Client Alert

July 08, 2015

Comment Period Now Open on Proposed Changes to Overtime Regulations

The Department of Labor’s proposed rule amending the FLSA’s white-collar exemption regulations was officially published on July 6, thereby kicking off a 60-day comment period that will close September 4. Last week, the Obama administration unveiled the proposed revisions to the overtime rule, which decisively lift the white-collar exemptions’ salary floor from $23,660/year ($455/week) to $50,440/year ($970/week). The proposed rule offers no official stance on whether to implement a bright-line “primary duty” rule mandating that exempt employees perform at least a minimum percentage of exempt work, or to alter the substantive “duties” tests that inform whether a given employee falls within one of the FLSA’s professional exemptions from overtime pay.

Interested parties are invited to submit written comments on the proposed rule at:
http://www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=WHD-2015-0001-0001

Alternatively, written submissions can be addressed to:
Mary Ziegler, Director of the Division of Regulations, Legislation, and Interpretation, Wage and Hour Division, U.S. Department of Labor, Room S–3502, 200 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20210.

Please contact SESCO should you have any questions as relates to compliance with this new proposal and the FLSA.