Susan E. Prince, JD, is a Legal Editor for BLR’s human resources and employment law publications. Ms. Prince has 15 years of experience as an attorney and writer in the field of human resources and has published numerous articles on a variety of human resources and employment topics, including compensation, benefits, workers’ compensation, discrimination, work/life issues, termination, and military leave. Ms. Prince also served as an expert on several audio conferences discussing the 2004 changes to the federal regulations under the Fair Labor Standards Act. Before starting her career in publishing, Ms. Prince practiced law for several years in the insurance industry and served as president of a retail sales business. Ms. Prince received her law degree from Vermont Law School.
Video: Watch Susan's video on the DOL's Proposed Overtime Regulations
Imagine having difficulty scheduling childcare or attending classes after work to further your education, because your schedule was constantly changing from day to day and from week to week. People who work in the retail, food services, and hospitality industries often face this issue when trying to plan their life outside working hours.
Now that the Department of Labor’s (DOL) overtime rule changes have been put on hold, what should employers do? That, in part, depends on the steps your company took to prepare. Here are some options and pros and cons to think about as you consider your next steps in dealing with employees who fall between the $455 and $913 per week salary level.
Minimum wage increases will affect numerous states across the country in January 2017.
Every employer covered by the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) must keep certain records for each covered, nonexempt worker. Under the federal Department of Labor’s (DOL) final overtime regulations, employees who currently earn more than $455 per week ($23,660 annually), but less than $913 per week ($47,476 annually), need to be reclassified as nonexempt by December 1, 2016. Employers will need to keep specific records for these newly nonexempt employees.
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