A Challenge to the New Overtime Rules
On July 14, 2016, several house democrats, including Representative Gwen Graham from Florida, sponsored the Overtime Reform and Enhancement Act. The OREA (H.B. 5813) proposes to change the Department of Labor’s new overtime rules in two significant ways. First, the OREA would provide a gradual schedule to increase the minimum salary required to meet the salary basis test for purposes of determining whether an employee is exempt from overtime. Second, the OREA would eliminate one of the more controversial aspects of the DOL’s new rules, the automatic three-year increase to the salary threshold. The OREA was read twice and then referred to the House Education and the Workforce Committee. The OREA is supported by the US Chamber of Commerce and the Society for Human Resource Management and opposed by the AFL-CIO.
See a summary of the proposed changes here: http://schrader.house.gov/overtime/
For a list of members of the Education and Workforce Committee (there are two Florida members), see http://www.house.gov/representatives/#state_fl. Phone numbers of Florida’s Representatives can be found here: http://www.house.gov/representatives/#state_fl