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ACT NOW to Protect Opportunity In America’s Workplaces

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Act now and join those voicing concerns with the Department of Labor’s dramatic overtime rule by supporting overtime legislation which would benefit both employers and employees.

  • The rule, which alters the overtime pay requirements under the Fair Labor Standards Act, includes an unprecedented increase of 100 percent to the minimum salary threshold (from $455 per week to $913), resulting in greatly limited workplace flexibility and increased labor costs for businesses across the country.
  • The department will automatically update the salary threshold every three years and avoid increasing the salary itself through the longer notice-and-comment rulemaking process.

You can affect change by taking the following step:

Tell your Members of Congress to support two legislative approaches:

  1. Protecting Workplace Advancement and Opportunity Act (S. 2707 and H.R. 4773), which was introduced by Senators Scott and Alexander and Representatives Walberg and Kline, if enacted, would require the Labor Department to conduct a new and comprehensive economic analysis on the impact of mandatory overtime expansion to small businesses, nonprofits and public employers as well as an analysis on the effect on employee flexibility before implementing a change to the exemptions.   Also, it would eliminate the regulation’s every three year automatic update provision.
  2. Overtime Reform and Enhancement Act (H.R. 5813), introduced by Representative Kurt Schrader, which would phase-in the DOL’s new salary threshold over three years, starting with a salary threshold increase to approximately $36,000 on December 1, 2016, and the rest going into place over the next three years with the final installment taking effect December 1, 2019.  The legislation also prohibits the final rule’s automatic increases to the salary threshold, and specifies that any future changes must be made through the customary notice and comment process.

Act now! Add your name to the thousands of Americans who are petitioning leaders in Washington to protect workplace opportunity!

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