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The U.S. Department of Labor Proposes FLSA Changes to Give Millions of Workers Overtime Pay Protection

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On August 30th, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) proposing new regulations to guarantee overtime pay protection for millions of employees. Specifically, the NPRM proposes to change the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) regulations with the following:

  • Increase the salary threshold for bona fide executive, administrative, and professional (EAP) employees from $35,668 annually to $55,068,
  • Increase the salary threshold for highly compensated employees (HCE) from $107,432 annually to $143,988,
  • Apply these salary changes to U.S. territories and to employees in the motion picture industry, and
  • Automatically update these earning thresholds every three years with current wage data.

The FLSA establishes minimum wage and overtime pay for employees in the private sector and in federal, state, and local governments. Non-exempt workers are guaranteed a federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour and overtime pay of not less than one and one-half times their regular pay rate after 40 hours of work in a week.

Current FLSA regulations provide that EAP employees who earn a salary of $35,668 annually and perform duties within the EAP description (e.g., management, directing the work of others, performance of work requiring advanced knowledge, etc.) are exempt from FLSA protection. Similarly, current FLSA regulations exempt HCEs who earn a salary of $107,432.

EAP regulations were last updated in 2019. The DOL noted that keeping the earnings threshold up to date would benefit both workers and employers. Further, the DOL hopes FLSA thresholds reflect current economic conditions. In the first year, the DOL has estimated that 3.4 million workers exempt under current regulations will become newly entitled to overtime protection if the NPRM goes into effect.

The NPRM will be open for public comment for 60 days to consider comments before issuing a final rule. While it is uncertain when the NPRM could be finalized or whether it would be upheld by courts, employers should start to prepare for its potential issuance by re-considering exemptions in their current workforce.

Should you have any questions concerning the NPRM, please contact BMD Member John Childs at jnchilds@bmdllc.com or BMD Labor & Employment Partner and Co-Chair of its Labor & Employment DivisionBryan Meek, at bmeek@bmdllc.com.


“In for a Penny, in for a Pound” is No Longer the Case for Florida Lawyers

On April 1, 2024, newly adopted Rule 1.041 to the Florida Rules of Civil Procedures goes into effect which creates a procedure for an attorney to appear in a limited manner in civil proceedings.  Currently, when a Florida attorney appears in a civil proceeding, he or she is reasonable for handling all aspects of the case for their client.  This new rule authorizes an attorney to file a notice limiting the attorney’s appearance to particular proceedings or specified matters prior to any appearance before the court.  For example, an attorney can now appear for the limited purpose of filing and arguing a motion to dismiss.  Once the motion to dismiss is heard by the court, the attorney may file a notice of termination of limited appearance and will have no further obligations in the case.

Enhancing Privacy Protections for Substance Use Disorder Patient Records

On February 8, 2024, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) finalized updated rules to 42 CFR Part 2 (“Part 2”) for the protection of Substance Use Disorder (“SUD”) patient records. The updated rules reflect the requirement that the Part 2 rules be more closely aligned with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (“HIPAA”) privacy, breach notification, and enforcement rules as mandated by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act of 2020.

Columbus, Ohio Ordinance Prohibits Employers from Inquiries into an Applicant’s Salary History

Effective March 1, 2024, Columbus employers are prohibited from inquiring into an applicant’s salary history. Specifically, the ordinance provides that it is an unlawful discriminatory practice to:

The Ohio Chemical Dependency Professionals Board’s Latest Batch of Rules: What Providers Should Know

The Ohio Chemical Dependency Professionals Board has introduced new rules and amendments, covering various aspects such as CDCA certificate requirements, expanded services for LCDCs and CDCAs, remote supervision, and reciprocity application requirements. Notable changes include revised criteria for obtaining a CDCA certification, expanded services for LCDCs and CDCAs, and updated ethical obligations for licensees and certificate holders, including non-discrimination, confidentiality, and anti-sexual harassment measures.

Governor Mike DeWine and The Ohio State University Introduce the SOAR Study on Ohio Mental Illness

On January 19, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine and The Ohio State University announced a new research initiative, the State of Ohio Adversity and Resilience (“SOAR”) study, which will investigate all factors influencing Ohio’s mental illness and addiction epidemic.