Overtime Rule Was Focus of Readers’ Concerns in 2016

By Allen Smith, J.D. Dec 19, 2016
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News about the Department of Labor's (DOL's) new overtime rule dominated the employment law coverage on SHRM Online in 2016. Here are the most-read overtime rule articles, plus other topics that most interested our readers.

Federal Judge Halts Overtime Rule

In a surprise decision, a district court judge put the brakes on the DOL's overtime rule, which would have doubled the Fair Labor Standard Act's salary threshold for exemption from overtime pay.

https://www.shrm.org/resourcesandtools/legal-and-compliance/employment-law/pages/judge-blocks-flsa-overtime-rule.aspx

Overtime Rule May Reduce Telecommuting Options

The range of workplace changes brought on by the new overtime rule would have been broad, including the possible demise of telecommuting among reclassified workers at affected companies.

https://www.shrm.org/ResourcesAndTools/legal-and-compliance/employment-law/pages/overtime-rule-may-reduce-telecommuting-options.aspx

Trump's Ideas for Change in the Workplace

Now that Donald Trump has been elected president, the electorate is taking a closer look at his priorities. For HR professionals, his positions on issues affecting the workplace are of particular interest. In some cases, he is calling for less regulation; in other situations, he calls for more. And his proposals aren't without some controversy.

https://www.shrm.org/resourcesandtools/legal-and-compliance/employment-law/pages/trump-campaign-positions.aspx

Bill to Block Overtime Rule Introduced

When the DOL's overtime rule headed toward finalization, congressional Republicans introduced legislation calling for the rule to be stopped in its tracks.

https://www.shrm.org/resourcesandtools/legal-and-compliance/employment-law/pages/bill-to-block-overtime-rule-introduced.aspx

PTO Use May Be Required During Inclement Weather

Employees don't usually like it, but they can be required to use their accrued paid time off (PTO) during inclement weather events, unless there is a state law restriction or a written policy to the contrary.

https://www.shrm.org/resourcesandtools/legal-and-compliance/employment-law/pages/pto-inclement-weather.aspx

[SHRM members-only HR Q&A: Legal & Regulatory: Inclement Weather: Our company decided to close early due to inclement weather and we may need to close completely tomorrow. What are our obligations in terms of pay?]

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