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FLSA – What does the future hold?

Still confused about the status of the proposed overtime regulations?  Well, you are not alone.  Since the preliminary injunction on Nov 22nd, 2016, many employers are left wondering if they will ever need to implement the courses of action they had ready for December 1st.   And this is one scenario where being prepared ahead of time was a disadvantage.  In a recent SHRM article, What’s Next for Employers Under the FLSA Overtime Rule?, we learn more than half of the audience at a conference on employment law already moved forward with reclassification changes.

In the same SHRM article, Tammy McCutchen, former administrator of the DOL’s wage and hour division under President George W. Bush and a principal with Littler in Washington, D.C, talks about what she sees as the future of the regulation.  She encourages the Department of Labor (DOL) to consider a “restart and redo”.  This would include proposing a new rule with the opportunity for another comment period before the final ruling.

There are some general thoughts that the threshold was set too high, especially for parts of the country where cost of living is lower.  More than doubling the existing threshold ($23,660 t0 $47,476) can put a drain on employers.  McCutchen goes on to say in the article that she thinks a threshold of $35,000 is a better place to start.  Most people agree an increase is needed, but a smaller step should be taken.

Unfortunately there is still more waiting we must do until we know which direction this regulation will take.  In the meantime, keep those plans ready because you never know what will happen next.

 

 

Your Employees are about to #StartTheConvo: Are you ready?

Today’s guest blogger, Morgan Gregory, Public Sector Field Marketing Manager at Kronos, focuses on employees and their treatment in the workplace. 

As I was scrolling through my twitter feed, I noticed that some social media manager was definitely doing their job today because it was impossible to miss what’s happening in Washington this week.

The US Department of Labor has started a social media campaign to encourage employees to engage in conversation with each other about how they are treated in the workplace in preparation for the White House Summit on Worker Voice this Wednesday, October 7.

Twitter has been flooded with stories of workers who chose to start the “convo” in their workplace, resulting in wins for their workforce. While higher pay and paid leave are great wins for the employee, the implications of these initiatives on the employers have been absent from the conversation.

Even though federal government is focusing on the employee conversation, the changes that they’re encouraging will have a huge impact on the employer, and it’s important for you, as an employer, to know what to keep an eye on as their employees #StartTheConvo.

Below are some questions to consider as you follow #WorkerVoice

  • What rights do my employees currently have?
  • What am I doing to keep record of their sick time?
  • Am I in compliance with current labor laws?
  • What changes in tracking would have to be made if these become national requirements?
  • What is the cost of absence?
  • Do my employees feel safe at work?

From a state as covered in collective bargaining agreements as California to the union-limited state of Wisconsin, when these issues come from a national level, it will almost always require some change to come of the employer, whether that be what they’re offering or how they’re keeping record.

Most importantly, as an employer, it will be most important to be a part of the conversation. By managing proactively, you will you create a more collaborative, inviting, and fair work environment.

You can follow along with the summit starting at 10:30 am ET.