Last week in a flurry of legislative activity, the US House formally passed H.R. 6094, which would delay implementation of the new overtime threshold by six months, on a largely party-line vote of 246 -177. The DOL’s new overtime rule more than doubles the threshold from $23,660 to $47,476 and is scheduled to take effect December 1 of this year. The bill did not however, make it to the Senate floor, so a similar bill (S.3464) was filed in the Senate by Senators Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Susan Collins (R-ME), James Lankford (R-OK), Tim Scott (R-SC) and Jeff Flake (R-AZ). The Senate version includes a five-year phase-in of the overtime rule as well as a provision requiring an independent sturdy of the rule after the first year of implementation. Unfortunately however, even if a bill were to pass both branches, President Obama has promised to veto it and they would not have the votes necessary to override it. Notwithstanding, it seems strategically wise to keep the issue in the forefront during this election season.