Magazine article HRMagazine

No Timeline for New Overtime Pay Rules

Magazine article HRMagazine

No Timeline for New Overtime Pay Rules

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In March, President Barack Obama asked the Labor Department to revise federal rules that would expand overtime pay to millions more workers, but the timing of the change is still not clear. At the Society for Human Resource Management's 2014 Employment Law & Legislative Conference in late March, Labor Secretary Thomas Perez said only that the proposed rules will come after "due diligence"-a process that will include getting input from HR professionals.

The changes would update Fair Labor Standards Act regulations about who qualifies for overtime and would raise the threshold for the salary-basis test from the current $455 per week to account for inflation. The threshold has been raised just twice in the past 40 years.

Perez noted that, because the salary-basis threshold is so low, exempt employees working long hours sometimes wind up making less than the people they supervise. …

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