This is still a 99% increase. A token reduction will not alleviate the harm this rule will do to nonprofits, colleges, and small businesses and their employees. Moreover, the salary threshold must take into account regional differences in cost of living, which the current Labor Department approach does not. We’re encouraged by reports that the Labor Department is beginning to listen to the outcry from the nonprofit, higher education, and small business communities, but this rule needs a comprehensive reevaluation before it is released, else we risk doing serious damage to precisely the organizations and workers we all want to thrive,” said Lisa Horn, spokeswoman for the Partnership to Protect Workplace Opportunity (PPWO), a coalition of more than 70 organizations representing the broad employer community.
On September 15, NPR published an article discussing the consequences of the Department of Labor’s overtime proposal. The article explores how businesses across the country see this proposal as more harmful to their employees than helpful. Workers will lose income, flexibility, status in the workplace, and potentially even their job. You can read the article here.
Over the past two weeks, the Partnership to Protect Workplace Opportunity delivered to the Wage and Hour Division of the U.S. Department of Labor 534 comments requesting a 60-day extension to the comment period on the Department’s proposed rulemaking altering the overtime requirements under the Fair Labor Standards Act. Employers from a variety of different companies, organizations, and higher education institutions submitted the comments, demonstrating that businesses and nonprofits across the country understand the serious consequences this proposal will have and that the current time period does not provide adequate time to analyze the rulemaking.
Only extensive outreach will get the Department to extend the comment period. Please continue to reach out to your members of Congress and the Department through our grassroots portal.