The Fair Labor Standards Act set what we know as the 40-hour workweek and established work standards like minimum wage requirements, child labor laws, and overtime pay. While Congress set these standards back in 1938, employers are still accountable to them today. Wage levels and salary thresholds have changed over the years, but the basics of the act still hold true. As an employer or HR manager, keeping up with the many aspects of compliance can feel like a full-time job. That’s why we’ve been working hard to educate you on the various aspects of the FLSA from classifying employees to determining exemptions.
Changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) overtime rules could be around the corner. Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta and the Department of Labor (DOL) have made it clear those changes will focus on the salary threshold. The DOL issued a Request for Information (RFI) on overtime rules and exemptions. This RFI allows for the public to comment on the issues surrounding the white collar exemption. This includes salary threshold limits and how to set that threshold.
The Obama-era FLSA changes to overtime rules have seen nothing short of a rollercoaster in the past year. In an emergency injunction, a Texas federal judge halted the FLSA overtime rule that would have increased the salary level for non-exempt employees to $47,476 per year ($913 per week) beginning December 1, 2016. At the first of the new year, the Department of Labor (DOL) filed a motion to stop the lawsuit—but was denied. The DOL went on to receive three extensions, giving them until June 30, 2017 to file a reply brief.
June marked the official beginning of summer—but that has not slowed down the happenings in the world of Human Resources. In our June edition of the HR Roundup, we’re bringing you news from Capitol Hill, the Department of Labor, and our friends at SHRM. So grab a limeade, and read about the latest workplace regulation updates and HR trends.
What’s happening in the world of HR this month? Congress has been busy developing, refining, and voting on bills in the House. The political landscape is keeping everyone on their toes, especially employers and HR managers. Many of the matters facing Senate vote will have a large impact on businesses and their employees—so it’s important for HR to stay in the know. Read on for this month’s HR Roundup, full of HR news and updates.
And congrats, Class of 2017. There’s good news in store for you!