Monday, August 31, 2015

Still Time to Comment on Proposed Overtime Rules

In June 2015, the Department of Labor announced a proposed overtime rule which would extend overtime protections to over 13 million salaried workers, nearly 7 million of whom are women.

Overtime pay falls under the Fair Labor Standards Act, which was passed in 1938 to establish a standard work week and a rate of pay for employees who worked more hours than the standard. Administrative, executive, and professional employees were exempt from the overtime regulations.

In the almost 80 years since the law was passed, that exemption has created confusion and given some employers room to classify employees as exempt in order to avoid paying overtime. The Department of Labor proposition would simplify the rules by increasing the salary that workers must earn to be considered exempt and clarifying the rules for determining whether or not an employee can receive overtime.

You can read more about the proposal at http://www.dol.gov/whd/overtime/NPRM2015/faq.htm. If you want to let the Department of Labor know your thoughts about the bill, you can submit comments until September 4, 2015 - visit http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=WHD-2015-0001 to learn more!

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