The U.S. Department of Labor recently proposed significant changes to the nation's overtime regulations. If the DOL regulation goes into effect, it will create big challenges for restaurant owners, could hit employees in their own pocketbooks, and possibly become a new frontier for plaintiffs’ attorneys.
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The DOL proposal would alter the overtime pay requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act, including an unprecedented increase of over 100 percent in the minimum salary threshold (from $455 per week to $970) for exempt employees. This would greatly limit workplace flexibility and increase labor costs for restaurants across the country. The proposal is on a fast track. Implementation and compliance requirements could come to your restaurant within months.
What can you do?
Congress has proposed a sensible solution that will slow down the DOL overtime rule and assess the impact before the rule can be implemented. The "Protecting Workplace Advancement and Opportunity Act" would require the DOL to perform additional analysis on the impact the changes would have on employees, businesses and the economy.
Click here and urge your legislators to co-sponsor the “Protecting Workplace Advancement and Opportunity Act.”