Recap of Federal Overtime Rule Changes
Recently, you may have been made aware of federal rule changes from the US Department of Labor relative to overtime pay under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). A recap of the few key provisions is as follows:
1) The rule changes the salary at or above which an employee must make to be "exempt" from the overtime requirements. In order to remain "exempt" from OT, the employee must make at least $913 per week.
2) Overtime will be required to be paid to any employee making less than $913 per week (whether hourly or salary).
A bill has been introduced to make changes to the overtime law. H.R. 5813 was introduced by Rep. Kurt Schrader (D; Oregon). If passed, the bill would soften and phase in the changes and would reign in the US Dept of Labor's rulemaking authority. While the bill has the support of many business groups including AmericanHort, the National Christmas Tree Association and others, the future of the bill is uncertain at best, given the few remaining voting days left before the rule takes effect December 1, 2016.
While this is a federal rule change that cannot be changed at the state level, you may contact your congressman to urge support for and prompt passage of H.R. 5813 (or a similar measure). Or, for more information but the rule as it stands, you may contact Steve Clegg at the Ohio Department of Commerce, Wage and Hour Administration, at 614.728.8686.
Legislative Status Sheet
ONLA reviews every bill that is introduced in the Ohio General Assembly to check the bill's potential relevance to ONLA member businesses. Every two years, between 1,000 and 1,200 bills are introduced. Of those 1,200, only about 250 bills actually make it through the process.
If you have interest in any of the bills on this status sheet, or if you have heard of a bill that is not listed, please contact Belinda Jones at 614.224.3855 or email@example.com.
Back to the Basics: Get to Know Your Legislator
Due to term limits, there is seemingly constant turnover in the Ohio House and the Ohio Senate. Make sure your legislator. While we do our best to know every legislator, it is important that you know your state representative and state senator as well.
Not sure who your legislator is?
Get to know your legislators on a personal basis as well. Invite them to coffee or breakfast in your neighborhood. They want to know about you. They want to know about your business. And you need them to know you so you can be a resource for them.
If you are interested in pursuing a meeting with your legislator, either in Columbus or in your hometown/place of business, ONLA Legislative Consultant Belinda Jones can help set up a meeting.