Proposed Overtime Rules Expected Soon; Conference Call Briefing July 1 on Those and Proposed Blacklisting Rules

June 05, 2015

With the Department of Labor expected within weeks to issue proposed rules restricting the key exemptions from FLSA overtime requirements, the Association is scheduling a conference call briefing on July 1 at 12:00 p.m. EDT on the overtime proposal and the proposed rules and guidance implementing the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces (a.k.a. Blacklisting) Executive Order.  A new CHRO Guide on the Blacklisting rules describes the enormous reporting burden for federal contractors and how the process can be leveraged by unions and other pressure groups to achieve their demands from a company.  In addition, prime contractors will be responsible for policing the employment practices of their subcontractors and ensuring that they have a "satisfactory record of integrity and business ethics."  Meanwhile, the Association joined other business groups this week at a meeting with OMB on rules proposed by the Department of Labor expected to increase the minimum salary for an employee to be considered exempt from overtime.  The Department is also expected to propose a maximum number of hours that an employee can spend performing nonexempt work without losing her or his exemption.  The July 1 call will be hosted by our Employment Rights Committee Chair Johnna Torsone, Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer, Pitney Bowes Inc., and will include commentary from other member companies.