As contractors well know, most construction workers are entitled to overtime pay when they have to work more than 40 hours a week. However, under the Fair Labor Standards Act, there is a “white collar” exception for certain employees who earn no less than a standard salary threshold and meet other conditions. In May of 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) raised that salary threshold to $47,476, but the rule was later enjoined by the courts. In July of last year, the DOL sent out a request for information looking for comments on the “white collar” exception and other aspects of the rule.
Now, the DOL is coming to Seattle on September 11 for a “listening session” to hear the public’s comments on any changes needed to the overtime exceptions. The session will be held at the Jackson Federal Building at 912 Second Avenue from 10 am – noon, and you can sign up here. Sign up now for a chance to let DOL know your opinions on this issue.