Capitol Correspondence - 09.17.17

DOL Overtime Rule – Despite Overturning of Rule, Increases Possible in Future

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According to legal experts at Foley and Lardner:

“Just because the Obama rule will not take effect does not mean that there will not be any new policies for employers to watch out for and implement. If and until the Trump administration decides to increase the overtime limits, the 2004 rule and salary levels will remain in effect.  While the Trump administration did oppose the Obama level increases, there are signs that the 13 year-old salary threshold levels may increase.

Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta said during his confirmation hearing that the policy was due for an update even though he believed the Obama administration’s specific increase was too high. And in July, the DOL issued a request for information for public input and suggestions on ways to improve the Obama administration rule. Now that the Trump administration has the opportunity to propose its own exemption threshold, employers should be prepared for a more modest increase in overtime exemptions.” Read the full article here.

ANCOR is submitting comments to the Request for Information currently out regarding the DOL Overtime Rule.  A template for members to respond by September 25 will be shared this week.