Overtime Legislation Introduced Day After 200 HR Professionals Canvass the Halls of Congress

Mar 29, 2016

The day after 200 HR professionals (including this delegation from Ohio pictured with Senator Rob Portman - center) canvassed the halls of Congress during SHRM’s 2016 Employment Law & Legislative Conference, legislation was introduced in both the House and Senate to delay the implementation of the Department of Labor’s (DOL’s) proposed rewrite of the Fair Labor Standards Act overtime rules.

As members expressed during SHRM’s Capitol Hill Advocacy Day, held in conjunction with the Employment Law & Legislative Conference, the Society believes an increase to the salary threshold for overtime pay is warranted. However, SHRM also recognizes that DOL’s proposed 113% increase presents significant challenges for small employers, nonprofits and employers in lower cost-of-living areas. The Society therefore believes that the proposed regulations need a second look.

Given its concerns, SHRM appreciates the leadership of Representatives Tim Walberg (R-MI) and John Kline (R-MN) in the House and Senators Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Tim Scott (R-SC) in the Senate for introducing the Protecting Workplace Advancement and Opportunity Act (H.R. 4773/S. 2707), designed to nullify the current overtime proposal.

As stated in a letter from SHRM President and Chief Executive Officer, Henry G. “Hank” Jackson to Congress, SHRM strongly supports this legislation and recommends its swift passage. This bill would not prevent the DOL from moving forward with changes to the overtime regulations. Rather, it simply requires the DOL to perform an economic analysis of how changes to overtime regulations will impact nonprofits, small businesses and employers in other industry sectors before issuing a new rule.

The bill would also prohibit automatic increases to the salary threshold while ensuring that any proposed changes to the duties test receive proper scrutiny through the formal notice and comment process.

Help make sure the HR voice is heard. Write your elected officials today!

Visit SHRM’s Policy Action Center today to send an e-mail urging your members of Congress to support S. 2707 and H.R. 4773, the Protecting Workplace Advancement and Opportunity Act.

In This Issue

Overtime Update

Union Organizing

2016 SHRM Employment Law & Legislative Conferences

EEOC Update


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