Maine Latest to Consider Overtime Adjustment

Maine lawmakers held a work session yesterday on a bill that would dramatically increase the overtime threshold in the state. LD 402 would guarantee overtime pay for all Maine workers earning less than $55,000 per year, a significant increase over the current threshold of $36,000 per year. The bill, currently pending in the Committee on…

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New Overtime Threshold Effective January 1

Although it’s been in the works for years now and you’ve known about the final resolution for quite a few months, we want to remind our readers once again that the new overtime threshold also takes effect with the New Year. Beginning on January 1st, employees paid less than $35,308 on an annual basis must…

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FLSA Overtime Rule Webinar

DDIFO members are invited to attend a webinar on the new Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) overtime rule, becoming effective on January 1, 2019. Sponsored by the Coalition of Franchisee Associations (CFA) on December 4 at 12:00 Noon ET, the webinar is hosted by Fisher & Phillips labor and law attorneys Andria L. Ryan (co-chair…

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DOL Sets OT Exemption Threshold at $35,568

Earlier this week, the Department of Labor (DOL) released the final rule defining Overtime Exemption requirements for White Collar Exemptions. Effective on January 1, 2020, the new rule mandates that employees earning less than $684 per week ($35,568 annually) are entitled to overtime payment for work in excess of 40 hours per week. This particular…

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DOL Submits Fluctuating Workweek Rule

The US Department of Labor (DOL) last week submitted a proposal to the White House Office of management and Budget (OMB) that would alter how employers must calculate overtime for certain employees. Under the Fair Labor Standards Act, overtime-eligible employees must be paid time and a half for any hours over 40 in a workweek.…

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DOL Issues Opinion Letters

On July 1, the Department of Labor (DOL) issued three opinion letters dealing with different aspects of overtime requirements – two of which you may want to be familiar. (The third deals with paralegals, so is not of concern to our subscribers.) Specifically, the first clarifies the federal regulations governing the calculation of overtime pay…

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Dems Want To Increase Increased Overtime Threshold

When is enough, enough? The Department of Labor under former President Obama increased the overtime threshold, below which all employees are overtime eligible from the current $23,660 to $47,476, only to have that increase thrown out by the federal court. After further review and public comment, the DOL under President Trump split the difference somewhat…

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State Attorneys General Opposing Overtime Rule

The Attorneys General of 16 states around the nation submitted a letter on Tuesday commenting on the proposed new Department of Labor rule on the overtime exemption. You will recall that DOL under former President Obama more than doubled the overtime exemption to $47,476 (from $23,660), although that increase was ultimately thrown out by the…

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More News From Labor

That’s the Department of Labor, of course, and joint employer wasn’t their only headline these past few weeks. The department finally sent along to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) a proposed regulation to “clarify, update and define” the basic and regular rate for calculating overtime pay. It is believed the regulation will…

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DOL Public OT Comments Top 165,000

Well, it underscores how important reconsideration of the Obama-era redefinition of the overtime exemption threshold is that reports indicate that over 165,000 organizations and individuals took advantage of the opportunity to respond to the DOL request for information on the subject. The comment period on the so-called white collar exemption had been opened back on…

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