Changes to Federal Overtime Rules Moving Forward
On May 5, 2015, the Department of Labor announced that it has finally finished drafting the highly anticipated proposed rules. The proposed rules will be open for public comment in the near future.
In particular, the White House seeks to raise the minimum pay threshold that must be met to qualify for an exemption from overtime pay and to narrow the commonly used overtime exemptions for executive, administrative and professional employees. Depending on exactly what is proposed, the effect could be that more employees will be entitled to overtime pay under the FLSA.
It is too soon to tell whether any proposed FLSA changes will impact California employers. California employees already receive greater protections under state wage-and-hour laws than provided by federal laws.
More information on federal overtime pay can be found on the DOL website.