Last year, the Department of Labor (DOL) proposed changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act’s (FLSA) overtime regulations. The proposal generated significant interest with over 290,000 comment letters being filed in the proceeding.
Because the proposed changes were expected to have an impact on local governments, the National League of Cities (NLC) and other local government associations have pressed for modificiations. NLC submitted comments last September that outlined cities’ concerns with the proposal.
The DOL’s Wage and Hour Division published the final regulations governing which executive, administrative, and professional employees – public and private sector – are entitled to the FLSA’s minimum wage and overtime pay protections. In total, the new rule is expected to extend overtime protections to 4.2 million more Americans, and boost wages by $12 billion over the next 10 years. See below for a link to state-by-state breakdowns.
Here’s a link: www.federalregister.gov/public-inspection
NLC is still reviewing it, but for now, here are key details:
- New Salary Threshold: $47,476 (current level is $23,660)
- Automatic Update of Salary Threshold: Every three years
- Effective Date: December 1, 2016
To learn more about the rule, please visit: www.dol.gov/overtime