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Overtime Changes Set to Take Effect in Four Months

Saturday, August 06, 2016   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Jennifer Addington
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Overtime Changes Set to Take Effect in Four




clockWith rule changes looming, we are pleased to bring you news on the new overtime rules. Our friends at Wimberly and Lawson have developed a formula to help identify a budget-neutral conversion from salaried exempt pay plan to salaried non-exempt plus half-time overtime plan. This tool will not only help you calculate new salaries for your employees, but also help you explain that you are making every effort to ensure that this mandatory conversion does not result in less money in their pocket each week.


Click here for the bulletin with the formula and other useful information.


From AmericanHort, comes an update on a bill meant to soften the blow of the pending changes.


 Rep. Kurt Schrader (D-OR), a long-standing friend and champion of the horticulture industry, has introduced a bill that would partially address employer concerns surrounding the Department of Labor's (DOL) new overtime changes, which take effect December 1. 


The Overtime Reform and Enhancement Act, H.R.5813, would more modestly increase the current $23,660 "white collar exemption" minimum salary threshold to $35,984 on December 1. Further increases would be phased in over the next 3 years, eventually bringing the threshold to the level established under the new DOL rule ($47,476) on December 1, 2019. The bill would also eliminate the automatic indexing that is part of the DOL rule; however, it would retain the authority of the Secretary of Labor to go through rulemaking to update the threshold in the future.


AmericanHort, the National Christmas Tree Association, and many of our state association  Lighthouse grassroots program partners have endorsed Rep. Schrader's bill. However, the path forward is uncertain given the few September days Congress will be in session, and election dynamics. Stay tuned for updates and calls to action.

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