Thursday, September 29, 2016

Federal Legislative Report 114-11

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR OVERTIME RULES

As mentioned in Federal Legislative Report 114-10, the U.S. Department of Labor issued a final rule changing overtime regulations in May. There is significant opposition to this change, but there was concern that an attempt to pass legislation to overturn the rule before the effective date of Dec. 1, 2016, would fail because not enough legislators would feel comfortable voting “against” workers so close to the election. To provide some relief, H.R. 5813, the Overtime Reform and Enhancement Act, has been introduced which would phase the new salary threshold in over three years. The bill would also eliminate a provision in the final overtime rule that allows for automatic updates to the salary threshold every three years. The phase-in limits this onerous regulation until legislation overturning it can pass. The goal is for this language to be included in an appropriations measure or a legislative vehicle that would pass before the end of this Congress.

Please contact your members of Congress and our Illinois Senators to express your support for this language.

Click here to read the complete Federal Legislative Report 114-11, including updates on ESSA, the Career and Technical Education Act, School Nutrition Reauthorization, and more.