Obama DOL White-Collar Overtime Reg Affects O&G Industry

overtimeYou did know that it’s not only the Obama EPA that routinely overreaches by issuing draconian regulations, right? Other Obama agencies, like the Dept. of Labor (DOL), are also guilty of draconian overreach. On May 18, 2016, the DOL published new changes that affect who is and who is not exempt from charging overtime. With the wave of the DOL’s magic wand they doubled the minimum salary necessary for white collar jobs to be “exempt” from overtime. That is, if you now earn a salary below $47,476 annually (or $913 per week), and if you work more than 40 hours a week, it doesn’t matter what your job is–you will be owed overtime for any hours over 40. Which may sound just dandy. Except if your company can’t afford to pay it, you’re about to get laid off, fired or otherwise put out to pasture. Tell me again how much Obama loves me. Employers have until December 1st to figure out what the heck to do, and how to comply, with these draconian new regulations. The legal beagles at law firm K&L Gates have put together a handy guide to help…

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