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BREAKING: Labor Department Issues Final OT Expansion Rule

May 18, 2016 / Media Coverage
The U.S. Department of Labor issued the final version of a much-anticipated overtime exemption rule Wednesday, raising the minimum salary threshold required to qualify for the Fair Labor Standards Act's “white collar” exemption to $47,476 per year. The final rule had been proposed in June 2015 and will broaden federal overtime pay regulations to include more than 4 million more people. The rule will take effect on Dec. 1, 2016. A proposed version of the rule that was issued last year had set the threshold at an estimated $50,440 per year, but the DOL lowered that figure by about $3,000 in the...
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New Overtime Rule is Tangible Progress for Women, Especially Mothers and Women of Color

May 18, 2016 / Media Coverage
Today, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued its long-awaited final rule on raising the salary threshold under which working people can earn overtime pay. The final rule will double the current salary threshold from $23,660 to $47,476, directly benefiting 12.5 million workers, According to estimates from the Economic Policy Institute. The rule is undoubtedly major progress for workers struggling to support their families at a decent standard of living, and especially for working women in the United States. According to EPI, over half of the workers—6.4 million—who will directly benefit...
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Outten & Golden LLP: Federal Overtime Update Will Help Millions of Workers

May 17, 2016 / Press Release
The federal government’s revision of overtime regulations will benefit millions of workers and make overtime protections easier to enforce, attorneys at the national employee rights law firm Outten & Golden LLP said today. The U.S. Department of Labor has amended the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) “white collar” exemptions, which exclude certain “executive, administrative and professional” employees from overtime protections. The Obama administration announced today that the new FLSA overtime regulations raise the salary threshold to $47,476 per year. If employers do not pay workers at...
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White House details sweeping measure to raise wages

May 17, 2016 / Media Coverage
The White House revealed details Tuesday of its most sweeping action to fight income inequality since President Barack Obama signed the Affordable Care Act into law. And unlike Obamacare, it will require no input from Congress. The measure is a Labor Department regulation that will increase by more than four million the number of workers who qualify for overtime pay whenever they work more than 40 hours in any given week. At a time of stagnating wages - amid a tepid economic recovery that has yet to lift household income above where it stood 16 years ago - the rule will allow Obama to raise...
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Unprecedented Overtime Expansion Likely To Send Business Leaders Into Payroll Damage Control

May 17, 2016 / Media Coverage
A new overtime rule expected to drop Monday has riled up the business community because it will radically expand those qualified for overtime pay. Under the rule as it is now, managers or administrators cannot qualify for overtime if they have an annual salary of at least $23,660. The Department of Labor (DOL) released a draft proposal June 2015 that would increase the exemption threshold to about $52,000, so more workers can qualify. Business groups warn the final rule could hurt employers and workers if unchanged from the proposal. “We have no indication, until the final rule comes out,...
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Obama to finalize rule expanding overtime pay

May 17, 2016 / Media Coverage
The Department of Labor is expected Wednesday to finalize its rule dramatically expanding overtime pay for about 5 million more workers. Industry groups are bracing for the final release of the rule, which would approximately double the salary threshold for workers qualifying for overtime. Current, salaried workers earning up to $23,660 annually must be paid time-and-a-half for every hour they work beyond 40 hours. As proposed, the new threshold would make salaried workers who earn up to $50,440 a year eligible for overtime pay. The administration reportedly is considering revising that...
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Obama administration to unveil major overtime rule Wednesday

May 17, 2016 / Media Coverage
OVERTIME TOMORROW: The Labor Department will announce its final overtime rule tomorrow. The rule will increase, to $47,500, the salary threshold under which virtually all workers are guaranteed time-and-a-half pay. Yes, that’s $500 more than we told you before. We don't know why the change. It’s also more than double the current threshold of $23,660 (though about $3000 below the threshold proposed in July). The Labor Department considered changing the “duties test” used to determine whether people over the salary threshold qualified for overtime. (If your duties are executive, administrative...
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New U.S. work and wage rules Wednesday

May 17, 2016 / Media Coverage
New labor rules pushing employers to pay overtime to all workers making under $47,500 (instead of calling them "exempt" managers, professionals, or even outside contractors), are expected in final form from Vice President Biden and Labor Secretary Thomas Perez when they visit Ohio on Wednesday, ten months after President Obama proposed them as a way to boost U.S. worker pay. * * * Christopher Mayer, partner at the Newark, N.J.-based law firm McCarter and English, calls the rules "big news," part of Obama's broader plan to use U.S. Labor Department rules and enforcement to increase net pay and...
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Employers: U.S. Will Publish New Overtime Regs That Will Raise Overtime Salary Threshold

May 16, 2016 / Media Coverage
The United States Department of Labor will unveil new overtime regulations this month–an update that will raise the salary threshold for overtime-exempt employees to $48,000. Employers will have 30, possibly 60, days after the rule change takes effect to comply. Federal wage and hour laws apply to all employers with more than $500,000 gross annual sales. This development leaves smaller companies with an ultimatum: meet the higher minimum salary, or provide some employees with hourly pay. The rules and their impact on payroll will surprise most small employers, according to a new Manta poll...
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New Rules Will Mean Millions of Workers Get Overtime Pay

May 16, 2016 / Media Coverage
Big changes to overtime rules could mean a pay hike for millions of workers. The Labor Department is expected to announce the changes in the next few days. The Obama administration argues it will ensure fair pay for millions, but opponents say it will force businesses to restructure positions. “It would make more people wanna go to work,” said Corey Stephens, who is in favor of the change. Supporters of a plan to require more workers to get overtime pay say it will improve the work-life balance. * * * "Businesses have become accustomed to working low-level salaried employees long hours for no...
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