SHRM Testifies Again in Congress on the Overtime Rule

By SHRM Government Affairs Jul 1, 2016
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SHRM Advocacy Team member and SHRM Labor Relations Special Expertise Panel member Christine Walters testified on June 23 before the House Small Business Committee on how changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) overtime regulations will impact employers and employees. Walters is the fourth SHRM witness to testify on the overtime rule this year!

Walters (pictured at right with Representative Steve Chabot of Ohio, who chairs the committee) testified at the hearing on how changes to the FLSA overtime regulations are expected to impact her small-business clients, including nonprofits, as well as employees. In addition, she expressed SHRM’s concerns with the final overtime rule, suggesting that the salary threshold increase of 100 percent is too high and too fast. SHRM continues to support an increase to the salary threshold, but an increase similar to previous updates that takes into account industry and regional differences.

SHRM continues to be the voice of HR on this critical workplace issue. More than 100 SHRM members advocated on the overtime rule while visiting congressional offices to explain our 21st Century Workplace Principles during the SHRM 2016 Annual Conference & Exposition, held in Washington, D.C., June 19-22. In addition, SHRM chairs the Partnership to Protect Workplace Opportunity, made up of more than 85 official members including business organizations, colleges and universities, nonprofits, state and local governments, and others opposed to the final overtime rule. 

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