The Oct. 3 Instant RePlay newsletter reported the positive news about passage of a U.S. House of Representatives measure to delay implementation of the new U.S. Department of Labor’s overtime rules. H.R. 6094 would push the start date off from Dec. 1, 2016, to June 1, 2017. However, it’s not a done deal: The measure must still be passed by the Senate and signed into law by the President (a veto has been threatened by the Obama administration).
With that uphill battle in mind, an attorney from a major operating company phoned in with strong advice for all to move forward with the Dec. 1, 2016, implementation date. While factually accurate, she said the report of the House bill might leave businesses with the impression that they don’t have to comply until next year.
“We strongly counsel all employers to stick with the Dec. 1 implementation date.” The risk of being caught off guard on Dec. 1 is too great, she explained, adding, “We unequivocally recommend that workplaces comply by the deadline.”
AMOA is a member of the Partnership to Protect Workplace Opportunity (PPWO), a coalition created to advocate for legislative relief from the consequences of the new overtime rules. (You can read what they have to say about the regs at protectingopportunity.org.)