Congress returns today after a seven-week summer break. NLBMDA and the Partnership to Protect Workplace Opportunity has been meeting with lawmakers asking them to consider the Overtime Reform and Enhancement Act (H.R. 5813), which would phase-in the increase of the Department of Labor’s (DOL) Overtime Rule over three years and eliminate the automatic increase.
If no action is taken, on December 1 the salary level under which full-time salaried “white collar” employees qualify for overtime pay increases from $455 per week ($23,660 annually) to $913 per week ($47,476 annually). In addition, threshold levels are scheduled to increase again on January 1, 2020.
The legislation introduced in July by Rep. Kurt Schrader (D-OR) would incrementally phase in the new threshold over the next three years, beginning with a 50 percent increase this December, and 25 percent increases at the start of 2018 and 2019. Although NLBMDA supports more far reaching legislation, the Schrader bill provides the best chance to make a legislative fix to the Overtime Rule ahead of the effective date in December.
All NLBMDA members should contact their lawmakers in support of H.R. 5813 making needed changes to DOL's Overtime Rule.