAC News

Winter holidays are here, but — in honor of Veterans Day — I wanted to take a minute to thank all of the veterans who leave military service and choose to work for county government in Texas, either as elected officials or as county law enforcement, firefighters, and other staff.

SB 944 - Public Information Act & the Temporary Custodian

November 04, 2019| Legislative News

Several bills during the 86th legislative session made modifications to the Public Information Act (PIA). Senate Bill 944 by Sen. Kirk Watson (D-Austin) garnered a lot of attention for its potential impact to county government operations.

Election Security December Deadline Approaches

November 01, 2019| Legislative News

House Bill 1421 by Rep. Celia Israel (D-Austin), which became effective Sept. 1, 2019, requires county election officials to request annual cybersecurity training and a cybersecurity assessment of their county's election system from the Texas Secretary of State.

November 2019 Elections

November 01, 2019| Legislative News

On the Nov. 5 ballot, voters will be asked to decide on 10 constitutional amendments and, depending upon their location, may have the chance to participate in special elections and local city and county propositions.

DRP Repeal Allows More Than 1.6 Million People to Drive Again

November 01, 2019| Legislative News

Since the Driver Responsibility Program (DRP) was repealed under House Bill 2048 by Rep. Zerwas (R-Richmond) during the 86th Legislative Session and the program ended on Sept. 1, 2019, more than 1.6 million people have become eligible to apply for their driver's license.

Mental Health Update and Newly Released Resource Guide

November 01, 2019| Legislative News

The Engage & Excel 2019 Conference, hosted by the Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute in September 2019, brought together the state’s top minds in mental health policy, philanthropy, and practice to share ideas on emerging issues.

Tax Assessor-Collectors Continue to Influence Policy Change

November 01, 2019| Legislative News

At a recent Texas Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) Board meeting, the Tax Assessor-Collectors Association of Texas (TACA) continued their involvement in influencing policy well after the legislative session adjourned.

AG Opinions and Requests

November 01, 2019| Legislative News

TAC has highlighted recent Attorney General Opinions and Requests for Opinions of interest to counties.

Legislative Changes Affect Human Resources and Workers Compensation

October 25, 2019| Risk Management News

Several bills passed by the Texas Legislature during the 86th legislative session that affect counties pertain to human resources and workers compensation. Five of those bills are summarized below with links to each bill.

The Vision Plan is Being Rebranded

October 24, 2019| Health and Benefits News

The Vision Plan is being rebranded from Ft. Dearborn to Blue Cross Blue Shield. There are no changes to the vision plan benefits and network. All enrollees will be receiving new Vision ID cards in October 2019.


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