MERO News and Updates

PREFERENCE LAW UPDATE - FINAL RULE RE SHIFT ASSIGNMENT PREFERENCE   The public comment period for the MERO’s proposed rule regarding shift assignment preference, MERO-PR2021-001, closed on March 6, 2021. The final rule, approved May 6, 2021 and effective June 5, 2021, including the results of the public comment opportunity, may be found here.   (Posted May 7, 2021)


PREFERENCE LAW UPDATE - AMENDMENT ADDRESSING EARLY OUTS:   Effective June 14, 2021, the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal and Native American Preference Law, 33 M.P.T.L., is amended to provide greater economic security and stability for Tribal families by protecting preference employees during early outs/force outs, when scheduled employees are released after they appear for work or during their shifts due to lack of available work. The amendment applies to the Tribe as an employer and provides the additional benefit to Tribal Members, Spouses and Adopted Children of Tribal Members, and Tribal Member Dependent Children. The notice of the amendment may be found here.  A summary of the new benefit in a question and answer format may be found here.  (Posted April 26, 2021)


PREFERENCE LAW UPDATE re FORCE OUTS:   The public comment period for the proposed amendment to the Tribe’s Preference Law addressing force outs, MERO-PA2021-001-T33 closed on Friday, February 12, 2021. The Public Comments, MERO Recommendations and Select Amendment Options advanced by the MERO may be found here.  (Posted February 26, 2021)


PREFERENCE LAW UPDATE – SHIFT ASSIGNMENT PREFERENCE:   A proposed rule under Title 33 dated February 4, 2021 is now available for public comment here.  The law provides preference for shift assignments, which are opportunities resulting from an open position and opportunities to maintain a shift during a rebid. The proposed rule clarifies the shift assignment preference benefits for Tribal members (1st preference), and Spouses and Adopted Children of Tribal members (2nd preference) by defining terms and explaining how shift assignment preference should be applied for open positions and during rebids. Comments must be received by the MERO Director by 11:59 p.m. on Saturday, March 6, 2021. (Posted February 4, 2021)


PREFERENCE LAW UPDATE re FORCE OUTS:   Paid administrative leave (PAL) is available for Tribal members, Spouses and Adopted Children of Tribal members, and Native Americans, for attendance at up to two (2) scheduled Zoom sessions during which the MERO Director will respond to questions and receive comments about the proposed force outs amendment to the Preference Law. Attendees are eligible for one hour of PAL for each session attended from beginning to end. For additional information about providing comments and the current schedule of Zoom sessions, click here.  (Posted February 4, 2021)


PREFERENCE LAW UPDATE:   Evening and weekend sessions have been added to the schedule of one hour Zoom sessions during which the public may ask questions and provide comments to the MERO Director about the proposed amendment to the Preference Law regarding force outs. The current Zoom sessions offerings may be found here.   (Posted February 2, 2021)


PREFERENCE LAW UPDATE:   A proposed amendment to Title 33 dated January 13, 2021 is now available for public comment here. The amendment provides greater economic security and stability for Tribal families and Native Americans by protecting preference employees employed by the Tribe or Non-Tribal employers from force outs, when certain employees are relieved from work after appearing as scheduled due to lack of available work for all scheduled employees. Comments must be received by the MERO Director by 11:59 p.m. on Friday, February 12, 2021. (Posted January 13, 2021)




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