UPDATE: Too Fast, Too Soon? House of Reps. Take First Step to Delay DOL’s Quest To Raise The Overtime Salary Threshold
- Written by Gregory Blueford
As an update to our June 14, 2016 eblast, the U.S. House of Representatives recently passed a bill to delay the Department of Labor’s (“DOL”) rule which is currently set to raise the threshold for exemption to overtime pay, effective December 1, 2016.
As a refresher, the new DOL rule will nearly double the minimum salary threshold to qualify for the federal overtime exemption for “white collar” employees from $23,660 to $47,476 per year. If enacted into law, the bill would delay the implementation of the rule until June 2017 so that employers have additional time to prepare for the sharp increase in the exemption threshold. Employers argue that the new rule would force them to lay off many employees in the face of increased payroll costs. Opponents to the bill have said that the current $23,600 threshold is outdated and no longer does its job of separating the low wage workers who deserve overtime from workers who make enough money and should be exempt. Opponents also believe that this delay is the first step in an attempt to have the rule repealed altogether.
- Written by Jacquelyn Larson
On September 29, 2016, the Governor signed into a law a new requirement for Cal/OSHA to create regulations regarding indoor heat hazards in the workplace.
The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health, better known as Cal/OSHA, already has standards for outdoor heat hazards. For example, shade needs to be provided if it is over 80 degrees out. It is well known that employers in California must have an Injury and Illness Prevention Program (“IIPP”) that complies with these standards.