overtime_rulesRecently, the Department of Labor (DOL) released a final rule that radically increases the thresholds for overtime rules, expanding the number of employees eligible for overtime pay protection to over 4 million workers within the first year of implementation.

Under the Fair Labor Standards Act, employees who work more than 40 hours in a week are entitled to overtime pay, unless they meet certain wage and duties tests. The new rule doubles the minimum salary threshold from $455 per week to $913 per week (which amounts to $23,660 annually to $47,476 annually), as well as raises the salary level for those classified under the “highly compensated employees” exemption for those earning $100,000 to $134,000 annually.

Doeren Mayhew understands that the DOL rule may impact major business decisions like hiring, expansion, offering new benefits or more flexible work arrangements for employees, and possibly even require reductions at your company. We can help you in assessing the effects of the new overtime-pay rule. Companies will have until Dec. 1, 2016, to make determinations on which employees to reclassify as nonexempt and implement the changes.

Rely on the expertise of Doeren Mayhew’s advisors to guide you through this change and help you plan for the future. Contact us today.