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Capitol Correspondence - 01.19.19

RESOURCE: Link to Track White House Review of DOL Overtime Rule

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As shared in a previous ANCOR Capitol Correspondence article, the Department of Labor (DOL) has sent its Overtime Rule to the White House for review. This step is necessary for DOL to receive clearance to officially propose its revised rule and receive public comment, which is generally expected to occur in March 2019. What is new since we last wrote about this issue is the public can now track the status of the soon to be proposed rule through this official link, maintained by the White House Office of Management and Budget, which is reviewing the rule.

As a refresher, ANCOR was heavily involved in the 2016 discussion when the previous administration sought to revise the Overtime Rule. While ANCOR supported an increase in wages given the workforce crisis affecting I/DD supports, we highlighted unintended consequences that could arise for Medicaid-funded supports, which depend on fixed, non-negotiable funding set by the federal and state governments for wages. Federal courts halted the 2016 version of the rule, and the version expected in March 2019 is likely to be different, highlighting the change in administrations.