DOL to Hold DC Public Listening Session on Overtime Regulations under the FLSA

The Department of Labor (DOL) will conduct a public listening session in Washington, D.C., to gather views on its overtime regulations under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).  The listening session will take place on Wednesday, October 17, 2018 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM (EDT); Department of Labor 200 Constitution Avenue Northwest Cesar Chavez Auditorium Washington, DC 20210.

The agency recently held listening sessions in Atlanta, Seattle, Kansas City, Denver and Providence.  Under the FLSA, most workers are entitled to minimum wage and overtime pay for hours worked over 40 hours. However, there is a “white collar” exemption in the FLSA for certain executive, administrative and professional employees; qualifying for this exemption requires that these employees earn no less than a standard salary threshold and other criteria. 

In May 2016, DOL finalized a rule that changed the standard salary threshold for the white collar exemption, from $23,660 to $47,476. In November 2016, the rule was enjoined by a federal court before it became effective. On July 26, 2017, DOL published a Request for Information (RFI) on this regulation.  This RFI included questions on the appropriate salary level for this exemption, and the proper methodology to calculate this salary threshold.  DOL plans on releasing a new proposed rule in January 2019.  

To sign up for these events, visit this Eventbrite link:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/overtime-rule-listening-session-tickets-50661020476

To read DOL’s event notice on regulations.gov. 
https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=WHD-2017-0002-140610

Click for Advocacy’s comments on DOL’s 2015 Proposed Rule and RFI:
https://www.sba.gov/advocacy/942015-defining-and-delimiting-exemptions-executive-administrative-professional-outside?utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery

https://www.sba.gov/advocacy/9-22-17-re-request-information-defining-and-delimiting-exemptions-executive-administrative?utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery

Advocacy contact: Janis Reyes, Janis.Reyes@sba.gov or call 202-619-0312.

Date: 
Thursday, October 11, 2018