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“In the long term, this overtime change will eliminate costly, time-consuming disputes and

May 19, 2016 / Media Coverage
* * * The Labor Department estimates that 4.2 million workers will either gain new overtime protections or get raises to the new salary threshold. The changes come at a time when Americans are working longer hours, the lingering aftereffect of the recession, when companies laid off staff and pushed remaining employees to do more. Under the law, overtime is governed by the U.S. Fair Labor Standards Act, which divides workers into two categories: those who are exempt from the act and don't receive overtime, and those who qualify. The law sets up two criteria: salary and duties. In general,...
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Attorneys React To DOL's Final Overtime Exemption

May 19, 2016 / Media Coverage
Law360, New York (May 18, 2016, 8:51 PM ET) -- The U.S. Labor Department on Wednesday issued the final version of the overtime exemption rule raising the minimum salary threshold to qualify for the Fair Labor Standards Act's white collar exemption. Here, attorneys tell Law360 why the new rule is significant. * * * Rachel Bien, Outten & Golden LLP “In the long term, this overtime change will eliminate costly, time-consuming disputes and litigation. In the near term, it will clarify the process of classifying workers for employers. It will be much easier for employers to determine who is...
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Here's How The New Overtime Law Will Affect You

May 18, 2016 / Media Coverage
A new law dramatically expands overtime protection. Here's how it will affect millions of Americans. A new overtime rule is about to greatly impact the American middle class. The Department of Labor (DOL) has announced an updated regulation that increases the salary threshold for paid overtime from less than $455 per week to $913 per week. Before, salaried workers were only entitled to paid overtime if they made less than an annual salary of $23,660. Today, employees who earn yearly salaries of $47,476 or less will be entitled to paid overtime if they work more than 40 hours a week. According...
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More than four million US workers will become newly eligible for overtime pay under new rules DOUBLING the maximum salary threshold

May 18, 2016 / Media Coverage
The annual salary at which companies can deny overtime pay will go from $23,660 to nearly $47,500 Overtime protections require employers to pay 1.5 times a worker's regular salary for any work past 40 hours a week The new rules aim to counter erosion in these regulations, which date back to the 1930s The White House, which was set to release the rules on Wednesday, estimates that pay will increase by $1.2 billion a year over the next decade Some companies may instead choose to reduce their employees' hours to avoid paying the extra wages More than four million US workers will become newly...
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Obama’s New Overtime Rule Will Give 4 Million Americans Fatter Paychecks

May 18, 2016 / Media Coverage
In 1975, six in ten full-time American workers qualified for overtime pay. Over the ensuing decades, inflation pushed more and more workers above the overtime threshold, while a Labor Department cowed by the conservative revolution passed regulations limiting eligibility even further. Today, only 7 percent of the full-time workforce receives time-and-a-half pay when they log extra hours — but before Barack Obama leaves the Oval Office, that figure will be closer to 35 percent. On Wednesday, the Labor Department finalized a new rule doubling the threshold for overtime to $47,476. That means...
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Experts say Obama's new overtime rule will benefit 12.5 million US workers

May 18, 2016 / Media Coverage
If you're a salaried employee making less than $47,476 a year, experts say you have good reason to rejoice. Currently workers covered by the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) of 1938 must be paid at least time-and-a-half for each hour they work beyond 40 hours a week. But the salary threshold under which workers are automatically eligible to receive overtime pay is a mere $23,660 a year (or $455 a week). Workers who make more than the threshold can be excluded from overtime protection if their jobs are determined to be executive, administrative, or professional. This easily allows employers to...
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New rule expands overtime pay to millions of workers

May 18, 2016 / Media Coverage
Starting later this year, millions more workers will become eligible for overtime pay. Under a new rule announced by the White House Tuesday, anybody making a salary of less than $47,476 ($913 a week) will automatically qualify for overtime pay when they work more than 40 hours a week. That's roughly double the $23,660 threshold (or $455 a week) that's currently in place. The change -- which has been criticized as too drastic by many employers -- will go into effect on Dec. 1, 2016. It is intended to expand access to overtime pay for otherwise low-salaried workers who log long hours but have...
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More work, more pay? New rule extends overtime to millions

May 18, 2016 / Media Coverage
More than 4 million U.S. workers will become newly eligible for overtime pay under rules issued Wednesday by the Obama administration. The rule seeks to bolster overtime protections that have been eroded in recent decades by inflation. A diminishing proportion of workers have benefited from overtime regulations, which date to the 1930s and require employers to pay 1½ times a worker's wage for work that exceeds 40 hours a week. Vice President Joe Biden announced the changes at Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams in Columbus, Ohio. Being overworked and underpaid is preventing middle-class Americans from...
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The New Overtime Pay Rules May Benefit More Than Lower-Salary Workers

May 18, 2016 / Media Coverage
The Labor Department's new rules governing overtime pay will affect not just those who earn less than $47,476 a year. "There are a lot of ways this can play out," Judy Conti, a federal advocacy coordinator for the National Employment Law Project, told ABC News. Under the new rules finalized today, those who earn salaries of less than $47,476 a year will automatically qualify for overtime pay of time-and-a-half if they work more than 40 hours a week. Previously, those who earned more than $23,660 were exempt from overtime pay. The new rules will affect 4.2 million workers in the U.S. when they...
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Attorneys React To DOL's Final Overtime Exemption Rule

May 18, 2016 / Media Coverage
The U.S. Labor Department on Wednesday issued the final version of the overtime exemption rule raising the minimum salary threshold to qualify for the Fair Labor Standards Act's white collar exemption. Here, attorneys tell Law360 why the new rule is significant. * * * Rachel Bien , Outten & Golden LLP “In the long term, this overtime change will eliminate costly, time-consuming disputes and litigation. In the near term, it will clarify the process of classifying workers for employers. It will be much easier for employers to determine who is exempt from overtime pay and who should be paid...
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