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SHRM A-Team: Get Ready to Engage - Proposed Overtime Rule Expected Any Day


The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has been reviewing the Department of Labor’s (DOL’s) proposed changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act’s (FLSA’s) overtime regulations.The proposed rule is expected any day.

Be Prepared

  • While the details of the rule are not yet available, the Administration is expected to raise the salary level for the exemption to apply. Currently set at $455 per week ($23,660 annually), the rule is likely to increase the minimum salary substantially, possibly to $970/week ($50,440 annually).
  • In addition, reports indicate that the DOL is considering changes to the “primary duty” test to require salaried employees to spend a specific percentage of their time performing certain duties.

SHRM is very concerned about the impact proposed changes to the overtime exemptions will have on HR professionals and employers across the country. It is clear that any new rules in this area could result in drastic changes to the workplace, and will be felt by both employers and employees. 

What You Can Do
Your HR voice will be needed to effectively communicate the HR profession’s concerns to the DOL. As the voice of the profession on this key HR issue, SHRM will be providing its members with robust information, insight and engagement tools and opportunities to ensure the HR voice is heard.

SHRM has created a special section on its HR Policy Action Center dedicated to content and advocacy efforts surrounding the upcoming overtime regulations.


Additional SHRM Resources

  • Reminder: SHRM continues to invite A-Team members with specific interest and experience with the overtime rules to email to be included as part of a working group of members to contact as the need for information arises.
  • In Case You Missed It: Listen to the May 20th A-Team Webinar Recording featuring a regulatory update on overtime regulations from SHRM’s Nancy Hammer, Esq.
  • Check out SHRM A-Team member Nicole Berberich testifying on behalf of SHRM before a U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee about the likely impact of overtime regulations on employers (June 10, 2015).
  • NEW! Overtime Session at Annual Conference: Want to be prepared for the changes to overtime regulations? In anticipation of the overtime rule being issued this month, SHRM has added a NEW session to the Annual Conference line-up. Hear from the experts, including: Mike Eastman, counsel to SHRM on overtime regulations and a veteran of the 2004 overtime rule changes and SHRM’s very own Lisa Horn and Nancy Hammer, who will outline SHRM’s member advocacy efforts on how to respond to these proposed changes. Also, learn how you can help influence the final overtime regulation by providing DOL with direct feedback!

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On Twitter? Be sure to follow @SHRMATeam and the rest of SHRM’s Government Affairs teamfor timely overtime updates.

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