On May 18, 2016, the US Department of Labor, Wage and Hour Division, announced the final changes to the regulations that govern the “White Collar” overtime exemptions under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The final rule:
- Sets the minimum salary level for exemption at $47,476 ($913/week) and the salary level for the highly compensated test at $134,004;
- Provides for automatic increases in the salary levels after three years (beginning Jan. 1, 2020), indexed to the 40th percentile of full time salary workers in the lowest wage Census region (currently the South region);
- Allows employers to count any bonuses paid on at least a quarterly basis toward 10% of the minimum salary level;
- Did not revise the duties test; and
- Set an implementation date of December 1, 2016.
To help news media companies understand and comply with the new rules, NAA is offering a free, member-only webinar on July 12 from 2:00-3:00 pm EST, featuring experts Tammy McCutchen and Andrew Voss of Littler Mendelson.
Ms. McCutchen is the former administrator of the Wage and Hour Division of the Department of Labor and Mr. Voss manages the firm’s Minneapolis office and has represented employers in multiple industries in wage and hour actions under the Fair Labor Standards Act.
These experts will provide detailed guidance on the new overtime requirements and provide practical steps on how newspapers/media companies can respond to these changes.
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Tammy McCutchen, Principal, Littler Mendelson, Washington, DC
Andrew Voss, Shareholder, Littler Mendelson, Minneapolis, MN
McCutchen is a former administrator of the Wage and Hour Division at the Department of Labor. Today, as a Principal at Littler Mendelson, she is a leading authority on federal and state wage and hour laws, serving as an expert witness on Capitol Hill in hearings on the DOL’s overtime rules.
Voss, a shareholder in Littler Mendelson’s Minneapolis office, has long represented a range of employers and industries in collective, class, and hybrid actions brought under the federal FLSA.
Introduction by Paul Boyle, Senior Vice President/Public Policy
Members of the News Media Alliance staff have contributed to this post.