US Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez testified before Congress a week ago on the DOL budget request and in so doing, gave an impression that there will be increased enforcement by his department on perceived wage and hour violations.  Aside from minimum wage issues, the Obama administration is increasing their focus on overtime pay.  During his testimony, Perez addressed the white collar overtime exemption to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and cautioned that an “assistant manager at a fast food restaurant who puts in 60-70 hours a week for $455 and . . . does not get overtime is getting a raw deal.  We are updating the rule to prevent this situation.”  Currently, the white collar exemption provides that $455 is the minimum wage at which management personnel is ineligible for overtime pay.  Interestingly, an online poll conducted by GFK on behalf of the National Retail Federation found that a majority of the restaurant and retail managers questioned were concerned about the negative impact that the federal mandates could have on their existing position and their long-term career opportunities.