The Department of Labor released its new overtime regulations under the Fair Labor Standards Act. Several changes were made to the proposed rules and there are some special accommodations provided for local governments. Key provisions are:
- Most salaried workers earning up to $47,476 a year must receive time-and-a half overtime pay.
- December 1, 2016, is the effective date.
- Automatic adjustments to the salary threshold will be made every three years.
- Compensatory time (up to 240 hours for regular employees and up to 480 hours for public safety personnel) can be offered in lieu of cash payments for overtime.
- Work periods, rather than workweeks, apply to public safety employees.
- Employees with flexible schedules do not have to sign in each time they start and stop work.
More details about these provisions and how to adjust to them are available here.