Washington Adopts $83,000+ Overtime Threshold

Taking the minimum wage for overtime exemption to a completely new level, the state of Washington adopted an overtime exemption threshold of over $83,000. With the endorsement of Governor Jay Inslee, the state Department of Labor and Industries finalized rules phasing in the new threshold by 2028. Washington State is one of a handful of…

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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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Prepare for Changes Coming With New Year

As the calendar gets closer to 2020, it’s important for all small business owners to be aware and prepare for the changes that will come with the New Year. For example, half of the states in the nation have an increase in the minimum wage taking effect as January arrives. Over the course of the…

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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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Overtime Comments Welcome

As we advised a few weeks ago, the Department of Labor has published its proposed new regulation on the overtime threshold, increasing the amount below which all employees must be eligible for overtime pay. DOL has proposed that the threshold salary be set at $35,308 and publication of the rule in the Federal Register (March…

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Trump Admin Releases Regulatory Plans

The Trump administration yesterday released its fall 2018 regulatory roadmap, listing all the rules that the government expects to take action on in the coming months. The two with which we are most concerned of course, the joint employer and overtime exemption rules, are both set to be addressed – and finalized – by the…

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Overtime Rule Being Recast

The Department of Labor has indicated that it will be proposing new rules within the next few months to govern the parameters of overtime pay – both as relates the “regular rate of pay”  and the so-called white collar exemption. DOL’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) plans to issue a new rule clarifying the regular…

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The Case That Won’t Go Away

We’ve reported on its demise several times now, but the Obama-era overtime rule is still before the courts, but this time because the final court decision killing the threshold was appealed – by the Trump administration! That may come as a surprise, but things aren’t always as they seem. You will recall when we last…

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And Across the Aisle

The Strong Families Act may have had bipartisan sponsors, but it was only democratic Senators and Representatives in Congress that filed the Wage Theft Prevention and Wage Recovery Act earlier this week. Senators Patti Murray (WA) was joined by Senators Al Franken (MN) and Sherrod Brown as well as Connecticut Representative Rosa DeLauro and Bobby…

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DOL Overtime Comments

Speaking of the doubling of the white collar overtime exemption, we would remind all of our subscribers that the Department of Labor has called for public comments on potential changes to the Obama administration’s overtime rule that increased the threshold from $23,660 to $47,476. That request for public comment published in the Federal Register is…

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