Legislative Update—Overtime Rule Is Heating Up on Capitol Hill

Jun 10, 2016

In part due to continued engagement by SHRM’s A-Team, the overtime rule received extensive attention on Capitol Hill this week. Members of Congress heard about the overtime rule during the Memorial Day recess and came back to Washington concerned about how the rule impacts employers and employees back home in their districts and states. 

In reaction, Senators Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Ron Johnson (R-WI) introduced a Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution, S.J.Res.34, to nullify the FLSA overtime rule. The resolution has strong support, with 44 U.S. senators listed as cosponsors. If the resolution passes, it would void the overtime rule; however, it would require the president’s signature in order to become law. While this is an unlikely outcome since President Obama is on record publicly supporting the overtime rule, SHRM is continuing to work with congressional leaders on other ways to address the overtime rule. Also this week, the Senate Appropriations Committee is scheduled to mark up an appropriations bill that would fund the U.S. Department of Labor. SHRM is closely monitoring this process as an end-of-the-year appropriations strategy is viewed as a critical opportunity to improve the overtime rule.

Finally, SHRM continues to strongly support the Protecting Workplace Advancement and Opportunity Act (H.R. 4773/S. 2707), which would require 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. A special thank you for the 12,000 e-mails already sent by SHRM A-Team members to Congress requesting their support for this critical legislation. Forty-two senators and 174 members of Congress have already agreed to cosponsor the legislation. Click HERE to contact your representatives in Congress TODAY! 


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