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California SHRM Advocacy Team (A-Team) member Mariann Stopyra, SHRM-SCP, Senior Director of Human Resources at Children’s Hunger Fund, was invited by Representative Steve Knight (R-CA) to testify today, March 4, at a small business roundtable in his district in Simi Valley, California on the impact the Obama administration’s efforts to revise the current overtime regulations will have on California employers. Representative Steve Chabot (R-OH), Chairman of the House Small Business Committee, was also in attendance at the roundtable, indicating the level of concern this action is raising among lawmakers in Congress.
Representative Knight, pictured at right flanked by Ms. Stopyra and Professionals in Human Resources Association (PIHRA) Executive Director Raphael Rivera, has been a key opponent of the Obama administration’s efforts to rewrite the overtime rules. Last month, he led an effort with Congressman Cresent Hardy (R-NV) where
108 other Members of Congress signed onto a letter to Department of Labor (DOL) Secretary Tom Perez expressing their significant concern with the direction of the proposed overtime rewrite.
Stopyra appeared at the roundtable on behalf of SHRM, the California State Council of SHRM (CalSHRM) and SHRM affiliated chapter PIHRA.
In her testimony, she explained how the recently proposed changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) overtime regulations will impact nonprofits and other organizations across the country. She explained how increased costs in overtime will likely lead to challenging decisions to potentially serve fewer people in need. She also noted how the rule not only impacts services provided, but would likely result in reclassifying professional employees to nonexempt status, leading to reduced workplace flexibility and employee morale.
Also in attendance at the roundtable were Marilyn Monahan, PIHRA president; Kelly Hastings with SHRM Government Affairs; and Jason Gabhart, SHRM California State Government Relations Advisor. DOL is expected to announce its final rule on the overtime regulations in late spring or early summer.
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