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Overtime Rule Still in Play?

NALP continues to actively work to mitigate the impact of the Department of Labor’s new rules on overtime pay. The new regulations are scheduled to begin on December 1 of this year, but we are still working with others to gain congressional intervention to prevent the overtime requirements from going into effect.

Our main means of fighting the proposed overtime pay increase is through our participation in the Partnership to Protect Workplace Opportunity, a broad coalition working together to stop the implementation of the Department of Labor’s final Overtime rule. Several significant developments have occurred since the DOL issued its final rule including the following:

  • The House Education and Workforce Committee held a hearing on June 9 addressing the rule’s impact on workers, nonprofits, students and small businesses. NALP was one of numerous organizations that signed a letter PPWO submitted for the official record.
  • Within the last two weeks, Republicans in both Congressional chambers have filed motions of disapproval of the DOL Overtime rule under the Congressional Review Act, which allows lawmakers to vote to roll back controversial regulations. Under the Congressional Review Act, Republicans need a simple majority in both chambers to block the overtime rule. However, President Obama can veto their attempt to block it, and Republicans do not have enough support on their own to override a veto. Because of the amount of working legislative days on the calendar it is also highly unlikely the resolution will carry-over into the next Presidency.
  • NALP and its allies continue to speak with Senate and House offices. We are still urging their support for the Protecting Workplace Advancement and Opportunity Act (S. 2707/H.R. 4773). This bill would require the U.S. Department of Labor to perform a new and more detailed economic impact analysis prior to implementing changes to overtime pay requirements.

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