Overtime Update

Drumbeat over Administration’s Overtime Changes Continues

February 5, 2016

After successfully testifying on proposed changes to the overtime rules at a congressional hearing in 2015, SHRM Advocacy Team member Elizabeth Hays (pictured below back in July with Congressman Glenn Thompson of Pennsylvania on Capitol Hill) was an invited panelist at a U.S. Chamber of Commerce symposium on the Impacts of the Proposed Overtime Regulation on Vulnerable Employers earlier this week. This symposium afforded another opportunity to highlight HR’s serious concerns with the Department of Labor’s proposed changes to the overtime rules.

As the Director of HR for MHY Family Services in Mars, Pa., Hays noted the dire consequences the proposed regulation would have on her non-profit and the population it serves as well as the negative impact it would have on MYH employees. MYH is a social services provider affording residential, educational and community-based services throughout western Pennsylvania that responds to diverse family hardships and traumas.

The DOL’s proposed salary threshold of $50,440, a 113 percent increase, would directly impact 50 of MHY’s currently exempt employees. Hays explained this implication in a blog post that the “resulting costs to MYH for these employees is estimated at about three quarters of a million dollars of unfunded expenses; equal to 9 percent of our budget.”

SHRM will continue to advocate for changes to the proposed overtime rule, which is expected to be finalized later this year. Learn how you can support these advocacy efforts by sharing your HR story through SHRM’s HR Policy Action Center overtime page.

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