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DOL Secretary Discusses Minimum Wage, Overtime Exemptions

March 18, 2015

On March 18, The House Committee on Education and the Workforce held a hearing, "Reviewing the President's Fiscal Year 2016 Budget Proposal for the Department of Labor." In the hearing, Department of Labor (DOL) Secretary Thomas Perez gave testimony on a range of topics, including the DOL's push to raise the Federal minimum wage and a preview of planned regulations that will modernize rules on overtime pay. He also discussed job training opportunities made possible by the recently-enacted Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) and matters of workplace safety. 

Rep. Mark Takano (D-CA) asked Perez specifically about the plans the DOL has to issue regulations impacting the overtime exemptions. As ANCOR has reported previously, last year Obama directed the DOL to modernize the rules governing overtime exemptions for salaried management, administrative, and executive employees. Perez told Takano that the current salary threshold of $455 per week needs to be modernized, and that his agency plans to release proposed regulations "in the coming months," which will be available for public comment. He did not give a specific date or indicate a more specific timeframe. ANCOR hosted a listening session with DOL at its government relations retreat in January, which gave members the opportunity to share provider perspectives on how the new rules' impact on front line supervisors' wages could affect service delivery.