January 1st 2020 brought some major changes in California employment laws and regulations. Now all management employees earning less than $55,000 a year are to be paid overtime (time and a half) for every minute over 8 hours that they work in a day. Along with the increase in minimum wage, this is going to have a significant financial impact upon the Club. We try to maximise staff time for when members are at the Club, and therefore our staff finish work when the Club closes - 6pm at Bijou and 6.30pm at main site. When parents are late it greatly impacts the staff who have to stay to supervise the member and ensure that they are picked up safely. And from January 1st, we will also have to pay that staff overtime.
Yes, Halloween is here and now that you've spent a small fortune on a costume (seriously an old sheet with cut out holes for eyes was good enough for us!), your paycheck on candy, and started to google Thursday's temps every other hour - you are finally ready to hit the streets and scare some ghosts away.
Good news for anyone that has had to wade through deep water and ice to pick up their child from the Club or any of the pre-schools based at Al Tahoe - the parking lot is getting a face lift. Thomas Hain and Company are currently employed by LTUSD to expand the drainage capacity for the parking lot and prevent the large water build up we have seen over past winters. The parking lot will also be regraded to create a downhill slope towards the drain that will help with water run-off. However, they will not be able to eradicate the big dip in the far side of the lot as that is caused by tree roots.
The beginning of the school year and the beginning of summer are always heart wrenching for the Club's admin team as we are forced to set parameters for what is a safe and manageable number of children at our program. Unfortunately, due to our growth in popularity and need for the program, this means that some families - some who have been with us for years - end up on the wait list.