BY: Kevin J. Stoops | IN: Employment Law
Senate Democrats recently proposed legislation to amend the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and extend overtime pay to a larger number of salaried employees. The measure coincides with a similar regulatory change proposed by the U.S. Department of Labor.
The Restoring Overtime Pay for Working Americans Act, introduced by Iowa Democrat Tom Harkin, the Chair of the Health, Education, Labor & Pensions Committee, and eight of his Senate colleagues, would expand coverage for overtime pay nearly half of all salaried workers.
The bill is intended to boost the salary threshold for claiming executive, administrative, and professional exemptions under the FLSA:
According to Sen. Harkin, “Every worker deserves a fair day’s pay for a hard day’s work, but because our overtime laws are out-of-date, Americans around the country who work long hours away from their families are denied a paycheck that reflects that work. That hurts their families and our economy. Plain and simple, if you have to work more, you should be paid more.”
The attorneys in Sommers Schwartz’s Employment Litigation Group continue to monitor these and other changes in laws that impact hard-working Americans.
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Kevin Stoops is an experienced trial attorney who appears frequently in Michigan state courts and federal courts across the United States, representing clients in complex business litigation. He has vast experience and a track record of successful outcomes high-dollar matters involving trade secret, business tort, intellectual property, executive employment, and class action claims.