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Shouldn’t you get a personal letter from the Department of Labor?

Could it look like this?

Dear Employer,

Every 10 years or so, we at the Department of Labor decide to update our rules and understanding of concerns for the American Worker.  We feel that 6 months is more than enough time for you to learn about our updates and make sweeping changes across your organization.

Our new rule on overtime rates now affects all of your employees making under $47,476 per year or $913 per week.  This rule doesn’t distinguish between hourly wage workers and salaried workers, and this should make it easy as the full burden of determining overtime hours is solely placed on you.  We know that you already invested in a sophisticated time-clock system for your hourly employees, and we also understand that you’ve made a huge investment of time keeping for your salaried employees, too.  Since you’ve already spent so much money improving your operational efficiency, this should be super easy for you as the Employer to determine when your salaried workers are working over the 40-hour threshold.

We aren’t updating anything pertaining to the standard duties test for the White-Collar exemption–that should be a great relief to you.

Oh, and here are the links to our websites for you catch yourself up to speed.

Overview of White Collar Workers

Fact Sheet for Non-Profit Organizations

Fact Sheet for Institutions of Higher Learning

Fact Sheet for Public Agencies

Guidance For Private Sector Employers

Thanks and keep our Economy Great,

The Wage and Hours Division of the Department of Labor.

Seriously though–Here’s the Important Stuff


Bret Brummitt

Bret Brummitt

Senior Consultant

About the author: An avid learner and resourceful leader with a passion for problem solving, Bret is a calming force in the chaos and fast paced evolution of health insurance, employee benefits, and the growing burden of regulatory compliance. He helps people develop the confidence to see beyond the problem at hand and start to re-imagine their goals. Whether he’s helping a client or a colleague, Bret believes a successful interaction is one that allows us all to dream a little bigger when we’re done.

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